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ERIC Number: ED159260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Dissenting from Liberal Orthodoxy: A Black Scholar Speaks for the "Angry Moderates." Reprint Number 59.
Sowell, Thomas
Racial issues such as busing and affirmative action are not supported by most black people despite contrary insinuations by the media. Court ordered busing was not implicit in the 1954 Supreme Court decision which struck down state-imposed segregation. As a result we now have a situation that goes counter to the intent of the original decision. The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and ability to move fellow creatures around like blocks of wood, in effect denying other peoples' humanity. A similar approach to human problems is applied in the labor market in the Federal affirmative action program. Affirmative action quotas are supposed to compensate minorities and women for past injustices, but there is very little hard evidence that they have that effect. In other related issues the helplessness of the poor, particularly the blacks, is repeatedly invoked to defeat proposed reforms that would enable these people to make their own decisions and eliminate the "caretaker" approach of most programs. As it is, history has proven that blacks have made substantial gains in education, income, employment and housing. These gains have been made primarily through individual effort and in spite of the usually self-serving "crusades" of middle class liberals. (Author/EB)
American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($0.35)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to author's restriction