Each year, Ebony leaves out Thomas Sowell of Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has only written some 40 books about economics, politics and race relations. His column appears in more than 300 papers, making him one of the most widely read writers in the English language. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet ("Glengarry Glen Ross") called Sowell "our greatest contemporary philosopher."
Sowell writes that government anti-poverty programs cause more poverty while inducing a self-defeating dependency on government. "Liberals," he recently wrote, "try to show their concern for the poor by raising the level of minimum wage laws. Yet they show no interest in hard evidence that minimum wage laws create disastrous levels of unemployment among young blacks in this country, as such laws created high unemployment rates among young people in general in European countries.
"The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state. Most black children grew up in homes with two parents during all that time, but most grow up with only one parent today."
Sportscaster Bob Costas, in commenting on the murder-suicide of a black NFL player, called it a case of the "gun culture." No, it's the "fatherless culture." That player, Jovan Belcher, like so many blacks, was raised without a father.
A disproportionate amount of crime comes from homes with an AWOL dad. Today, 72 percent of blacks, 53 percent of Hispanic and 36 percent of whites are born out of wedlock. Look at the murder stats from New York City, with its population of 44 percent whites, 25 percent blacks and 29 percent Hispanics. Yet in 2011, blacks and Hispanics accounted for 91 percent of the homicide suspects. Unless we are prepared to say that blacks and Hispanics are genetically predisposed to commit crime, it is only sensible to ask what the devil is going on here!
And each year, Ebony leaves out Clarence Thomas, who is one of only nine sitting Supreme Court justices. You leave him out, as you do Williams and Sowell, because (SET ITAL) you don't like their politics.
How dare you discount these men? Liberal policies of the last 50 years bear no responsibility for causing the nation's black out-of-wedlock birth rate to go from 25 percent in 1965 to 72 percent today? However you feel about "black conservatives," their viewpoint deserves airing.
Ebony does the black community a disservice by ignoring it.
I once interviewed Kweisi Mfume, then the head of the NAACP. I asked this question: "As between the presence of white racism and the absence of black fathers, which poses the bigger threat to the black community?" Without hesitation, Mfume said, "The absence of black fathers."