Black Rednecks and White Liberals
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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
This can be a good conversation starter, but it has flaws.
One of the main excuses Sowell brings up over and over for why whites in the South wouldn't end slavery is that they were afraid of a race war because of the rebellion on Santo Domingo (Haiti). What he neve ...more
* "...labor force participation rates were higher among non-whites than a ...more
The research and the source material alone are treasures, but the encapsulation of these subject (chapter headings) all combined and with threads in the dozens that entwine each other! Beyond my ability to sufficiently describe. How different cultures have formed over centuries and movements and have keep their original cultures in stronger flavors than the original populations that stayed "put". That alone ...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
Thomas Sowell is a brillian ...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
I respect that Prof. Sowell is trying to make a complicated point for a general audience, but so much of the language in this book, language that comes from Prof. Sowell and NOT from his sources, seem better placed in a high-school English essay than in a book. I made it through about 10 pages before I stopped, mostly because I couldn't trust what I was reading - how much of it was "fact", as Prof. Sowell seems all to glad to highlight at every chance he gets, and how much was the author's ...more
There's not much more that I can say about this book other than 'woah'.
This was my first time through this book and I listened to it. The reader was great. Good on you Blackstone Audio for producing such a gem. On the other hand...I'm probably going to go buy this book, possibly in hard cover...it was that good and that intense. Just listening through it once was akin to dipping my toe into the ocean. There is a whole lot of information that I still can't wrap my mind around. I quoted half o ...more
I had heard about Mr Sowell before reading this book, but soon after I started it, questioned myself why I waited this long to read his works. He is a clear writer, straight to the point and explains his thesis well. He taught me new things and made me think differently of current events, history and the possible solutions to our current societal problems.
His well researched book explains the redneck culture and its ongoing influence to American society, more specifically to the black commun ...more
I found this review to curtail some of what Sowell has to say about blacks obtaining their cultural attitudes and actions from whites: http://www.vdare.com/articles/tom-sow...
Some important quotes:
"Discussions of slavery i ...more
Dr. Thomas Sowell takes us on a gut-wrenchi ...more