Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals

This book by the brilliant Thomas Sowell is a collection of essays. Sowell is a brilliant author and economist. The radical left hates men like Sowell who dare violate their shiboleths of victimization, Marxism and multiculturalism.

I am about two thirds of the way through the first Chapter Blacks Rednecks and White Liberals. The Next chapter will be more fun are Jews Generic. This is a version of his Middle man minority hypothesis.

Sowell's contention was that Redneck and Cracker culture began in the border areas of
England , Scoltland and Ulster. The view that the first settlers dispersed randomly from all sections of England is a myth. There were regional enclaves that resemble todays ethnic enclaves. Thus the assumption that a New Englander and Southerner shared the same culture was misguided.

Sowell's hypothesis is that the traits and lifestyles that the Multicultuiralist view as authentic remanants of slavery or authentic black behaviors are vestiges from
maladapted first residents dominant culture. Gangster Rap with the exagerated and gratuitous violence draws from a Southern propensity of Honor duelings. Thus the inner city refrain of violence due to being "dissed" is part of something much older.

Sowell points out that the vast prepoderance of black figures praised by Afrocentrists were educated in NE missionary schools in the South. Sowell also points
to the rise and industry in the South by immigrants who brought their cultures with them.

In NYC West Indians often out achieve domestic blacks in schools. There is often tension between the groups. The West Indians are portrayed as snooty or upity or house negroes by the Native blacks. The West Indians sometimes look down their noses at the American blacks as lazy with loose morals. Sowell points to the absence of the surrounding cracker / redneck culture as the difference. However, I point to something different immigrants in the Pre welfare era were a determined corageous lot who took risks and were determined to make something of themselves. This determination and drive is what is missing in some of todays immigrants due to the social safety net.

Sowell points out that the building of the social safety net , not slavery has had the most detrimental impact on the black families. After slavery the New England Missionaries attitude was no excuses for lack of achievement. Todays Ivy educated
Marxist spin multicultural fables about values and cultural traits.

The most pronounced myth may be ebonics. Ebonics does not originate with black people but is borrowed from poor white people. Thus the multiculturalists basic premise about what is authentic black culture and remnants of slavery may be products of their imaginations.

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Mr. Ducky said...

Ebonics? Damn, haven't heard anyone bring that up in years. Leave it to the right to dredge up some fad.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm a big ebonics fan. I think that certain elements of language affect the hard-wiring of the human brain. And if some idiots wants to change their hard-wiring, that's there business... only they shouldn't scream "the GAP! the GAP!" after the standardized test results come back. After all, they deliberately left out a few circuits.


beakerkin said...


It seems the Multicultural types messed up yet again.

elijah said...

This is also what i heard, that southern dialevt originated from scotch irish...warren is southern isnt he?

beakerkin said...

Warren is from Indiana and not Southern. Mr Beamish is from Missouri and that isn't Southern either.

Interestingly, ebonics and the regional dialects have survived longer in the USA then where they originated.

elijah said...

Interesting post, i remember going into the states and being asked by a young black woman "that wil be two fiddy" i replied two thirty?..no "two fiddy"..i finally figured it out.
I also heard that southern dialect was descendant from scotch/irish....made me think a bit, doesnt quite make sense. If you know scotch irish, which i do.

Warren said...

My grandparents and great grandparents are from the Tennessee, North Carolina area, They moved into Kentucky then Indiana in about 1930. I was born, here, in the very most southwestern part of Indiana.

I lived with my grandparents until I was 10, Your speech patterns are well formed by that age and I had a very heavy accent until I was in the Army and lost most of it intentionally. When I'm around Southerners, I lapse back into the accent. My relatives, especially on my mothers side, are a hoot when they speak, You'd probably need me to translate. LOL

I'll put up a couple of old pictures my mother found a few years ago.

The other half of my family have lived in this area since the early 1800s.

The Southern dialect is definitely influenced by the Scot/Irish settlers.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Actually, I was born in Alabama. Moved away in 1984.

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