|Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 11:17 pm: |
Who let these country music lovers into this thread anyway (smile).
We’ll have to agree to disagree on the racism tip.
Final question on the subject: If you could control two things; (1) decreasing racism (actual not perceived), or (2) increasing an individuals effort, which would you choose to change in order to improve that individuals potential of success in the US today?
I guess you know, I would take may chances keeping the level of rascim where it is and work a little bit harder. Because you know what if you removed rascim altogether individuals still gotta work, at least until the amass enough wealth where they don’t have to work.
"to graduate from high school, and to not get pregnant before the age of 21."
You would think this would be obvious. Teen pregnancy, particularly if the mother is poor, is tantamount to locking the door of success and throwing away the key. For both the mother and often their off spring -- As if it was not already hard enough in this world.
To make matter worse here in NY high schools provide often provide on site day care for teens with babies. To some this sounds like a wonderful thing – helping these teenage moms. Unfortunately we’ve made so many accommodations for teenage parents that we eliminated the disincentive for teenagers to become pregnant. Heck it is damn near encouraged. The “good” girls can’t have music, a decent sports program, or even decent text books in schools because a disproportional amount of limited resources are shunted to individuals less likely to benefit from them.
While this specific example is my own, it demonstrates a recurring theme in Sowell’s writings and that is: well meaning people (often white) spend a tremendous amount of our money on ideas and dreams which make them feel good, because they think they are helping black people when in fact just the opposite is true. The same goes for people like Jackson, where the incentive may be self enrichment.
Visit http://authors.aalbc.com/thomas.htm and buy the book “The Quest for Cosmic Justice “ if you don’t think the arguments are sufficiently supported, or just plain wrong mail it to me and I’ll personally refund your money. If you are looking for Sowell to win an NAACP image award you can forget it. Sowell actual wrote a very well received book on economics, "Basic Eccomics" he is known for taking complex topics and explaining them in terms the average person and understand.
You better not let Jackson hear you guys saying West is a fraud. He’ll try to get me to delete the posts and try to cut all my financial support. Shoot, West could not even make a good rap CD.
I beginning to think Harvard is over rated anyway. Many of our great leaders came from institutions like Morehouse College anyway. There is no reason HBCU’s should not be the amoung the finest instutions on the palent today. While wealthy (mostly while) people with legacy connections of average intelligence can get into the harvards. The typically only the smartest hardest working Brothers get into Harvard. (humm yukio is the rascim at work). Or is it rasim that syphoned most of out black talent from the Spellman’s to the Yales. As far as I’m concerned if Gates, West, and even Sowell for that matter, were really THAT concerned about black people they would actually be working with us and in our institutions. (Actually I seem to recall Sowell taught at Howard, but was disllusioned as professors there acepted mediocity from their students - don't quote me though) I ain’t hating them though, a good income and a comfortable life style is a wonderful thing (I’m trying to obtain/maintain that myself). The difference between West and Sowell is that I think Sowell is more intellicually honest with black people.
I gotta go wirte a newsletter tonight, Peace