Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Black Rednecks and White Liberals This explosive new book challenges many of the long held assumptions about blacks Jews Germans and Nazis slavery and education Through a series of essays Sowell presents an in depth look at key b

  • Title: Black Rednecks and White Liberals
  • Author: Thomas Sowell Hugh Mann
  • ISBN: 9780786176847
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Audio CD
  • This explosive new book challenges many of the long held assumptions about blacks, Jews, Germans and Nazis, slavery, and education Through a series of essays, Sowell presents an in depth look at key beliefs behind many policies and trends, challenging the trendy intellectuals of our times.

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    1. It’s not often that a reader opens a work of non-fiction and the words written on the first page has such an impact that it smacks the reader so hard the reader has to rub his/her cheek to soothe the blow.This is the impact I felt with Black Rednecks and White Liberals. The first page drew me in and made it a challenge not to call work and say I wouldn’t be in because I didn’t want to put the book down.What I liked about Black Rednecks and White Liberals is that it reinforced what I alread [...]

    2. Fantastic approach to race and discrimination. I enjoyed his research about the roots of "redneck culture" originating in Scotland and other fringe areas of the Brittish Empire. I thought the views on "middle-men minorities" and "segregated schools" were especially insightful. He approaches every topic with a balanced yet incisive perspective. For example, he forgives Washington's slave ownership. He reminds us that men of fortune during the colonial period viewed their family fortunes as someth [...]

    3. Update, 2018: I used to give blahblah like this the benefit of the doubt as a “conversation starter” but given the obvious and real current dangers of BS, I’m lowering the rating to 1*. Please see comment stream for additional details.This can be a good conversation starter, but it has flaws. One of the main excuses Sowell brings up over and over for why whites in the South wouldn't end slavery is that they were afraid of a race war because of the rebellion on Santo Domingo (Haiti). What h [...]

    4. Wow, what an achievement. Though a more accurate title might have been "Essays in Ethnology", "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" consists of six amazing essays, which collectively constitute the best book I've ever read. Every page presents startling, important, and little known facts that are apparently little known because they contradict the prevailing narrative about race and ethnicity. Did you know, for example, that:* "bor force participation rates were higher among non-whites than among [...]

    5. WOW! This book was a complete eye-opener and changed how I viewed the history of slavery and blacks in America. As a white person, I'm shocked, appalled and relieved at the same time. What my intuition told me was wrong about massive social programs was vocalized and backed up by facts for me with this book. A lot of what I thought about slavery and oppression was turned on its head. I was appalled that I was never taught ANY of this in school, and I have extensive college education. What I real [...]

    6. A few years after reading "A conflict of Visions" by Sowell a friend of mine (who is African-American) recommended this book to me. We had been debating our individual impressions of racial relationships between black and white friends. I had made the comment that there were "archetypal motiffs" common to persons on both sides of the color line.Although my friend agreed with me "on average," he suggested that I read this book as it would give me a new perspective of a black intellectual's opinio [...]

    7. Образът на типичния американски чернокож е добре познат на всички от телевизията и киното (а на американците е добре познат от улиците). Характерният диалектен говор, предизвикателното държание, обилната бижутерия и изобщо крещящ кич в облеклото и поведението…Всичко тов [...]

    8. Okay, this guy is a stud. I love the rare academic who will actually shoot straight with you. This was a collection of 6 refreshingly incisive essays that systematically debunked many of the pet beliefs and agendas of today's intelligentsia.

    9. This book is a collection of a few long essays from Sowell, an economist of some fame, and of special value to conservatives because he is an African-American conservative intellectual. I’ll be discussing only the first, titular, essay in this book, because it’s the one I was most interested in. I think it’s fair to judge a book on its most advertised section, don’t you? Sowell’s thesis here is that nearly all of serious problems facing black Americans today come from a culture they sh [...]

    10. I tend to follow experts in their fields which often doesn't translate to other fields, as many people successful in one field turn out to be not that knowledgeable or skilled in another. Thomas Sowell is, for me, one of the few exceptions i know of. I Started reading his books because of his economics knowledge but i can so relate to his way of viewing the world that I can't stop following his books even when they're not directly in the field. Why? Because unlike many others he doesn't take thi [...]

    11. The book is a perfect example of confirmation bias, as the author starts with a conclusion and gives cherry-picked facts to support it. Indeed, what he calls facts are actual facts, but one should think critically of them. If I formulate a hypothesis that the sun revolves around the earth then I can state the supportive observation that the sun moves across in the sky, certainly a fact. We obviously know that my original hypothesis is wrong but I use this example because this book is littered wi [...]

    12. This is an amazing book! I am saddened that I had no idea that this author even existed before picking up this book. Maybe he is not widely known because his opinions are "unpopular"? This book is not concerned with "feelings" or with pleasing the ego of the reader. It is a hard read and left me thinking and re-thinking a lot of my own stands on many issues. It can be now clearly seen how 3rd wave feminism is only harming and not helping. This book relies on facts, scholarly publications, resear [...]

    13. Gobsmacked. Excellence that should grace every home, every school, every library. Empirical evidence on a wide range of history that follows a common theme: the Redneck attitudes that are keeping down urban Blacks, why they are weighing down Blacks, their origin (shockingly, the Scottish Borderlands, the Ulster area of N. Ireland, and Wales--typically, at the time, reckless, shiftless people too proud to work until they had to), and how to dispel them. Dr. Thomas Sowell takes us on a gut-wrenchi [...]

    14. Adam was telling me about this book, and about the amazing man that is Thomas Sowell. Read his bio -- he's led a very interesting life. It's interesting that many of the "undesirable" qualities of the South, e.g. working to feed the family when needed, rather than having a steady work ethic and income, may have come from original settlers from wilder areas like Ulstead County, Ireland, and Wales, and Northern Scotland, where many of my ancestors are from! (Back in the 17th-18th centuries, they w [...]

    15. Too bad this book is unlikely ever to be required reading in American high schools or colleges. It's scholarly, thoughtful, objective - far from the superficial, agenda-driven treatment that's being handed out today. If you read "Under Our Skin" (/book/show/2), be sure to read this, too. Or skip that one and just read this one.

    16. Thomas Sowell's provocatively-titled Black Rednecks and White Liberals casts a critical eye toward conventional understandings of race, class, and history, collecting a half-dozen extensive essays in one volume. Although each essay is written as a standalone piece, some concern common subjects and refer to one another. Sowell principally writes on African-Americans and Jews here, aside from an apologia written on Germany. His central argument essentially blames the welfare state for the continui [...]

    17. Trash.I respect that Prof. Sowell is trying to make a complicated point for a general audience, but so much of the language in this book, language that comes from Prof. Sowell and NOT from his sources, seem better placed in a high-school English essay than in a book. I made it through about 10 pages before I stopped, mostly because I couldn't trust what I was reading - how much of it was "fact", as Prof. Sowell seems all to glad to highlight at every chance he gets, and how much was the author's [...]

    18. I initially wanted to read this book to gain a conservative economist's view on history, specifically on the 18th through 20th century, in order to broaden my beliefs not only racially, but also to try and understand a well though-out and articulated conservative perspective (Sowell himself would prefer the term 'libertarian' over 'black conservative') Sowell's analysis in each of the essays in his book is very broad, each one containing hundreds of citations. In each one I found that I could ap [...]

    19. I would've made this book a five star, but found that some of the opening essays regarding crackers and the history of northern England dragged a bit.What picked up this books for me where the essays on the history of African-American education in the United States, the history of middle man racism (racism against those who play a middle-man role in society) and the history of Germany and the impacts of Nazism of people's attitudes towards the German people.Picking one of these in particular, mi [...]

    20. A woeful attempt in painting with the brush of a simple explanation to cover a complex social issue. The reader must first accept the authors's openly prejudiced view of southern Whites, then the reader must extrapolate that view to Black culture to be able to agree with his conclusions. This scholar, beforehand, states that his views which are commonly discussed among scholars and academia, would be hardly heard by the lay person. The proclamation itself is proof that he is not in touch with th [...]

    21. Thomas Sowell. Black Rednecks. White Liberals. MCRI[return]November 28th, 2006[return][return]Thomas Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Encounter Books, 2005.[return][return]Black RednecksThe approval by voters of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative corroborates Thomas Sowell’s observation in his Preface to the book, referring to “a growing willingness to consider views that differ from the racial orthodoxy that has prevailed largely unchallenged from the 1960s onward in intellectua [...]

    22. Excellent and eye-opening. Most discussion about race or slavery is too narrow and simplistic. They are much broader than a Eurocentric view would imagine. Sowell's research is wide and deep, his reasoning cool and exacting, his arguments compelling and, largely, unchallenged. I found this review to curtail some of what Sowell has to say about blacks obtaining their cultural attitudes and actions from whites: vdare/articles/tom-sowSome important quotes:"Discussions of slavery in the West tend to [...]

    23. Thomas Sowell outlines that the origins of African American culture are not rooted in the act of slavery itself, but the assimilation of cultures around them. He provides ample evidence refuting the notion that slavery is a unique African American experience, and that every major race has experienced some sort of enslavement throughout history. It was also the efforts of the West that sought to abolish the practice worldwide.I’ll have to admit that there are certain parts of the book that upon [...]

    24. A book of six studies on ethnic subjects such as the present-day 'cracker culture' in the United States and how it worked its way from Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland to the Appalachian enclaves of the hillbillies to the southern poor and into the black ghettos; the history of prejudice against middleman minorities like the Jews and anti-semitism and the larger history of middleman minorities, world-wide, that includes many other national groups who have also borne with the anger against th [...]

    25. Black Rednecks and White Liberals is a collection of six essays dealing with race relations. Each reaches an atypical conclusion through the use of historical economic data and carefully consistent logic. The first describes the destructive aspects of pre-Enlightenment Scottish herding culture that continue to survive today under the label of "black culture." The second traces the economic and historical similarities of groups that Sowell calls "middlemen minorities," which include Jews in Europ [...]

    26. Culture matters.From the book: Black Rednecks and White Liberals-33% of whites lived in the South, while 90% of blacks lived there at that time. Thus a culture which produced lower levels of achievements for both blacks and whites was more pervasive among blacks. The kinds of statistical disparities found between Southern whites and Northern whites in the past are today taken as proof of discrimination when found between the black and white populations as a whole. This should at least raise ques [...]

    27. This book explores the possible origins of racial habits and traits from the Scots/Irish influence on modern black culture to the traditional middle-man races of Jews, Armenians, and Chinese. Very interesting read and alternate perspective on the concept of racism which attempts to confront the modern liberal arguments of racism with historical evidence and comparisons of people groups, slavery, and upward mobility of certain groups

    28. A wealth of information pertaining to African Americans, Germans, and Jews. The end left some things unexplained as far as tying in the civil rights acts and liberal movement in regard to how they ultimately hurt the progression of these groups. Especially the African Americans.

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