John McWhorter

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Conservative black thinker John McWhorter doesn't care for an awful lot of people who claim to care for black America.

Jesse Jackson comparing the New Orleans convention center to a slave ship does blacks no favor, he says. Neither do rappers 50 Cent or Mos Def, or Kanye West claiming "Bush doesn't care about black people."

Neither, says McWhorter, is there salvation in what he calls the "misguided white benevolence" that followed the civil rights movement.

John McWhorter looks back to the social fabric of black communities of the 1950s and asks: where has that gone?

Hear a conversation with John McWhorter about his conservative take on black America in 2006.


John McWhorter, senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute and author of the new book "Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America

Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture at Duke University, author of "New Black Man."

This program aired on January 2, 2006.


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