The Tedium of White Privilege

The New Criterion
September 10, 2020

A current orthodoxy is that racism, prejudice and discrimination are exclusively the domain of white people. Anthony Daniels, writing in The New Criterion, reviews two recent best-selling books about racism. Daniels finds both volumes are poorly written, intellectually nugatory and self-indulgent.

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