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The message that Black America cannot succeed significantly…until there is a vast overturning…of the very psychological nature of being an American person… then to be a Black American person is to be circumscribed by racism.

-John McWhorter

In February, John McWhorter joined HxA for a conversation with Amna Khalid about viewpoint diversity among Black intellectuals and the state of open inquiry in higher education. Listen to the full discussion here on Half Hour of Heterodoxy.

McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the author of over a dozen books on issues including race and language. His most recent book, “The Creole Debate,” was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. He has written countless articles and commentaries that have appeared in The AtlanticReasonThe New RepublicAeon, and many more. He also hosts Slate’s language podcast Lexicon Valley. McWhorter is the winner of HxA’s 2020 Open Inquiry Award for Leadership.

Video of the conversation can be found here.