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Friend send me a column this morning by Sylvia Thompson, a writer whose columns appear in Renew America. A black woman born in East Texas.

I was impressed; I read Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, and now and then I see an article by Ben Carson. Thompson, perhaps not so erudite as Sowell or Williams, is down to earth and writes from a practical standpoint that I appreciate.

Another black writer I sometimes read is Eugene Robinson, a liberal.

Do any of you read the work of black writers? If so, whose work is it? There are not that many of them with national exposure.
 

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I don't think I have EVER checked to see the color of a writer before reading their material!

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Mon; if you ever read a column by a black writer you will generally find their pictures with it. Same for most syndicated columnists. White and Asian writers are commonplace--black writers are scarce.

Thompson writes from the standpoint of a Southern conservative with a touch of evangelism. Her mother probably took her to church as soon as she was able to be carried outside.

Robinson shows signs of having been raised in the city. To me he appears to be a liberal with a victim mentality.

Sowell, an economist with a world view, writes from the perspective of one who came up from the bottom and made good. A conservative with a liberal bent and a realistic view of our society. Of his books, THE VISION OF THE ANOINTED is especially worth reading.
 

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You might try "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" or "The Autobiography of Malcom X"...or maybe even "Lakota Woman", but that is not a work by an African American.
 

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Wreck; I'm more interested in what the writers of today are saying, but I'm going to look up "Lakota Woman". Seems as though I've read something about "Walks Far Woman" already.

Edit to add: I remember now--The AIM siege at Wounded knee that left several people dead. The Indian activists wanted to throw out their elected tribal leader and take over the tribe. They failed, but managed to get a half dozen people killed. Made celebrities out of some pigs. The town never recovered.

I've never understood why the Northern Indians have failed to make the gains made by the civilized tribes of the South. They make fine soldiers but they've failed to do much out on the reservations. Here in Oklahoma the Indians have to TELL you they are Indian. Co-worker, Manuel Garcia, and I went over to the Cherokee capitol one day and a fellow looked him over, up and down, then asked "What tribe are you?" If you go into a casino the workers look like a cross section of Ellis Island. Very few have any distinguishing features to mark them as Indian.

I picked up a fellow who was collecting aluminum cans beside the road one day. I needed help, thought he needed work. He worked a couple of hours with me, finished the job. In the meantime I discovered he was Indian, an ex-teacher, owned a farm nearby, had a job as a guard at the local casino and had been told by his doctor to get more exercise--hence the walk and collecting cans. Hows that for being integrated into modern society?
 

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That's like I don't think any of us knew, FOR SURE, ALL the musicians who put out R&R music in the 50ws and 60s, what color they were, AND< at least for us up north, I don't think that most of us cared.
 

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Wreck: Here is a bit from Sylvia Thompson--Just a tiny bit of one article she wrote.

"Recently, I saw the movie "America: Imagine the World Without Her."...

A middle-aged American Indian activist of the Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota spoke of how demeaning the iconic statues of American Presidents at Mount Rushmore are to her people. She spewed the typical line of how awful it was of the Europeans to "steal" the natives' land. D'Souza inconveniently pointed out that her tribe had first "stolen" the land from the tribe that was originally in that area. I was not aware of that fact, but it is certainly a good bit of information to have in confrontations with the whiners."

I'm going to have to look up that bit of information and see just who the "Middle aged American Indian Activist of the Lakota Sioux tribe" was.
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I haven't read anything by Thompson. I have by ben carson and the others. also life and times of Fredrick douglas. I first heard about Fredrick 20 years ago when I joined the UU church. ~Georgia.
 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes for The Atlantic, was the first person who came to my mind.
 

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If you read Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, they sounded like Ben Carson does today. They were faith-driven, conservative "earners" who wanted no handouts, only opportunity. It's amazing today how the message of these men has become skewed by power brokers.
 

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Ta Nehisi Coates strikes me as writing a bit to the left of Eugene Robinson. New to me as I never see the Atlantic.
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I usually don't agree with Coates, but I respect his ability to lay out his argument. :)
 
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