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"There are a few problems with Loury's book: first, he needs to tell us more about ''the conservative line'' than that it is ''simplistic'' and ''ahistorical.'' In fact, the book needs to distinguish concisely between various forms of conservatism in the United States, their historical transformations and how these forms of conservatism have influenced American public policy on race. Perhaps a short but thorough critical overview of D'Souza's ''End of Racism,'' the major conservative statement about racism and racial identity in American history, or ''America in Black and White,'' by Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom, or Charles Murray's ''Losing Ground,'' might have helped greatly. Conservatism, popularly understood, may be simplistic, ahistorical, even racist, but Loury owes it to his readers to argue this fully and not simply display a smug intellectual disdain or philosophical airiness."

from Black Intellectuals Seek the Way Out of Here By Gerald Early. New York Times. March 3, 2002. Link checked June 14, 2004.

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