The Superiority Complex: Suketu Mehta

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In his article, The Superiority Complex, Mehta focuses his analysis on Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s book, The triple package: How three unlikely traits explain the rise and fall of cultural groups in America. Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay lost and found and a teacher at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism institute at New York University. Mehta compares this book to several others books written in previous years like Passing of the Great Race by Madison (1916) and The Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington (2004) and points out the similarity in which it portrays racism but it has been veiled with terms like culture, ethnicity and religion. Mehta discusses the various stages of racism in America; how it has evolved with time becoming a norm and an accepted way of life. Chua and Rubenfeld try to justify their book as non-racial by arguing that it is about ethnicity and even going further by giving the Nigerians and Liberians-Africans as examples of minority excellence but Mehta is quick to discredit them because of their failure to acknowledge that Africans are a...

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