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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams on race

Thomas Sowell wrote an excellent editorial about race this past week:

A Legacy of Cliches

As did Walter Williams:

Fiddling Away the Future.


Gilbert Ratchet said...

The second column is by Walter Williams.

John Craig said...

Gilbert --
Thank you, the correction has been made.

(That was embarrassing.)

Steven said...

Two excellent articles. If articles about race were honest, they would say things more like that- how refreshing that would be.

The media narrative doesn't help black people because solutions based on an incorrect diagnosis wont be effective and it doesn't help race relations as blacks are constantly told white people are to blame for all of their problems while whites resent being blamed.

Actually, perhaps white people do need a significant amount of blame, for well meaning but misguided policies.

Anonymous said...

Since the US has decided that when a crazy person adopts a symbol that could be perceived as the motivation for his deadly actions, the symbol should then be removed from the public realm (i.e. Dylann Roof and the Confederate flag) - shouldn’t the Joker, Batman, and all comic strip super-hero characters also be banned (James Eagan Holmes)?


John Craig said...

Steven --
Yes, exactly. The races are not exactly alike in every way, and those differences express themselves in a myriad of ways, one of which is economic inequality. The liberals' solution? To pretend that they are alike in every way and demonize anyone who says otherwise.

John Craig said...

Ed --
Good point. And as others have pointed out, there have been bad things done in the name of this country, too -- certainly according to the Left -- so why not ban the American flag?

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I actually don't mind seeing a Confederate flag taken down. Whenever I've seen this flag, I have felt uneasy about seeing it. When I go to Georgia to visit family, every once in a while, you can see the flag. To me, it's a reminder that I'm in the deep south.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I agree with Ed and those who've made the point about the American flag, but I'm not a big supporter of the Confederate flag either. Whenever I see it, I always do get the impression that whoever's displaying it is making a sly (but fairly obvious) statement about how they feel about race and slavery. While I"m all for a dose of realism when it comes to racial differences, I can't get into supporting a symbol of slavery, which is unjustifiable under any circumstances.

Stan said...

John Craig -

You're really misreading the Confederate (battle) flag if you think it is about making a 'sly' statement about race and slavery by most who fly it.

As a Californian who lived in the South for a while, I came to realize that for most Southerners the flag is a symbol of pride, rebellion, and a way to ‘flip-the-bird’ in a non-obscene way at northerners and especially DC. I think the last part is why war has been declared on the flag. I think the war on the flag by the establishment has almost nothing to do with racism or slavery.

Think of the ‘Dukes of Hazard’ car with the flag on the roof. The message wasn’t “I want slavery” or “I hate blacks” but rather “I’m a rebel and an outlaw and the ‘man’ doesn’t tell me what to do.” It is about Southerners still proud that their ancestors stood up to the Union even if they lost (and even if in some respects their cause wasn't just). Sort of the same way that some Indian tribes can still feel pride at standing up to the US, even if they lost, and even if their tribes were fairly horrible savages.

John Craig said...

Stan --
I've never lived in the South so I can't speak with any authority on the flag; I'm just giving my impression. But while there are Southerners who claim that the flag stands for what you say it does, there are pretty clearly others -- like Dylann Roof, who also liked the emblems of old Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa -- for whom it has other meanings as well.

Also, I think the comparison between Southerners fighting for secession (and the rich tho own slaves) and the Indians fighting for land which had originally been theirs is a stretch. I agree that many of the Indians were savages, and the whole "noble Indian" thing has been overdone. But this was their land originally, and there cause was more use than that of wanting to own slaves.

And I say that as someone who's not exactly a liberal, as you know if you read this blog.