‘Diversity’ in Action

Thomas Sowell, Townhall, January 20, 2015

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks, are more than just a passing news story.

Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word “diversity.”

Generations yet unborn will still be paying the price, whether in large or small installments, depending on how long it takes for the West to jettison Utopianism and come to grips with reality.

Meanwhile, in the United States, no one seems to be drawing any lessons about the dangers of importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border. In America, “diversity” has still not yet lost its magical ability to stop thought in its tracks and banish facts into the outer darkness.


There are some politicians–both Democrats and Republicans–who just want to get the [immigration] issue behind them, and are prepared to leave the consequences for others to deal with in the future, just as they are leaving a staggering national debt for others to deal with in the future.

These consequences include irreversible changes in the American population. Ethnic “leaders” and welfare state goodies guarantee the fragmentation of the population, with never-ending strife among the fragments. People who enter the country illegally will get, not only equal benefits with the American people who created those benefits, they will get more than many American citizens, thanks to affirmative action.

We cannot simply let in everyone who wants to come to America, or there will be no America to come to. Cultures matter–and not all cultures are mutually compatible, as Europeans are belatedly learning, the hard way. And “assimilation” is a dirty word to multiculturalists.


To many in the media, the only question seems to be whether we are going to be “mean-spirited” toward people who want to come here–especially children who were brought here, or sent here, “through no fault of their own.”

It is as if those children had some pre-existing right to be in the United States, which they could lose only if they did something bad themselves. But those children had no more right to be here than children in India, Africa or other places with millions of children living in poverty.

Surely we can think ahead enough to realize that children living in this country illegally are going to grow up and have children of their own, with cultures and values of their own–and ethnic “leaders” to promote discontent and hostility if they don’t get as good of results as people who have the prevailing American culture, beginning with the English language.

You can’t wish that away by saying the magic word “diversity”–not after we have seen what “diversity” has led to in Europe.

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  • He’s using the name of Diversity thy god in vain. Isn’t that in the Ten Commandments or something like that?

    • Alexandra1973

      Ten planks of communism?

  • LHathaway

    This is diversity. NO ONE can be honest anymore about anything. Truth is an unfortunate casualty of civilized society. An inversion of the truth seems to be required for multicultural societies.

    “and ethnic “leaders” to promote discontent and hostility if they don’t get as good of results as people who have the prevailing American culture, beginning with the English language”.

    This sounds like what WHITES need. If everyone else is entitled to it (as highest enlightenment) why are not Whites, too? Think of it as a way to ‘neuter’ and deflect colored anxiety. Because no one cares about the truth or reality. We’re to ‘educated’ to care about that.

    • Magister Luddite

      A culture devoid of truth is the furthest thing from “civilized society” I can imagine. What’s next? Should we return to the trees and start flinging our feces at each other?

      • LexiconD1

        I thought that was a typical night in the inner city…am I wrong?

  • MekongDelta69

    The following might catch flak on AmRen, but if all blacks were at least somewhat like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, and about 12 others I can name off the top of my head (a very short list), instead of NoBama, Eric Hold ‘Em Up, Calypso Louie, Al Sharp-Tonnage, Jesse Hi-Jackson, Malcolm X-crement, and plenty of other radical blacks, we might – just might still have a normal America, like the country in which I grew up.

    • The problem is that Sowell, Williams, Elder and the twelve others you could name are the only fifteen there are.

      • MekongDelta69

        I know – that’s why I said it was a very short list.

        I even have their names written down. It’s one of the shortest documents on my PC…

    • Magister Luddite

      True, but impossible. Ever hear of the “talented tenth?”

    • Henry Higgins

      I myself wonder whether these types of blacks might have prevailed had the jews not been allowed to promote the corrupt ‘leaders.’

      • Sid Ishus

        Can’t use the j word. Hell, I said pesky Eskimos the other day and they deleted that. You’d think the ADL was moderating here.

        • Alexandra1973


      • WR_the_realist

        You seem to believe that all the rabid black “leaders” were put in place by Jews. Louis Farrakhan is as anti-Jewish as anybody on Stormfront. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t put into place by any Jews.

    • connorhus

      Boy it would take a long time to convince me no matter how much I agree with their statements and actions. How many times have we been burned by thinking a Black was truly intelligent enough and honest enough to see beyond racial hatred of Whites only to see them do a complete 180 when they got a little power?

    • dd121

      If you hold your breath waiting for that to happen, Mekong, you’ll be as black as they are.

    • Tarczan

      I agree. Things do not need to be as bad as they are. If the Federal government only did what the Constitution called for, and the States did what they were allowed to, things would be much, much better.

      The welfare state exists in part because of the money being created by the Fed Reserve. If welfare functions were to the States, where they rightfully belong, these programs would have to be fiscally sound. In addition, the States would soon be competing amongst themselves for efficient programs.

      Obama and his kind can promise things and create class warfare because he can tax the rich. He wouldn’t be able to do it if the States had their rightful power. It all began in the early1900’s.

      The argument should be that we don’t necessarily oppose these welfare initiatives, but rather that they belong with the States. That ship has long ago sailed though.

    • I don’t think anybody here has a problem with the color of their skin. It’s the “content of their character” that’s a problem.

      • meanqueen

        Well I wouldn’t say no one here has a problem with just the color of their skin, but most Amreners, I hope, would fit your description, as I do.

      • Nonhumans

        Though the color of their skin serves as an ideal warning of the content of their character.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        I honestly don’t believe the lie that there’s a single soul who hates black people for their skin tone.

        Who hates a COLOR?

        • Julius Caesar

          I don’t hate colors, but some colors just aren’t meant to mix…

    • There’s a young black woman who comments on my blog. She’s a race-realist and a nice, honest, person as well.

  • Cid Campeador

    The downfall of America began in 1619 when the very first Africans were brought to these shores by Dutch traders.

    • Augustus3709

      The real Dutch at the time were probably baking cakes and making wooden shoes.

    • Mr. Z

      “Dutch” traders.

  • Capn Dad

    Diversity….best argument there is to never never but never give your weapons to the government. Under no circumstances surrender them. You will be needing them.

  • Luca

    Thomas Sowell, when it comes to blacks, he’s a one-percenter.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Intellectually, not financially (per witless OWS argot).

  • Henry Higgins

    Thank you, Thomas Sowell, for having the temerity to say what desperately needs to be said, yet what most americans are too cowardly to.

  • D.B. Cooper

    So, do you think Mitt or Jeb are going to do anything different when they win next year?

  • Simonetta

    Mr. Sowell, (love that name, it fits so well) the danger isn’t “importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border.” The danger is importing millions of Low-IQ and violent people across our open border.

    A true advanced and prosperous democracy can handle millions of new people from fundamentally different cultures if they are coming from cultures that are advanced and civilized. Because only high IQ people can create advanced and civilized cultures. There’s a lot of rough riding and misunderstanding at first, but it does work out.

    • Anna Tree

      It would still be population replacement.
      I love diversity, including Human Bio-Diversity, it’s beautiful, healthy, strong; a product of thousands of years of evolution. That’s why I think we should not be mixed and mixing.
      The world is a big zoo, everybody should be kept in their own cage…

    • Many Asians have high IQ’s yet large numbers of them would also damage white society.

  • dd121

    This finally occurred to somebody in the msm? My God that progress is a quantum leap.

  • Bossman

    What is Thomas Sowell talking about? The USA has always been an immigrant country and so-called Latinos have always been part of it.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      You’ve been mis-educated, son.

      The US was founded and created by Whites as a White country.

      The Naturalization Act of 1790 specified that “any alien, being a free white person,” could apply for citizenship, so long as he or she lived in the United States for at least two years, and in the state where the application was filed for at least a year. The new law also provided that ‘children of citizens of the United States that may be born … out of the limits of the United States shall be considered as natural born citizens.’

      Until just a few decades ago she was 90% White.

      The Constitution dedicates America to “ Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and OUR Posterity.”

      That was White people writing those words, so they meant White people`s Posterity, not the non-White global herd of “New Citizens” you anti-Whites have foisted on us.

      Anti-Whites decided my country should be an unnatural “melting pot.” I didn’t. My people didn’t – there was no public voting on this. So why do they have the moral authority to flood my people with millions of immigrants, then force assimilate these people into my people until my people become minorities in their own home?

      If all this diversity and multiculturalism is so good, why are we keeping it for ALL and ONLY White countries?

      You anti-Whites ONLY ever call White countries “melting pots” and ONLY White countries.

      You are demanding and justifying the GENOCIDE of my people.

      • 1G25

        The Constitution dedicates America to “ Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and OUR Posterity.”

        An EXCELLENT observation ! The Founding Fathers spoke excellent English, and chose their words carefully.

        • Bossman

          There is no mention of immigration in the Constitution. It only says that there should be uniform rules to becoming a citizen.

          • Julius Caesar

            Where soon thereafter it was established that “immigrants who were free white persons of good character” could become citizens.

            “It thus excluded American Indians, indentured servants, slaves, free blacks, and Asians.”

      • Malgus

        Home run. +1

      • Bossman

        No! I’m not demanding and justifying “genocide.” The world is now a changed place from the days of the Founders. That kind of policy is untenable. The best that the USA could do these days is to severely limit immigration from East Asia and South Asia because there are more of them than anybody else.

        • Malgus

          That kind of policy is untenable.

          I dunno… Seems like anyone who wants to, can pull it off fairly easily…

          Japan seems to be doing quite well with regards to “Japan for the Japanese”…. The Italians are repatriating non-Italians by the boatload…

          Meanwhile, in Africa, the blacks are busily murdering whites and driving off those they don’t kill outright… Look at Mugabestan. Only a halfwit would want to live there, if they were white… it’s not like Ian Smith is still running the joint… and I’m not seeing truckloads of whites itching to go live in Kuwait or the House of Saud…

          The more I think about it, the better that “policy” sounds… I mean, if a bunch of Japanese, Italians, Africans and Muslims can pull it off, then I guess we can too….

      • Julius Caesar

        The term “Melting Pot” was coined by Israel Zangwill in 1908.

        “Zangwill was born in London on 21 January 1864, in a family of Jewish immigrants from Czarist Russia. His father, Moses Zangwill, was from what is now Latvia, and his mother, Ellen Hannah Marks Zangwill, was from what is now Poland. He dedicated his life to championing the cause of the oppressed.”

    • Malgus

      I find dis-ingenuousness in your using the word “immigrant” – when anyone who is aware of history knows that the vast majority of “immigrants” to this country were Europeans. Either Eastern or Western, but chances are if you saw someone, they were white, they were from Europe and they were some flavor of Christianity.

      So much so, that even up until the hated Immigration Act of 1965, These United States were over 95% White. Discounting the blacks, the piddly few who were allowed in for whatever reason were considered more of a curiosity than anything else.

      If someone wanted to see a “Latino”, they were free to go to the Southwest along the border, or to Southern California. They were a pretty rare commodity anywhere else… ‘cept maybe Florida, but then, Florida wasn’t ours prior to us taking it from the Spanish, was it?

      You make it sound like it was some multi-culti Nirvana. Nice try, but no…

    • Anna Tree

      No, not a country of immigrant, the Europeans were SETTLERS. Big difference!

      They built this country from scratch, without welfare and the so many easy goodies the immigrants, and worse illegals, of today gets. It is because of their hard work that immigrants are coming today. But this should be at those European descendants ONLY discretion and only by following their rules.

      • libertarian1234

        “No, not a country of immigrants, the Europeans were SETTLERS. Big difference!

        Yes, the ones coming now are here only for economic reasons, expecting freebies for health care, welfare payments, free schooling, cash payments for rent and food.

        If they had to endure the very real hardships like our ancestors did, braving a wilderness, lack of not only health care, but medicines and doctors and facing hostile tribes constantly attacking them for their blankets, livestock, horses and other meager assets, , believe me, they would not elect to come.

        Settling this country was a very brave move by people who earned every right of ownership.

        • Malgus

          Interesting… from an academic point of view, that could make for a very, very interesting experiment.

          Find some Mestizo family that has recently hopped the border. Tell them they can live here, but they will be given one small wagon with the following:

          – enough food for one month.
          – only the bare minimum of hand tools (axe, shovel, rake, etc)
          – one horse
          – one set of clothes per person.

          In other words, the same amount and quality of goods that an average European settler to the US would have had on the push to the Mississippi River – not the push into the ‘western’ territories…

          They will get no medical care whatsoever. No freebies at all. Not even a guaranteed source of potable water. They will have to hack their living out of the wilderness with their own two hands, same as our people did, with what they brought with them. No more, no less… And as a big-hearted gesture, I’m not even going to subject them to genocidal indian attacks, where all of them are massacred, captured as slaves and everything they own burned to the ground…

          I wonder how many would take that deal? Moreover, I wonder how many would be alive after one year?

          History Channel, are you listening?

          • Bossman

            The American Southwest is the original home of the Mestizos. When American traders went on the Santa Fe trail to old Santa Fe, they were going there to trade with Mestizos.

          • Malgus

            The American Southwest is the original home of the Mestizos.

            Yeah? So? And when they LOST and signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, that became part of These United States. Those who wanted to stay loyal to Mexico, left. Those that didn’t, stayed.

            Moreover, that treaty means WE have say as to who gets to cross the border or not… not them…

            What’s your point? Or are you just blathering in an effort to get me back for destroying a previous post of yours?

            If everyone thought like you, we’d go around the world relocating people back to their original Start Line…. think the Turks will give up Constantinople willingly? What about the Israelis? Since the Mestizos are half Indian and half Spanish/Iberian (Mestizo means “mixed”), where do they go? Do they get to choose? If they choose Spain, do we get to force the Spaniards to take them if they don’t want them, either?

            Like an earlier poster asked – Dude, why are you even here?

        • Bossman

          The right to ownership was done at the point of a gun.

          • Malgus

            Oh no! Someone conquered someone else a long time ago! Boo hoo!

            Once again, nice try. But FAIL. The Indians weren’t all sitting around, communing with nature, toking it up and being One with the Universe…. they waged genocidal wars against each other in an effort to gain territory. They used the most advanced tech they had at the time, too. Same as us.

            But, according to YOU, them not being as technologically advanced as us is somehow our fault? What? We were supposed to abandon firearms and cannons in an effort to make their butt-kicking “more fair”?

            Do you even hear yourself sometimes?

          • Julius Caesar

            Every group of people for time immemorial has either conquered or been conquered. They have either enslaved or been enslaved, in one form or another. Get over it. The top dog-Whites-won. I have no shame in rooting for “my team”, the WHITES.

    • WR_the_realist

      When I was a boy you could travel vast stretches of the U.S.A. without seeing a Mestizo. And the ones that were here knew that they’d better learn English. Now everything is bilingual English/Spanish because there are so many Latinos here they’ve decided that the rest of us have to assimilate into them.

      • Bossman

        Real Mestizos have been around since day one and most of the times you can’t tell that they are Mestizos. The people that you call Mestizos because you can recognize them as such are usually Spanish-speaking Indians of the Meso-American type.

        • Malgus

          Mestizo, as I patiently explained to you before, means “mixed”…

          Prior to the Spaniards arriving in the New World and them interbreeding with the Indians, there was no such thing as a “Mestizo”…

          Once again, your ignorance is showing. But hey, if you want to keep on posting, we’ll keep on using you as a piñata…

        • WR_the_realist

          Mestizos are mixtures of European Spaniards and Central American Indians. That’s what the great majority of Hispanics pouring into our country are.

    • Alexandra1973

      The idea was that EUROPEANS were the ones doing the immigrating.

      90% of US citizens were born here.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      Why are you even here? Do you just hate black people or what? Are you just here to disagree? I don’t get why you’re here. I’ve been trying to figure out what your motivation is since I first started noticing your comments. I don’t think non-white commenters with a different perspective on racial issues should necessarily be chased off or anything, as their comments can sometimes be very valuable. But YOU are completely out of place, 100% of the time.

      Why are you here?

      • Bossman

        I’m here to learn and to express my opinions. I try to base my opinions on facts, logic and history.

        • BlueSonicStreak

          Within the past week, you have argued that the U.S. “has always been an immigrant country,” and appear to have argued for Black Egypt. So I don’t think you’re doing the most bang-up job of the “facts, logic and history” thing.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Meanwhile, in the United States, no one seems to be drawing any lessons about the dangers of importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border. In America, “diversity” has still not yet lost its magical ability to stop thought in its tracks and banish facts into the outer darkness.

    Is he kidding?

    Those of us on the ground, which is most of us, well know the “dangers” and “lessons” of “importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border.”

    We are the ones who must suffer, endure and eventually flee the result of “diversity” when our neighborhoods, schools, parks, supermarkets and other public places become unlivable and dangerous due to massive 3rd world immigration.

    And make no mistake, Mr. Sowell and anyone else out there who is clueless or hasn’t been paying attention:

    These “smug elites” know exactly what they are doing – making Whites (and ONLY Whites) a hated minority in our (and ONLY our) own homelands until there are no more White homelands.

    Diversity is a code word for White Genocide.

    • Tarczan

      That’s really good, Bon.

    • LHathaway

      0% White = 100% full diversity. It is celebrated.

  • WR_the_realist

    Thomas Sowell is right again. Now if only more blacks had the same sense as Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams this would be a wonderful country. Unfortunately that guy in the White House doesn’t have that common sense, nor do any of the Democrats in congress or most of the Republicans in congress.

    • Tarczan

      Obama is trying to destroy this country, based on that what he is doing makes a lot of sense.

  • libertarian1234

    That multicultural societies are formed along lines of tribal factions, each one pursuing it’s own agenda that favors its own group is a given. Only airhead geeks like today’s liberals would expect anything different.

    And most everyone throughout history has failed with most of them erupting into bloody warfare.

    And every nation in the West is in the beginning stages of break up, because they’re no longer mostly homogeneous.

    We’re witnessing history as the elitist plan of creating economic power houses via the importation of third world hordes is shifting into second gear, heading for a crash.

    And the scenario is denied by the elitists who, to a man, fail to see the folly they have created, just as they failed to see the sub-prime fiasco developing, which came close to totally crippling the entire world economy, weakening it to the point where we are perpetually on the precipice of economic collapse.

    And when militant Islamic ghettos in every country enter into the equation, along with the rise of a blood thirsty, half crazed murdering caliphate in the Middle East, the future of the West looks dark indeed.

    And, as usual, the populace have their know it all radical leftist elites to thank.

  • Evette Coutier

    The strength of diversity is that it is a Liberal justification to deny any intellectual disagreement in the name of racism. I hate to say this but liberals have outsmarted us at every turn. It’s high time we stop complaining and start using our heads. Make no mistake, they are in an all out war against us, and no tactic no matter how dirty is off the table against us. We can’t win this by playing nice or by continuing to hide behind the justification of being on the higher moral ground. Where’s our response that labels them, defines them, shuts down their disagreements against us. Where’s our strategy to win popular support? Where’s our equivalent to the $PLC that targets their groups? We are civil folks by nature, but that doesn’t mean we cannot be intellectual warriors.

    • Pelayo

      That’s been my prerogative. I’m reminded of an article here from while back that in essence said that if you are sitting down at a poker game and the game is rigged against you that you don’t sit down and play nice. You flip the damn table and refuse to play their game by their rules. People who challenge me quickly come to find I don’t mince words, I don’t cower and I don’t back down easily. I use their own critical theory tactics to blow holes in their logic until they predictably back down. Although lately I’ve just decided to leave them to their delusions until reality beats them like a ton of bricks. Unless they’re particularly far gone. They’re a waste of time anyway..

      • Evette Coutier

        I understand. It’s in my nature to never give up. I love the sting of the fight. Unfortunately for my I don’t have the right personality to run for public office or I would. We’ve got to get off defense.

        • Pelayo

          Haha if I ever got into politics I’d either be liked for my candor or hated for my bluntness.

          • Evette Coutier

            Me too. I suffer from the Ron White syndrome. I have the right to remain silent, but not the ability.

            Actually, I’ve work most of my life in politics. Politics is a game of conformity. There’s no room for independent thought, personal initiative, or critical thinking. Even though I know from personal experience politicians are far worse than people believe, I’m less critical of them for their tactics. Politics is entirely a practical matter. People want to believe it’s about principle, but the business of politics is completely practical. My complaint is that politicians tend to only see things short term. They pass bills that benefit them short term while ignoring that they are destroying the economy or the structure of the nation over the next 5 to 10 years. Plus, there is no locality to the nation or its people. It’s all about their ego.

      • Nonhumans

        Believe it or not, the libtards actually have a very bad reputation once you step, even marginally, out of anything mainstream. They only rule the spotlight bc of the msm and the narrative that the so-called elites are pushing.
        In my XP nearly everyone who is “Real” has a negative impression of the libtards, especially the hardcore ones, for many multitudes of reasons. Mainly bc they’re the truly intolerant arses, extreme hypocrites, and cant back any of their arguments with facts.

  • badbox27

    Multiculturalism/diversity is the death of America, it’s the death of White people, and it’s the death of Western Civilization.

    • Alexandra1973

      I would say if you want true diversity, you’d have everyone in their own nations. If you mix everyone up, eventually there is no diversity.

  • MartelsGhost

    So Sowell is just repeating everything Pat Buchanan and others have been saying for years?

    If I offered you the choice of using a chain made of good strong steel loops, all the same size and all from the same mold. Or……….a chain made from various materials using loops of various styles and shapes, some of which might be made from seemingly opposite materials ( steel vs. unfired clay ) which one would you choose?

    DIEversity is a scam. It’s entire purpose is to kill off White people.

  • pwnful truth

    I’m pretty sure it was Lenin describing the disinformation war he was launching against America; he boasted “Before we are done they will swear that snow is black.”