I do believe that this is one of Sowell’s best articles ever. It’s a very simple one, really, as his articles so often are. This one looks at the way black and Hispanic leaders have sown hopelessness amongst the young they claim to lead and definitely influence. It made me quite sad to read it:
Some people try to explain why Asians [non-English speaking immigrants], 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.”