Review of the Book The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America

Topics: Black people, African American, Race and Ethnicity Pages: 4 (1371 words) Published: April 5, 2013
The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America Book Review
The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America is a New York Times Bestseller written by the L.A. radio host Larry Elder. Larry Elder is an African American libertarian who wrote this book to tell the truth about the United States of America. Larry Elder divides his book into ten chapters that each illustrates his political point of view. I will analyze the purpose of each chapter including: “Blacks are more racist than whites, white condescension is more damaging than white racism, there is no health care crisis, the war on drugs is the new Vietnam….and we’re losing, Republicans and Democrats are the same beast in different rhetoric, gun control advocates have blood on their hands, America’s greatest problem? Illegitimacy, the welfare state is our national narcotic, there is no glass ceiling, the media bias: it’s real, it’s widespread, and it’s destructive” (Back cover).

The first chapter, “blacks are more racist than whites” suggest that blacks are considered in his opinion to be a victicrat. Meaning they blame all of there problems and unhappiness on others. Elder goes against his cultural norm and instead calls the black culture out for not accepting the fact that they are treated equally in America. In fact blacks have the same opportunities as whites do, but people are still complaining and blaming white people for holding them back. Elder points the importance that Americans must fight a victicrat mentality. Elder believes that an affirmative attitude can help improve Americans. I have heard of this before I read the book and it was interesting to hear an African American comment on other African Americans mentality. Elder proves that there are some blacks out there that do not want to accept the fact that they can be equal now more than ever before. I think if the government gets out of the picture, then black people will be more motivated to better themselves and stop blaming others.

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