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20 May 2015
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Liberals Respect Me


During the early years of the Reagan administration, a Washington news conference was held for me for my first book, "The State Against Blacks." Before making summary statements about the book, I offered the reporters assembled that they could treat me like a white person. They could ask me hard, pressing questions. They could demand proof of the arguments that I was making.

People such as former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and former Chairman Julian Bond and the Rev. Al Sharpton can make ludicrous statements. An intimidated news media just swallow the nonsense. They are probably afraid to challenge, lest they suffer guilt feelings of racism or be seen as racists for demanding that a black person back up his comments with facts.

You say, "Give us some examples of ludicrous statements." Sharpton, commenting on black history, said, "White folks was in caves while we was building empires." Mfume said of George W. Bush, "We have a president that's prepared to take us back to the days of Jim Crow segregation and dominance." Bond said, "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side." When those statements were made — and after other utterances of nonsense — I did not hear of any reporters demanding evidence. Racial etiquette or politeness requires that no pressing questions be asked of liberal blacks.

A number of people have made angry responses to statements made in my column a fortnight ago, titled "Some Odds and Ends." I pointed out that liberal Democrats claim that conservative Republicans have launched a war on women as a part of their overall mean-spirited agenda. Assault, rape and murder are the worst things that can be done to a woman. I said: "I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers.

Most crime, except perhaps white-collar crime, is committed by people who vote Democratic." People have demanded to know what my evidence is. There are bits and pieces of evidence that show that most murderers are people who politically identify as liberals or Democrats. Whether these people also vote their preferences is not so evident.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice report "Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008," blacks accounted for 52.5 percent of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008 ( It appears to be a fact that most murders are committed by blacks. The next fact appears obvious: Most blacks identify politically as liberals or Democrats. In fact, the 2008 and 2012 elections showed that at least 95 percent of blacks were Democrats. If one adds whites and Hispanics who also identify politically as liberals or Democrats, I think there is no question that liberals and Democratic Party sympathizers commit most of the murders in the U.S. None of this is to say that whites are crime-free. Whites are a greater percentage of our population and commit most of every type of crime except homicide and burglary (

I'm pleased that readers have demanded proof from me about my comments. Similar proof is not demanded from liberals who accuse Republicans of warring against women. I would ask several questions. Do Republicans include in this attack their mothers, wives and female children? What are the weapons Republicans use? Are failing to believe in late-term abortion and wanting to require parental knowledge and permission prior to a minor's receiving birth control medication or an abortion tantamount to warring against women? Finally, are Republican women involved in the war against women?

Far more important for me in all of this is that liberals unintentionally treat me like a white person. Unlike their response to other blacks, they demand that I back up my statements. For that, I thank them.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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In 400AD, the Celts were barely civilized and in the first throes of the dark ages. By contrast, Axum in modern day Ethiopia was one of the great empires of the world. So, it's technically correct to say that in some periods of history, some whites were in primitive conditions compared to blacks were highly civilized.

Earlier than that, the Egyptian civilization was built by people who, if transported into modern day America, would definitely be considered black. The 25th dynasty (around 800 B.C.) was Nubian and specifically black by any standard. in that period, most of (white) Europe was barely civilized.

It astounds me that Williams doesn't know or chooses to ignore these historical facts.
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Posted by: Geoffrey James
Mon May 25, 2015 2:16 PM
Re: Geoffrey James

"So, it's technically correct to say that in some periods of history, some whites were in primitive conditions compared to blacks were highly civilized." Were there any civilized white cultures at this time? If so, would that make Mr. Sharpton technically incorrect, as well? Any person can cherry pick facts from any given time and make a "technically correct" argument.

Let's assume that Mr. Sharpton is 100% correct and that every great ancient civilization was black (forgetting those southeast Asian or Central American populations); who cares? The Mayans had a glorious civilization and they would be rolling in their graves if they saw the current condition of their once great nation. Granted, they performed ritual sacrifice to appease their gods, so maybe they'd be cool with the cartels. I'm pretty sure that if I went back a thousand years, I'd find that my ancestors were slaves or scavenging poor; that means less than nothing to me and has zero impact on how my boss will treat me today.

Williams' point is that nobody asked Mr. Sharpton to support his claim, while he was vigorously attacked about his statement that most violent offenders are Democrats. While the statistics support his inference, I believe that Williams should support such a claim with empirical evidence (I think he's retired from the academic research game, though).
Comment: #2
Posted by: GL
Mon May 25, 2015 5:07 PM
Re: Geoffrey James

Be honest, we're in 2015 and the Celts are STILL barely civilized! Hiyoooo!!!
Comment: #3
Posted by: GL
Mon May 25, 2015 5:07 PM
The FBI doesn't track murderers by party affiliation only right wingers do.Its the cover for all the murders they committed under the guise of such things like WMDs.
Comment: #4
Mon May 25, 2015 8:18 PM
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