Sowell has argued that the lack of societal advancement among African Americans is a result of their failure to copy middle-class white culture.
This claim is absolutely ridiculous — it relies upon cherry-picking and anecdotes and ignores the systematic, multi-generational challenges which face black Americans as a result of slavery.
When Barack Obama set up a relief fund for people who were harmed by the BP oil spill, Sowell compared him to Adolf Hitler and described Obama’s supporters as “useful idiots.”
Sowell, like many conservatives and libertarians, seems not to understand how economic externalities, like pollution, work.
Sowell denies the science of climate change, claiming that scientists are involved in a conspiracy to advance false claims and gain government funding.
Sorry, but no — nearly every professional body of scientists in the entire world agrees that anthropogenic climate change is happening. There is no conspiracy.
Sowell expressed admiration for the half-coherent ravings of Eric Hoffer (the man who claimed that public school education was “soul raping,” and that graduates of said schools are “true believers”).
Not even gonna touch this one…
And if all of that wasn’t enough, Sowell argued in favor of school segregation and against racial integration, on the basis of one single data point.
Sowell cherry-picks and confuses correlation for causation here.
He may get a few things right, but Sowell gets too many things wrong on a regular basis to be taken seriously. And in that regard, he’s in good company along with many other conservative political commentators.