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Intellectuals and Race

Sutter Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 2:41 PM
1. Cultural alienation 2. Historical omission 3. Political disenfranchisement 4. Lack of full educational opportunities because of the history of segregation where I was raised 5. Harassment by police when I have done nothing wrong. Happens consistently 6. Stereotyping by teachers thinking I was a "thug" or "bad student" 7. Monolingualism when we live in a multilingual world Benefits? Ability to tell others that the reality of the end of the rainbow isn't what's being sold to us....

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...