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Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution (Paperback)
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Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 17/12/2002
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Controversial and strikingly original, Race Experts looks at how we capsized racial progress in the quest for self-esteem, and uncovers the hidden trajectory and terms of our thinking about race relations since the 1960s. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn carefully examines the teachings of self-appointed "experts" and offers a bold and searching analysis of the origins of their ideas in the human potential movement and the radical milieu of the 1960s. This sobering analysis illuminates how far away we are from the issues that deserve our attention.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742527591
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 213 x 138 x 17 mm


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Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn has written an important book. It can be read in at least three ways: As a courageous critique of the racial etiquette that has become institutionalized in post-integration America. As a case study of the pervasive psychologization of American culture. And as a Menckenesque account of the way in which both cultural developments can be exploited lucratively by alleged experts. The reader will consecutively nod with recognition, laugh somewhat bitterly, and perhaps even get angry. -- Peter Berger, author of The Social Construction of Reality
America's racial crisis is getting worse. While there is plenty of blame to go around, much falls on 'race experts' who disseminate disinformation and promote thinly disguised totalitarian ideology. In clear, hard-hitting English, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn presents a well-reasoned and well-balanced analysis that exposes an insidious racket. Race Experts contributes significantly to the two-front struggle against racism and demagogy. -- Eugene D. Genovese, author of Roll, Jordan, Roll
This is a book for those who want more specifics on how the activists in the Civil Rights Movement-aided and abetted by pandering white liberal elites-are in full retreat from the American principle of color-blindness, and are now celebrating race-consciousness and 'racial differences.' As a whole, it is an essential primer, replete with eye-opening horror tales of political correctness, including the antics of racial/ethnic stereotype-reinforcement, which masquerade as 'sensitivity' and diversity training in workplaces and schools. Moreover, this is a handy reference for those already knowledgeable but thoroughly fed up with the histronics of racial therapy, which plays on guilt, and touchy feelings, rather than on evidence and intellect as the basis for evaluating ideas and overcoming parochial prejudices. -- Michael Meyers, executive director, New York Civil Rights Coalition
After a talk I once gave suggesting new practical paths that the Civil Rights movement might take, a black student told me disappointedly that she had expected that I would lend her guidance in 'forming an identity.' Race Experts crisply uncovers the source of this student's expectation. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn deftly shows how the original Civil Rights leaders' quest for concrete community uplift has been hijacked by attempts to police and cleanse the thought processes of individuals. Anyone seeking truly to understanding the theatrics of Jesse Jackson, the black white score gap in education, the new career of 'diversity counselor,' the rise and fall of the Black Panthers, or many other often perplexing aspects of America's racial landscape cannot afford to let this book pass them by. -- John McWhorter, author of Losing the Race
Richly textured and throughly readable, Race Experts boldy explores the dense thicket of contemporary racial confusions about self-identity and color consciousness. How refreshing it is to find a work so crammed with common sense on a topic that too often has prompted scholarly muddle-headedness and theoretical overkill. Joining the trenchant work of Orlando Patterson and Darly Scott, Race Experts should draw wide acclaim. -- Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of The Shaping of Southern Culture
In this insightful and troubling book, Lasch-Quinn explores the subtle and not so subtle ways in which the reification of race is perpetuated, despite the absence of biological evidence for the existence of race itself and even in the name of fighting racism. -- David Noble, author of America by Design
Race Experts is an important book, which should be read by every corporate leader, every educator, and every parent. Lasch-Quinn explains carefully and quietly how the idealistic goals of the civil rights movement have been displaced by misguided 'therapies' that promote racial divisiveness and narcissism, which harm all of us. -- Diane Ravitch
Race Experts is the first book to link together America's two favorite conversations, the one about self-help and the one about race. There is enough sloppy thinking and posturing on both subjects to make this book an effective and necessary one. * The New York Times Book Review *
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn argues quite convincingly that multiculturalism and ethnic diversity programs might instead breed contempt for and condescending behavior toward blacks. Race Experts is a scathing indictment of the new politically correct thinking on race. * The Washington Times *
An original and impressive presentation that does much to illuminate the current racial situation. * Kirkus *
This is sure to be a controversial book among readers interested in race issues. * Booklist *
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn offers an unflinching look at the elaborate codes that govern racial exchanges and relations and at the entrenched 'experts' who purport to know more than ordinary citizens about how men and women are to comport themselves across lines of racial division. Crisply written, forthright, replete with vivid examples, Race Experts helps to break open a long overdue debate. -- Jean Bethke Elshtain, The Laura Spelman Rockeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago; author of Just War Against Terror
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn's thought provoking book brilliantly critiques the industry of the race advocates who tend to exaggerate the importance of racial differences. This is a book that dedicated proponents of social justice have been waiting for. It could even help us refocus our energies on fighting poverty and inequality. -- William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University
In measured but rigorously critical tones, she excoriates the theory and politics of identity, diversity training, racially based psychotherapy and educational politicies aimed at increasing racial self-esteem. Thoughtful and provocative. * Times Literary Supplement *
Convincingly and cogently argued. This is an important book for Britain as well as America. * Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter *

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