May 05, 2005
this guy is good
If you don't read thomas sowell, you are missing something really good. Too many black editorial writers (in MY humble opinion) ride a one-trick pony--- everything bad that happens to black people today is the result of racism.
Sowell doesn't take that track. He digs a lot deeper and tells the truth. Black "leaders" don't like him for it, but I do.
I caught the tail-end of what he's talking about in the article I linked. I grew up in my really formative years in a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky. My grandparents both quit school in the eighth grade to get married and run the farm Papaw inherited when his father died.
Education was NOT a big deal back then. A more valuable skill was learning to grow corn and make moonshine. But after my grandfather fled the revenuers and went to work in the mines (under an assumed name), he realized that he was lacking a lot of knowledge that he NEEDED on that job.
He taught HIMSELF accounting, algebra and geometry by studying books when he wasn't working. He and Mommie also realized that their five children needed more than they themselves ever got out of school, so they pushed them hard to study and learn. All five turned out to be successful.
I moved to Savannah in 1958, when segregation was the rule and separate bathrooms and drinking fountains were common. Blacks rode on the back of the bus. That was no way to treat people and I understood that fact even back then. Hell, being a skinny hillbilly with a funny accent, I wasn't treated very well myself for a while.
But my parents both INSISTED that my brother and I get a good education. They saw the light and school came before anything else in our home. Man, if you wanted to get your ass in really hot water, just let a teacher send a note home detailing your transgressions, receive a call from the principal or bring home a bad report card.
If I did that, my ass was grass, and I was mowed very quickly.
I am proud to say that I am the first child born on either side of the family who earned a college degree. Others came after me, but I was the first. My family KNEW that education plus hard work equals success in this country. They preached it, they practiced it and they were successful at it.
White liberals come into this story because, since the 1960s, they have been aiding and abetting a counterproductive ghetto lifestyle that is essentially a remnant of the redneck culture which handicapped Southern whites and blacks alike for generations.
Many among the intelligentsia portray the black redneck culture today as the only "authentic" black culture and even glamorize it. They denounce any criticism of the ghetto lifestyle or any attempt to change it.
Teachers are not supposed to correct black youngsters who speak "black English" and no one is supposed to be judgmental about the whole lifestyle of black rednecks. In that culture, belligerence is considered being manly and crudity is considered cool, while being civilized is regarded as "acting white."
You want to keep the slaves on the plantation? Continue doing what we're doing now. Reinforce bad ideas and ignore the obvious. Nobody HAS to live as a second-class citizen anymore, not in this country. If my family could crawl out of the coal mines and the hollows of eastern Kentucky and produce successful offspring, anybody can do it.
Today, however, calling the typical black ghetto lifestyle self-destructive is a racist notion, and you're better off to keep your mouth shut about it. I won't. It IS a self-destructive lifestyle and nobody HAS to live that way. And I blame white liberals (who "love" black people) and race-mongers such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for wanting to maintain the status quo.
Sweet Bejus! Get an education. Learn a skill. Don't get pregnant at the age of 16. Learn to hold a steady job, work hard and stay out of jail. Is that really so difficult to do? It must be.
A lot of blacks can't manage it. And there's no goddam excuse for that shit.
Liberal continue to display what President Bush calls:
"The soft bigotry of LOW EXPECTATIONS".
I was excoriated by my self-hating white hippy liberal Feel Good Race Relations (aka It's All Whitey's Fault) professor for quoting Thomas Sowell to back up my view. She dismissed him as a "sellout to his people".
I got a D in the class. Fuck her.
The soft bigotry of LOW EXPECTATIONS
OMG, what a great line.
At my bank (in Oakland, CA), we get a lot of lower income minorities that apply for our jobs. Decent pay, high tech, keep-it-as-long-as-you-want jobs. I get kids from the same tech school, same socio-economic levels. Nearly without exception, the Asia kids are well dressed (clean clothes, no ass-crack hanging out of their pants) and presentable. The black and white kids (who are trying to emulate the gangsta crap of the local predominantly black neighborhoods) are a joke.
They just don't get it.
"They just don't get it."
Neither the concept nor the job, I imagine.
The Other Mike S.....but how do the gansta crap react? They may not listen to President Bush but the situation has gotten so bad that Bill Cosby has taken to chastizing the ghetto community attitude as "self-destructive".
The only way Liberals can actually prove there even are any poor is to try to preserve this special culture of deranged Blacks as a protected species. Sowell points out in his book "Basic Economics" that those who are defined as poor on any large scale [lowest quintile of income] move out of being poor en masse, given time, as would be expected. Perhaps as little as 3% of those born poor remain poor. Few of them are even poor on an absolute scale involving food, clothing, housing, transportation, entertainment, educational opportunities, services, and so on.
Basically, in this country there are no poor, only Liberals who need the poor to save and the myth of the poor by which to punish anyone who is not poor, that is, anyone who has a taxable income. It makes Liberals feel good to have the Government God tax and spend as the Liberals' path to salvation. Making Liberals feel good is, as usual, the main motivation for their actions against us all.
Ga-Ne-Sha...Liberals don't want to feel good...it is not their main motivation. They tell you "doing good" is their motivation. B.S.
Their main motivation is POWER....power to make decisions for you, power to enact laws for everybody, power to get a good table at the latest DC hotspot, power to take "information gathering" trips at taxpayer expense, etc. etc. etc.
Keep the ghetto poor, uninformed, financially and psychologically dependent, and voting Democratic! It's like having at 20 point handicap on the golf course.....makes you a winner unless you really can't "play the game".
Operation "Bootstrap" couresty of LBJ has kept blacks under the Democratic boot for forty years.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are not out to help these folks achieve....these folks are their meal tickets...to money to power to attention.
"Losers" with a loser mentality for their people and a "hustler" mentality for themselves. Corruption at its "finest".
The Sowell brother is the best columnist out there. The only ones that comes close are Victor David Hansen and David Horowitz.
"That was no way to treat people and I understood that fact even back then."
I'm also from the South and remember feeling the same way as a child when I saw those kinds of things. I'm pretty sure I picked that up from my parents and grand parents. I don't think people from outside the South realize how many of us felt that way. I also feel the same way about Mr. Sowell. I had the honor of meeting the man once and he was the ultimate gentleman
You'd like Walter Williams, too. He writes in the same vein as Sowell, but he's an econonomist, and frames many of his points through basic economics.
Here's a starter.
Thomas Sowell is the wisest man in the United States.
If you like his columns you'll love his books. His output has been awesome. There is a great list here: [http://tinyurl.com/cmbpa] Where to begin? Everyone should read Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy for starters.