The State Against Blacks

Any time spent with Mr. Walter Williams is definitely a learning event. The Wall Street Journal and Jason L. Riley provide the good stuff.  A teaser:

Hoping to end our conversation on a sunnier note, I pose a final question about race. “A Man of Letters,” Thomas Sowell’s fabulous book of correspondence, includes a letter the Stanford economist sent in 2006 to Mr. Williams, whom he’s known for four decades. “[B]ack in the early years,” writes Mr. Sowell, “you and I were pretty pessimistic as to whether what we were writing would make an impact—especially since the two of us seemed to be the only ones saying what we were saying. Today at least we know that there are lots of other blacks writing and saying similar things . . . and many of them are sufficiently younger that we know there will be good people carrying on the fight after we are gone.”

Asked if he shares his friend’s optimism, Mr. Williams responds that he does. “You find more and more black people—not enough in my opinion but more and more—questioning the status quo,” he says. “When I fill in for Rush, I get emails from blacks who say they agree with what I’m saying. And there are a lot of white people questioning ideas on race, too. There’s less white guilt out there. It’s progress.”

Mr. Williams gives me a little hope that we can keep chipping away at the leftist notions of ‘help via gov’t’ for the minorities. Read the part of the article about the Bacon-Davis act if you’re not familiar with it.   It’s great info for dismantling one of the left’s union straw men.

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