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One of America's foremost black conservative intellectuals returns with this provocative collection of contrarian essays. Hoover Institution Fellow Sowell, author of Ethnic America, argues that "internal" cultural habits of industriousness, thriftiness, family solidarity and reverence for education often play a greater role in the success of ethnic minorities than do civil-rights laws or majority prejudices. The title essay posits a "black redneck" culture inherited from the white redneck culture of the South and characterized by violent machismo, shiftlessness and disdain for schooling. White liberals, gangsta-rap aficionados and others who lionize its ghetto remnants as an authentic black identity, Sowell contends, have their history wrong and help perpetuate cultural pathologies that hold blacks back. Sowell also examines the cultural achievements of such "middleman minorities" as Jews and expatriate Chinese whose frequent persecution, he feels, represents an animus against capitalism. And he defends Western culture itself against charges that it was uniquely culpable for slavery; in fact, he contends, it was uniquely responsible for eradicating slavery. Many of Sowell's arguments-that the 20th-century resegregation of Northern cities was a response to the uncouthness of black rednecks migrating from the South, or that segregated black schools often succeeded by suppressing redneckism with civilized New England puritanism-will arouse controversy, but these vigorously argued essays present a stimulating challenge to the conventional wisdom.
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Thomas Sowell is persuasive and provocative and always scintillating. Ive read all his books and never been even faintly disappointed. -- Fred Barnes, executive editor, The Weekly Standard, and Fox News commentator
Tom Sowell is a national treasure, Americas most perceptive, productive, and thoughtful commentator on racial and ethnic issues. -- Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom, authors of America in Black and White --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is just an amazing collection of essays and I highly recommend this book. Thomas Sowell tackles politically incorrect arguments with courage and intellectual rigor. Read morePublished 1 day ago by taipan
It does point out why different groups of individuals respond to various situations. It also pointed out that individuals respond differently based on their place of residence.Published 24 days ago by Gene E
his chapter alone (I'd say the entire book, it's fantastic) on slavery should be required reading for all americansPublished 1 month ago by Robespierre
Great book. Very historical . Helps one learn where and how our southern roots began. Along with things we should learn from in our past.Published 1 month ago by Jamma