The Negro in American Civilization

The Negro in American Civilization

The Negro in American Civilization

The Negro in American Civilization

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The Negro in American Civilization is an original, challenging and, I believe, important contribution to a major problem of contemporary American society. It is a book which serious students of the Negro will neglect at their peril. The author has documented his statements excellently. While this book provides good reading, it is so well referenced that it would also be eminently suitable as a textbook.

College students today are plied with volumes on social theory which are loaded with one-sided, environmentalist argumentation. This book is a refreshing antidote. It could serve as a basic reference text in any scientific consideration of race and race difference. The author's survey of the historical aspects of the Negro's three centuries in America provides an excellent introduction to the unique American race problem.

From the standpoint of the scientist, the problem of race should be studied in an objective manner. Appeals to beliefs, morals, ethics or political philosophy are out of place; the issue is one of fact. From the subjective point of view of the propagandist, however, appeals to fact have much less utility than appeals to emotion. The scientist is interested in objective evidence and factual knowledge; the theoryridden propagandist is interested in some kind of actual or supposed social good.

Certain groups delight in findings of innate race difference in the psychic area because these findings aid them in propagandizing for social orders based on race differentiation. While these people are at the opposite pole from the environmentalists who wish to deny such ethnic differences as a means toward a completely egalitarian social system, both groups are similarly motivated. Both "investigate" race in order to find supposedly scientific support for social and political ideologies. Neither group can, in terms of the nature and motivation of its inquiry, arrive at dispassionate and scientifically valid sets of findings.

I see no reason why we in this country need to rely on political ideologies or social propaganda for our understanding of any social phenomenon. Making emotional speeches, writing personal diatribes or censoring our antagonists (all too frequently by official edict or semi-official pressure) will not change facts. Ethnic differences are . . .

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