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.