The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations, Second Edition
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42 of 47 found the following review helpful:
Required reading for the societally aware! Mar 06, 2002
This is an excellent book. In it, John Perazzo examines, chapter by chapter, some of the common myths and sociological fables that continue to separate parts of the US populace today. Perhaps his most valuable contribution is showing how so-called leaders such as Jackson and Sharpton have twisted reality to suit their own ends. To me, the most compelling and honest part of the book looked at the myth of race in the United States. US blacks are clearly the most privileged people on earth, yet vicious racists such as Kwesei Mfume, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Carol Moseley-Brown continue to perpetuate groundless black grievance, hatred, and jealousy towards our larger society. This stands in direct contradiction to the tremendous achievements of many, many blacks, who are now predominantly members of the US middle-class. Perazzo correctly and explicitly points out (in Chapters 3 - 7) that a comparative handful of vicious racial hypocrites (Jackson, Sharpton, et al) distort and hinder (the "myths" in the title of the book) what ought to be an honest, helpful conversation on society in America today. As a black man, I feel privileged to live in the United States, and don't understand why anyone could possibly complain about how we've been treated here when we compare it to the horrid, brutal life common throughout Africa these days. Perazzo has authored an impressive appeal for us all to set aside the people who wish to gain by anger and bitterness, and he wants us all to work together for a common good. This is a great book - I'd highly recommend it. His extensive foot-noting and meticulous research make it a valuable text for those of us who want to help all Americans move forward peacefully and with our due intelligence. Buy it today at Amazon.com and pass it on to a friend.
30 of 33 found the following review helpful:
"There are none so blind as those who will not see" May 09, 2001
By M. A. Treu
This book is a welcome addition to the mountain of expository evidence, which depicts the cupidity and disingenuousness in which the civil rights industry is awash.
This book is surely one giant step toward the inevitable awakening of America. An awakening that will cause the entire world to condemn the narrow-mindedness and self-interest of all race hustlers, particularly the well known intellectual Lilliputians: Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The author points out the double standards of the civil rights industry whose very existence depends on pointing out racism everywhere, even when it isn't there. Perazzo exposes the hypocites with well researched facts and statistics illustrated with anecdotes.
This book harmonizes with Jared Taylor's books: "The Real American Dilemma" and "Paved With Good Intentions" et al, as isolated voices become a chorus demanding truth and reason in discussions of race.
This book should be read by everyone concerned with the future of America.
This book should be read twice, twice by everyone in Academe and in the media.
29 of 32 found the following review helpful:
Incredible revelation of the lies of civil rights leaders Nov 04, 1999
By George T. Williams
This book is an eye-opener. The truth of incidents that we are not told by the media are revealed here. We find out why the Sharpton's and the Jackson's are interested only in money and promoting divisions between the races. This is a must read for every American, white and black. It's time to face the reality of race relations so we can move together without these charlatons of racial division influencing minority thinking for their own benefit, and this book is a great start.
23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Painful but Necessary Nov 17, 2001
This was one of the most upsetting books I've ever read. There were chapters that moved me to tears. Truth can be bitter but it really does set you free. I learned more about Africa from Mr.Perazo's book than I did from 4 years of Black Studies in college. The majority of the book contends that race relations are as bad as they are because certain people profit by keeping us divided. It was a powerfull book and it left me with much to think about. It's not for kids but it ought to be a required text for college students.
16 of 17 found the following review helpful:
An Important Piece of the Puzzle Dec 28, 1998
I read this book along with a half dozen other books on race, race history and racism that came out this year, including Taylor Branch's Pillar of Fire. If we are going to have a conversation on race, we must hear different voices. The Myths that Divide Us is an important voice, providing a substantial bridge from the history of Jim Crow to the statistical racial dead heat identified by Abigail Thernstrom. Intellectuals will find this book useful. The people identified in this book who use race for their own purpose will find themselves feeling threatened by what appears between the covers. Useful and threatening--a highly successful book.
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