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John McWhorter On Woke Racism

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Are aspects of today’s so-called “woke” culture and anti-racism actually harming the cause of racial equality in America? Author and linguist John McWhorter says yes.

In a new book, McWhorter claims that there have been three waves of anti-racist movements in United States history: first, the struggle to end slavery; then, the effort to eradicate racist attitudes; and now what he's termed the third wave — characterized by books like White Fragility, the policing of speech and behavior, and performative virtue-signaling. McWhorter says that the adherents to this third wave — "The Elect,” as he calls them — are part of a new religion that is intolerant to dissent and nuance, and that is ultimately harmful to people of color. John McWhorter joins us Friday at noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. to talk about Woke Racism: How a New Religion has Betrayed Black America. [Indie BoundBookShop|Amazon]

Content Warning: This episode of RadioWest contains strong language. Listener discretion is advised.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.