Announcement that should have rocked the nation

© 2016 Jim Spence - Yesterday was a very sad day for me. One of my heroes announced his retirement. The man is a famous author and former Professor of Economics at UCLA. He should be much more famous than he is.
Thomas Sowell (not Barack Obama) should be the most famous black American man alive today. All of America is worse off that Sowell is not more famous than Mr. Obama. And even more sad, blacks are infinitely worse off because most have never heard of Thomas Sowell or studied his teachings.
There was no fanfare in the news media regarding Sowell's retirement announcement. In an era where so many Americans with distant African relatives have been able to gain remarkable notoriety for various accomplishments, it is curious that this man has been virtually ignored by pop culture and the mainstream media.
I have quoted Sowell dozens of times. I have read hundreds, if not thousands of his columns. Sowell has taught me far more than any high school teacher or college professor I ever interacted with. And yet I have never met Mr. Sowell. Maybe I will do so before one of us passes away. 
Thomas Sowell is a man is in possession of perhaps the rarest gift of all…….profound wisdom. Like all talent, intellectual talent is God given. However, unlike athletic talent, intellectual talent is not physical in nature. Intellectual talent that is developed and converted into profound wisdom does not diminish with the passage of time. Mr. Sowell's talents have grown with the passage of time.
Thomas Sowell is eighty-six years old now. He should be mentioned in the same breath with Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King. Though he has been fabulously successful as an author, Sowell is not widely read. Astonishingly, unprincipled reprobates like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have been showered with mainstream media attention and treated as noteworthy blacks instead of embarrassments, while Sowell is ignored.
Thomas Sowell
The so-called leaders of the African American population, starting with the Obamas, have had Sowell's wisdom being published right under their noses. Instead of availing themselves of it, they have chosen to render a great disservice to society by refusing to embrace the basic common sense that Sowell has taught all these years. In doing so, they have cultivated disastrous consequences for America.
Witness the four dozen shootings in Chicago over the most recent holiday weekend. This sort of family destroying mayhem takes place daily in metropolitan areas all over America. It has been going on for most of my adult life. While the race hucksters and pimps cynically wait for black criminals to be shot by white cops, events they can use as opportunities to engage in lucrative fund raising, Thomas Sowell has tried for many decades to help America assist the black community in getting out of the abyss. In ignoring Sowell Democrats have fostered in the very policies that have sunken the inner city cultures they claim to care about, deeper and deeper into the depths of despair.
The Sowell retirement announcement could be viewed as an opportunity for America to heed the wisdom contained in dozens of his books listed below:
Wealth, Poverty and Politics, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, Intellectuals and Race, Intellectuals and Society. The Housing Boom and Bust, Applied Economics:Thinking Beyond Stage One, Economic Facts and Fallacies, A Conflict of Visions: The Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, On Classical Economics, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Affirmative Action Around the World, Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy, The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late, A Personal Odyssey, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, Conquests and Cultures: An International History, Migrations and Cultures: A World View, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, Race and Culture: A World View, Inside American Education: The Decline, The Deception, The Dogmas, Preferential Policies: An International Perspective, Choosing a College: A Guide for Parents and Students, Marxism: Philosophy and Economics, Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality, The Economics and Politics of Race: An International Perspective, Ethnic America: A History, Markets and Minorities, Knowledge and Decisions, Race and Economics, Classical Economics Reconsidered, Say's Law: An Historical Analysis, Black Education: Myths and Tragedies, Economics: Analysis and Issues.
America should do itself a favor and drink from this incredibly deep well of timeless wisdom. It is not too late.