Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Part 7

Dave Killion — October 24, 2015

The Victoria Libertarian Book Club has completed Sowell’s wonderful work, “Black Rednecks and White Liberals“, and from the final essay (‘History vs Visions’) I noted these passages –

” “Prejudice” is another word that has been distorted beyond recognition in order to sustain a vision. The straightforward meaning of prejudice – prejudgment – is, in an ethnic or racial context, stretched and twisted to mean any adverse opinion about a minority group. This implicitly assumes that any unfavorable judgment about the behavior or performance of any minorities cannot have any factual basis and so can only be explained as being a result of a pre-judgment.”

“The prevalence of European imperialism in general since the 16th century is likewise due to special capabilities rather than special attitudes. Whatever their attitudes may have been in the Middle Ages, Europeans lacked  the military and economic capabilities required to become imperial powers on the world stage, just as most non-– European countries have lacked that ability since then.”

“When facts about racial or ethnic groups that are both known and relevant are deliberately suppressed because they would undermine a particular vision, doctrine, or agenda, then history is prostituted and cannot serve as a check against visions, because facts have been subordinated to visions.”

This applies not only to negative facts about women and minorities, but also to positive facts about Christians, white, and males.

“The historian is the agent of the reader. That is whose side is supposed to be served and it is a conflict of interest to set out to serve some other cause while pretending to be informing the reader.”

“It is futile for people who are not racists to try endlessly to prove a negative.”

“Past grievances, real or imaginary, are equally irremediable in the present, for nothing that is done among the living contemporaries can change in the slightest the sins and the sufferings of generations who took those sins and sufferings to the grave with them in centuries past. Galling as it may be to be helpless to redress the crying injustices of the past, symbolic expiation in the present can only create new injustices among the living and new problems for the future, when new-born babies enter the world with pre-packaged grievances against other babies born the same day.”

Stay tuned for more great quotes, from more great books!

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