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October 29, 2013

Thomas Sowell on the race hustlers among us

Topics: Political News and commentaries

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Thomas Sowell's piece at The Washington Times today cuts right down to the heart of how race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, (Barack Obama, and Eric Holder) hold back African Americans from achieving their true potential.

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Sowell writes:

Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.

Something like that happens among people. 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.

Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English. They start out working at low-paid jobs but working so many hours, often at more than one job, that they are able to put a little money aside.

After a few years, they have enough money to open some little shop, where they still work long hours, and still save their money so that they can afford to send their children to college. Meanwhile, these children know that their parents not only expect, but demand, that they make good grades.

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 -- who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on "leaders."

Such "leaders" are like the people who said that the laws of aerodynamics showed that the bumblebee cannot fly. Those who have believed such "leaders" have, in fact, stayed grounded, unlike the bumblebees.

[...] You don't hear about racial "leaders" such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson among Asians or Asian-Americans. Here and there, you may see some irresponsible academics peddling that line in the classroom -- some of whom are of Asian ancestry, since no race of human beings is completely lacking in fools.

But they do not get the same attention, or draw the same following, as race hustlers operating in black or Hispanic communities. By and large, Asian youngsters rise and fly.

Read the whole thing here.

As a commenter on Sowell's piece points out, over a hundred years ago, Booker T. Washington addressed what Dr. Sowell is writing about:

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."
Now, over a hundred years later, that "class of colored people" Washington spoke of is perfectly represented by Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and a slew of others (including Eric Holder and Barack Obama) just like them whose 'business' is promoting and perpetuating victimhood.

Related: Washington Examiner - Barack Obama the Most Racially Divisive President in U.S. History.

Posted by Hyscience at October 29, 2013 2:25 PM



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