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Discrimination and Disparities, by Walter E. Williams

Virtually anything written by Thomas Sowell is worth reading, especially his writings on race and ethnic groups. Walter Williams reviews Sowell’s latest book, Discrimination and Disparities, at lewrockwell.com:

I don’t mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of “Discrimination and Disparities,” just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the globe.

One of those myths is that but for the fact of discrimination, we’d all be proportionately represented in socio-economic characteristics, such as career, income, education and incarceration. The fact of business is that there is no evidence anywhere on earth, at any time in human history, that demonstrates that but for discrimination, there would be proportionate representation in anything by race, sex, nationality or any other human characteristic. Sowell shows that socio-economic outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be explained by any one factor, whether it’s genetics, discrimination or some kind of exploitation.

A study of National Merit Scholarship finalists shows that firstborns are finalists more often than their multiple siblings combined. Data from the U.S., Germany and Britain show that the average IQ of firstborns is higher than the average IQ of their later siblings. Such outcomes challenge those who believe that heredity or one’s environment is the dominant factor in one’s academic performance. Moreover, the finding shows that if there is not equality among people born to the same parents and living under the same roof, why should equality of outcomes be expected under other conditions?

In Chapter 2, Sowell provides evidence that people won’t take racial discrimination at any cost. The higher its cost the less it will be tolerated, and vice versa. One example is segregated seating on municipal transit in the South. Many companies were privately owned, and their decision-makers understood that they could lose profits by offending their black customers by establishing segregated seating. Transportation companies fought against laws mandating racially segregated seating, both politically and in the courts, but lost. Companies even chose to ignore the law. Faced with heavy fines, though, they began to comply with the law.

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More Mainstream Media Fake News, by Ol’ Remus

Does relevant news you won’t print because of racial considerations constitute fake news or suppressed news, or both? Regardless of the answer, the following story has a lot to do with why many Americans are fleeing the mainstream media. From Ol’ Remus on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:

The Associated Press news service, as policy, does not specify the race of a perp unless he’s white. When there is no description at all we’re supposed to believe none is available, which has become something of a wink-wink in itself. Recently the AP used an inventive dodge, “police did not release a detailed description”. How precious. Now even their coverups have a coverup.

Here are the particulars.

“Boy, 3, out shopping with grandma dies in road rage shooting” says this Associated Press news report from Little Rock, Arkansas. It continues, “Police said they were looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala. Police did not release a detailed description of the man who was driving it.” The last sentence seemed devious even for the AP, so I checked a source known for being more straightforward and complete, the UK’s online Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail report was , “Arkansas boy, 3, is shot dead in sickening road-rage attack ‘because his grandma wasn’t driving fast enough’”, by Associated Press and James Wilkinson for dailymail.com. Here are the key sentences: “The other driver honked his horn, and King-Macon honked back, the police report said. ‘A black male then exited [the Impala] and fired one shot’, the report said.”

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Obama Versus America, by Thomas Sowell

I had Doctor Sowell for a labor economics class at UCLA. He was one of the three brightest professors I had during college and graduate school. He has written a number of worthwhile books on labor economics, racial problems, and government idiocy, and he writes regularly for the townhall.com website. From his latest on that site:

In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, “terrible poverty.”

Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature.

Years after the last lynching of blacks took place in the Jim Crow South, India’s own government was still publishing annual statistics on atrocities against the untouchables, including fatal atrocities. The June 2003 issue of “National Geographic” magazine had a chilling article on the continuing atrocities against untouchables in India in the 21st century.

Nothing that happened to Barack Obama when he was attending a posh private school in Hawaii, or elite academic institutions on the mainland, was in the same league with the appalling treatment of untouchables in India. And what Obama called “terrible poverty” in America would be called prosperity in India.

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/02/04/obama-versus-america-n1951768

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