Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America

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Paved With Good Intentions
Cover of the first English edition
Author(s) Jared Taylor
Cover artist Neil Stuart
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre(s) Sociology
Publisher New Century Books
Publication year 1993
Pages 416
ISBN 0786700254

Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America is a 416 page book by American author Jared Taylor. It is the prequel to White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century. The first edition was published in 1993 by New Century Books.

Inside Cover Text

“This is the most important book about race relations in America to be published in a generation. It unflinchingly explores the reasons why we have failed to accomplish the goals of the civil rights movement; evaluates the consequences of laws and regulations that have reinterpreted the ideal of “equal opportunity”; and it suggests approaches to festering social problems that appear to be beyond our ability to remedy effectively.

There is no more profound issue confronting American democracy than that of race. And yet there is no other issue in which the gap between private beliefs and public discussion is wider. Many Americans have acceeded to the dubious proposition that it is somehow wrong to be forthright about questions of race; that decent, intelligent people cannot, indeed, should not, openly and candidly discuss this dilemma; that the only acceptable debate must take place in an arena circumscribed by taboos.

Jared Taylor wants to reopen this debate. He believes that unless we can be truthful about describing the problems, ask the tough questions about causes, and deliberate the approaches to solutions with as much reason as compassion, we have little chance of realizing the promise of residing in a country where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

Taylor cites study after study, showing that racism has declined dramatically in virtually all areas of American life. Yet, despite this progress, but an enormous body of policy and opinion rests on the belief that American society is relentlessly prejudiced.

Paved With Good Intentions contends that programs and assumptions of this kind are dangerous and often have unintended consequences. They taint the achievements of blacks and leave the suspicion that success was unarmed. They encourage distrust, even hatred, of public institutions such as the judicial system. They foster conspiracy theories and charges as extreme as the one that drugs are sold in the inner city as part of a deliberate policy of genocide. And they alienate precisely the group of people middle-class whites, who support must be enlisted if racial harmony is to be realized.

Paved With Good Intentions is a hopeful, even optimistic book. It assumes that America's racial problems can be cured if they are honestly understood. But it recognizes that the process will not be an easy one. As long as whites are held chiefly responsible for the situation of blacks, policies such as affirmative action and quotas, that are perceived to penalize one group to reward another, will only make things worse. This is an arresting restatement of the American dilemma that is as convincing as it is provocative”

Book Endorsements

“few of our societies leaders are willing to tell the truth in public about race in America themselves; many of them are not above suppressing it when others try to do so. The conspiracy of silence as part of Taylor's tale as well, which in part explains why its impact is so unexpected and so profound. Let us hope that this important book does not itself become another victim of the conspiracy, and that it gains the visibility and attention it deserves.”

- Richard J. Herrnstein, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

“Jared Taylor has done a yeoman's job of assembling massive evidence that points to declining racial tolerance in our country. He carefully documents what are often officially sanctioned racist acts against whites. If racism is ever going to die a well-deserved death, we will have to think many courageous individuals, and Jared Taylor's one of them.”

- Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

“Meticulously researched and powerfully argued, paved with good intentions shows just how specious and hypocritical is the conventional wisdom on America's race problem. White racism has receded into insignificance during the last 30 years, while government and all manner of white dominated institutions have systematically fashioned an astonishing variety of special privileges, benefits, and costly programs -- all for the purpose of advancing the conditions of blacks. Jared Taylor's book not only helps the reader understand this paradox, but offers cogent advice to citizens and policy-makers for solving its attendant crisis.”

- Robert R. Detlefsen, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hollins College

Table of Contents


  • Introduction 9

Chapter 1: Racism

  • Looking for Racism 23
  • Hunting for Racism 29
  • Police Racism 34
  • Campus Racism 45
  • Racism at Stanford 51
  • Racism at Every Turn 55

Chapter 2: Charges of Racism

  • Deflecting Criticism 64
  • The Impulse to Accuse 76
  • Black Responsibility 81
  • Help Must Come from Whites 83
  • Crime and Race 85
  • The Statistics 92
  • Genocide: Escalating the Charges 101

Chapter 3: Asians

  • The Legacy of Prejudice 109
  • Asians Today 133
  • The Brooklyn Boycott 114

Chapter 4: Affirmative Action in Education and Employment

  • The Legal Basis 125
  • Affirmative Action at Work 129
  • Tortured Logic 137
  • The Supreme Court Steps In 139
  • Other Government Policies 151
  • Private Sector Affirmative Action 153
  • Lowering Standards 158
  • On Campus 164

Chapter 5: Affirmative Action Spreads

  • Manipulating the Housing Market 198
  • Special Treatment as a Right 197
  • School Desegregation 202
  • The Failure of Affirmative Action 210

Chapter 6: Double Standards

  • Slanting the News 223
  • A Skewed Picture 229
  • Unacknowledged Double Standards 233
  • Rising White Resentment 241
  • The Asymmetry of Daily Life 245
  • Casualties of Black Consciousness 248
  • Double Standards at University 251
  • Racial Politics 263
  • Race and Crime 271
  • The Danger of Double Standards

Chapter 7: The Underclass

  • The Minority Black View 284
  • The Underclass 287
  • Poverty 290
  • The Shackles of Welfare 301
  • Drugs 309
  • Crime 313
  • Clogging the System 318
  • Schools for Scandal 324
  • Festering Sores 326
  • The Tragedy to Come 327

Chapter 8: What Is to Be Done?

  • The Tough Approach 334
  • Can Schools Save America? 336
  • Reproductive Responsibility 341
  • The Principle of Obligatory Charity 343
  • Ending Reckless Procreation 348
  • The Underclass Must Shrink 352
  • Middle-Class Solutions 354

Other Works by Author

  • Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle (WilliamMorrow & Co., 1983, 336 pp.)
  • The Tyranny of the New and Other Essays (Kinseido Publishing, Tokyo, 1992, 89 pp.)
  • The Real American Dilemma: Race, Immigration, and the Future of America (New Century Books, 1998, 139 pp.)
  • A Race Against Time: Racial Heresies for the 21st Century (New Century Books, 2003, 331 pp.)

Publication Data

Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America Jared Taylor, 1993, New Century Books, ISBN 0786700254

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