Paradise Recovered

Mr. D'Souza might have reconsidered the title of his book, for he is not describing the end of racism. Glenn Loury recently observed a predilection for "end" themes in recent neoconservative tracts: Fukuyama with the end of history and D'Souza with the end of racism, Loury explains, have taken Hegelian (or pseudo-Hegelian) phrases to express their private visions. They confer historical inevitability on what they or their patrons would like to see happen. In D'Souza's case, the talk about the end of racism betokens confusion more than wishful thinking.

In both The End of Racism and in a Washington Post article published on September 24, he depicts a reality at odds with his own happy talk. D'Souza complains about media and academic support of black nationalism and about resurgent scientific racialism on the right. Allowing here for the usual neoconservative hyperbole—namely, that "moderate conservatives" are being threatened by equally sinister forces on the right and the left—it seems that racial relations in the United States may be closer to Jared Taylor's portrayal of them in Paved with Good Intentions than to D'Souza's vision of racial harmony. Black hostility toward whites has demonstrably increased over the last 20 years, as evidenced by black reactions to the Simpson trial and racially motivated crimes by blacks against whites. On a...

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