American linguist and writer John McWhorter is releasing a new book about the dangers of antiracism in October.
In “Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America” released by Avery Books, McWhorter will share his insights on how Americans deal with race and why the new, popular approach is treated more like a religion than a political viewpoint.
McWhorter has long detailed his thoughts in his Substack in excerpts of what he called “The Elect” but explained that this published book will give him the opportunity to share his analysis in more detail.
“Woke Racism will express what the Substack excerpts did and then some. It will still analyze Third-Wave Antiracism as a religion. It will still make legions of black people see me as a race traitor,” he wrote.
The book, McWhorter explained, will also “make legions of white people see me as a tragically deluded white supremacist with brown skin who merits dismissal and ostracization” but will be “the most pro-black book I have ever written.”
In the book, McWhorter will explain how antiracism is a “new religion, from the original sin of ‘white privilege’ and the weaponization of cancel culture to ban heretics, to the evangelical fervor of the ‘woke mob.'” He also explains how aiming to “dismantle racist structures” is “actually harming his fellow Black Americans by infantilizing Black people, setting Black students up for failure, and passing policies that disproportionately damage Black communities.”
“The new religion might be called ‘antiracism,’ but it features a racial essentialism that’s barely distinguishable from racist arguments of the past,” the book excerpt states.
McWhorter said he will continue to write Substack posts for his audience in addition to releasing “Woke Racism.”
“I am glad many of you have enjoyed my posts here beyond The Elect excepts, and they will continue, at the rate of once or twice (and I hope, more often, twice) a week. I have loved communicating to you as well as the feedback I get. Let’s keep this going,” he said.