Orwell had an insightful comment on this regarding the Nazis, although I am hesitant to quote it as I don’t want to make it sound as if I’m drawing a comparison here. Wait…! John H. McWhorter. He has done this in many places, including his article in The Atlantic, The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility: The popular book aims to combat racism but talks down to Black people. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. See Photos. I would love to hear him in a well moderated debate ( Oxford Union? John McWhorter. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English John McWhorter. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. News; Gmail; Drive; Mehr. On-line books store on Z-Library | B–OK. I mean… of course one should care about that, it should be self-evident why that is important, and the fact that it’s apparently not is worrisome. !” kinda culture and I actually appreciated that liberal culture used to, in my young adulthood, try to eschew that kind of thinking and honor people’s feels. This time, he's focusing on how language changes over time--words changing meaning and pronunciation. You can now watch an hour of McWhorter conversing with Josh Szeps by clicking on the screenshot below. “As with the professor who was suspended for using a Chinese phrase in class that sounded like the “n-word,” McWhorter asserts that many of the blacks who say they are offended by such usages are merely pretending to be offended . The best way to deal with the Woke and the Elect is to ignore or mock them. They are not white or black or brown, they are just facts. My new favorite author. Here’s a third explanation: Sadism. You can’t wade deeper into the Abrahamic reeds than that! Columbia University John McWhorter says author Robin DiAngelo is well-intentioned but that the book ultimately is racist. I’ve loved him since I first saw him on, of all places, Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t, where he made sense in much the same way he continues to make sense. John H. McWhorter is a City Journal contributing editor, linguistics scholar, and cultural commentator. Some well-argued points and wording to try and remember. When Talking to Your Mother-in-Law Is a Minefield. Despite the sincere intentions of its author, the book diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. As I’ve said before, academic John McWhorter is someone who has frequently strayed from ideological orthodoxy on the question of race and policing. Why does a U.S. congressman side with Communist China? Read a quick 1-Page Summary, a Full Summary, or watch video summaries curated by our expert team. John H. McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Books Advanced Search Today's Deals New Releases Amazon Charts Best Sellers & More The Globe & Mail Best Sellers New York Times Best Sellers Best Books of the Month Children's Books Textbooks Kindle Books Audible Audiobooks Livres en français There’s a long blank bit in the beginning, with Claire Lehmann’s intro starting at 13:05 and the conversation beginning at 17:35. John Hamilton McWhorter V (/ m ə k ˈ hw ɔːr t ər /; born October 6, 1965) is an American academic and associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. While he says he believes DiAngelo is well meaning, he finds the book itself to be a “racist tract.”. As reviewed by John McWhorter. I find it odd that he so often has to answer questions along the lines of “But the Right is just awful, so who cares if the Left organizes into an authoritarian hierarchy!”. Discover Book Depository's huge selection of John McWhorter books online. I estimated her age to be three years old. That gives you an hour of McWhorter. … I should also say, I very much enjoyed hearing what McWhorter had to say. I knew there was another, but I couldn’t remember which. McWhorter denies that we know that racism was behind the death of George Floyd, or behind many killings of blacks by cops; but he admits that cops show racist behaviors outside of murder. He dilates on the n-word, and even says it several times. Or “lose the House and the Senate overwhelmingly in 2022.”, “Right here is dangerous. John Hamilton McWhorter V is an American academic and associate professor of Slavic languages at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. McWhorter doesn’t say the things he says because he is Black, he says them because they are correct (at least he believes that they are). Season 4, episode 7: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805440/. Bellevue Literary Press. Aha! English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. Copyright HotAir.com/Salem Media. Spreading the Word. Professor of Linguistics John McWhorter. In regard to the excesses of social justice mobs, I thought Paul Bloom’s recent tweet on this was interesting. John McWhorter is the author of the bestseller Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, and four other books.He is associate professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor to The City Journal and The New Republic. Share on Twitter. The topic of McWhorter’s new book, which is nearly done but hasn’t been vetted to publishers, is the idea of Wokeness as a new religious creed, with people like Kendi and DiAngelo as “the elect”. CCPA - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, John McWhorter: White fragility is a ‘racist tract’. McWhorter argues that it’s useless to to attempt constructive engagement with the Woke, as it’s as useless as trying to engage a fervent lover of Jesus. Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of "Pure" Standard English by John Mcwhorterand John McWhorter, Ph.D.| Jan 25, 2001 4.4 out of 5 stars29 I understand that Dr. McWhorter, despite his scholarly accomplishments, has not been granted tenure at Columbia. Paperback. In a relatively short book, the reader/listener learns quite a bit. Book Details: Review: I bought this book after hearing Dr. McWhorter speak briefly, on an obnoxious Penn & Teller show, hoping to find some answers. John Mcwhorter: free download. John McWhorter: Well, you know, 'like' is so complicated that there is a whole book that's come out, that's mainly written for linguists, but comprehensible to everybody else, by Alexandra D'Arcy, who is a wonderful linguist in British Columbia. As reviewed by John McWhorter Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist is a very simple book. But then, reflecting on this, it occurred to me that in the most technical sense (not the pop culture sense), sadism is something that we consider horrific on one end of the spectrum (psychopaths who torture animals,) and actually laudable on another (Basically any situation where one ‘teaches the bad guy a lesson’, be it criminal justice, warfare, or even disempowering hate groups through comedy and mockery. Remember also that you are not to express yourself except to say Amen. Next to her was a little African-American girl. John Sexton Posted at 5:01 pm on June 22, 2020. Yes! with whites castigating themselves as oppressors (à la Ibram Kendi and Robin DiAngelo). In his new book, ‘Words on the Move,’ John McWhorter delights in the fluidity of language, how it never stands still but flows and morphs like the living thing it is. Read a quick 1-Page Summary, a Full Summary, or watch video summaries curated by our expert team. I wonder how long the popularity of this book is going to last. John McWhorter. For instance, DiAngelo’s understanding of the lesson of Jackie Robinson’s story is one that will leave baseball fans scratching their heads. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. Buy this book . Ninth Circuit: LAPD Officer Can Be Sued For Destroying Gun Collection, Mostly peaceful protest in Olympia, Wash., turns less peaceful as protesters mix it up with Antifa (video), Founding Fathers of Silicon Valley Give Up on California, Move to Texas. Some books came in quick succession. McWhorter isn’t buying this theme, and he’s one of the few black men who dares stand up against the hegemony of the Oppression trope. Johnathan W. McWhorter. McWhorter is well on the road to becoming an apostate in black community, if he isn’t one already. “…I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job”, Atlanta news station debunks “smoking gun” voter-fraud video, Twitter spat between Marco Rubio, AOC and Sarah Palin over hard work, Socialist Seattle City Councilmember’s recall appeal heads to Washington Supreme Court, Benjamin Wittes: Barr’s appointment of Durham was ‘devilishly clever’. Biden’s virtual inauguration is “going to have to be more imaginative” than the dreadful Democrat convention, “Women feel they have no option but to give birth alone”: The rise of freebirthing, Bernie Sanders is a ‘no’ on the coronavirus relief package, joins Republican Josh Hawley in opposition. McWhorter adds that he’ll be called an “asshole” for saying this, but he believes it and doesn’t care too much about being demonized. All Rights Reserved. He asserts that Kendi is not an intellectual but a priest, for he, and other Woke anti-racists, make assertions based not on empirical fact, but on faith. I do think people react to things in all different ways and coming into contact with racism, even on occasion, may be something to laugh at for one person and really difficult for another. John McWhorter talked about his life, his career, and his body of writing. Black pride, he says, should prevent you from feeling injured. From Standard English to Black English; obscure tongues only spoken by a few thousand people in the world to the big ones like Mandarin – What Language Is celebrates the history and curiosities of languages around the world and smashes our assumptions … In a way, this is a relief given its contrast with the other go-to book of the moment for whites seeking a way to help America heal racially in the wake of the murder by policemen of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past spring. As I was departing Lowes today heading for my car, I passed by a late-model (“Big-Ass,” I gather) pick-up truck, from the interior of which loudly blared a most aesthetically-pleasing rap “song,” the lyrics of which every 3-5 second featuring n – – – – -. And note the scare quotes around solutions, as if wanting such a thing were somehow ridiculous. John Hamilton McWhorter V (born October 1, 1965) is an American academic, political commentator, and linguist, professor at Columbia University where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. What end does all this self-mortification serve? TALKING BACK, TALKING BLACK Truths About America’s Lingua Franca By John McWhorter 190 pp. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-language-is-by-john-mcwhorter John Sexton Posted at 5:01 pm on June 22, 2020. Finally, he takes up two provocative topics. Linguist John McWhorter has not been afraid to call out the anti-racists. McWhorter was in two episodes: Focusing people on the centrality of racial identity in every situation seems like a really bad way to combat the tendency of some people to focus on racial identity in every situation. Crime statistics are empirical facts. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. The Old English of Beowulf is pretty much incomprehensible to us now; English speakers typically think it is more like German. White Fragility was published in 2018 but jumped to the top of the New York Times best-seller list amid the protests following the death of George Floyd and the ensuing national reckoning … John Hamilton McWhorter V (1965- ) is an American linguist and political commentator. John McWhorter: This far-left ideology we’re seeing is a religion. John SextonPosted at 5:01 pm on July 15, 2020, Recently I wrote about John McWhorter’s contention that the far-left ideology now running rampant on college campuses and in newsrooms is a religion. Try AbeBooks. He’s an Associate Professor, which usually implies tenure. That makes it sound like Kendi is white, but no. Today the Atlantic published a new piece by McWhorter in which he goes to the heart of this new faith by reading Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. Meine Mediathek. Today the Atlantic published a new piece by McWhorter in which he goes to the heart of this new faith by reading Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect. Hardback. John McWhorter looks at language from a whole new angle. Do you recall the episode/season? The topic of McWhorter’s new book, which is nearly done but hasn’t been vetted to publishers, is the idea of Wokeness as a new religious creed, with people like Kendi and DiAngelo as “the elect”. Shelby’s book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America” The Glenn Show | Nov 9, 2020 | The Creators of "What Killed Michael Brown?" by John H. McWhorter. First, McWhorter walks through some of the odd things in the book that others have noted. He says “no.” Finally, at Szep’s prompting, he deals with the question of “Why bother to criticize the excesses of the Left when we’re facing such a societal erosion by Trump and the Republicans?” McWhorter’s answer is a good one. Why Evolution is True is a blog written by Jerry Coyne, centered on evolution and biology but also dealing with diverse topics like politics, culture, and cats. And only one of them is hedging. In a way, this is a relief given its contrast with the other go-to book of the moment for whites seeking a way to help America heal racially in the wake of the murder by policemen of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past spring. Languages are never static; by the time the rules are established by the "authorities," the language has changed. Thanks Dr Coyne for drawing this to our attention. Hardback. He held the position of American associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1995 until 2003. Yes, he readily admits racism, but is absolutely opposed to how it dominates political and ideological discourse, with whites castigating themselves as oppressors (à la Ibram Kendi and Robin DiAngelo) and blacks assuming the role of victims. His latest book, forthcoming in May 2008, is All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. John McWhorter has an knack for explaining linguistic concepts engagingly. First Amendment. His research specializes on how creole languages form, and how language grammars change as the result of sociohistorical phenomena. You shouldn’t believe what McWhorter says because he is Black, but because its true. McWhorter was great, and it was an interesting conversation. John Hamilton McWhorter V was born in 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Find books Namely, thou shalt not utter: This is an abridgment of a list DiAngelo offers in Chapter 9; its result is to silence people. An African-American lady in her twenties was in the driver’s seat. He says that the word is being treated as magic—like certain words in indigenous groups that cannot be uttered lest disaster ensue.”. His next book is Nine Nasty Words . In his latest book, John McWhorter celebrates the dialect that has become an American lingua franca. There’s going to be a kind of arms race in social justice self help books coming soon and I’m already exhausted just imagining it. He says “nobody is that fragile,” and if you’re really that offended, you need psychological help. What worries me is that the renewed popularity of this book is sure to create copycats looking to cash in. First, should we changes standards and rules, like SAT score cutoffs, to allow more equity for blacks? Others dismiss all of this as “grandstanding” or “virtue signaling”. 03 Feb 2005 . Dr McWhorter expressed some valuable thoughts. Whites aren’t even allowed to say, “I don’t feel safe.” Only Black people can say that. However, if we live in a secular republic without a state religion, then all citizens are equal, and all have just as much right to stick their noses into the public discourse as anyone else. But it’s well worth hearing. ISBN 9781592400461 (978-1-59240-046-1) Softcover, Gotham, 2004. Another author recently described it as a new kind of self-help book for white women after noticing that it was hard to tell the Amazon reviews for White Fragility from those for other self-help books. Shut me down while allowing a Hollywood canteen in my parking lot uttered lest disaster...., '' the language has changed was a particularly effective interlocutor Dr Coyne for drawing this to our.. 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