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In the medium-sized high school where I am fortunate to teach, black and Hispanic kids are, in every way that matters, indistinguishable from their white classmates.  There are no overpowering cultural imperatives to behave in specific ways.  Some black and Hispanic kids excel, most do well, and a few do poorly, just like the white bread kids.  Thankfully, as far as I can tell, those black and Hispanic kids that do well don’t have to deal with others of their race giving them a hard time for “acting white.”  They simply act as they want to act, as their abilities and talents lead them.

This gladdens my heart.  I could care less about the color of their skin.  I’m only interested in the development of their intellects and character, and do my best to wipe away anything that stands in the way of that pursuit.

Unfortunately, my medium-sized school is, at least in this way, perhaps a bit unusual.  Too many kids from too many backgrounds are told by racialist “leaders” that they can’t succeed, that everyone and everything is stacked against them, and that they have no hope.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

I would hope that you, gentle readers, are already acquainted with the writings of Thomas Sowell, one of the brightest intellectual lights of our time.  If not, let this article, titled: “Young Blacks, Hispanics Need to Heed Lessons Of Success” be your introduction.  An excerpt:

Years ago, someone said that, according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.

Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media, lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore.

Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway.

Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English.

They start out working at low-paid jobs but working so many hours, often at more than one job, that they are able to put a little money aside.

After a few years, they have enough money to open some little shop, where they still work long hours, and still save their money, so that they can afford to send their children to college.

Meanwhile, these children know that their parents not only expect, but demand, that they make good grades.

Some people try to explain why Asians, and Asian-Americans, succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have.

That may be true, but their success may also be due to what they do not have — namely “leaders” who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on “leaders.”

Such “leaders” are like the people who said that the laws of aerodynamics showed that the bumblebee cannot fly. Those who have believed such “leaders” have in fact stayed grounded, unlike the bumblebees.

By all means, read the rest, and be glad that there are real leaders and thinkers like Sowell who are also concerned with the development of the character and intellects of all children.  He is the anti-Sharpton, the anti-Jackson and the anti-Obama.