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Preview — Black Rednecks & White Liberals by Thomas Sowell
Black Rednecks & White Liberals
It’s not often that a reader opens a work of non-fiction and the words written on the first page has such an impact that it smacks the reader so hard the reader has to rub his/her cheek to soothe the blow.
This is the impact I felt with Black Rednecks and White Liberals. The first page drew me in and made it a challenge not to call work and say I wouldn’t be in because I didn’t want to put the book down.
What I liked about Black Rednecks and White Liberals is that it reinforced what I already knew...more
I thought the views on "middle-men minorities" and "segregated schools" were especially insightful. He approaches every topic with a balanced yet incisive perspective.
For example, he forgives Washington's slave ownership. He reminds us that men of fortune during the colonial period viewed their family fortunes as someth ...more
Всичко това е характерно само за определен тип хора – по-голямата част от бедните чернокожи, живеещи в градските гета – но въпреки това, в последните десетилетния именно то се представя като “автентичната черна култура” на САЩ, произлизаща ...more
* "...labor force participation rates were higher among non-whites than a ...more
Although my friend agreed with me "...on average," he suggested that I read this book as it would give me a new perspective of a black intellectual's opi ...more
What picked up this books for me where the essays on the history of African-American education in the United States, the history of middle man racism (racism against those who play a middle-man role in society) and the history of Germany and the impacts of Nazism of people's attitudes towards the German people.
Picking one of these in particular, mi ...more
What my intuition told me was wrong about massive social programs was vocalized and backed up by facts for me with this book. A lot of what I thought about slavery and oppression was turned on its head. I was appalled that I was never taught ANY of this in school, and I have extensive college education. What I real ...more
Now someone begins to add detail to the image—they shape a nostril into the ear, shade feathers where you see want to see fur—until the image becomes nons ...more
Same with the second essay -- lot of history I already knew, with logical connections and parallels I didn't. ...more
So many questions have been answered in this book. I have struggled making sense of why people do what they do when it clearly will cause them social and economic pain. If people respond to incentive, what incentive is there in this? Thomas Sowell provides references and builds logically to provide a case of human factors that transcends race, and shows how popular society bends visions to their own benefit at the expense of others, as it ...more
This book is recommended to anyone that is willing to listen to an unconventional viewpoint on race in the US, the history of slavery, culture, or education. How "unconventional" might he be in this treatise? I'd guess that the polar extremes politically would hate it (because they disagree with it).
Needless to say, I learned a bit from this book a ...more
So I’m pretty sure I would have enjoyed this book much more if I understood that the book was a selection of non-related essays. Instead, I was initially trying to understand the tie-in between one “chapter” and the ne ...more
In the first (eponymous) essay, Sowell takes on the notion that the modern development of "ghetto" culture among blacks is somehow "true" black culture, and that even the violence an ...more
The biggest disappointment is a lack of evidence-based recommendations for what will work here and now. Sowell makes a really big deal about evidence, so that is a fair expectation. He praises KIPP schools, but KIPP so far has failed in the long-term despite impressive isolated short-term results. He doesn't talk at all about the experience of the schools in Raleigh, North Carolina, which as far as I know is the one example of an entire ...more
Dr. Sowell comes out swinging with haymakers and bombs as he unleashes on the subject of African ...more
Black Rednecks and White Li ...more