John H. McWhorter

John H. McWhorter appears in the following:

Bullhorn: End The War on Drugs, Obama

Friday, October 08, 2010

If Barack Obama and the Democrats really wanted to re-arouse the coalition of voters that gave Obama the White House two years ago, all it would take is a single issue we aren’t h...

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Bullhorn: The Narrow Debate on Race Distorts Political Labels

Sunday, October 03, 2010

“You’re not as conservative as I thought!” I hear this all the time. I’ve learned that when media outlets seek me out, it is best to let them know early on that I cannot serve as right-wing “balance” in a quest for a “diversity” of black voices, and that my politics are best described as cranky liberal.

But that’s not the reputation that precedes me. Why the confusion? Because I write about race politics, and when you venture into that territory, today’s narrow view of what’s acceptably liberal quickly distorts ideological labels.

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Bullhorn: John McWhorter on All Talk, and No Writing, in Politics

Thursday, September 09, 2010

There is an element of ahistoricism in the idea that American politics is uniquely “broken” today. The forward-looking essence to the American spirit discourages the near-obsessive fo...


Should We Use !@#$ Curse Words More?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

These days, we're hearing profanity from the mouth of an 11-year-old girl in a box office hit and from the Vice President of the United States. Is cursing becoming more acceptable?

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Problem Word

Monday, January 11, 2010

Senate majority leader Harry Reid's comments about the candidacy of then Senator Barack Obama and the use of the word "negro" on census forms has caused some controversy. John McWhorter, linguist and senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, discusses the controversy and the word.

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Rebooting the NAACP for the 21st Century

Friday, July 17, 2009

Yesterday the NAACP wrapped up its Centennial Convention. The Takeaway has been covering the convention all week, from DJ Spooky’s artistic take on the African-America experience to P...


Flake and McWhorter

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rev. Floyd Flake Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E.Cathedral of New York, and John McWhorter, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, discuss the Obama presidency, the stimulus bill, and other matters.

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The Color of Change

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

How have people's ideas about race changed the political landscape for the upcoming general election? NYT magazine contributing writer Matt Bai, Ronald Walters professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and John McWhorter, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, talk about the shift.

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Obama and Jackson

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author of The Beautiful Struggle, and John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discuss Jesse Jackson's comments that Barack Obama talks down to black audiences.

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