3/17/08

"self-hating blacks"

Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce: "While there are some great Black Republicans such as General Collin Powell and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele they are vastly outnumbered by the celebrated self-hating Blacks like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, and Shelby Steele. Good solid thinking progressive capitalists (with the general philosophy of the Republican Party) who happen to be Black find themselves isolated and on the defense."

2 comments:

HispanicPundit said...

Anybody who calls Thomas Sowell a "self-hating black" has clearly never read any of Sowells writings.

Casey Lartigue said...

HP--

I would guess that Alford has read some of Sowell's writings.

My take is a bit different:

The folks that Alford, head of a black business association, regards as heroes are politicians. He is probably buddies with Steele and may know Powell. Steele and Powell have both declared themselves to be Republicans.

The ones he denounces are intellectuals. Thinkers can't be worried about appeasing someone like Alford. Political types are more likely to be interested in forming alliances, especially with the head of a black business group.

Sowell has declared himself to be an independent. I haven't read much of Steele's background but I don't recall him declaring himself to be a Republican.

Clarence Thomas, as usual, is an outlier of just about any analysis when it comes to black Americans.