Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thomas Sowell: Culture Holds Back Black 'Rednecks'

Provocative, convincing op-ed in the WSJ today by the excellent Thomas Sowell, who makes the Cosbyesque point that neither race nor racism can explain the relative success of, say, blacks from the West Indies or Africa as compared to their 'keeping it real' counterparts - in the words of Chris Rock, yeah, you're keeping it real - real dumb. Authenticism that values street cred over learning and accomplishment is the enemy of advancement - and let it be said that the argument applies to white 'redneck' culture as well. A must-read.

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