Thomas Sowell

From time to time, parents write to ask how they can counter all the steady diet of slanted political correctness their children are getting in the schools and colleges. The summer vacation is probably as good a time as any to get them something to read to let them know that there is another side of the story, other than the one that classroom propagandists keep forcing down their throats.

There is probably no subject on which the facts are so twisted by the schools, the media and academia as racial issues. If you want to find something rational that you or your youngster can read on this subject, one of the best and most lively books is The Myths that Divide Us by John Perazzo.

Its sub-title is "How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations." This book demolishes a whole spectrum of cant. Anyone who reads it will definitely be educated on the subject of racial issues in America.

They may also be saddened, if not outraged, at how political rhetoric and media spin have distorted reality beyond recognition -- and in the process created huge and unnecessary racial polarization and strife. But -- most important -- any reader of this book will be a lot less susceptible to rhetoric and spin in the future.

If you want to find out about the history of the United States, without getting politically correct rhetoric about "dead white males" and the like, then A History of the American People by British historian Paul Johnson is the book to read. His rounded treatment of American history is in sharp contrast with those historians who seem to think that the only thing interesting about American history are the things that went wrong and those who protested.


Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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