Losing the Race

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Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America is a 2000 book by American linguist and political commentator John McWhorter in which he argues that not external racial prejudice and discrimination, but elements of black culture are more responsible for the social problems faced by black Americans several decades after the Civil Rights Movement. Specifically, McWhorter points to anti-intellectualism, separatism, and a self-perpetuated identity of victimhood as factors limiting black Americans as a group.

The book was a New York Times bestseller and received mixed reactions.[1][2][3] McWhorter considers it the work that first made him known to larger audiences and that contributed to the perception of him as a conservative commentator.[4]


  1. ^ Dent, David J. (26 November 2000). "Spelling Trouble". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. "John McWhorter Links Low Achievement to Black Culture". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Losing the Race". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "In Depth with John McWhorter". In Depth. C-SPAN. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

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