Tiger Mom – Another One Bites The Dust

    January 6, 2014

What is it about the U.S. displaying such an uproar when someone voices their opinion on race, groups of people, religion, or politics?

Isn’t this a country where “free speech” and individual opinion is acknowledged, encouraged and accepted?

Free speech is what made this country great, and exactly what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. It is what has changed the country and added all of its quirks, sometimes making things better, sometimes worse – but it is a human right to speak out about what they believe whether good, bad, true or false.

The Tiger Mom is again a target – this time for racism accusations with an added flow of derogatory comments from the west coast to the east coast.

Amy Chua’s new book, The Triple Package , according to Forbes – will not sell as well as her last one.

Chua, a Yale law professor and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a Yale law professor have insulted groups of people that didn’t make the list in their research as “the groups that do better in America.”

In their latest title, the couple argues that some groups like Jews, Indians and Mormons, do better in America than other groups like African-Americans, Hispanics and Protestants.

Even though the groups they implied as inferior were never listed or named – for fear of being called “racist” they were simply presumed because they were omitted.

Though they did name the other groups they believe are superior: Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians and Cuban exiles.

The title, The Triple Package means three traits – in which the authors insist groups need in order to get ahead: a superiority complex, a feeling of insecurity, and impulse control. Only when those traits comes together do people “generate drive, grit, and systematic disproportionate group success.”

In a negative review of the book, The New York Post wrote, “It’s a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.” I didn’t feel scared when I read it but I did feel skeptical. The authors claim that their three-pronged prescription can enable anyone to pursue success.

Really? It seems to me that the book’s thesis rests on a colossally wrong-headed line of pop psychology. At least the authors acknowledge that their ideas are strained. In the introduction they write, “The paradoxical premise of this book is that successful people tend to feel simultaneously inadequate and superior.” To me it’s not just paradoxical; it’s untrue, at least in most cases.

True or not, valid point or not, the authors have every right to publish their opinions without having to endure the wrath of hurt feelings and opinionated comments – good, bad – true or false.

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