Intellectuals and Race

Intellectuals and Race

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qIntellectuals and Raceq is a radical book in the original sense of one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The views of individual intellectuals have spanned the spectrum, but the views of intellectuals as a whole have tended to cluster. Indeed, these views have clustered at one end of the spectrum in the early twentieth century and then clustered at the opposite end of the spectrum in the late twentieth century. Moreover, these radically different views of race in these two eras were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were very similar in both eras. qIntellectuals and Raceq is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, economic and statistical evidence-- all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially intellectuals at the highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. The impact of intellectuals' ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past and present, is the ultimate concern. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to social justice and multiculturalism. In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, qIntellectuals and Raceq explores the incentives, the visions and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups, but for societies as a whole.In Indonesia, residents of Java score higher than Indonesians living in the outer islands, and women score higher than men ... and Academic Achievement of Persons Enrolled in High School and the University, a€ Social Biology, December 1973, pp. ... the modal score of black soldiers was zeroa€” derived by subtracting incorrect answers from correct answers, in order to ... 874, 875; Thomas Sowell, a€œ Race and IQ Reconsidered, a€ Essays and Data on American Ethnic Groups, edited byanbsp;...

Title:Intellectuals and Race
Author:Thomas Sowell
Publisher:Basic Books - 2013


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