Monday, November 02, 2009

Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America

Most whites know ‘institutional racism’ as reverse racism or Affirmative Action—where the civil rights’ rhetoric about being judged by the content of one’s character and not the color of one’s skin falls flat on its nose as an Orwellian platitude. As Taylor remarks, “America practices a host of double standards that permit much to blacks that is denied to whites. The doctrine of white racism excuses blacks even when they are guilty of what is least tolerated in whites: racism itself”


“if whites in America are inveterately bigoted, other nonwhite races should face obstacles similar to those faced by blacks. Yet Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and even black West Indians have overcome America’s storied racism,” and “instead of complaining about oppression and prejudice—of which there used to be plenty—they have taken responsibility for themselves and seized opportunities for a better life.”

Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America by Jared Taylor. Review by Ryan Setliff

Paved With Good Intentions

Arguing rather persuasively that alleged white racism is more an excuse for black failure and social pathologies than an accurate explanation, Taylor challenges political correctness on issues concerning race relations and ethnicity in America. He brings a plethora of evidence, statistics and hard facts to the table which bear some uncomfortable truths for many Americans — black and white — and especially that nebulous group we affectionately know as liberals. As Jonathan West laments, “Liberals are not concerned with outcomes or even with how policies work. They are only concerned with how policies FEEL.” That Trotskyite-Marxist ideological appellation ‘racist’ is reflexively thrown at every sensible piece of social dialogue on the matter, and Taylor’s book has not been immune from such charges. But as black economist Walter Williams said, “Paved With Good Intentions should be on everybody’s bookshelf.” See for yourself, what the establishment doesn’t want you to see.

The Myth of Institutional Racism Holding Down Minorities

In his introduction, Taylor notes, “For many people, both black and white, the notion that white racism explains black failure is the key to understanding American society. They are so convinced of the prevalence of white racism that they refuse even to consider the possibility that it may not be the sole obstacle to success for black Americans. For them, white racism is a brutal fact that seldom need be questioned—to question it may be immoral” (p. 16.)

Taylor points out with much validity,
“if whites in America are inveterately bigoted, other nonwhite races should face obstacles similar to those faced by blacks. Yet Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and even black West Indians have overcome America’s storied racism,” and “instead of complaining about oppression and prejudice—of which there used to be plenty—they have taken responsibility for themselves and seized opportunities for a better life.”

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Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America

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