When it comes to brilliant men, few can hold a candle to Conservative African-American economist Thomas Sowell.
A frequent speaker, writer, and social media poster, this 90-year-old stateman is calling for all people, including his communities, to pursue the American Dream and to stop the blame game.
He rejects that America is an overtly racist nation and with the rise of BLM has been addressing their talking points such as “Systemic Racism.”
In an interview on Mark Levin’s TV Show, Mr. Sowell said that the term “systemic racism,” which is central to the Black Lives Matter movement, has “no meaning.”
According to Fox News:
You hear this phrase, ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression’,” host Mark Levin told Sowell. “You hear it on our college campuses.
You hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars. What does that mean? And whatever it means, is it true?”
“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,” answered Sowell, who added that the currency of the phrase reminds him of the “propaganda tactics” of Nazi Germany, where Sowell claimed that if a lie was “repeated long enough and loud enough” it would be widely believed.
Sowell was born poor in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem before attending the Stuyvesant magnet school and moving on to the Ivy League and the University of Chicago.
Initially attracted to the left, Sowell eventually rejected socialism in favor of conservatism. He has written some of the most important critiques of left-wing dogma.
In his 2005 book Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study, Sowell observed: “Despite sweeping claims made for affirmative action programs, an examination of their actual consequences makes it hard to support those claims, or even to say that these programs have been beneficial on net balance — unless one is prepared to say that any amount of social redress, however small, is worth any amount of costs and dangers, however large.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2017, Sowell described President Donald Trump as “the first Republican who’s made any serious attempt to get the black vote by addressing problems that affect most blacks who are trying to do the right thing—such as education, which is such low-hanging fruit.”
I agree with everything said in their interview as both men are highly educated, passionate about liberty, and are using their platforms to promote equal freedoms but not guaranteed outcomes for all.
I also reject the Systemic Racism claims, as, over the past few decades, black Americans have increased in numbers in corporate leadership, increased business ownership, and achieved the highest political office in the land, Barak Obama, the first black President.
As Mr. Soewell has spoken about extensively, it’s not Systemic Racism holding back the black community; it’s most pressing issue statistically and practically, is the absence of the black fathers in their homes.
The traditional nuclear family has always provided the most stable home environment. With the father present to provide encouragement and discipline, the children have a considerably better chance of success.
Both men are asking their community to stop blaming, an artificial construct of the radical left, and focus on restoring the traditional family. Once rebuilt, the rest will fall in line.