Woke Racism by John McWhorter review | Book Addicts

Woke Racism by John McWhorter

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Woke Racism by John McWhorter is about the new public shaming (and firing) of anyone who offends a dark-skinned person.

0 out of 10 stars.  The term puff piece comes to mind.  No facts.  No citations.  No statistics.  No backing for his conclusions.

This is a book about bad corporate behavior and public shaming.  It’s not about religion, although he makes it sound like it is.

In the past three decades “at will” employment has become the norm and gives employers any excuse to fire you.  The author singles out specific people who were fired for being “racist” when they weren’t.  He calls this mentality of hating white people just because they’re white “woke racism”.  And he calls woke racism a religion.  If anything it would be a cult.

I agree that hating people for being white is just as bad as hating people for being dark-skinned.  It does nothing to help dark-skinned people.  It just enrages more people because it’s unfair.  It’s the way McWhorter describes woke racism that’s upsetting.  It’s the double standard.

One thing I didn’t see him point out is how hostile many people get when a white person calls a black person “black” and not “African American”.  Yet it’s okay for a black person to call fair-skinned people “white”.  That’s the crux of the problem right there.  I personally know two Jamaican people who hate being referred to as African-American.  If you don’t like being called something just say what you’d prefer to be called, but don’t accuse people of being racist simply because they don’t know how you like to be called.  That’s on you, not them.  That’s a double standard there.

0 out of 10 stars.  Disappointing rhetoric.

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