Quotable Literary Quotes: Sunday Special

A dear friend of mine gave me the book Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, for my recently celebrated birthday. I am finally getting around to reading it, and as I suspected, Sowell has always been a man outside of his time; a social prophet of sorts. On page 54, Jason Riley recounts an event that led Sowell to write a letter to the editor of the New York Times in 1970:

In 1970 the liberal political scientist Andrew Hacker published a lengthy defense of the Black Power movement in the New York Times, and Sowell responded in a letter to the editor:

“I sometimes wonder if those of us who are black ought not to consider declaring some sort of moral amnesty for guilty whites, just so they won’t keep on saying and doing damn fool things that create additional problems.”

Again, Sowell wrote this in 1970.

Pause and think about that in light of the current moment. Also, don’t be surprised if I post quotes from this book again. It’s that good.

3 thoughts on “Quotable Literary Quotes: Sunday Special

  1. Bike bubba says:

    I’m reminded of Sowell’s friend, the late Walter Williams, who immortalized Sowell’s quote in a proclamation of pardon for white people so they didn’t have to act like d**ned fools around black people. Yes, I downloaded it, of course.

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  2. elspeth says:

    Walter Williams, like Sowell, was absolutely brilliant. The big lie to borrow from the other sides favorite sayings, was that these two men somehow didn’t get it. Oh, they got it. Too well, in fact, which is why rather than engage their ideas, the black establishment and left leaning media tried to stifle their voices by ignoring thema nd pretending they didn’t exist.

    Ironically, despite his NOT using social media at all, a Twitter account that someone has dedicated to Thomas Sowell quotes, has (I think) 700,000 followers.

    Better late than never, I guess.

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