Thomas Sowel Quotes

Nationwide, a majority–54 percent-of all black children were living only with their mothers in 1992. However, this was not a legacy of slavery as sometimes claimed. As recently as 1970, a majority of black children were still living with both parents. -- P. 61

While the top ten corporate executives earned an average of $59 million each in 2004, the top ten celebrities earned an average of $119 million each that same year- twice as much. -- P. 141

Contrary to theories of 'exploitation,' most multinational corporations focus the bulk of their operations in countries where pay scales are high rather than in countries where pay scales are low. -- P. 42

In American society, achievement is what ultimately brings respect, including self respect. -- P. 63

It was common for Sothern slaveholders to hire white workers, often Irish immigrants, to do work considered too dangerous for slaves. -- P. 200

Europeans became mass traders of African slaves largely by purchase from Africa‘s more powerful tribes and empires. -- P. 195

Mortality rates were even higher among those who were walked across the burning sands of the Sahara than among those subjected to the horrors and dangers of the Atlantic crossing. -- P. 188

century- even though blacks at the beginning of the twentieth century were just one generation out of slavery. -- P. 34 - 35

The vision of the anointed is one in which such ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from 'society,' rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by 'society.' -- P. 203

According to this vision (constrained) wars are a perfectly rational activity from the standpoint of those who anticipate gain for themselves, their class, or their nation, whether or not these anticipations are often mistaken, as all human calculations may be. -- P. 143

With blacks as with whites, the redneck culture has been a less achieving culture. Moreover, that culture has affected a higher proportion of the black population than of the white population, since only one-third of all whites lived in the antebellum South, while nine-tenths of all blacks did. -- P. 33

What can any society hope to gain by having some babies in that society born into the world with a priori grievances against other babies born into that same society on the same day? -- P. 251

-many of the problems of very poor countries are internal, however politically unpalatable that may be to the inhabitants of those countries or to those on the Western world who prefer other explanations. This conclusion is reinforced by the history of very poor countries that rose rapidly to higher economic levels, such as Scotland in the eighteenth century, Japan in the nineteenth century and China in the twentieth century. In all cases, they raised themselves economically through internal changes, brought on by recognition that such internal changes were necessary. -- P. 215

It is bitter medicine to the fully qualified individual to be denied employment because of the racial, ethnic, or other group to which he belongs. It is economically fallacious, however, to say that the below average earnings of the group as a whole are due to such discrimination. -- P. 89

Discrimination entails costs on the discriminators, as well as on those discriminated against, but such costs are borne by other people- not by those who make discriminatory decisions- in the case of non-profit organizations. By the same token, the costs of racial or ethnic preferences in a later era have also been borne by other people, so that the same non-profit organizations which once discriminated against blacks, for example, could now afford to show preferences for blacks as students or professors because the costs of these preferences are likewise paid by others. -- P. 123

-both poverty and dependency were declining for years prior to the Johnson administration‘s 'war on poverty.' Black income was rising, not only absolutely but relative to rising white income. In the five years prior to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, blacks were rising into professional and other high-level positions at a rate greater than the five years following passage of the Act. Nationwide, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores were rising, venereal diseases were declining sharply, and the murder rate was at an all-time low. This was the 'hopelessness' from which the anointed came to rescue us. -- P. 218

Much of the story of the human race has been a story of the massive cultural borrowings, which have created a modern world technology, as much at home in Japan as in Europe or the United States. -- P. 61

-hundreds of black chemists were employed in private industry before World War II, when not a single major university had a black professor of chemistry. -- P. 123

In short, the special role of the 'thinking people' or of 'the brightest and the best' has for centuries been a central theme of the unconstrained vision. -- P. 47

In reality, the proportion of women in the professions and other higher level positions was greater during the first decades of the twentieth century than in the middle of the twentieth century- and all of this was before either anti-discrimination laws or the rise of the feminist movement. -- P. 58