Intellectuals and Race

Walter E. Williams, CNS News, March 19, 2013

After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell’s latest book, “Intellectuals and Race,” one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There’s so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.

Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to “a legacy of slavery” or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain’s lower-class whites, which can’t be attributed to “a legacy of slavery” or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior.

It’s lamented that blacks are “the last hired” and, during an economic downturn, “the first fired,” because blacks are terminated before whites. That’s seen as evidence of discrimination by white employers, but white employees are terminated before Asian-American employees. Is that employer discrimination against whites?

Intellectuals accept statistical data as showing discrimination when it reinforces existing preconceptions and reject or ignore it when it doesn’t.


The racial discrimination explanation requires that we believe that white bankers racially discriminate not only against blacks but against whites, as well. It also requires that we believe that black-owned banks are in cahoots with white-owned banks, because they, too, turn down black mortgage applicants more often than white applicants. The true explanation is not rocket science. Lenders prefer to lend to people who will pay them back. Average credit scores are higher among whites than blacks and higher among Asian-Americans than whites.


Then there’s the “acting white” charge, when black youngsters who conduct themselves according to the norms of the larger society are criticized and often assaulted by their presumably “acting black” peers.

Sowell concludes that our nation is painting itself into a corner when it comes to thinking about racial problems. Whole cities, of which Detroit is a classic example, have been devastated physically, socially and economically by racial problems—which cannot be discussed honestly by elected officials, people in the media or academics, who do not want to become pariahs or, even worse, lose their jobs.

This moral paralysis is paid in blood—mostly the blood of black people preyed upon by criminals, though in recent years, there have been violent mob attacks on white people in shopping malls, on beaches, on public transportation vehicles and in other public places. These attacks often go unreported, are minimized or are reported without detail, even though the attackers shouted their hatred for white people. {snip}

My own conclusion is that black people waged a successful civil rights struggle against gross discrimination. It’s white and black liberals, intellectuals, academics and race hustlers who have created our greatest hurdle.

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  • David Ashton

    The proper response to these two is polite gratitude.

  • Tom Iron

    Thomas Sowell has been saying these things for years. It’s had no good effect. So forget about reading another book. We’re past reading books now. Just remember, that when everything comes apart in this country, the only thing that will be of any help to you is good markmanship

    • Bill

      Well, yeah, but then he ends by saying the civil rights movement was caused by gross discrimination….wrong. The “civil rights” movement was against common sense measures to ensure the tranquility of society such as segregation, Jim Crow laws, and requirements that you be able to read a simple sentence or spell your own dang name before being allowed to VOTE. Once all those safe guards were taken away, it became only a matter of time before Detroit and mall attacks would occur. Mr Sowell seems to miss the grand point for the same reasons he says intellectuals miss the grand point. No matter what he says, he himself can’t step outside his skin color and just admit blacks aren’t up to maintaining any sort of civilization, lawful behavior, personal responsibility and it’s their OWN fault, not the fault of liberals, intellectuals, academics and race hustlers. Those are just the folks using this savage ethnic group for their own purposes, having recognized their innate behavior and infantile IQ’s leading to swallowing whole the excrement those groups peddle.

      • С.С.Р. Беркли

        Well, Bill, low IQ whites are not exactly able to maintain a civilization either. But they get dragged along, just like the low IQ blacks, by all those who are busy reversing entropy–the high IQ whites, asians, even some blacks (e.g., Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell).

        • Svigor

          Well, Bill, low IQ whites are not exactly able to maintain a civilization either. But they get dragged along, just like the low IQ blacks, by all those who are busy reversing entropy–the high IQ whites, asians, even some blacks (e.g., Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell).

          Well, commie, “low IQ whites” aren’t a race, but blacks are a low IQ race. I mean, we could cherry-pick retarded Jews or yellows and say they can’t create or maintain advanced civilization, but we wouldn’t be making much of a point, now would we?

          • a multiracial individual

            In your ideal society would you like to remove assistance to low IQ Blacks, but maintain or increase assistance to low IQ whites?

          • vladdy1

            Might make up for “past offenses,” since low IQ blacks have been getting into jobs and universities they’re not qualified for for so long. We even have an AA president. Don’t imagine a low IQ white could be worse than the mediocre, puffed-up “I’ve got game” muslim in the our (tho’ he likes to call it his) White House now.

        • Non Humans

          I think the grander point here, though, is that low IQ whites and other races besides nonhumans have a far more diminished capacity to be a burden and drain upon any society as nonhumans do.
          Nonhumans average effect on any society in which they attempt to cohabitate is that of all manners of crime, entitlement, and other primitive behaviors. At least the poor or low IQ members of other races tend to not be as destructive as nonhumans of the same or similar castes.

  • WmarkW

    John Derbyshire points out (in one of the videos under features) that the intellectual left uses racial denialism as an intelligence marker. Only an uninformed boor believes that achievement disparities are due to any shortcoming among blacks. An intelligent person can come up with legacies of slavery or stereotype threat or institutional racism to explain obvious disparities in behavior and demonstrations of intelligence.

    It’s liberalism’s theodicy problem (why bad things happen to good people).

    • Token Finn

      It takes a certain amount of intellect and sophistication to search wrong and complex solutions for simple problems. In that sense, whites with guts are more crass, since they refuse to imagine fine clothes on the emperor’s nude body. Racists may even crudely say that his privates are hanging out or that multiculturalism plain sucks, instead of engaging in a controlled, castrated debate where you get to voice your opinion between the lines and are then introduced to more of that, which whites oppose. They give you a pat on the back for being a nice racist opponent for not showing emotions and outrage over the disaster and figure you for a push-over (if you step over the line, expect to pay protection money or lose your reputation). The multicultural cult flouts the said nudity in everyone’s face with a serious face in order to fool people into believing that it’s normal and uses mass psychology to make common sense a cause of shame.

      • a multiracial individual

        Mr. Taylor’s invincible composure is one of the reasons talk show hosts refuse to have him on their show. He does not fit the stereotype of an ignorant racist.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s only been forty years or so since Jim Crow was eliminated. As time progresses, I suspect that more and more people will begin to question the discrimination thesis as ghetto black behavior continues to decline.More and more people will become willing to consider the IQ and other biological differences as factors in black behavior.

  • JohnEngelman

    Well educated whites who are unaware that blacks are much more likely to be dangerous than whites suffer from what George Orwell called, “money sheltered ignorance.”

    Anyone who thinks that police brutality is more of a problem than black crime is ignorant of what white blue collar workers need to know in order to stay alive, regardless of how many degrees he has from elite universities.

    • swmatlgeny

      The first part of your statement if very interesting. My theory on why most of the Liberals are in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast is because of the smaller black population in those regions. Their “Scholarly view” is that blacks are treated poorly by whites.

      Those of us who live in the Southeast, where many of the states are almost half black or more know the truth. We see it on a daily basis, the unemployed black man walking down the road with no cares, the crime, the way the blacks ruin a neighborhood and a school district. We have to live with it, and when we try and speak our Liberal neighbors to the north and west call us racist. Yet, they don’t hardly ever see what we see.

      • JohnEngelman


        I am old enough to remember the civil rights movement. Both of my parents were northern liberals with graduate degrees. Naturally I supported that movement.

        When I graduated from college I could have counted on the fingers of one hand the blacks I knew by name. One was my family’s colored cleaning “lady.” She resembled Aunt Jemima, and was as they say a real gem. One was a black college professor who taught at Howard University in Washington, DC. One ran a non profit consumer advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

        You get the picture.

        Recently because of my inadequacies and mistakes, and because of an economy that no longer gives one a second chance, I have moved to the edge of a black ghetto in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. I’ve been mugged a few times. Within a thousand feet of where I am siting right now several people have been murdered since I moved here. A nine year old girl was kidnapped and raped.

        It wasn’t done by whites. It wasn’t done by Orientals. When I did live with poor Vietnamese in San Jose, California this kind of thing did not happen.

        In order to know what most blacks are really like one usually needs to see them up close every day on terms of approximate equality in an environment where they are in the clear majority.

        When blacks are in the minority most try to behave. When they are in the majority most behave the way they want to behave. Many do not want to behave well.

        Affluent whites usually know few blacks. These few are usually exceptional, or they occupy subordinate positions without resentment. Affluent white liberals enforce the constraints of political correctness. Affluent white conservatives acquiesce in the lies and hypocrisy of political correctness because their main concern is skewing things ever more in favor of the well to do.

        • tarczan

          Couldn’t you move to some rural area? In my home state of Ohio there are plenty of small towns with low costs of living.

          • JohnEngelman

            I would need to get a job there first.

          • vladdy1

            Suggeston — get a teaching credential — you can pick your small town to live in and the loss of good pay is worth it in the safety you’ll earn back.And God knows we need realists in the schools. We’ve handed ’em over to the marxists on a silver platter. No urban area has more than 50

        • Sue

          It was the same with the Indians. While the soldiers and settlers on the plains were being tortured, raped, and butchered, the elites in their comfortable (not blood soaked linens protested how inhumane the soldiers were.

          • JohnEngelman

            Those soldiers and settlers were taking land from the Indians. The Indians are worse off as a result.

            Although blacks were brought here as slaves, American blacks are better off than African blacks.

          • vladdy1

            About the Indians — every society in history has gained and lost land due to warfare. It’s astonishing how many (school kids, especially, along with their younger teachers) think we were the first nation ever founded on “taking land” from someone. As the Mexicans what their ethni mix is and how it got that way, since they’re so good at claiming America (AND Mexico) as theirs. The Europeans went into Mexico just like they did the U.S., but nobody ever says Mexico was “stolen” by Europeans. (Sorry — OT)

          • Michael Harreskov

            Good Point John, I remember reading when African slaves were freed only 13000 decided to return to Liberia.

          • JohnEngelman

            During the slave trade African Negroes were enslaved by other African Negroes. The fortunate ones were sold to white slave traders. The unfortunate ones were victims of human sacrifice and cannibalism.

          • saxonsun

            There’s no doubt that Indians engaged in such behavior…and there’s also no doubt that some of our soldiers did the same.

          • vladdy1

            Unfortunatelly, all we ever hear about is the “horrible behavior” (It was called the Indian wars, and my ancestors were certainly involved) of the soldiers.

      • vladdy1

        Just one thing — Midwest is full of blacks — Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, KC, OK City. Chicago, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Gary, East St Louis and so on and on. But I certainly agree with the theory,.

    • Svigor

      I am old enough to remember the civil rights movement.

      That at least partly explains why you seem incapable of learning anything new, no matter how many times anyone tries to educate you.

      • JohnEngelman


        I do not pretend to know everything. Nevertheless, I have made a reasonable effort to educate myself. Please help my ongoing education.

        On the American Renaissance website I like to present fact based arguments, and to document my factual assertions. What have I said here that is not true?

        • David Ashton

          Nothing at present, but we have read this answer almost verbatim so often that one wonders if you have an automatic button on your computer to send it again and again.

          • JohnEngelman

            Svigor said that I have not learned anything. I pointed out that he was mistaken, and I believe I have demonstrated it in my posts on American Renaissance. I frequently document my factual assertions using information I have found here.

        • Dont worry: you are doing well…

      • vladdy1

        Do I detect a note of bigotry? Stereotyping? The idea that age leads, not to wisdom, but to stupidity, not to experience gained, but experience refused? I thought it was not PC to be bigoted.
        And on this page, we try not to blame white people, since they get blamed so much already. (We also try to stay away from personal insults — this is not HuffPo.)

      • One only needs to be about 45-50 yrs. old to remember the civil rights crapola. Perhaps you should rethink your flawed opinion. If you’re fortunate enough to live a long life, you’ll find yourself looking back and thinking, “wow, I didn’t know much way back when…”

  • Anon1

    I find it unfortunate that it’s a black man who gets to state the obvious and doesn’t lose his job or credibility because of it. When will Whites wake up and challenge the basic assumptions of equality that are proliferated by the left?

    This is why I feel Whites aren’t worth saving. We don’t do the bare minimum and we actively work against our own best interests. We’re the only people who do this and evolution has subsequently selected against us.

    • ms_anthro

      Speak for yourself! Plenty of us are speaking up. It starts with every one of us, including you. So what’s stopping you, Anon?

      • [Guest]

        I agree, ms_antro. But we really need people with large audiences to speak up—that is, public figures such as people in politics, media, and entertainment. We’re not getting that, though, partly because a public figure who speaks up will see his career destroyed.

        By the way, for years I’ve spoken up on racial issues on several forums devoted to social and political issues and have been either ignored or vilified … and that’s by people who profess to be social and political conservatives. We’re to the point that speaking up doesn’t seem to do any good. We seem to be beyond that.

        • ms_anthro

          The more we “common” people speak up, the more likely we are to find well known people who are willing to represent us to wider audiences. Publicity from saying controversial things can send a public figure very far. How much more so if they’re openly supporting a nascent pro-White movement that snowballs into something unstoppable.

          We have to keep at it. Talking and writing the truth costs us nothing and we can sleep a little easier at night knowing we have integrity and the courage of our convictions. Once enough of us are doing that, the talking heads will begin to follow suit. Look at this headline progression from Paris newspapers between March 9 and March 22, 1815:

          It took them a mere two weeks to go from contempt to obsequious fawning over Napoleon Bonaparte. Human nature hasn’t changed since then. The craven press and talking heads will say what they think the public wants to hear. It’s our job to make the topic of White rights a legitimate subject in the public discourse. And we can do that by talking about it everywhere, in mixed company and on the internet wherever the MSM publishes a story about anti-White activity.

          • [Guest]

            Thank you for replying.

            I appreciate your enthusiasm and hope you’re right.

    • [Guest]

      >>>This is why I feel Whites aren’t worth saving.

      I hate to hear that, although I’ve sometimes intimated it myself. In just about any racial situation you can name, there is a contingent of white race traitors at work.

      As an example, Crystal Mangum, the black stripper who attempted to lynch the young white students at Duke University, was really the product of a white man: Mike Nifong. Without his efforts (made largely to gain black votes in a reelection attempt), that crazy criminal black woman would not have become a cause in the first place. And a whole cadre of white “anti-racists” eagerly backed her.

      Blacks and browns are not destroying this country; white people are tearing it down either by using blacks and browns as instruments to accomplish that end or by being willfully blind to what’s going on.

  • bigone4u

    Chirp. Chirp. The sound of crickets chirping as America waits for its mulatto president to address the issue of black pathology in a nationally televised speech. We’re waiting. Chirp. Chirp.

    • MBlanc46

      The next president will be white (or possibility Cuban or Indian) and we’ll wait just as long for the “honest conservation about race”.

  • james watson

    i never knew how racist and hateful blacks were until obama got elected. but now i know so its good that i found out early so that i can be prepared for their hate and violence. they are overall a sad people not every one but in general a pathetic race childish cannot accept responsibility blames others for everything ad infinitum. no wonder james watson gave up trying to help them.

    • D

      I worked with blacks for over 30 years at the Rouge Plant in Michigan, the blacks were the most racist people i had ever witnessed, they made the klan look like school boys

    • robinbishop34

      Childish is right.

  • a multiracial individual

    An acceptance of realism will be the best shot we ever have at bringing ourselves up.

    • The__Bobster

      That will never happen as long as certain groups gain by stirring the pot.

      • a multiracial individual

        I agree. The grievance industry is very lucrative. Telling people that they are not actually victims, and that they should try and work hard, appears to bring out the some of the most fascist people (liberals) I have ever seen. It’s really despicable.

    • RisingReich

      You can start anytime, or do you have an excuse for that, too?

      • a multiracial individual

        Do you mean help others, or help myself? I am doing what I can to improve myself individually. I am juggling full time work and a Ph.D program.

  • cecilhenry

    Intellectuals never really blame whitey, but rather they blame the whitey they envy and despise.

    ‘Whitey come back’, (in tune of the 1970’s song–we need a jingle here!), is the predicable party line when whites start explicitly rejecting the PC agenda.

  • AutomaticSlim

    Townhall ran all three of Sowell’s columns last week.
    I posted some “racially realistic” comments on a couple of the articles there, and man, did those neocons and evangelical bible thumpers hit the roof. Does not bode well for the future of the Republican party when the “mainstream” refuses to accept reality. Instead, they want to bend over backwards to appease the blacks and attempt to transform their “culture”. They simply refuse to accept the fact that genetics is involved.

    • MBlanc46

      Elements of both the parties are currently committed to the civil rights paradigm. Neither the black problem nor the immigration problem will be solved by one of the parties.

    • vladdy1

      Evangelical Bible thumpers? Boy, we’re not doing very well at keeping track of who our enemies are and who is destroying the country right underneath our noses. Let’s blame old people, let’s blame Christians, let’s blame low IQ whites… Geesh! (It’s not Christians who are putting muslim brotherhood members into positions of authority in high-security agents right now. And they’re not the ones pushing for “I don’t prosecute racist blacks, ‘cos only whites can be racist” Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary, either. God help us all if he gets in. I think we have bigger problems than followers of Jesus…like maybe followers of marx??

      • AutomaticSlim

        Hello Vladdy.

        I am not anti-Christian. Just the opposite actually. I am a “lapsed” Catholic, a veteran of parochial elementary school , high school and college. While I am not a regular church goer, I still consider myself a Catholic and a Christian, and I am proud of my religion and consider it part of my Western/Southern European heritage.

        That being said, I have to ask, have you ever logged onto
        Some of the Evangelicals over there are downright fanatic in their defense of blacks and illegals. They refuse to hear any sensible argument regarding the behavior of tropical types and how their evolution figures into that behavior. In fact, a large percentage of them DON”T EVEN BELIEVE EVOLUTION TO BE A FACT. They are “bible thumping” lunatics who consider the earth to be less than 7,000 years old and also consider Adam and Eve to be actual people who lived in an actual Garden of Eden a little over 6 thousand years ago.

        Now I have no problem if someone chooses to believe in a fairy tale over an extremely solid scientific theory backed up by a huge amount of factual data.

        But when those same people tell me I am a racist because I believe that the races are different and blacks are not the same as me, I have a huge problem.
        And they don’t back up their arguments with facts. They merely say the magic word “racist” and figure that wins them the argument. And this is the “mainstream” of the Republican party. Karl Rove would be proud.

        Like I said. Does not bode well.

  • SargeInCharge

    Thomas Sowell has been releasing articles entitle “Intellectuals and Race” Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 the past several weeks. Note that while Sowell has released these “Intellectuals and Race” articles and his book of the same name, this “Intellectuals and Race” article is by Walter Williams. I’ve read all these articles and much of Williams’ articles in the past, and I find Wiliams’ article and Williams in general to be much more honest than Sowell about the black community’s shortcomings, pathologies, racism, and crime. Williams has even cited Jared Taylor and the Color of Crime in honest, non-critical ways in the past. From Williams’ “Conspiracy of Silence” (1999)

    “There’s little notice and condemnation of interracial crimes when whites are the

    Last June, Jared Taylor, president of New Century Foundation, in Oakton, Va.,
    held a press conference at Washington’s National Press Club to report on the
    foundation’s recently released study, “The Color of Crime.” Some of the study’s
    findings about interracial crime were surprising, so much so that I did an
    independent verification of the numbers.

    Since 1972, the U.S. Department of Justice has conducted a National Crime
    Victimization Survey (NCVS) to determine the frequency of certain crimes.

    One category is interracial crimes. Its most recent publication (1997),
    “Criminal Victimization in the U.S.,” reports on data collected in 1994. In that
    year, there were about 1,700,000 interracial crimes, of which 1,276,030 involved
    whites and blacks. In 90 percent of the cases, a white was the victim and a
    black was the perpetrator, while in 10 percent of the cases it was the reverse.

    Another finding of the NCVS report is that of the 2,025,464 violent crimes
    committed by blacks in 1994, 1,140,670 were against whites — that’s slightly
    over 56 percent. Whites committed 5,114,692 violent crimes; 135,360, or 2.6
    percent were against blacks.

    In 1997, there were 2,336 whites charged with anti-black crimes and 718
    blacks charged with anti-white crimes, so-called hate crimes. Although the
    absolute number of white offenders was larger, the black rate per 100,000 of the
    population was greater, making blacks twice as likely to commit hate crimes.

    Regardless of race, criminal violence is despicable and deserving of
    condemnation. But far more destructive are the official and unofficial attempts
    to mislead and conceal. Roughly 400 members of the major print and electronic
    media were invited to the press conference on “The Color of Crime.” According to
    Taylor, several asked for advanced copies before they’d consider sending anyone.
    Only 14 people stayed for the briefing and only a couple reported on the study,
    most notably The Washington Times and C-Span. One reporter said that he’d like
    to write a story but he doubted he could get it by his editor.

    If the facts were the other way around, everybody from The New York Times and President Clinton to the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus would be shouting about it and demanding that something be done.”

  • MobyWhite

    I don’t trust black “conservatives.”

    When the money runs out and the clock runs backwards, watch them revert to violent blood thirsty afroovoodoo bantu zulu mau mau just as fast as your “nice, quiet, articulate, educated, Cosby show” black neighbors do.

    • George

      I respectfully disagree.

      There is a bell curve in behaviour. Some blacks are nearly always violent, some almost never so. The same is true of whites or any other race.

      I would respectuflly submit to you that Dr. Sowell would act to protect himself or his family in the same way you would. He recognises differences in the races, deplores typical black (mis)behaviour and works to fight it. He’s part of what we call the ‘Talented Tenth’. Unlike most of that group, though, he sees through liberal lies, and isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade.

      • Pontius

        WEB Du Bois talked about the “talented 10th”–the 10% at the level of whites (actually, about 16% of African Americans are over the white IQ mean). But in that 10% most AfrAms seem to be race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Louis Henry Gates, etc. Sowell is more like the talented 0.001%–an intellectual that Milton Friedman admired; an author that many college students read outside of class; a libertarian, but not a misty-eyed one that finds open borders reasonable. I would be happy if most AmRen posters were at his level–but they are not, and it is to their disgrace if they don’t recognize it.

    • Robert

      You are an idiot, “mobywhite”. I don’t trust you either, pale.

      • MobyWhite

        Did you need to trust me for anything?

    • David Ashton

      I disagree too, less respectfully.
      Our worst problem are the white liberal/cultural marxists, personally non-violent and much brighter than the average black person.

  • George

    There have been a few posts in here which criticise Dr. Sowell. Although I can understand the point of view, I must respectfully disagree.

    Sowell’s personal history in many respects typifies the American dream. His father died very shortly after he was born. As his housemaid mother already had four children to look after, he was adopted by his aunt. He was the first in his family to go to school beyond the sixth grade. He was almost 9 years old before he lived in a house with hot running water.

    He served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War. After, he worked for the government in Washington (This is before there were set asides or Affirmative Action). He entered Howard University, taking night classes. His high marks and recommendations got him an entrance to Harvard. He subsequently earned his Masters at Columbia and his PhD in economics at the University of Chicago…again, entirely on academic merit; all without favouratism based on race.

    In his 20s, Sowell was a Marxist-Leninist. His mind was open, however, and he quickly came to realise that the free market is the best system for individuals and nations. He uncovered how minimum wage laws increased unemployment in Puerto Rican sugar cane workers. He opposes the Federal Reserve system, affirmative action and race quotas. In his columns, he regularly calls blacks to account for their collective misdeeds.

    So…here we have a gentleman who: Was born in to poverty, worked hard to educate himself. Served his country in time of war. Worked and took night classes. Kept an open mind and changed his opinion when the facts suggested that he was in error (a rare breath of academic honesty!). Is highly critical of the Federal Reserve and fractional banking system. Objects to preferential treatment based on race. Objects to government hand outs to freeloaders. Engages in honest discussions about race, even when those of his race villify him.

    Based on the content of his character, Dr. Sowell is, if not a friend of White Nationalism, a fellow traveller. Rightly or wrongly, because of his race, he is, indeed, able to say things in print no white columnist ever could in our age. Instead of uselessly complaining on AmRen about it, we should instead be thankful for the tender mercy that the message does get out through him.

    There would be little need for a website such as this if all blacks were to follow his example and way of life, viz. work hard. Study hard. Be self-reliant. Serve your country, rather than demand your country give you handouts. We know that this cannot be the case, but we should hope and encourage blacks to follow his example.

    • tarczan

      A really great comment. I wished I could say it as well!

    • a multiracial individual

      Many people will be critical of information, no matter how accurate, simply because they do not like its’ source. It is a very childish mentality.

    • AutomaticSlim

      “if all blacks were to follow his example”

      Impossible. Sowell’s higher than average intelligence (ESPECIALLY for a black) makes him a genetic freak amongst his people. As alien to his own kind as we are. As you state, he seems like a decent enough person, but please remember that for every one Thomas Sowell there are 100 Mike Tysons without the boxing career. For that is the typical black male. And that sums up my problem with Sowell. He refuses to admit that he is different from other blacks. He clings to the belief that if they simply “applied themselves”, they could be just like him. It would be easier for them to flap their arms real hard and start flying.

  • Token Finn

    Even a lot of the magic blacks fail logic completely when it comes to viewing their race objectively. An affluent, college educated black immediately starts apologizing for the trashiest of his race. It makes you wonder if there are any blacks with the honesty and depth to admit that blacks are inherently bad for whites. There’s no shortage of self-loathing whites who’d readily call their own race inferior to that of any dark one or that whites are inherently bad news for blacks. I think Sowell is setting himself up for some nasty questions now. How does he explain that blacks have gained such a reputation in some many fields and ways? I suppose he would have to hark back to ‘culture’ but what would be its origin? He would not allow genetic differences, so would he fall back on the legacy of racism stuff? That would not make him much different from the average leftist. If he thinks that past discrimination is still hurting blacks, why is he seemingly putting responsibility on blacks? Is he having his cake and eating it too?

    • Robert

      Just shut up, Finn. You’re not making any sense. Give credit where it’s do. Dr. Thomas Sowell is smarter and much more accomplished than you are.

      • Luis

        Actually Finn is making a lot of sense, when he says a college educated Bantu will stick up for the trashiest of his race. It happens all the time.

    • David Ashton

      Use your imagination: it is psychologically very difficult for Sowell to regard blacks as stupid for biological reasons, especially when he himself is quite clever, and even if he thinks or suspects as much, he gains nothing by saying so.
      Let us just be pleased with much of what he has said, and do the rest ourselves.

  • D

    The Negro is the missing like between the great apes and the white man, just watch them enough and you will see the connection.