Tuesday, May 9, 2017

- Frederick Douglas: Alt-Righter

This is gonna take a minute, but I'll get there.

Silicon Valley is much on my mind lately. I've been out there a few times in the past, and it looks like I might be again pretty soon. And I was thinking to myself this morning that if I do get out there, and I have a few minutes free, I'd like to run by the Hoover Institution, and see if I can't shake the hand of one of my heroes, Dr. Thomas Sowell.

He's getting up there now. He's more than a couple years old. And if an opportunity presents itself for me to just say hello to him, and tell him what an enormous effect his work has had on my life, I'd relish the opportunity.

So with a few minutes of down time this evening, I took a quick look at his personal website, and discovered that he has a bunch of HIS favorite quotes listed. Since so many of my favorite quotes came from him, I thought I'd have a look.

At first, I was utterly horrified to discover that for years I've been quoting Lyndon Johnson:

"Doing what's right is easy, it's knowing what's right that's hard."

Well... give the devil his due, as they say. But I was even more surprised (and somewhat less horrified) to find that Frederick Douglass of all people also has a very Alt-Rightish quote which Dr. Sowell has taken notice of:

"Everybody has asked the question. . ."What shall we do with the Negro?" I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature's plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!"
--Frederick Douglass

Go figure huh? Frederick Douglass. A man of the new right. That quote could very easily have come from the mind of Jared Taylor. And even though Dr. Sowell is now retired from writing, and focusing his time on baseball and photography, he's also still teaching me something. I wonder what ole Fred would have had to say about "BlackLiesMatter".

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