30 minutes of reading and I came to a paragraph that went something like this:
There is a personality trait that is perceived to be very desirable and very important for getting along in today's world. This personality trait, according to two sources the book cites, is related to DNA and is primarily found in Europeans and North Americans, not in Asians or Africans, because the former are descendants of emigrants.That is just an unbelievable assertion to make and, frankly, that kind of argument for me is pure racism.
So I closed the book, deleted it from my Kindle and went straight to Goodreads and gave it a one-star rating which means, "I did not like it." What I didn't do was a write a review expressing my feelings and explaining my rating.
Left the house, did my morning shopping and now I'm back and really wondering if I did right.
In fact, I think I screwed up.
Ever see the Christopher Hitchen's talk where he says (paraphrasing here because I don't recall the exact quotation): "How do you know you are right about anything if this is all you've ever been taught and you have never really bothered to let anything challenge your own programming?"
So here I am having a negative visceral reaction to something I've read and I don't even bother to check out the sources cited. That's not very intellectually honest of me, is it? Or terribly courageous.
Was I too hasty? Should I delete my rating on Goodreads and go back and finish the book so I can give it a fair review? Should I go and read what the two sources cited have to say before I condemn them?
Surely I can do better than this. OK, I found it very offensive but feelings aren't facts. If what was said in this book really is utter BS, then surely there are better reasons for criticizing it than just my sense of outrage.
But I'm really torn because I don't want to continue reading the book and I'm not sure I could be fair even if I did finish it.
Your thoughts on this would be much appreciated.