Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sowell on Race and Resentment

I don't always agree with the pieces penned by Thomas Sowell, yet this one on Race and Resentment is a highly recommended piece. One part I found especially noteworthy:
Achievements are a reflection on others who may have had similar, and sometimes better, chances but who did not make the most of their chances. Achievements are like a slap across the face to those who are not achieving, and many people react with the same kind of anger that such an insult would provoke.

I remember when one of my children considered flunking a test on purpose so her classmates would stop making fun of her for her scholastic accomplishments. This is a problem educators have been aware of for decades, allowing bullying and making fun of "nerds" to be a part of the educational process. Though the real root of the problem comes from how these children were raised, the media messaging, etc., the only way it will stop is a systematic effort by communities as a whole...

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