Thomas Sowell addresses the legacy of slavery in this conglomeration of clips from the intellectual giant. Are the current racial disparities that plague our society the legacy of slavery?
Recently I published a podcast called Ibram Kendi’s Antiracist Binary in which I talked about his binary claim that people are either antiracist or racist, there is no such thing as “not racist.” He conflates “not racist” with neutrality in situations of injustice with not being an activist. His argument is that you must be an activist and, of course, vote for “antiracist policies.” But interestingly he doesn’t acknowledge that there just might be people who would not become a radical activist for the left and yet they are not racist and yet if there were a situation of racism unfolding before there eyes they would speak out. I have to qualify that, though because Kendi would say that there is always racism unfolding before you which is why you must always be activist antiracist. But what I’m talking about is an instance where there is a situation where someone is overtly, unquestionably discriminating against another person based on the color of their skin.
Nevertheless, Kendi constantly contends that you have to be “antiracist” but he gets to define what that means. I once heard that God created man in his image, so man decided to return the favor. Kendi has taken it upon himself to form humanity in his own image. He repeats his antiracist maxim quite regularly as he did once again this morning:
It’s amazing because his book is a nationwide best seller. It’s being read by major businesses, school faculties, human resources departments. It’s truly re-education literature, and I’m dumbfounded by how many repeaters have emerged. Just like with Robin Diangelo’s “White Fragility” so many people are repeated and preaching this message as gospel.
Here is a perfect example of a TEACHER in a PUBLIC SCHOOL in California training her faculty. You should click on her video and watch it. Skip to 4:30 if you don’t have time and just listen for about a minute. This is no joke.
Here is a post from the same teacher documenting her brainwashing tactics:
This blows me away because I’ve read all of the Kendi, Diangelo, Nicole Hannah Jones propaganda and I’m struck by how they claim that we as a nation have denied and covered up our past with slavery and racism. This is a lie. This country has had some serious reckoning moments, and when I was in elementary school in the 80’s I learned about slavery and racism and civil rights, etc. Same in middle school and high school. I went to an inner city school in Houston and I don’t think we were learning anything exceptional. This claim they’re making is propaganda. Maybe the schools stopped teaching history for the past decade – I don’t know. But if that were the case whose fault is that? Why would that have happened when only liberal policies have been driving education for the past couple of decades? Why on the left’s watch ? Or was it because so much time was spent on standardized testing that we didn’t have time to teach anymore? I don’t know. But that’s really beside the point because those of us in our forties and beyond, probably even thirties, should know better. We know that America’s racial history was no secret. But the kids in K-12 don’t know that!!! And then when leftists come in and tell them that they are hearing this for the first time and past generations (you know, those dumb parents of yours) never learned about it because they just couldn’t handle the truth.
But the young students are told, “It’s just too uncomfortable for white people to talk about.” “You are special and important and we can entrust these revelations to you. Aren’t you outraged that our society has suppressed the truth for so long?” They are told, “we must do something about it. You must be an antiracist! Go forth and be activists.” So they go forth with the mission to tell the rest of America how racist and bigoted she is.
A picture is worth a thousand words:
While the leftists are building an army of brainwashed activists who believe that their parents are stupid and racist, they accuse any attempt to resist their agenda as fascism.
In this episode I explore what Ibram X. Kendi means by “Antiracist.” as outlined in his book, “How to be an Antiracist.” I contend that the the antiracist theory that Kendi espouses is a binary construct much like the very system he purports to oppose.
I also seek to understand what particular “policies” he is talking about in his book and I conclude that although he doesn’t spell it out, if you can discover the disparities in society then you can bet that these are the areas of policy he is most concerned with. But the question is wether these disparities exist solely because of racism.
This discussion leads to some data discussions on the wealth gap and some bones to pick with educational disparities.
“How to Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“The Quest for Cosmic Justice” by Thomas Sowell
https://youtu.be/KCrg1VCjZgw Kendi on reparations
Kendi on Capitalism: https://www.nfg.org/news/capitalism-and-racism-conjoined-twins
https://youtu.be/yDWjr7oFVgc White folks are reading, but are they learning? with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Disparity Does Not Mean Discrimination (Youtube interview with Thomas Sowell)
What occurred at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington back in 1997 is a microcosm of what is occurring in Portland and Seattle today. This is a fascinating and terrifying story. You really should take the time to watch.
“Evergreen is what happens when this ideology reaches critical mass” – Former Evergreen Student and fellow filmmaker Benjamin Boyce.
The fourth video is of Bret Weinstein testifying to congress about it. That’s how bad it got!
It’s estimated that 17 million East Africans were sold into slavery: “Most people still have the so-called Transatlantic [slave] trade by Europeans into the New World in mind. But in reality the Arab-Muslim slavery was much greater,” N’diaye said.
This reminds me of how Thomas Sowell said that those who complain about Eurocentrism turn around and speak of slavery slavery with an exclusively Eurocentric perspective.
On the Anti-Visions podcast I am reading through Thomas Sowell’s essay, “The Real History of Slavery” from his book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals.” I am reading straight through but only posting it in 10 minute segments at a time. It is a remarkable study from a remarkable man! Thanks to Encounter Books for permission. Here is a link is you’d like to purchase the book. My goal is to publish one each Sunday evening or Monday morning.