The purpose of this book is to expose some of the more blatant misconceptions poisoning race relations in our time. Thomas Sowell

Author Thomas Sowell is a scholar. I interpret him as believing in culture over race. I strongly agree. Some people think race overrides culture. I have heard some experts say that race disdain appears in babies. As a former baby and child with people of different so-called races, I personally, absolutely know this is baloney.

 If things aren’t going well, check your assumptions. Poor urban African-American neighborhoods have had a bad time for decades. I argue that it is because America’s assumptions are wrong. Thomas Sowell challenges America’s assumptions with scholarship.

Sowell’s book, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, contains essays that put forth the following ideas: Dysfunctional poor, urban Black culture traces back to “Cracker” culture in the mountains of the British Isles. Slavery was accepted as a luxury, not a wealth creator, in almost all human societies. Desegregation harmed Black education. Derrick Bell goes into detail about the last idea in his book Silent Covenants.

YouTube has dozens of 10-minute videos showing interviews with Thomas Sowell discussing various race and economic topics.

Actually, there is no such thing as race. The Human Genome Project proved this by the year 2000.

Robert Sullivan, Oak Park

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