‘Legacy Of Slavery’ Didn’t Cause Social Ills

INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
by Thomas Sowell
July 7, 2015

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of “a legacy of slavery.” But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended. Another cliche that has come into vogue is that slavery is “America’s original sin.” The great Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for 50 years. Catch phrases about slavery have stopped people from thinking even longer than that. READ MORE

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