Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

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This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. In a series of long essays, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends. It presents eye-opening insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that is today wrongly seen as a unique black identity--a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves "friends" of blacks. An essay titled "The Real History of Slavery" presents a jolting re-examination of that tragic institution and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today. The reasons for the venomous hatred of Jews, and of other groups like them in countries around the world, are explored in an essay that asks, "Are Jews Generic?" Misconceptions of German history in general, and of the Nazi era in particular, are also re-examined. So too are the inspiring achievements and painful tragedies of black education in the United States. "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.
Publisher: New York : 2006
ISBN: 9781594031434
1594031436
Branch Call Number: ANF 305.800973 SOWE
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 23 cm

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Talman
Jul 24, 2017

This is an outstanding collection of essays that shreds the ignorance and racism of the cynical left, who manipulate and divide the American populace with lie after lie regarding everything from police/public interactions to the origins of slavery and black anti-social behavior. The mendacity of today's left is embodied in their portrayal of the history of slavery as a solely American disgrace instead of a worldwide cultural pariah that was eventually abolished by the West through it's own self examination, unique to the world even to this day. Sowell tells hard truths that many on the left are incapable of swallowing due to their resistance to the truth, innoculated as they are by the vaccination of political correctness. He speaks from a depth of knowledge and experience as a black american, but to the leftist critics his race suddenly becomes irrelevant because he thinks independently. This book is a must for any young student about to enter the greatest threat to the American Idea---the university.

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bibliomutti
Apr 25, 2017

I don't know how I ended up reading this book as I'm left of centre.

I did find some of the essays interesting. And it is important to read other points of view.

Sadly, it didn't take me long to detect a very pro-capitalist stance.

If you are looking for an academic and sound historical analysis of ethnicities and race.... don't read this book.

For liberals, it's worth reading for new ideas.... and to gain insight into a more conservative view of why things are as they are.

Mee2 Feb 19, 2016

Among the "excellent" articles offered by patron naturalist as proof to discredit Dr. Sowell, is " Idiot Emeritus." Great review.

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naturalist
Aug 26, 2015

About the distinguished author: . . .
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/thomas-sowell . . .
and . . .
a profile of the author from: . . .
from: . . . http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell . . .
and . . .
“Thomas Sowell: Idiot Emeritus” . . .
from: . . . https://otoolefan.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/thomas-sowell-idiot-emeritus/ . . .
and . . .
“Thomas Sowell offers superb Exhibit of the Right-wing Mind – Espousing two blatantly contradictory ideas at once is a common device among those devoted to authority.”
by: . . . Glenn Greenwald . . .
from: . . . http://www.salon.com/2007/09/03/sowell/ . . .
and . . .
“Thomas Sowell Reveals a Glaring Inconsistency in Right-Wing Thinking in Latest Op-Ed” . .
by Katya Grishakova . . .
from: . . . http://mic.com/articles/52619/thomas-sowell-reveals-a-glaring-inconsistency-in-right-wing-thinking-in-latest-op-ed . . .

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