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Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Book - 2005
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This book presents the kind of eye-opening insights into the history and culture of race for which Sowell has become famous. As late as the 1940s and 1950s, he argues, poor Southern rednecks were regarded by Northern employers and law enforcement officials as lazy, lawless, and sexually immoral. This pattern was repeated by blacks with whom they shared a subculture in the South. Over the last half century poor whites and most blacks have moved up in class and affluence, but the ghetto remains filled with black rednecks. Their attempt to escape, Sowell shows, is hampered by their white liberal friends who turn dysfunctional black redneck culture into a sacrosanct symbol of racial identity. In addition to Black Rednecks and White Liberals, the book takes on subjects ranging from Are Jews Generic? to The Real History of Slavery.
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Encounter Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781594030864
Characteristics: xi, 372 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2021

Before reading this book I assumed that only whites owned people (slaves). Now I know that every race owned slaves and enslaved their own people. In the US, 'free' blacks owned black slaves, indigenous tribes owned other indigenous people also.

People say the US is bad because the founders of the the USA were not able to abolish slavery in all 13 colonies. But the USA was a leader in the abolition of slavery in slave states and with indigenous tribes. It took 90 years and 250,000 dead Union soldiers to finally end it in slave states.

Jim Crow was an awful period. The Civil Rights Law of 1964 ended it, but it appears that other problems were created to the detriment of black society.

This book offers a factual view history. I recommend reading The New Jim Crow before or after reading Dr. Sowell's book.

Mar 01, 2021

The listing for this page shows a subtitle that suggests this book is about health care. That is incorrect.

Dec 19, 2018

A fascinating take on the origins of black ghetto culture by one of modern history's most pragmatic truth-seekers, Thomas Sowell. Included in the text are also missives on the historical powers that moved to absolve the world of the sin of slavery. Despite the mantra found in many universities, western culture (and imperialism in specific), was the primary force behind the world-wide abolitionist movement.

Aug 11, 2018

This book is a collection of essays by a scholar who is labelled conservative. Whatever the label he is given, the intelligent reader asks: has he done research on his subject? Does he cite facts to support his case? Does he present well-reasoned arguments? The answer is yes to all these questions in regard to the subjects covered in these essays. Of particular interest are his essays on "The Real History of Slavery", "Black Education" and "History versus Visions".

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.

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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