An interview with the Hoover Institution’s great economist.
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AmSpec: Is that one the reasons why multiculturalism is so damaging?
Sowell: Multiculturalism is absolutely fatal if you follow it to its conclusions, because its advocates are saying that you don’t have to change your culture.
AmSpec: First off, what is your definition of multiculturalism?
Sowell: It’s not simply that there are different cultures. We already knew that long before the word was coined. It is the idea that all cultures in some metaphysical sense are equal or entitled to equal respect. But in practical terms, it means you should not be trying to change people’s cultures. For example, the schoolteachers in Harlem shouldn’t be trying to change the English of the students there because their English is just as valid again in some metaphysical or even linguistic sense as any other type of English. But the fact of the matter is that it is not the language spoken by 90 percent of the people in this country. And since the whole purpose of language is to communicate, those students damn well better know how to communicate with the other 90 percent if they want to get somewhere in life.
There are no books in physics that are in “Black English.” There are no books in higher mathematics written in Black English. There are no books about brain surgery written in Black English. If you want to become something that requires more skill that just sweeping floors, then you are going to have to learn the language in which the skills of those professions are taught.
AmSpec: So what you are saying here is that cultures that lag behind, they basically have to absorb the aspects of other cultures that have found ways to succeed?
Monday: Sowell discusses bilingual education, race and intelligence, and the upcoming presidential election.
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