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Author Ondaatje, Michael L.

Title Black conservative intellectuals in modern America / Michael L. Ondaatje.

Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2010]
©2010

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 UniM Bail  320.52092 ONDA    AVAILABLE
Physical description 220 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Profiles of an Intellectual Vanguard -- 2. Affirmative Action Dilemmas -- 3. Partisans of the Poor? -- 4. Visions of School Reform.
Summary "In Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, Michael L. Ondaatje delves deeply into the historical archive to chronicle the origins of black conservatism in the United States from the early 1980s to the present. Focusing on three significant policy issues-affirmative action, welfare, and education-Ondaatje critically engages with the ideas of nine of the most influential black conservatives. He further documents how their ideas were received, both by white conservatives eager to capitalize on black support for their ideas and by activists on the left who too often sought to impugn the motives of black conservatives instead of challenging the merits of their claims. While Ondaatje's investigation uncovers the themes and issues that link these voices together, he debunks the myth of a monolithic black conservatism. Figures such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the Hoover Institution's Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele, and cultural theorist John McWhorter emerge as individuals with their own distinct understandings of and relationships to the conservative political tradition."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject African American intellectuals -- Political activity.
Conservatives -- United States.
Conservatism -- United States -- Philosophy.
Affirmative action programs -- United States.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- Economic conditions.
United States -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9780812242065 (alk. paper)
0812242068 (alk. paper)