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Intellectuals and Race

scripps Wrote: Mar 21, 2013 6:24 AM
You need to reread the column. Nowhere oes Dr. Williams say the causes of bad behavior are the same when it comes to urban American blacks and poor white Brits. In fact, he uses the Brit example to contradict the idea that urban American black behavior is solely the legacy of slavery.

After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty.

Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior.

It's lamented that blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired," because...