This book is a broad advocacy of racial homogeneity rather than "white identity" as such. It begins with a critique of racial integration, contending that this is unwanted, and of the idea of diversity that underlies the multicultural vision of the USA. Much of the evidence presented is drawn from US newspapers and consists of quoted opinions of citizens and activists. This has the weakness that it is possible by selecting telling quotes to create a misleading impression of the situation as a whole, though it makes for entertaining reading. Taylor attempts to remedy this weakness by appealing to modern theories of human nature and in particular genetic selection theory that would lead us to prefer the interests and company of our ethnic kin. Here his argument is plausible, but not very developed.
There follow chapters on Black, Hispanic and Asian interest groups in the USA. Here again, the main source is press reports. The argument implicit in these chapters is that Whites need to organise in a way similar to these interest groups to defend their ethnic interests. The chapter on White identity contrasts the strength of European identity of previous generations of white Americans with the current inclusiveness of contemporary popular and political culture. The book concludes with a description of the problems of ethnic diversity in the USA. The book deserves comparison with Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West, which gives a critique of some of the same issues using European data, though Taylor adopts a more strident tone. These books are attempts to theorise popular opposition to immigration. I feel that Taylor would benefit from a more developed consideration of the demographic trends that cause immigration into the USA.
This is a review of the Kindle edition, which I found easy to read.
This is a controversial area of polemical discourse and the author approaches the topic with a thoughtful and restrained aspect to his discussion. This will not be to everuone's taste and many will find it to be all too easy to be dismissive of what may seem to be an overly pessimistic outlook to some very pressing and important issues of our time. In an age of grievance-animated identity politics, it seems to be very slanted that one group alone should be singled out for undue vilification; this can have very little to do with a genuine attempt to bring about a lasting and meaningful resolution that has caused so many problems and at the moment, seems to be intractable to any meaningful resolution.
I think it would, however be overly simplistic and facile to shriek the usual charges of bigotry and intolerance against an approach that attempts to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable. A thoughtful, measured approach to difficult and seemingly intractable societal problems are, however, the only way forward if we are to attempt to meet the needs of all interested parties.
This isnt really about white people and their identity but its still outstanding. The book speaks about the struggles of whites,blacks, hispanics and Asians and for a British person was so great to read especially so soon after the re-election of Barack Obama.
It was OK. It certainly highlighted a never ending problem in an ever increasingly large part of the western world. Quite depressing really; but , from my own experience of multi - culturalism, tru -ish.