The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society

Thirty years after the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s, race is still the most divisive social issue of our time.

Where once we spoke only of racist acts or individuls, Americans have now become accustomed to hearing their country described as a racist society. That view, widely accepted by the media, has produced a mood of cultural despair about the very possibility of racial progress.

Yet despite our obsessive concern with this seemingly permanent problem, there is strikingly little agreement about what racism is, where it comes from, and whether it can be eliminated. Now, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza undertakes the first comprehensive inquiry into the history, nature, and ultimate meaning of racism.

The End of Racism goes beyond familiar polemics to raise fundamental questions that no one else has asked: Is racial prejudice innate, or is it culturally acquired? Is it peculiar to the West, or is it found in all societies? What is the legacy of slavery, and what does America owe blacks as compensation for it? Did the civil rights movement succeed or fail in its attempt to overcome the legacy of segregation and racism? Is there such a thing as rational discrimination? Can persons of color be racist? Is racism really the most serious problem facing black Americans today, or is it a declining phenomenon? If racism had a beginning, shouldn’t it be possible to envision its end?

The End of Racism is a must read. It is powerful, searing, honest and definitive in its sweep as it chronicles and analyzes the history, taboos and myths that have shaped and shattered the American mosaic.” —Michael Myers, Executive Director, New York Civil Rights Coalition

In a scrupulous and balanced study, D’Souza shows that racism is a distinctively Western phenomenon, arising at about the time of the first European encounters with non-Western peoples, and he chronicles the political, cultural, and intellectual history of racism as well as the twentieth-century liberal crusade against it.

D’Souza proactively traces the limitations of the civil rights movement to its flawed assumptions about the nature of racism. He argues that the American obsession with race is fueled by a civil rights establishment that has a vested interest in perpetuating black dependency, and he concludes that the generation that marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. may be too committed to the paradigm of racial struggle to see the possibility of progress.

Perhaps, D’Souza suggests, like the Hebrews who were forced to wander in the desert for 40 years, that generation may have to pass away before their descendants can enter the promised land of freedom and equality.

In the meantime, however, many race activists are preaching despair and poisoning the minds of a younger generation which in fact displays far less racial consciousness and bigotry than any other in American history.

The End of Racism summons profound historical, moral, and practical arguments against the civil rights orthodoxy which holds that “race matters” and that therefore we have no choice but to institutionalize race as the basis for identity and public policy.

With Illiberal Education, D’Souza significantly expanded the range of acceptable discourse about race. This book will expand those limits even further, offering a way out of the deadlocked debate about race and setting forth the principles that should guide us in creating a multiracial society.

What Others Are Saying:

The End of Racism is a must read. It is powerful, searing, honest and definitive in its sweep as it chronicles and analyzes the history, taboos and myths that have shaped and shattered the American mosaic. A tour-de-force, this book uncovers the half-truths and outright lies disguised as black scholarship and civil rights policy, and earns for D’Souza his entitlement to scathing attacks from the racial fanatics and demagogues.”
—MICHAEL MEYERS, Executive Director, New York Civil Rights Coalition

The End of Racism is wrong, dead wrong, on almost every topic it discusses and the explanations it offers. Yet it is an entrancing book, and I could not put it down. If I found myself arguing with every sentence, that shows how Dinesh D’Souza compels his readers to reassess their own assumptions.
—ANDREW HACKER, author of Two Nations

6 Responses to “The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society”

  1. Theresa September 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I have been promoting you and your movie…I have just been shocked to see on your website that you believe that racism is a distinctly Western phenomenon…what the heck? Why in the world would you say something so ignorant when you know so much about so much? Racism is a human phenomenon…have you ever heard of the Jews and the Samaritans? The Jews hated the Samaritans. The non-Jews of the Old Testament hated the Jews..the Jews of the OT began to hate the non-Jews…Mexicans hate the Mexican Indians. Tribes in the jungle hate the white man. Why in the world would you say that it is only a Western phenomenon? Please tell me that I have misunderstood and that you are not trying to push this – this is racism itself. Please explain.
    Thanks,
    Theresa

    • Robert October 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      I agree with Dinesh…racism is a western phenomenon. Prior to racism, the issue was not race, but culture. But this is where I part with Mr. Dinesh because this country was built upon racial assumptions that continue to permeate American society. Until we honestly deal with that, this country will always have issues.

      • Vince October 27, 2013 at 10:59 am #

        I AM NOT WHITE!

        I make this statement to highlight the minority fallacy here in America. The reality is there are no minorities in America. America is made up of a group of minorities. I am sure you must think I am crazy since approximately 65% of America is white.

        2010 Census Estimates (Est 2010 Total US Population 308 Million)

        White 66.3%

        Hispanic 16.3%

        African American 12.6%

        Asian 4.8%

        Well here is how minorities are created here in America. First you have to create a majority. Problem is there are no majorities in America. No problem just group together a certain set of minorities than compare another certain set of minorities against this government described majority group. That is what is portrayed above. Lets take a deeper look of what makes up that 66.3% white population. It is what is commonly known as figures lie and liars figure.

        2000 Census Percent of Population by Ancestry (Est 2000 Total US Population 281 Million)

        German 15.% 42,841,569

        Irish 10.8% 30,524,799

        Italian 5.6% 15,638,348

        Polish 3.2% 8,977,235

        French 3.0% 8,309,666

        American Indian 2.8% 7,876,568

        Scottish 1.7% 4,890,581

        Dutch 1.6% 4,541,770

        Norwegian 1.6% 4,477,725

        Swedish 1.4% 3,998,310

        Well you see that not one of the correctly described ancestry heritages above are higher than the highest minority (Hispanic 16.3%) described by our government. In fact all the ancestry heritages (except German) are lower than the 12.6% African American minority described above. Strange isn’t. How are these two groups a minority when compared to these other groups. It is because we let government label us and categorize us. Government defines the group. But why?

        I am NOT WHITE! I am of American Italian heritage. Which is vastly different from American Irish, American German and American Polish etc. etc.. Our foods are different, our languages are different, our history is different. So then why are we grouped together? Is it because we are European. What does that mean. Isn’t Spain in Europe. Isn’t Spain where Hispanic heritage germinated from (at least in part). So then why do we break out Hispanic from the White Category. It gets crazier yet. Many Puerto Rican Hispanics do not see themselves as Cuban or Mexicans and vice versa just like I do not see myself as Irish, German, or Polish. Do you know that Sicily was occupied by a dozen or more ethnic groups. Merchants from Greece, Spain, Austria, Arabs and England to name a few occupied and conquered Sicily at one point. Occupiers would typically have children with their occupied woman. So then really what is the Italian/Sicily heritage. As an American Italian/Sicilian what is in my blood?

        Let me pause to say all this race and ancestry divide is just ridiculous. I am of full American Italian descent (I guess I get a gold star for that). But my brothers have produced beautiful American/Italian/Polish children and American/Italian/Greek children. My sister has produced beautiful American/Italian/Hispanic children. My beloved Uncle has provided me the best American/Italian/Irish cousins. My best friend is American/Italian/Irish. So who cares what race or ethnicity you are. Of course we should embrace our heritage and share it proudly. What we love we share. Come to my home for some great Italian food, and I will go to your house for some great African American food. You get the picture let’s share and enjoy of heritages not let it divide us because there is no reason to have it divide us we are all minorities.

        Do you know what INNA and NINA mean? My Irish friends do. Do you know what WHOP means? My Italian friends do. There was a time I could not go through a week without hearing a stupid Polish joke. Did you know there were Irish Slaves in America. No one talks about that. I can go on but I hope you get the point.

        So why do I love people of different ancestries than mind. Easy that is because many of these ethnic groups share common core characteristics and struggles that my heritage has experienced. Many of my Irish, Polish, German and Greek friends etc believe in a strong family unit, believe in hard work, believe in community service and helping their neighbors. Each experienced their own prejudice and headaches as they migrated here to America. But they each share another common thing. They all refused to let these challenges be excuses to success and rose above them. They refused to be the victim. It was not Corporate America or the Industrial age that built America it was the hard working immigrants with a dream that built America. That is something I will always be grateful for. All these minority immigrants are the ones who built the greatest country in the world (if we don’t throw it away).

        I ask African Americans (the race baters, race huskers) who are they mad at. Did whitey hold them down. Well I am supposively white and my American Italian heritage migrated here in the early 1900’s and never owned slaves. So where are those colonist American slave owners now? Is that the whitey you are speaking off. Do you want reparations from those colonist? Or do you what reparations from the hard working ethnic americans that built this great country for ALL of us to share. Thus giving us all opportunities for the pursuit of happiness. Rise above the challenges and don’t use the crutch of the past. The crutch is the biggest slave owner in the world. You are how you define yourself. Do Irish define themselves as slaves?

  2. Kim December 3, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    After viewing the video with Dinesh on this book, I will purchase it (maybe two – one to give away). Being born in American with parents being Scot, English, Irish, Korean & Hawaiian, I don’t consider myself one race or another, but refer to myself as a Texan. I see humans act like chickens when it comes to ‘who is better’ attitude; each one is pecking to be taller, bigger, better, badder than anyone else. Dinesh presents more intelligent thought in the whole matter and this may be a blend of scriptures on how we should live along with current demographic facts. I look forward to reading another of his books!

  3. Robert Argiz January 16, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    Racism will always exist for as long as there are economic differences among people since the very roots of racism is deep-rooted in economics.

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