Journal of Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Scholarship

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In this essay, James Taylor raises many questions about the familiarity of McGhee’s work as well as its reception in the public. In his essay, The Dilemma of The Sum of Us, Taylor ponders why McGhee’s work is so widely embraced and critically acclaimed when there have been many researchers and writers who have shared similar arguments before. His analysis covers works by Gunnar Myrdal among others and he explores how mainstream writers often succeed through “intellectual appeals to white liberal sentimentality”.