Who Is Racist?

By Sowell, Thomas | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 1, 2013 | Go to article overview

Who Is Racist?


Sowell, Thomas, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.

Apparently other Americans also recognize that the sources of racism are different today from what they were in the past. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 31 percent of blacks think that most blacks are racists, while 24 percent of blacks think that most whites are racist.

The difference between these percentages is not great, but it is remarkable nevertheless. After all, generations of blacks fought the white racism from which they suffered for so long. If many blacks themselves now think that most other blacks are racist, that is startling.

The moral claims advanced by generations of black leaders have now been cheapened by today's generation of black "leaders," who act as if it is all just a matter of whose ox is gored.

Even in legal cases involving terrible crimes -- the O.J. Simpson murder trial or the charges of gang rape against Duke University students -- many black "leaders" and their followers have not waited for facts about who was guilty and who was not, but have immediately taken sides based on who was black and who was white.

Among whites, according to the same Rasmussen poll, 38 percent consider most blacks racist and 10 percent consider most whites racist.

Perhaps most disturbing, just 29 percent of Americans think race relations are getting better, while 32 percent think race relations are getting worse. The fact that it is so close is painful -- and perhaps a warning sign for where we are heading.

Is this what so many Americans, both black and white, struggled for? What went wrong?

The civil rights movement in 20th century America attracted many people who put everything on the line for the sake of fighting against racial oppression. …

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