When someone is granted power for life to make decisions affecting lives as diverse as the self-important "bluebloods" from Richmond, VA and the bluegum Gulla'... sweetgrass weavers of the South Carolina Lowcountry; we should hope they at least care about cultural differences in America. This Judge cares. In his book, "One Nation Indivisible", Judge Wilkinson offers thoughtful arguments rooted in personal experiences and observations. He must sleep with one eye open 'cause he doesn't miss much when expressing his frustrations about the current direction of America's cultural affairs. Judge Wilkinson, like others of priviledge who built upon and did not bilk their opportunities, will no doubt be dismissed by some social critics who seem to always be more concerned with where someone's from than where they are and where they are going. The places Judge Wilkinson suggests we go ought be considered. Someone else said, "Good judgement comes from experience; and much of our experience comes from bad judgement." If you're lucky, where you come from (or just where you happen to be) provides an opportunity through the power of simple observation to gain experience, and thus "good judgement"... simply by observing the bad judgement of others. Judge Wilkinson is from somewhere and in a place today that permits him to observe a great deal. It will always be true that we have more to learn (that's worth knowing) by observing the "good judgement" of others. We all need to stop making the same mistakes over and over. How many times have you witnessed a "celebrity" botch the Pledge of Allegiance? How often do any of us say it... or try to live it? We can all learn something from this thoughtful federal judge.
A thoughtful glance from the bench2004/11/7
Of this much we can be certain: Judge J Harvie Wilkinson III is one of America's pre-eminent jurists. With subtlety, nuance and a fierce wit, the author explores one of the powder-kegs of American politics: racial relations. He comes out strongly against racial preferences, race-based gerrymandering, and the politics of ethnic separatism.
However his argument is tailored in such a way as to appeal to even the most woolly liberals. He shows compassion, understanding, and a willingness to concede that his opponents are well-meaning.
A marvellous book, well-argued and -written; a thoroughly persuasive criticism of American liberalism's flawed approach to questions of race and multiculturalism.
America needs more people like Judge J Harvie Wilkinson III on the bench; he is thoughtful, articulate and persuasive.
The Content of this book is like tissue paper.1999/5/12
This book would never have been published if the author were not a federal judge. Entire book consists of "On the one hand, A, but on the other hand, B," as the beginning of each paragraph. The rest of each paragraph is then filled with multiple quotes from multiple other persons. There is only one idea or concept in the book which is repeated over and over and over. Moreover, no matter how many times the author repeats himself, there is so much equivocation that whatever point the author may think he is making, it never really becomes clear to the reader what that point is.