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The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The End of Racism goes beyond familiar polemics to raise fundamental questions that no one else has asked: Is racial prejudice innate, or is it culturally acquired? Is it peculiar to the West, or is it found in all societies? What is the legacy of slavery, and what does America owe blacks as compensation for it? Did the civil rights movement succeed or fail in its attempt ...more
Hardcover, 724 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Free Press
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Oct 02, 2008 Blyden rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely No One
Although Dinesh D'Souza is born of Indian parents, he's thoroughly White.

You might think the "End of Racism" would be a book about how society is changing in a direction that will ultimately lead to the end of racism, or something similar to W.J.Wilson's "Declining Significance of Race", but the only racism which D'Souza is interested in ending is affirmative action and societal consideration of race. D'Souza argues that outside of a fringe of skinheads, White racism is already a thing of the p
I stumbled upon this book almost by accident, and I'm absolutely furious that I went through 19 years of education and never even heard of it. Reading this was a better education than three sociology classes and a minor in history. Think of what I could have saved on credit hours!

In all seriousness, this book is worldview-altering. Everyone of every political persuasion and racial background should be reading this, and it should reshape the national dialogue on race. Since the book was written
Apr 05, 2013 Otaycec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The premise of this book has been proven, some ten years later, by the fact that Barack Obama has been elected primarily by white people. D'Souza correctly identifies true racism as the irrational hatred of an entire race of people. D'Souza provides ample support for his claims with copious footnotes and references to the outcomes of recent sociological studies. He found that only about 1% of the population harbors this kind of hatred. Most people engage in what he calls rational discrimination ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Toe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
D'Souza says he can write on the topic of racism in America because he himself is an ethnic minority. Any white person who wrote the exact same information would immediately be condemned a racist. It's unfortunate that the free exchange of ideas and the progress that such exchange can bring are preemptively shut down by claims of racism. Additionally, repeated, spurious claims of racism are like crying wolf and can drown out genuine episodes.

The focus of the book is specifically on African Ameri
May 04, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
The possibility of having truthful, cogent, and diplomatic discussions on race relations in the public arena in America is not great. Mr. D'Souza's own race (Indian) helps to diffuse some of the black versus white arguments and he takes long looks at the history of race, its vices in evil hearts, and chronicles the very word racism. He comes to find much of the history of racism and of slavery has been revised and takes a machete to the thicket of mistruths and lies. His conclusions will shock y ...more
Mar 26, 2008 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very lengthy tome on the modern and historical aspects of racism, including slavery, reparations, racial profiling and civil rights. Although the author espouses quite controversial ideas and conclusions, he does so without being radical or alarmist in tone. I enjoyed this very much. It made me think.
Nov 02, 2007 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who cares about racial issues
D'Souza writes from the unique persective of an immigrant to the US from India, where his family endured severe race related problems under European colonialism. He also writes, "In the U.S. I am no stranger to xenophobia, prejudice, and discrimination" (p vii). The book well written, extensively and immpressibly researched, and very enlightening. You WILL learn a ton from reading this.
May 31, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The information and ideas do make you think. A reader has to read ALL of the passages, not parts, or ideas will be taken out of context and the author will be (has been already) viewed very critically.

May 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was brutal. If I hadn't read AMERICA IN BLACK AND WHITE, I probably would have fainted reading this depiction of racism. Blew me away. A very informative read.
Josh Epstein
Oct 14, 2014 Josh Epstein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Je. Sus. Christ.
Apr 29, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, will make you think. Highly recommend.
Oct 08, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. D'Souza was, admittedly, preaching to the choir in many of his assertions, but nevertheless it is a thought-provoking read. I started in May, for crying out loud, and it took me this long to finish--it is definitely a "needs to be digested" read.
Apr 04, 2008 Richard rated it liked it
D'Souza presents a complex, thought provoking and eloquent analysis of the history and pathology of racism in the United States. No one will agree with all of his arguments and observations, and some will disagree profoundly with many of them, but his willingness to speak on aspects of the American social fabric that are often considered taboo helps to separate myths and half-truths from reality and helps frames the debate on race and justice at a level beyond prevailing assumptions.
Jaime Contreras
I am often refer to this wonderfully insightful examination of racism in American culture. Written from a conservative bent, many non-conservatives have discovered the nuggets of truth in this book. The pervasive nature of racism is laid out and dissected here. Racism is a socio-cultural disease that never stops, shrinks or completely disappears. Hence, this book will always remain relevant. This remains one of the best intellectual books on the this dark topic.
Jan 29, 2008 Larry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
poorly researched nonsense designed to convince white people that there is no racism in america
Mar 22, 2008 Benjamin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: own
One of only 2 or 3 of the hundreds of books I own that I would consider throwing away.
Feb 11, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hopeful look at the issue of race in America
Luis Perez
Nov 17, 2014 Luis Perez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a little over two years ago so my review of this book will not be as detailed as others.

When I started reading this book I did not know who Dinesh D'souza was which I think helped me finish the book.

I was disappointed at how narrow he was in laying out the problem of racism. He believes that he has broaden the scope of the debate with this book, however he merely pushes his agenda, which I feel is not sufficient to take on the complex problem of racism. Especially if you want
Surprisingly good; though disappointing in the sense that D'Souza only consider black-white relations, he takes a refreshing neutral stance on important identity-related issues. Though he spends a fair amount of the book looking at typical 'white-racism' and 'black-rage' issues, he goes beyond it by criticizing both white liberals as well as black civil rights groups. An update is in dire need, given that this book was written in the mid-1990s and the US now has an African-American president, it ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Andrés rated it liked it
Not a bad book, perhaps not thrilling either. I was hoping for an heroic idealism that trod all past notions of race underfoot. Instead he works through the problems faced by black Americans and observes they are less than they once were. This is obvious though hard for some to acknowledge. Equally obvious, though not much treated by the book, is that America is no longer just black and white. Hence, the much more important question of the future is deferred to another review of the past.
Apr 01, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, great book. Too bad the author later wrote some books with poor premises.
Feb 07, 2008 Oliver marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i want to read this for a bit of balance. apparently it's one of the craziest right wing books out there.
Mar 13, 2008 Upton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Political correctness? What's political correctness?
Seems to have been intentionally written as flamebait. Some thought-provoking ideas, a lot of nonsense ideas, but a book that does make you think about race in new ways.
Kyle Brown
Interesting hopeful take on where racism is going, repetative and overly long.
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A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, Dinesh D'Souza graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. He served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. D'Souza writes primarily about Christianity, patriotism and American politics. In 2014, he was convicted of violati ...more
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