Skip to comments.Race and politics (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 03/17/2008 6:58:36 PM PDT by jazusamo
There is something both poignant and galling about the candidacy of Barack Obama.
Any American, regardless of party or race, has to find it heartening that the country has reached the point where a black candidate for President of the United States sweeps so many primaries in states where the overwhelming majority of the population is white.
We have all seen the crowds enthralled by Barack Obama's rhetoric and theatrical style.
Many of his supporters put their money where their mouths were, so that this recently arrived Senator received more millions of dollars in donations than candidates who have been far more visible on the national stage for far more years.
That's the good news. The bad news is that Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer.
While talking about bringing us together and deploring "divisive" actions, Senator Obama has for 20 years been a member of a church whose minister, Jeremiah Wright, has said that "G-d Bless America" should be replaced by "G-d damn America" among many other wild and even obscene denunciations of American society, including blanket racist attacks on whites.
Nor was this an isolated example. Fox News Channel has played tapes of various sermons of Jeremiah Wright, and says that it has tapes with hours of more of the same.
Wright's actions matched his words. He went with Louis Farrakhan to Libya and Farrakhan received an award from his church...
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But does any of this matter? Dude still leads in the delegate race, and Hill can’t win enough to get over the top. It’s still going to come down to Denver.
Obama says that he might not have heard these exact words from his minister...
Wright’s actions matched his words. He went with Louis Farrakhan to Libya and Farrakhan received an award from his church...
I sure think it matters if he gets the nomination. His so called preachers words are going to echo for months.
I guess it’s good that at least one prominent black American has had something to say about this.
I love Thomas Sowell. When I get to read his articles I find I agree with him totally.
Yep, the Three Amigos; Wright, Farrakhan and Ghadafi. I doubt BO can talk smooth enough to explain it away.
Exactly, and they don’t come any more intelligent and prominent than Dr. Sowell.
Not only did Sowell hit a home run- the ball got out of the park like a laser.
I like his columns. His books are a difficult read.
Great column by Sowell, as usaul, but I was hoping for his take on the Bear Stearns collapse.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him write one on it yet.
In all that time, he never had a clue as to what kind of man Jeremiah Wright was? Give me a break!
A) Deliberately deceptive
B) Incredibly naive and a poor judge of character
C) Slept through every sermon he attended
and the only one who speaks up? are they any other blacks who don't agree with Pastor Wright?
Probably all of the above plus more. :)
Exactly! But even if you could, as Obama claims, the last place you would want him to be is in the Oval Office.
The writer, Larry Elder!
wow. that's two.
I know more moderate muslims than that.
There’s always Steele and Rice!
Does Oprah belong to that church?
Another great column by Sowell. Thanks for posting it.
As I understand it, she was an attending member but has withdrawn now ... if it’s too hateful and racist for Oprah, it’s over the edge.
Or Condonesia, as Jeremiah Wright called her.
Which raises an important point: this overt racism and hate-whitey-hustle actually hurt the well educated, intelligent and very capable black people like Condi and Shelby more than it hurts whitey or helps the dupes amening the race pimps like Wright, Freakhan, Jackasson, or Sharptoon.
“Not just ‘an’, the most formidable mind in the black community.”
Nuts to that. One of the most formidable minds in the entire American community, and in close contention for first place.
I would be very happy if the new Pres/VP were a ticket of Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, one on top one in the second spot, machts nichts.
Would not disagree at all.
Another great article, thanks for the ping.
Yes, it matters. You can stick a fork in Obambi, he’s done.
“Which raises an important point: this overt racism and hate-whitey-hustle actually hurt the well educated, intelligent and very capable black people like Condi and Shelby more than it hurts whitey or helps the dupes amening the race pimps like Wright, Freakhan, Jackasson, or Sharptoon.”
Actually, it’s hurt a great many more people outside the black community. I worked and lived in New York City for years, and because I have a beard and sidelocks and wear a yarmulke, I was regularly threatened, screamed at, or otherwise humiliated on the subways and the streets by adherents of these “race pimps.” My experience is anything but unique. Then there was the Korean grocery store that was hounded out of existence, and the store in Harlem that was burnt to the ground by a maniac with a gun who was part of the never-ending “protest” outside. They were refusing to renew their sub-lease with a black-owned business, and Rev. Al branded them “interlopers”. Let’s not forget the Crown Heights riots, in which one Jewish scholar was murdered, one holocaust survivor committed suicide, and a few days later one Italian American was murdered in his car, because his beard made him look chassidic.
The harm these people (the Wright/Sharpton/Jackson/Farrakhan/Carson/Daughtry/Whoever demagogues) have done to well-educated, intelligent, very capable black people is a direct factor of the physical and emotional harm that their acolytes have inflicted and continue to inflict on non-black ethnics, be they Jew, Italian, Korean or Anglo Saxon. What they are is fascism in action, folks.
“Yeah, sure, I went to those Klan meetings for 20 years, paid all my dues, wore the robe (dashiki), but i never heard them say anything BAD!”
Have we heard from Michelle lately?
Hah! I haven’t seen or heard anything from Michelle for several days. Someone in the campaign must have finally convinced her to put a sock in it and she listened.
We may here an echo but not much more.
John McCain won't refer to the issue or run the videos of Rev Rageboy in his campaign ads.
He doesn't want democrats to think he isn't a nice guy.
After all, they are his friends.
mark for later ... love this man but gotta get some shuteye.
Since the process has shown that Americans are ready for a black president, I wish Thomas Sowell would run.
Unfortunately, given today's corrupt Washington culture and joke journalism, he is overqualified.
Exactly, and they dont come any more intelligent and prominent than Dr. Sowell.
They dont come any more intelligent and patriotic than Dr. Sowell. They do, unfortunately, come a lot more prominent than Dr. Sowell.
It certainly would be a more healthy country if Dr. Sowell were more prominent than Oprah and Cosby put together. But in reality you can't mention Sowell's name in general conversation without describing him; people do not know him.
You've nailed it -- one of the most important things to be revealed by Obama's minstrel show (Purposely Politically Incorrect Statement Alert) of trying to distance himself from the Wright controversy, is that it shows Obama to either be stupid or duplicitous, and puts it in the store window for all to see.
What they are is fascism in action.
Now it is time to do what we can to keep Hussein in the race. The Clintons are just getting started. By the time they are done Hussein will either be out of the race early or he will be relieved that he isn’t under arrest.
Is there anything this man says that DOESN’T make sense? LOL!
I am currently re-reading his “Basic Economics.” It was on my desk at work, and one of our new employees is an Econ Major (which I didn’t know) and we had a GREAT conversation about Economics for a few minutes between projects. His professor recommends Sowell to all of his students...which is a rare feat in “The People’s Republik of Madistan.”
So, there is hope for the next generation, but not Obama-Lama-Ding-Dong’s type of “hope.”
“His books are a difficult read.”
I’m re-reading his “Basic Economics.” It’s a good place to start. But you’re right...you need to take it in small chunks because it’s a lot to understand. He’s very detailed about why things work the way they do.
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