The Right Coast

April 26, 2005
Sowell on Race and Redneck Culture
By Mike Rappaport

The Wall Street Journal publishes a powerful article by Thomas Sowell, attempting to explain black and white differences based on culture. He argues that that blacks have maintained a redneck culture that has retarded the growth of all those, black and white, in America and in England, who have followed it.

Sowell concludes:

The redneck culture proved to be a major handicap for both whites and blacks who absorbed it. Today, the last remnants of that culture can still be found in the worst of the black ghettos, whether in the North or the South, for the ghettos of the North were settled by blacks from the South. The counterproductive and self-destructive culture of black rednecks in today's ghettos is regarded by many as the only "authentic" black culture--and, for that reason, something not to be tampered with. Their talk, their attitudes, and their behavior are regarded as sacrosanct.

The people who take this view may think of themselves as friends of blacks. But they are the kinds of friends who can do more harm than enemies.