Thomas Sowell, renowned economist, writer, and social commentator, wrote an excellent piece, “The Bad Fruits of Race Hustling” (here), in today’s National Review Online. He tackled race hustling and the many naysayers who opine that for most black and many other minority groups opportunity does not exist in America. You can always count on Thomas Sowell to hone in on home truths, using simple, direct language – yes, he’s a direct and to the point writer, but his writing is pure golden honey, he begins:
“Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.”
Read the entire article yourself and I promise you will not be disappointed. Back in July I wrote one of my rambling pieces “Good Citizen Solution Starts With You” (here) and although Dr. Sowell states the case much more eloquently, I do believe we both see America as a place of hope rather than a prison of thwarted dreams. I ended my meandering post with this,
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” – Martin Luther King, Jr. ( I Have A Dream speech, August 28, 1963), I was a toddler and here we are 50 years later still retracing our steps, trying to realize this dream. Instead of letting our hopes be dashed over a local tragedy of two young men brawling in the street one night, we’ve got to set our sights on getting to that mountaintop where freedom rings for every American child and hope rises above being a political slogan. Hopefully, in my four children’s lifetime this dream will become reality.
Decided to add more because bumblebees and flying made me remember a story I read a few months back at the Library of America, Story of the Week site (you can sign up for email delivery). The story is called, “The Day I Sprouted Wings”, by J. Herman Banning. Banning was the first black male to receive a pilot’s license in America in 1926, Even more amazing is the story of Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot and the first black pilot to receive an international pilot’s license in 1921. Believing you can fly really does matter.