Black Lives Matter - Thomas Sowell Part 3

© 2016 Jim Spence - Consider the turmoil in Milwaukee in recent weeks. A black criminal pointed a stolen gun at a black policeman, and got shot by that black policeman, who was protecting a black neighborhood. So the residents of that neighborhood rioted and burned down their own neighborhood, because black lives matter. Nobody in the Democratic Party leadership that the national news media follows, pointed out the stupidity of this situation.
America has evolved and finds itself in a very scary place on race relations. Thomas Sowell distills the evolution of how America is now being encouraged to deal with the social relics once known as prejudice and discrimination:
“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.”
That’s right. If you call for everyone to be judged by the same standards, the hallmark of the Civil Rights movement, you are now a racist.
Consider how urban areas have turned into cesspools. Still, black Democrats love to trot out slavery, which was outlawed one hundred sixty-three years ago as the primary reason. They also infer that slavery is the reason why law enforcement should treat crime infested areas differently and blame society for the behaviors of criminals. Sowell teaches us that human bondage is not unique to the black experience. He has this to say about slavery:
Thomas Sowell
“It takes no more research than a trip to almost any public library or college to show the incredibly lopsided coverage of slavery in the United States or in the Western Hemisphere, as compared to the meager writings on even larger number of Africans enslaved in the Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, not to mention the vast numbers of Europeans also enslaved in centuries past in the Islamic world and within Europe itself. At least a million Europeans were enslaved by North African pirates alone from 1500 to 1800, and some Europeans slaves were still being sold on the auction blocks in the Egypt, years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed blacks in the United States.”
And Sowell has spoken about the absurdity of preferential treatment for any group at great lengths. Here is a quote that encapsulates his wisdom on the subject:
“However much history may be invoked in support of these policies (affirmative action), no policy can apply to history but can only apply to the present or the future. The past may be many things, but it is clearly irrevocable. Its sins can no more be purged than its achievements can be expunged. Those who suffered in centuries past are as much beyond our help as those who sinned are beyond our retribution.”
It would seem that according to Sowell we cannot end discrimination by using discrimination. He also provides warnings on the mindsets of those who are not treated the same as everyone else:
“When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”
And perhaps most important of all, Thomas Sowell identifies the “incentives” that cause people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to prefer to blame “society” for the crimes committed by black criminals rather than blaming the criminals themselves.
“To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by society.”
Sowell sums up the consequences of buying in to the con job perpetrated on America by Democrats when they falsely claim that more government is the solution to poverty.
“The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices - paid by others.”