Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith

A Moral Challenge to the America I Love

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
216 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2020
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Academic works by Julius Bailey, Ph.D., are notable for their flawless integrity, impeccable thinking, accessibility for the non-academic, and an irrefutable blending of stark objectivity with engaged passion, flavored always by an overriding sense of humanity and compassion. Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith, the most recent offering from this esteemed educator, continues an impressive record of communicating facts and practical considerations with perhaps more urgency, passion, and compassion than ever. The reader cannot remain uninvolved, even if only mentally. Bailey’s striking observation about Dr. Martin Luther King applies very well to this book in whole: “… his message was clear: each person listening to his words could create a tiny version of his nation simply by putting the stated principle into action. Combined, these individual changes could create societal change, but it had to start with the individual.”

The title of Julius Bailey, Ph.D.’s book, Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith, defines clearly the explosive subjects handled here: The ubiquitous legacy of American racism, the institutionalized hypocrisy affecting every aspect of American life today, and the entrenchment of bad-faith actors within those institutions, primarily political, that have brought us to this horrific watershed moment. Somehow, Mr. Bailey offers genuine hope, but he pulls no punches in his academic explications and historical perspectives. He calls out those bad-faith actors, often specifically by name and office and political party affiliation. His most striking accomplishment comes in the midst of extreme polarization, as his work itself seems perfectly balanced, due certainly to the author’s rigorous academic integrity and personal compassion.

Deborah Lloyd

A historical and present-day examination of racism in the United States is meticulously detailed in the nonfictional work, Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love. Written by Professor Julius Bailey, many arenas where racism still exists in this country are described. Although slavery was abolished over a century and a half ago, African Americans, other ethnic groups and lower-income people continue to experience both blatant and subtle forms of discrimination. The areas examined include practices such as gerrymandering, gun control, and lack of environmental protections. The explanation of how the current president has encouraged white supremacy and the continuation of these racist tactics are certainly heartrending and thought-provoking.

Dr. Bailey cites many references at the end of each chapter, illustrating the authenticity of his work. For many citizens who recognize the hypocrisies and untruths so prevalent in today’s world, this work provides underlying reasons for more consideration. Even those who are well-informed about this topic will certainly learn new information. Another interesting aspect is the principle of bad faith espoused by many of today’s leaders; this may be a new concept for many readers to ponder. While this book contains much historical information, it is written in an understandable, easy-to-read format. Author Dr. Julius Bailey has written a scholarly book that is accessible to all readers in Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love. It is a must-read for every concerned citizen, especially during this important election year.

K.C. Finn

Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love is a work of non-fiction that focuses on current social issues and injustices, and was penned by author Julius Bailey. Written in the wake of the Trump Presidency and the campaign of hate which elected Donald Trump during that time, this book explores the ideals and values with which America seems to have lost touch. The author unpicks the age of hypocrisy and why things have become this way, whilst also tackling difficult topics such as gun control, hate speech and the disturbing resurgence of the use of the Confederate flag.

Author Julius Bailey has written a book which says what so many of us are thinking in this current political era and says it really, really well. The quality of conception of ideas is outstanding, with fully formed theories that are put forward and backed up by excellent evidence and thought processes that make good sense. Whilst the work fundamentally disagrees with the Trump era and what it represents, it is not a piece of slander, but an intelligent and observational rebuttal to the ideologies which Trump has tapped into in order to gain power through xenophobia masquerading as patriotism. What results is a book that everyone, no matter their party, ought to read and be educated by. Overall, I would therefore highly recommend Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love for true patriots seeking peace and equality in their country once more.

Ruffina Oserio

Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I love by Julius Bailey is the work of a philosopher, social critic, and patriot, an eye-opener to the socio-political malaise entrenched in contemporary American society. The book makes a powerful critique of political life since the advent of Trump and demonstrates with compelling arguments and examples of how the famous promise “to make America great again” became hard work at “making Obama’s America look more like Reagan’s or even Nixon’s.” The book articulates on a variety of socio-political themes and looks at what defines the current political climate.

Julius Bailey writes with clarity and invites readers into an honest discussion, a work that undoubtedly stimulates a new social consciousness and asks important questions about the current political system. The writing is observant, filled with thought-provoking and insightful commentaries. The work features strong references that sustain the author’s arguments. This is a work that tells readers the reality as it is with statements that got me mulling over Trump’s legacy. Themes range from the duplicity of the American conservative in Trump’s era to the hypocrisy of the ruling class and how it negatively affects minority and low-income groups, to environmental protection and a lot more. Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I love is compelling and timely, a book that every conscientious and patriotic American who cares about the values of truth, fairness, and justice should read.

Romuald Dzemo

The preface to Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love by Julius Bailey opens with a startling statement that is as true as it is thought-provoking: “As we closed in on the midnight hour on election night, it was becoming clearer with each passing moment that we were on the verge of entering a new era in American politics.” It is the sentiment I had and one that hasn’t changed from the day that Donald Trump was proclaimed the winner of the presidential elections. In this book, the author offers very insightful and critical commentaries on what politics has become in the US since then.

Trump was elected amidst a very hostile political climate and at a time when everything pointed out that he wasn’t moral or mature enough to lead a nation that was already sick morally. With the rising number of scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, hate speech, and other acts that downplayed human dignity, everyone thought the American people were going to take recourse to reason and vote according to deeply held human values. It is the premise of this book that is compelling and lays the foundations of the discussions that the author opens with every American citizen.

This book is a powerful social and political critique that explores the sad reality that contemporary politicians have stopped caring about the common good and are intent on making personal gains every possible chance given to them. The author writes with simplicity and advances arguments in a very logical and comprehensible manner, x-raying historical facts and showing how readers how politics has failed to deliver on its promise. Julius Bailey is an intelligent social critic who presents facts with a philosophic, detached, and lucid mind. Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love invites readers into a discussion on American politics, a once-powerful tool that has gradually failed to serve its purpose. The author articulates brilliantly on themes of politics, egoism, racism, hypocrisy, dishonesty, and many more, allowing readers to see the moments things went wrong and the direction the future will take if things remain the way they are. It’s both prophetic and cautionary, brilliant and inspiring.