Black Rednecks & White Liberals: Hope, Mercy, Justice and Autonomy in the American Health Care System by Thomas Sowell
There a few figures in American life more respected than Thomas Sowell. The economist, turned social theorist is an intellectual giant who possesses a vast wealth of knowledge on a wide range of subjects. An author of numerous timeless books and a former widely read syndicated columnist, Sowell is inarguably one of the great thinkers of our time.
Having initially gained prominence as an economist, Sowell has written extensively about a number of topics including Marxism, politics and child development. But its his impressive understanding of America’s racial problems that has seen Sowell gain a large following and made him a cultural hero in libertarian and conservative circles.
Black Rednecks & White Liberals: Hope, Mercy, Justice and Autonomy in the American Health Care System is Sowell’s brilliant expository of America’s confused and misguided views on race, slavery and education. Sowell challenges these historic myths and assumptions which have distorted our understanding of these important social issues.
Through a series of six essays, Sowell dismantles our understanding of race and culture and exposes the misconceptions which continue to hinder our attempts at solving America’s underlying racial tensions. With impeccable research and an impressive arsenal of facts, Sowell presents an informative picture of America’s racial landscape.
He attacks the self-defeating policies implemented by successive governments which have exacerbated race relations and further warped our efforts to eradicate poverty. Sowell convincingly illustrates how America’s broken welfare system has corroded the black community and created a vicious cycle of hardship and misery.
Sowell successfully traces modern ‘black ghetto’ culture back to its roots in the “lawless border regions” of Britain where a “Cracker culture” existed, which in turn was transported to America’s South through migration. He challenges the erroneous notion that this particularly destructive black sub-culture is in fact “authentic black culture”.
The troubled history of America’s education system is explored by Sowell who explains how unwise court rulings and ill-advised government policies have harmed blacks. Sowell also confronts the controversial topic of race and IQ and offers his explanation for the apparent disparities in intelligence found among different ethnic groups.
Sowell skillfully takes apart the conventional wisdom which states that whites have been the main perpetrators of slavery and instead shows that slavery has been a universal institution practiced by all races and cultures. Meanwhile, he argues that western civilisation’s unique belief in individual liberties was the main cause of slavery’s global abolition.
Elsewhere, Sowell investigates the origins of anti-Semitism and looks at the historical persecution of minorities. He explores the challenges that minority ethic groups face and how negative stereotypes develop. He also re-examines Germany’s Nazi era and corrects the misconceptions regarding Hitler and his views on a unified Germany.
Black Rednecks & White Liberals is a devastating riposte to the popular trends advanced by ‘progressive’ intellectuals who propagate their harmful ideas which threaten to further destabilise American society. With an unflappable authority, Sowell brilliantly encapsulates these fallacies and discredits them beyond any doubt.