Skip to comments.Reverse Racism (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 10/10/2011 2:12:04 PM PDT by jazusamo
Among those who have been disappointed by President Barack Obama, none is likely to end up so painfully disappointed as those who saw his election as being, in itself and in its consequences, a movement toward a "post-racial society."
Like so many other expectations that so many people projected onto this little-known man who suddenly burst onto the political scene, the expectation of movement toward a post-racial society had no speck of hard evidence behind it and all too many ignored indications of the very opposite, including his two decades of association with the egregious Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Those people of good will who want to replace the racism of the past with a post-racial society have too often overlooked the fact that there are others who instead want to put racism under new management, to have reverse discrimination as racial payback for past injustices.
Attorney General Eric Holder became a key figure epitomizing the view that government's role in racial matters was not to be an impartial dispenser of equal justice for all, but to be a racial partisan and an organ of racial payback. He has been too politically savvy to say that in so many words, but his actions have spoken far louder than any words.
The case that first gave the general public a glimpse of Attorney General Holder's views and values was one in which young black thugs outside a voting site in Philadelphia were televised intimidating white voters. When this episode was broadcast, it produced public outrage.
Although the Department of Justice's prosecution of these thugs began in the last days of the Bush administration, and the defendants had offered no legal defense, the case was dropped by the Justice Department after Eric Holder took over. One of the lawyers who were prosecuting that case resigned in protest.
That lawyer J. Christian Adams has now written a book, titled "Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department." It is a thought-provoking book and a shocking book in what it reveals about the inner workings of the Department of Justice's civil rights division.
Bad as the Justice Department's decision was to drop that particular case, which it had already won in court, this book makes painfully clear that this was just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
Despite the efforts of some in the media and in politics to depict the voter intimidation in Philadelphia as just an isolated incident involving a few thugs at one voting place, former U.S. Attorney Adams shows that these thugs were in fact part of a nationwide organization doing similar things elsewhere.
Moreover, the civil rights division of the Justice Department has turned the same blind eye to similar voter intimidation and corruption of the voting process by other people and other organizations in other cities and states so long as those being victimized were white and the victimizers were black.
This is all spelled out in detail, naming names and naming places, not only among those in the country at large, but also among those officials of the Justice Department who turned its role of protecting the civil rights of all Americans into a policy of racial partisanship and racial payback.
The widespread, organized and systematic corruption of the voting process revealed by the author of "Injustice" is on a scale that can swing not only local but national elections, including the 2012 elections. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has not only turned a blind eye to blatant evidence of voter fraud, it has actively suppressed those U.S. Attorneys in its own ranks who have tried to stop that fraud.
Even in counties where the number of votes cast exceeds the number of people legally entitled to vote, Eric Holder's Justice Department sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil if the end result is the election of black Democrats. It has become the mirror image of the old Jim Crow South.
This is an enormously eye-opening book which makes painfully clear that, where racial issues are concerned, the Department of Justice has become the Department of Payback. A post-racial society is the last thing that Holder and Obama are pursuing.
I think Thomas Sowell is one of the smartest people in the world today. I bought many of his books, but he is so smart, it isn’t always easy to read his books! What a brilliant mind!
I couldn’t agree more. Dr. Sowell is one of our countries great thinkers.
hi, Jaz: Thomas Sowell s one of my favofite people. He, as usual, has hit the nail ssquarely on the head.
I would love to hear his opinion of Herman Cain, wouldn’t you?
I agree Bob, it’s racism. :)
Hi, Doll. Yes I would and we just may be hearing from Dr. Sowell on Herman Cain before long.
Thanks for linking, kidd!
The face of Injustice.
[ As much as I enjoy Dr. Sowell’s articles, I’ve always disliked the term “reverse racism”. To me, regardless of the color of the players involved, racism is racism, period. ]
I prefer the term “Perverse-Racism” as it is a perverted form of racism that looks on the surface to not be that bad, but it demoralizes people more unknowingly that regular racism.
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The Holder DOJ has given itself the power to influence state election laws, on the basis of racism.
This would seem to include redistricting laws.
True. Yet the term has entered the lexicon and is probably here to stay.
Tom Sowell doesn’t hold back. He is not hamstrung by PC. He has clearly made his peace. I can think of nobody I respect more.
Departmet of JUST US!
Absolutely. The term “reverse racism” is absurd.
If a white person robs a black person, should that be called reverse robbery?
Glad I read the coments first. Bingo! Racism is racism. No such thing as reverse racism but I understand what the guy means. Heard he's real smart too. Well he messed up on the title but I agree with him.
I don't know that I'd say he messed up on the title since the term "reverse racism" has been commonly used for quite some time. I just have a particular dislike for it. (Describing it as reverse seems to be a way for the left to minimize the fact that it's still racist.)
It’s a real shame that a man with so much intelligence and common sense would stoop to using a term such as “reverse racism.” You must be profoundly disappointed.
Like "white slavery," as if non-white slavery were a standard with few exceptions, instead of just one piece of the general pattern of enslavement covering every period of history and every population group.
When I read this, I immediately bought the audiobook. Thanks for posting this.
I understand your point of view, but his use of the term is appropriate, since it lays the groundwork in a way that a lot of people (who may not be as discriminating as you are...and I don’t mean that in a bad way...:) will relate to.
I think it is simply efficient writing for him. There is nobody anywhere of any color who sees the term “reverse racism” and doesn’t understand exactly what it refers to.
I give Dr. Sowell a pass on this. In my opinion, he has earned the right to use that phrase as a form of shorthand for his readers.
I am currently listening to his book “Conquests and Cultures”, and he goes into great detail on that very subject. Funny how the most prolific slave merchants (over the longest period of time) have been Muslims, and how muslim countries were the last ones to ban it (and even still engage in it despite banning it for PR purposes)
They don’t have those facts in today’s textbooks in schools.
Me too, this should be headline news .
Thanks for the ping to another truly important message from Dr. Sowell. We’ll be getting that book just as soon as it’s available.
Thanks for the ping. BTTT.
RL, I had my tongue in my cheek. I think it presumptuous to question Sowell’s language on this issue, not to mention a tad nit-picky.
I’ve coined the term “State Sanctioned Racism” — hope it catches on.
What people don’t realize is that policies like Affirmative Action are state sanctioned racism, which is worse than arbitrary/voluntary racism by individuals because there is an element of fascism in it (e.g. the gov’t forces it on people).
Conquests and Cultures is an amazing book. I’d second the recommendation for anyone to read it.
I thought so...but it was only after I posted that I realized it...:)
I have “Conquests and Cultures” on the shelf. There’s a standing reward for any child who finds a Thomas Sowell book I don’t already own at the library sale, used book store, or thrift store.
He covers the same ground in a section of “Black Rednecks and White Liberals,” too. One interesting point was that there is not a noticeable black population in the Moslem world, outside parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, in spite of the huge numbers of black slaves imported. They died, instead of (as it were) colonizing, as happened in the Americas.
Thanx for the Ping!
Yep, Obummer and Holder are racists. What will be interesting is, when Nov. 2012 rolls around, how many guilt-ridden white idiots will still vote for Obummer.
Me too, although I underestimated the body of his work...I thought I had most of his work, then realized when I looked at a bibliography, that only had about a third!!!
I expect that would make Dr. Sowell laugh. He’s quite an old crank, behind the academic front. Kind, though - one of our NC guys sent him an email to discuss a point in one of his books, and got back a thoughtful response (translating to, “No, I’m right and you’re wrong, because ...”) and an autographed copy of the book.
Very cool...I have had him as one of my “heroes” on my Freep page for many years now...:)
Dr. Sowell is a “bucket list” handshake for me...
I saw him back in San Antonio years ago, round about 1990-91. (I know it was after I was married, but I don’t remember if Anoreth had been born.) I got there early and was near the front, but I didn’t want to wait in the line for autographs. His appearance was absolutely packed, people hanging in the windows and sitting on the floor because they had underestimated the audience.
The unvarnished truthteller has his own appeal to people...:)