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Negrophilia Book Review by Jonah

Erik Rush, best known for exposing the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, recently released Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal-America’s Racial Obsession, a bold, no-holds-barred book about race in America. Negrophilia, according to Rush, “is an undue and inordinate affinity for blacks…that has been promoted by activists, politicians, and the establishment press for the past forty years and that has fostered an erroneous perception of blacks.” The culprit is the Left. “Negrophilia is a device of the far left, socialists, and Marxists who infiltrated (and later came to dominate) the community of civil-rights activists during the 1960s.” Rush argues that although the Left claims to champion minorities, increased entitlement programs helped harm the black family and brought “urban blacks into the culture of dependency that is a pillar of Democratic power to this day.”

Rush, the child of an interracial couple, is aware that he is going to take a great deal of heat for this book, yet he holds no punches. Indeed, reading this book, one wonders how Rush is able to say some of the things he says. This is one of the points of the book, though. Because of negrophilia, Americans of all races are afraid to say certain things, lest they be seen as “racists” or “race traitors.” Indeed, Rush argues that the press ignores certain events that it would ordinarily cover extensively when they involve blacks.

Negrophilia touches on a tremendous number of racially-tinged issues of the last forty years. It discusses high-profile, racially charged court cases, black leaders (“Poverty Pimps”) such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright, as well as affirmative action and public schools. Rush has strong views on all of these subjects, but perhaps some of the more unique chapters of the book discuss negrophilia’s effect on foreign policy and the economy. Rush criticizes American foreign policymakers for assuming that those in non-European countries are just like American blacks, and, like American blacks, have been wronged by America. Consequently, “our foreign policy in the area of race consciousness, like our domestic policy, had swung too far in the opposite direction,” led by the left “which has sought to compromise America’s preeminence.” The result is that Americans often ignore third world atrocities and have clouded views of third world dictators.

Negrophilia has even affected the American economy, Rush argues. Pressure from activists led to the creation of the Community Reinvestment Act, which made it easier for low-income, particularly minority, Americans to get loans. These loans led to millions defaulting and the recent economic crisis. Rush targets ACORN, the “community organization,” whose “radical socialist origins” he traces, for much of the increase in subprime loans.

Having shown many of the negative effects of negrophilia, Rush argues every American can no longer ignore this phenomenon. “For all practical purposes, there are no races anymore. In America, there are freedom fighters and there are those who would enslave all of us, regardless of race-and it’s time to choose.” Negrophilia is a provocative book which may shock readers, but highlights many problems plaguing America.