Are Blacks Biased Against Braininess?

A new book contends that they are, with dire consequences for education

It's a safe bet that a new book by John McWhorter, an associate professor of linguistics at Berkeley, will make him a hero to the black-bashing crowd. Black, smart and only 34, McWhorter is being touted by his publisher as a maverick "more angry than Stephen Carter, more pragmatic and compassionate than Shelby Steele, more forward-looking than Stanley Crouch." McWhorter says he's uncomfortable being associated with authors acclaimed by white conservatives and slammed by many blacks--but, hey, it goes with the territory. If you're a self-described "proper-talking black guy who's had all the advantages," you've got to expect other blacks to...

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