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The coming race war in America : a wake-up call
Rowan, Carl T. (Carl Thomas), 1925-2000.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1996]

Physical Description:
x, 310 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Booklist Review

Nationally syndicated columnist Rowan chooses virtually the same title used by legal scholar Richard Delgado in The Coming Race War? [BKL Je 1 & 15 96], but while Delgado's title ended in a question mark, this book is "a wake-up call." The 71-year-old Rowan takes the "Armageddon" promises of the Christian identity movement, The Turner Diaries, and the "patriot" militias extremely seriously, insisting that "racism has not been as virulent throughout America since the Civil War." Although he concedes that some African Americans have won dignity and political and economic clout since the 1960s, "for the overwhelming mass of black people, Hispanics, and other non-whites, precious little has changed." Rowan dissects the nation's "violent decline," devoting full chapters to manipulation of racial divisions by politicians and "hatemongers" (Farrakhan, Buchanan, Gingrich, and talk radio's "racial polarizers" ); backlash against affirmative action; pseudoscientific studies of IQ and race; and the unacknowledged racism of current approaches to welfare, crime, and education. He spells out the sorts of committed action--to control violence and help children get out of poverty--that he hopes could prevent violent racial strife. --Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the incendiary title, this book seems mainly a recap of syndicated columnist Rowan's opinions on recent political controversies regarding race, from affirmative action to the rise of Colin Powell to the O.J. Simpson trial. It's hard to tell how much Rowan believes his title: while he doesn't consider race war unavoidable, he says he's not optimistic. Then again, the indices of societal decline Rowan cites‘less religious observance, economic malaise, divisive arguments over affirmative action‘have provoked other Cassandras but few who predict racial violence. His views are liberal but not radical: critical of Republican administrations but also harsh toward Louis Farrakhan and other hatemongers. He sometimes seems to be settling scores, as when he calls Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen an "enemy of black people" for making a defensible argument that "it's time to limit" affirmative action. Rowan inflates his first-person narrative by quoting his own columns frequently, as if suggesting that he is at the center of these debates. He does perform a service in emphasizing the need to take right-wing militias seriously; his other recommendations include intensified gun control, greater monitoring of the police, intervention in the lives of the underclass, a revival of public works for the poor and alternatives to prison. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Rowan, a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, warns here that corporate downsizing, the rise of the angry white male, and actions against welfare and affirmative action will contribute to a race war in America. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.