Monday, September 13, 2010

Speaking of racism...

A wise person once said that when you point a finger at someone, three fingers point back at you. It has been widely remarked in the blogosphere and in some mainstream media how eagerly the liberal paints the libertarian with the brush of racism.

If you really want to know what racism is, read this article by Walter E. Williams (left), one of The Ohio Republic's Champions of Liberty, who writes about how the liberal-controlled public education system has done the African-American community an enormous disservice by making high school easier for them -- setting them up for failure in college.

Prof. Williams notes that, from 1870 to 1955, students of Dunbar High School, predominantly black, in Washington, D.C., regularly outperformed whites in the city's academic testing, and most of their graduates during this period went to college. Studies by Dr. Thomas Sowell (another Champion of Liberty) shows that black children in Harlem regularly equaled or exceeded the performance of white children in New York's Lower East Side in the 1940s and 1950s.

Libertarians support equal educational opportunity for all. With good schools (not state and teachers' union-run) and good role models, any child can succeed in school, in college, and in life.

So why do the liberals insist on doing these "favors" for blacks? Prof. Williams' explanation makes as much sense as any:

Recruiting [a] youngster to be a failure is cruel, psychologically damaging and an embarrassment for his family. But the campus hustlers might come to the aid of the student by convincing him that his academic failure is a result of white racism and Eurocentric values.

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