Sowell on the black-on-white intifada
Here is Thomas Sowell’s syndicated column “A censored race war,” which many readers have sent.
While the piece is welcome for its frank characterizations of the black-on-white violence going on around the country, I find it on balance disappointing, for reasons I will explain later.
NB: it is not an NRO article, but a syndicated column which has been posted at many places besides NRO. So please let no one give the boys of NR credit for publishing it.
Another article on the censoring of black violence that I need to write about, much more significant than Sowell’s in my opinion, is Kyle Rogers’s piece in the May 9 Charleston Conservative Examiner in which he interviews the Newark Star Ledger reporter who wrote about a mob attack at a concert in Newark. The reporter admits that he remained silent about the race of the attackers and the victims and gives his reasons. I found it illuminating.
The main part of the article that I disagreed with was the notion that this black-on-white violence is going to lead to a white backlash. I do not believe that the majority of whites are a capable of participating in a “backlash,” and the fact that whites hardly fight back in these incidents shows how weak the white race has become. More importantly, the white backlash bit implied that Sowell’s chief objection to the violence was the potential white reaction, as if that’s what we should really be concerned about. I’m sure that’s not how he actually felt, but that’s how it came across to me and possibly other readers.LA replies:
Mr. McNeil has expressed my own problems with the column.
Thomas Sowell is correct to be concerned about a white backlash. It just will not be a violent one. That is not because whites are better or worse, or more weak and inherently “soft” (a comment made repeatedly by black men about white men, and often repeated by white women). Rather, it is because middle class people, which whites overwhelmingly are, behave like middle class people.LA replies:
But Sowell was not speaking of the type of white “backlash” you describe. He was speaking of real violence by whites against blacks. So, by your own lights, Sowell is not both right and wrong. He is simply wrong.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 16, 2012 12:03 PM | Send