LokeshC wrote:I am sorry I dont agree with your review, especially the last paragraph. Most Indians consume Alcohol and would consume drugs if they were commonly available (look at Punjab). There is not much difference between Humans in India and Humans in USA. Addiction can be largely attributed to neurotic problems which afflicts humans across the world. We are not special in that respect, although our culture may provide outlets for such neurotiicism like meditation, a rather slow and easy lifestyle (disappearing now).
I was careful to say in the review that "I come from..." rather than "Indians come from...", or "Most Indians come from..." a culture where self-restraint is a cardinal virtue. As far as I'm aware in my jaati it still remains true.
As to the rest of the review, it is a very concise summary of the book, I'm not sure what you disagree with.
I will agree that racism is declining among whites when most whites know what is white privilege and know how to actively act against it. So far I have not seen much evidence that it is happening. White society is not a monolith and there are some sections better than the others, but it is not very encouraging.
The emergence of the Tea Party etc., is part of the step backwards in the "two steps forward, one step backward" - but you will notice that there is a marked difference between the racial attitudes of the Baby Boomers and the Millenials. The younger generation does not reliably turn out for elections and that is why the impact is less.
Ombaba is a completely different phenomena, but racism does play a big part in that story. He is a token and got into power after one of the most disastrous presidencies that the US has ever seen. Even if a poodle competed against Bush it would have won (I think Jon Stewart said that).
You forget that Obama had to win a hard-fought Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton.
Fear of violence would lead to consolidation of whites, but you are assuming that white society is a monolith. There will be some part of the white society who will look for compromises, which will then lead to negotiation etc.
Violence need not be complete and absolute.
Agreed, I just posted some material that sort of supports your point of view, namely, that fear of black retaliation led to Southern Whites toning down their customary violence, and this led to the space for a non-violent movement.
PS: note that the aforementioned Williams was never the aggressor, not even "pre-emptive self-defense" (which is what the Islamists claim they are doing).