Posted tagged ‘Race and Culture’

Observable Differences Between Cultures

October 7, 2015


I attended a basketball coaches clinic last weekend at the Columbus Convention Center. As I was walking down a long hallway toward the clinic, I noticed people carrying orange bags and wearing badges attached to orange lanyards around their neck. These people were attending a Materials Science and Engineering Technology conference that was being held in another hall at the convention center. Being curious, I stopped where these people were registering and found out this conference “brought together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers and more to discuss current research and technical applications, and to shape the future of materials science and engineering technology”.

As I stood there I noticed the people who were attending this conference were different from the people attending the basketball clinic. I walked over to a black gentlemen who worked for the convention center checking badges as people were entering the hall, and started talking to him. He said,  “you’re here for the basketball clinic”. He laughed when I said, “how could you tell”? I asked him, “if I went over and stood in the middle of the people registering for the tech conference, would you be able to pick out the one person who didn’t belong”? He started laughing. I said, “90% of the people are Asian aren’t they”? He said, “yeah, and the rest are from India”. I said, “I bet I won’t see one Asian person at the basketball clinic”.

A coach I went to the clinic with came by and as we walked down the hall to our clinic I told him about the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies conference that was going on at the same time as our clinic. I said, “I want one of those orange bags so people will think I am with the other conference”. He said, “people would probably be wondering who you stole that orange bag from”.

Thomas Sowell

As I read Thomas Sowell’s recent articles ‘Charlatans And Sheep’ (link to articles, and excerpts below), the differences I observed between the people attending the tech conference and the basketball clinic came to mind. I’ve read many of the books about race and culture that Dr. Sowell has written over the years, and here are a few things I’ve learned. 1) Certain races and cultures are better at certain things than other races and cultures. 2) These differences should not be a shock to anyone because group differences have existed through out history. 3) Politicians will exploit peoples ignorance about group differences, and blame one group for preventing the other group from excelling in that particular field.

Reading Thomas Sowell’s books on Race and Culture (click here) gives a person a base of knowledge for understanding why these differences exist. It also allows you to see how politicians, the media, and courts show their ignorance about this subject, and use others ignorance to gain power.


Here are some excerpts from Dr. Sowell’s three articles titled, Charlatans and Sheep (click here), Charlatans and Sheep Part II (click here), and Charlatans and Sheep Part III (click here).

“Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes.”

“This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything resembling equal representation.

“For 12 consecutive years — from 2001 through 2012 — each home run leader in the American League had a Hispanic surname. When two American boys whose ancestors came from India tied for first place in the U.S. National Spelling Bee in 2014, it was the 7th consecutive year in which the U.S. National Spelling Bee was won by an Asian Indian.”

“We all know about the large over-representation of blacks among professional basketball players, and especially among the star players. The best-selling brands of beer in America were created by people of German ancestry, who also created China’s famed Tsingtao beer. Of the 100 top-ranked Marathon runners in the world in 2012, 68 were Kenyans. The list could go on and on. Although blacks are over-represented among professional football players, even the most avid National Football League fan is unlikely to be able to recall seeing even one black player who kicked a punt or a point after touchdown.”

“Among the many reasons for gross disparities in many fields, and at different income levels, is that human beings differ in what they want to do, quite aside from any differences in what they are capable of doing, or what others permit them to do. Observers cannot just grab a statistic and run with it, though that is what they do….”

“….. we constantly hear charlatans loudly proclaiming numerical “gender gaps” in employment or pay, and suing for discrimination.

“One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience’s attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans.”

“Charlatans are only half the story. The other half includes people who are gullible enough to be led around like sheep by those exploiting the prevailing political correctness dispensed in our schools, colleges and the media……..So long as there is widespread gullibility, there will be charlatans ready to exploit it for their own benefit, either politically or financially.”

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Michelle Obama vs. Thomas Sowell On The Politics Of Race

May 13, 2015

I heard audio clips of Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at Tuskegee University. In stead of relying on the clips I heard, I decided to listen to the whole speech to get a total understanding of the message she was trying to get across. In the video below, the speech starts at 9:10. Mrs. Obama does a good job telling the history of not only Tuskegee University but the Tuskegee Airman who flew in WWII. She talks of how racism was overcome by the efforts of each individual working and persevering to become the best they could be. It’s very inspiring.

Then at 24:00 – 27:30 it starts to veer off the inspirational tracks a little bit. This is the part I heard audio clips of, and you can listen to these if you choose. I won’t comment on them. What I found interesting was the part starting at 27:35. She gives the students the solution to take on the “deep-rooted problems” that they will face. Here is what she said.

“Our history provides us with a better story, a better blue print for how we can win. It teaches us that when we pull ourselves out of the lowest emotional depths and we channel our frustrations into studying and organizing and banding together, we can build ourselves and or communities up. We can take on those deep-rooted problems and together we can overcome anything that stands in our way.

At this point I’m thinking she is going to reference the beginning of her speech where these individuals didn’t let racism stand in the way of their accomplishments. They didn’t turn to Government or anybody else, they just figured it out and did it on their own. But instead, Mrs. Obama says this.

“And the first thing we have to do is vote. Not just once in a while…..Vote in every election at every level all of the time. Because here’s the truth. If you truly want a say in your community. If you truly want to have the power to control your own destiny, then you got to be involved. You got to be at the table. You got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s it, that’s the way we move forward. That’s how we make progress for ourselves and for our country.”

This is spoken like a true Statist. Gaining Government power is the answer. It’s what you should strive for? This is the complete opposite of what the founders of Tuskegee University, and the Tuskegee airman did.

I’m going to let Thomas Sowell respond to Mrs Obama’s comments in the video below. He is discussing his book Intellectuals and Race. I’ve said this before that nobody writes or speaks more clearly about race and culture than Thomas Sowell.

Thomas Sowell grew up in Harlem in the 40’s when there was more racism than there is today. He has said he is glad he didn’t grow up in Harlem in the 60’s when Government started their “Great Society”  programs to help blacks.

At 28:38 they show an excerpt form a speech President LBJ made at Howard University in 1965. LBJ talks about the plight of blacks. And the solution to their plight is Government, in general, and his Great Society Programs in particular. Watch up to 31:25 to hear Thomas Sowell’s response to LBJ’s speech.

About the plight of blacks today, Dr. Sowell says,“The first thing to be done is to understand that this was a result of policies begun in the 1960’s. This is not a legacy of what happened a hundred years before the 1960’s. He said he would roll back welfare and eliminate affirmative action, but it won’t happen because all “the incentives politically, are for black leaders to blame all problems in the black community on the larger society. And that enables them to take on the role of being the defender of the black community against enemies. Which in turn creates the situation in which many blacks don’t feel that anything that they do is going to help themselves, unless it is done politically as a group….” One of the most pathetic things I heard in recent years was a young black man saying at one point he thought he would join the Air Force and become a pilot. And then he said he realized that the white man is not going to let a black man become a pilot. And he was saying this decades after the Tuskegee Airman had established their reputation in combat in Europe. Hopelessness is one of the great products of the race industry.”

When asked “how do you make something out of yourself, as an African-American in America today”, he says; “The way anybody else would. You equip yourself with skills that people are willing to pay for.

Watch the whole video. It is worth the time.


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Thomas Sowell: The Economics And Politics Of Race

December 22, 2014

I saw the video below on, and it reminded that nobody writes more clearly about race and culture than Thomas Sowell. His book, The Economics and Politics of Race, was written in 1983. I read this book after I had read Race And Culture, Migration and Culture, and Conquests and Cultures, which make up his three book cultural trilogy which was written in 94, 96, and 98 respectively. As much as I liked the cultural trilogy, I think I liked The Economics and Politics Of Race better, although the fact that I read the other books first may have had something to do with it. What I took away from the book is that some cultures are superior to other cultures, in specific areas, at specific times in history. And even though past cultural tendencies seem to follow and influence ethnic groups over time, superiority and inferiority are always subject to change.

Here are some excerpts from the book.

“The human race has, throughout history, differed greatly in its component parts. At various periods of history, some groups have been far ahead of others in military power, scientific achievements, or organizational skills. But often those who were far behind in one era became far ahead in another era. The Chinese, for example, had a huge and complex empire thousands of years ago, when Nordic Europe was living a primitive, tribal existence. It has been only the past two or three centuries that their roles have been reversed…..The Arabs conquered parts of Europe in the Middle Ages but have suffered conquest by Europeans in more recent times.”

“Virtually every portion of the human species excels at something. From an economic point or view, this means the mutual benefits can result from cooperation among different racial and ethnic groups, whether through domestic markets, international trade, or the migration of peoples. From a Political point of view, however, it is very difficult to get acceptance of these intergroup differences and their beneficial economic consequences. The conflict between the economic consequences and the political consequences of these group differences is one that appears again and again…..”

In this video Thomas Sowell discusses his book, The Economics and Politics Of Race, on the TV show, Tony Brown’s Journal.


Here are some excerpts from the book.

“History is a treasure of experience, available without paying the high price often inflicted on those who lived through it. But history is not free, however. It conflicts painfully with many cherished beliefs and shatters many carefully built theories. At best it is untidy and complex, and often it is a battleground for those with differing visions of the world today. Yet history remains a massive fact and a massive influence on out lives: “We do not live in the past, but the past in us”.”

“To seek to look ahead into the future is to seek to understand the momentum of the past and the choices available to us in the present. We live in a world of options constrained by decisions already made and actions already taken – as well as constrained by mutually competitive and perhaps irreconcilable goals among contemporaries.”

“The history of racial and ethnic groups around the world is a story of the heights and depths of the human spirit – the glory of its perseverance in the face of every kind of adversity and the vileness of its brutality against the helpless. Whether the future brings great advancements or succumbs to wretched agonies, it will have ample precedents. How well we understand the past can be an important factor in decisions to shape that future.’

THOMAS SOWELL QUOTE“Each group tends to trail the long shadow of its own cultural history as well as reflecting the consequences of external influences”.