Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America

Featuring: John McWhorter

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)
John McWhorter head shot

Event Details:

From classrooms to the halls of Congress to the forums of social media, the nation is reckoning with its complicated and often difficult racial history. Are the national conversations we are having productive? How do these discussions impact Black communities and the wider American social fabric? New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed linguist John McWhorter explores the contemporary debates surrounding racism and antiracism, white privilege, cancel culture, and “wokeism.”

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, and music history at Columbia University. His most recent book is Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America.

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Buy the book! Pick up copies of related titles at the NYHistory Store:

John McWhorter, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America
John McWhorter, Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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