Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Encounter Books, San Francisco, 2006.
This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted.
In a series of long essays, this book presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many mistaken and dangerous actions, policies, and trends. It presents eye-opening insights into the historical development of the ghetto culture that is today wrongly seen as a unique black identity — a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves “friends” of blacks. An essay titled “The Real History of Slavery” presents a jolting re-examination of that tragic institution and the narrow and distorted way it is too often seen today… Black Rednecks & White Liberals is the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.
“Thomas Sowell is America’s foremost public intellectual and for good reason. His work covers almost every subject imaginable— race, economics, Marxism, ethnic groups, immigration patterns, just to name a few. He is persuasive and provocative and always scintillating. I’ve read all his books and never been even faintly disappointed. Black Rednecks & White Liberals is no exception.” –Fred Barnes, executive editor, The Weekly Standard and Fox News commentator