Nov 05 2013

SOWELL: The race-hustlers among us

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I first found out about Thomas Sowell while watching “Free to Choose” videos that were aired on Public television in 1980. At the time I was shocked to see a bold conservative black man. What a rare find! Since then I’ve been enjoying his essays. This one was written a couple of weeks ago.

There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway

Some people try to explain why Asians and Asian-Americans succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have. That may be true, but their success may also be a result of what they do not have; namely, “leaders” who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on “leaders.”

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