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John H. McWhorter.

John H. McWhorter, contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, writes and comments extensively on race, ethnicity and cultural issues for the Manhattan Institute. His Book, All About the Beat: Why Hip Hop Can't Save Black America (Gotham Books), pointed beyond the empty gestures of the "hip-hop revolution" to a brave new politics for Black America, calling for a renewed sense of purpose and pride in black communities.

John McWhorter is also the author of the New York Times best seller Losing the Race (Harper Perennial), and an anthology of race writings, Authentically Black (Gotham Books). McWhorter's book, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America (Gotham Books) generated widespread acclaim. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and has appeared numerous national TV and radio shows, such as Meet the Press, John McLaughlin's One on One, The O'Reilly Factor, and NPR's Fresh Air. McWhorter is also a well-known and widely published linguistics scholar. McWhorter's work on race and cultural issues has appeared in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The National Review, City Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Magazine.

In addition, McWhorter is a noted linguist and the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, on how the world's languages arise, change, and mix, and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. He has also written a book on dialects and Black English, The Word on the Street, and three books on Creole languages. The Teaching Company has released two 36-lecture audiovisual courses of his. His latest academic book on linguistics is Why Does a Language Undress? and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, was published in 2008.

John McWhorter earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University.

Select Media:

  • WPR's "Joy Cardin Show," 2-11-11
  • Fox Business Network's "Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano," 1-13-11 - Part I, Part II
  • CNN's "Parker/SPitzer", 1-7-11

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Advocacy Groups
  • 'Hope' Lacks Heft The New York Sun, 08-14-08
  • An Awkward Weekend The New York Sun, 10-05-06


  • Affirmative Action
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • What’s Holding Blacks Back? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002


  • Arts and Literature
  • How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back City Journal, Summer 2003
  • What's the Point of Books? The New York Sun, 05-24-07
  • Forebodings National Review Online, 02-27-06
  • Book Review: A recapitulation, chapter & verse The New York Sun, 02-09-05
  • Up from Hip-Hop Commentary, 03-01-03
  • The Ghost in Your iPod City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Read a Book for Black-History Month National Review Online, 02-06-09
  • A Voice From the Other Side: Listening to Your Elder The New Republic, 10-04-09
  • Thus Spake Zora City Journal, Summer 2009


  • Bilingual Education
  • Creole Vs. French The New York Sun, 07-26-07
  • The View From Norway: Bilingual Ed The New York Sun, 11-09-06


  • Charter Schools
  • A New Alphabet The New York Sun, 06-28-07


  • Children and Family
  • Madea and Her Methods Wall Street Journal, 05-27-06


  • Crime
  • One Of the Bad Seeds The New York Sun, 07-12-07


  • Culture and Society
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Racism Forever City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The New Double Consciousness: Prospectives for the New Black Ideology Wriston Lecture, 2001
  • Going to the Doggs City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Casual Killings The New York Sun, 08-16-07
  • Poisoned Palate? The New York Sun, 05-31-07
  • What's in a Smile? The New York Sun, 05-10-07
  • Great Society Begets Bad Society The New York Sun, 04-26-07
  • Suicide Shooters The New York Sun, 04-17-07
  • Americans Without Americanness National Review Online, 04-16-07
  • A Dangerous Detour New York Daily News, 04-10-07
  • Actions, Not Words The New York Sun, 03-22-07
  • Dying Languages The New York Sun, 12-28-06
  • For Whom Bell Tolls The New York Sun, 12-05-06
  • Just Say Yes, Michigan The New York Sun, 11-02-06
  • Tribes v. Westerners The New York Sun, 10-12-06
  • Threatening Tongues? The New York Sun, 09-28-06
  • Mainstreaming Men The New York Sun, 06-19-06
  • Book Review: Dealers to Rappers Wall Street Journal, 11-18-05
  • NBA Stars Should Trade 'Street' Clothes for Dignified Duds Wall Street Journal, 11-08-05
  • Defined by defiance Chicago Sun-Times, 01-22-06
  • Don't believe the hype—rap anger isn't a meaningful message Los Angeles Times, 11-27-05
  • Calm down: Bennett's comments on abortion have been taken way out of context Albuquerque Journal, 10-08-05
  • Black Americans must stop voting as a monolith Dallas Morning News, 11-09-04
  • Left Speechless Los Angeles Times, 10-12-03
  • Rap Only Ruins New York Post, 08-10-03
  • Blacks Should Feel Insulted The Philadelphia Inquirer, 06-25-03
  • It Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad Washington Post, 08-04-02
  • Oh, R-o-ob, The Bad Words Won't Go Away Washington Post, 12-28-03
  • The Ghost in Your iPod City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Striking a New Chord The New Republic, 01-21-09
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09
  • Mr. Mimic City Journal, Spring 2010
  • 'Dr. King Would Rejoice' USA Today, 08-24-11


  • Drugs
  • Up From Prohibition The New York Sun, 06-21-07


  • Education
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • Children in The Lurch The New York Sun, 09-06-07
  • A New Alphabet The New York Sun, 06-28-07
  • Bringing Back the Campus The New York Sun, 03-08-07
  • Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire The New York Sun, 02-22-07
  • Long Live the SATs The New York Sun, 09-25-08
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09
  • What African-American Studies Could Be Minding the Campus, 09-30-09


  • Ethnicity
  • Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority Book, January 2003
  • Hangover From Brown The New York Sun, 07-19-07
  • Drama Queens on U.S. Airways The New York Sun, 03-15-07
  • Calling Each Other 'Dear' The New York Sun, 03-01-07
  • In Defense of Andrew Young Washington Post, 08-27-06
  • Cheering Our Own The New York Sun, 08-31-06
  • Moving Beyond Bias The New Republic, 04-22-09
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • Higher Education
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • African-American Studies--As They Should Be Clarion Call, 06-09-09
  • Long Live the SATs The New York Sun, 09-25-08
  • Bringing Back the Campus The New York Sun, 03-08-07


  • History
  • The Reparations Racket City Journal, 29 March 2002
  • Job Loss Didn’t Make the Underclass City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Burned, Baby, Burned Washington Post, 08-14-05
  • Black and White and Read All Over The New York Times, 08-11-05
  • Saluting Robert Moses The New York Sun, 02-01-07
  • Retiring "African American" The New Republic, 01-25-10


  • Immigration
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • Legal Issues
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09


  • Litigation Industry
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09


  • Media
  • How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Letting Words Fly The New York Sun, 06-07-07
  • Dog Days of August The New York Sun, 05-17-07
  • The 'N' Word Wall Street Journal, 04-26-07
  • Juvenile Politics Under a Cute Afro The New York Sun, 03-09-06
  • Disney Gets It Right The New Republic, 02-06-09


  • National Politics
  • Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance City Journal, Spring 2001


  • NYC Economy
  • NYC's Sea Of Red New York Post, 04-27-04


  • NYC Schools
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09
  • Children in The Lurch The New York Sun, 09-06-07
  • A New Alphabet The New York Sun, 06-28-07


  • Other Cities
  • N.J.'s Insult To Blacks New York Post, 10-07-02
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09


  • Politics
  • Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance City Journal, Spring 2001
  • Underestimating Obama The New York Sun, 09-18-08
  • What is Blackness? The New York Sun, 01-25-07
  • Stop the hand-wringing about how racism will doom Barack Obama New York Daily News, 10-15-08
  • On The Content of His Character The New Republic, 10-16-08
  • What Obama Means For Black America Forbes, 11-13-08
  • Colour-Blind National Post, 09-23-09
  • What's Wrong With "Negro," Anyway? The Boston Globe, 01-13-10
  • It's Official: America is 'Post-Racial' in the Age of Obama The Grio, 01-14-10
  • The Dreaded P-Word? The New York Times, 07-20-10


  • Prisons
  • Crises Of the Ex-Cons The New York Sun, 04-12-07
  • They’re Finding Jobs The New York Sun, 04-05-07
  • The Truth About Ex-Cons The New York Sun, 03-29-07
  • Where Hiphop is "Going" and Where It Never Was The New Republic, 05-21-09


  • Race
  • How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • Job Loss Didn’t Make the Underclass City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Going to the Doggs City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Why Blacks Should Give Bush a Chance City Journal, Spring 2001
  • What’s Holding Blacks Back? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Why Blacks Don’t Need Leaders City Journal, Summer 2002
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Racism Forever City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Why I'm Black, Not African American Los Angeles Times, 09-08-04
  • Stop the hand-wringing about how racism will doom Barack Obama New York Daily News, 10-15-08
  • On The Content of His Character The New Republic, 10-16-08
  • The End Of Racism? Forbes, 11-05-08
  • Of Course Race Mattered New York Post, 11-09-08
  • Revenge of the Black Nerd New York Magazine, 11-09-08
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09
  • Obama And The Black Elite Forbes, 01-21-09
  • Lib and Let Die The New Republic, 01-29-09
  • Defining 'Nation of Cowards' Down The New Republic, 02-20-09
  • African-American Studies--As They Should Be Clarion Call, 06-09-09
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09
  • A Voice From the Other Side: Listening to Your Elder The New Republic, 10-04-09
  • Disney Gets It Right The New Republic, 02-06-09
  • Colour-Blind National Post, 09-23-09
  • Mr. Mimic City Journal, Spring 2010
  • 'Dr. King Would Rejoice' USA Today, 08-24-11
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Why Blacks Don’t Need Leaders City Journal, Summer 2002
  • How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Job Loss Didn’t Make the Underclass City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Going to the Doggs City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Racism Forever City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • All About the Beat: Why Hip Hop Can't Save Black America Book, June 2008
  • Hating Whitey Worldwide The New York Sun, 05-03-03
  • Katrina At Age One The New York Sun, 08-17-06
  • When Producers Play the Race Card The New York Sun, 04-19-05
  • Real Diversity After Bakke The New York Sun, 04-23-03
  • Diversity's No Longer the Point, Is It? Washington Post, 12-08-02
  • Black Isn't a Personality Type Los Angeles Times, 05-12-02
  • Stop the hand-wringing about how racism will doom Barack Obama New York Daily News, 10-15-08
  • Of Course Race Mattered New York Post, 11-09-08
  • Revenge of the Black Nerd New York Magazine, 11-09-08
  • What Obama Means For Black America Forbes, 11-13-08
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09
  • Striking a New Chord The New Republic, 01-21-09
  • Obama And The Black Elite Forbes, 01-21-09
  • A Voice From the Other Side: Listening to Your Elder The New Republic, 10-04-09
  • Retiring "African American" The New Republic, 01-25-10
  • We've Had Enough of Black History Month Washington Examiner, 02-15-11
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • Race Issues
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • The Reparations Racket City Journal, 29 March 2002
  • The New Double Consciousness: Prospectives for the New Black Ideology Wriston Lecture, 2001
  • Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority Book, January 2003
  • All About the Beat: Why Hip Hop Can't Save Black America Book, June 2008
  • The Revolution Will Be Modernized Washington Post, 02-01-07
  • Maintaining A Sense Of Self The New York Sun, 12-01-06
  • O.J. Made Me Un-P.C. The New York Sun, 11-22-06
  • Letter to the GOP The New York Sun, 11-16-06
  • The Color of His Skin The New York Sun, 09-21-06
  • The Perils Of ‘Sensitivity’ The New York Sun, 08-24-06
  • Ending Victim-Like Thinking The New York Sun, 07-20-06
  • Racism!' They Charged National Review Online, 09-26-05
  • My Master's House Wall Street Journal, 09-20-03
  • NAACP Hasn't Advanced Anything in a Long Time Los Angeles Times, 07-15-04
  • As Racism Recedes, More Blacks Shift to Political Center Los Angeles Times, 03-17-04
  • Within Bounds The New York Times, 10-04-03
  • Not Fit to Lead Wall Street Journal, 12-13-02
  • Racial Profiling Wall Street Journal, 09-13-02
  • Affirming inequality Catalyst Magazine, 09-22-06
  • Stop the hand-wringing about how racism will doom Barack Obama New York Daily News, 10-15-08
  • On The Content of His Character The New Republic, 10-16-08
  • The End Of Racism? Forbes, 11-05-08
  • Of Course Race Mattered New York Post, 11-09-08
  • Revenge of the Black Nerd New York Magazine, 11-09-08
  • What Obama Means For Black America Forbes, 11-13-08
  • Striking a New Chord The New Republic, 01-21-09
  • Obama And The Black Elite Forbes, 01-21-09
  • Defining 'Nation of Cowards' Down The New Republic, 02-20-09
  • The Supreme Court Finally Gets Real on "Disparate Impact" The New Republic, 06-29-09
  • A Voice From the Other Side: Listening to Your Elder The New Republic, 10-04-09
  • Disney Gets It Right The New Republic, 02-06-09
  • Where The Jobs Really Are CNN, 07-20-09
  • From Ricci to Gates-gate: Listening to "The Conversation" The New Republic, 07-26-09
  • Colour-Blind National Post, 09-23-09
  • What African-American Studies Could Be Minding the Campus, 09-30-09
  • What's Wrong With "Negro," Anyway? The Boston Globe, 01-13-10
  • It's Official: America is 'Post-Racial' in the Age of Obama The Grio, 01-14-10
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09
  • A New Alphabet The New York Sun, 06-28-07
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • Race Relations
  • What’s Holding Blacks Back? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • The Campus Diversity Fraud City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Racism Forever City Journal, Winter 2002
  • The Upside of Obama The New York Sun, 10-26-06
  • Cornel West Gives Black Scholars a Bad Rap Wall Street Journal, 04-16-02
  • Stop the hand-wringing about how racism will doom Barack Obama New York Daily News, 10-15-08
  • On The Content of His Character The New Republic, 10-16-08
  • What Obama Means For Black America Forbes, 11-13-08
  • Obama And The Black Elite Forbes, 01-21-09
  • Lib and Let Die The New Republic, 01-29-09
  • Birthday Bash The New Republic, 02-12-09
  • A Voice From the Other Side: Listening to Your Elder The New Republic, 10-04-09
  • Disney Gets It Right The New Republic, 02-06-09
  • From Ricci to Gates-gate: Listening to "The Conversation" The New Republic, 07-26-09
  • It's Official: America is 'Post-Racial' in the Age of Obama The Grio, 01-14-10
  • 'Dr. King Would Rejoice' USA Today, 08-24-11
  • Segregation Is Down. Great News, Right? The Root, 01-30-12


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • African-American Studies--As They Should Be Clarion Call, 06-09-09
  • We've Had A Solution For The Black-White Reading Gap For Four Decades The New Republic, 01-14-09


  • School Discipline
  • The Murder At Harvard Minding the Campus, 06-04-09


  • School Finance and Management
  • Children in The Lurch The New York Sun, 09-06-07
  • Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire The New York Sun, 02-22-07


  • Schools and Ethnicity
  • Toward a Usable Black History City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Who Should Get into College? City Journal, Spring 2003
  • It Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad Washington Post, 08-04-02
  • A Look At Real Diversity Minding the Campus, 03-17-09
  • What's The Real Issue For Black Students? Dallas Morning News, 03-25-09
  • Stanford '89, A Happier Takeover Minding the Campus, 04-23-09
  • What African-American Studies Could Be Minding the Campus, 09-30-09
  • Bringing Back the Campus The New York Sun, 03-08-07


  • Underclass
  • Job Loss Didn’t Make the Underclass City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Where The Jobs Really Are CNN, 07-20-09
  • Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire The New York Sun, 02-22-07


  • Urban Education
  • A New Alphabet The New York Sun, 06-28-07
  • Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire The New York Sun, 02-22-07


  • Urban Issues
  • The Wasteful Legacy of Black Power The New York Sun, 08-16-06
  • Street Theater Wall Street Journal, 05-30-03
  • Bill Cosby Can't Say That, Can He? Dallas Morning News, 06-03-04
  • African-Americans are finding their way politically Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 03-27-04


  • War on Terror
  • Getting Into Pacifists’ Heads The New York Sun, 09-11-06


  • Welfare
  • The Reparations Racket City Journal, 29 March 2002
  • Katrina's 'Secrets' National Review Online, 09-25-06
  • Focus: White do-gooders did for black America The New York Times, 09-11-05


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