This is a loss to America. We’ll all have to work a little harder, without him.
I always enjoyed his guest host spots on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, especially when he was joined by his friend and colleague, Dr. Thomas Sowell. When you listened to these two, you listened to wisdom. Besides which, Dr. Williams’ humor and good cheer was always refreshing.
The best memorial we can give him is to preserve our constitutional republic.
I suppose they’re going to accuse Walter Williams of being a White Supremacist for pointing out the deficiencies–one might call them intentional crimes–of our overprice, over-funded public education system.
Yes, our colleges and universities are chock-full of race-baiting swabs posing as professors; but I wish to draw your particular attention to some information given toward the end of the column.
At the University of Pennsylvania, the looniversity’s Chief Diversity Officer earns a salary of $580,000 a year. That’s right–over half a million dollars. And for what?
At the University of Michigan, the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion (what the hell–?) and the Chief Diversity Officer are paid $385,000 a year.
Elsewhere, throughout the land, chief diversity scammers are paid $200,000 a year and up.
This is your money, people! You worked for it. You pay it out in tuition and your taxes. And look what you’re getting for it! C’mon–how many of you even know what a “vice provost for equity and inclusion” is? But you’re paying for it.
Stop, stop, stop, stop the waste! Williams suggests the alumni zip their checkbooks shut. Even better if the rest of us simply stop sending our kids there.
Oh–and you’re paying for those disgusting professorial teachings, too.
A liberal once said to me that socialism is good and necessary because “the government will take better care of you.” So much for adulthood.
God gave us families, the Church, voluntary associations, friends, and our own two hands and our own brains to take care of us. We don’t want The Government to take care of us. We are not infants. If they feed you, clothe you, and put a roof over your head, they can certainly tell you what to do and what to think and punish you if you don’t.
Yeahbut, yeahbut! If it saves one life…. Honk if you’ve heard that one before.
If it saves one life, Walter Williams said recently, then the government should reduce the speed limit to 5 mph. That would save thousands of lives! Unless it drove people to murder or suicide.
Let’s all wear face masks all the time! if it saves one life. Let’s ban all products that could possibly harm you–if it saves one life. Let’s put the government in charge of making all the people happy! Which will only make them all miserable; but if it saves one life, we’ve gotta do it.
Yeahbut! The Democrats will give us free stuff! All kinds of free stuff!
Is this not shameful? Do you want to be a baby or a toddler all your life? Aren’t you ashamed for living off the work of other people? It’s theft if you do it with a Saturday night special. If the government does it with an army that’ll kill anyone who resists, it’s just “fair redistribution.”
Joe Collidge lives! He has pioneered spelling any word any old way you please, and making up grammar as he goes along–and now the data editor (whatever that is) of a major British newspaper agrees with him.
So who, again, is “patronizing” and “pretentious”?
But let’s hear from Joe Collidge himself:
I has bin sayin This “all” “alonge” that gramer It “is” Racist!! and this hear jist gose “to” Proove it!!, “and” i kanow i aint not Rong “abote” it neether!!!
I wonder if Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell realizes he’s being a white supremacist by using proper grammar. Maybe they, as Minorities, shouldn’t be allowed to use it. After all, it’s a form of White Privilege, to be able to communicate clearly.
Or, as Constable Chumley would say, “Yair fithen me cransion, I forrit!”
Putting the bad guys in jail reduces the crime rate. Dramatically. Wow! Who would’ve thought it?
Well, professional criminologists wouldn’t have permitted themselves to think it. It’s amazing, how hard they work to remain blind and deaf to the freakin’ obvious. But Dr. Williams reports that in the field of criminology, liberals outnumber conservatives, 30-1. And no liberal ever lets facts get in the way of narrative.
According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, from 1928 to 1960 the crime rate rose slowly every year; but after the 1960s, and into the 1990s, the rates “exploded.” The rates only came down when courts stopped letting criminals walk and got serious about taking them out of circulation.
So now, today, Democrats increasingly whine about “mass incarceration” and want murderers, armed robbers, rapists, gangsters, and thugs sprung out of jail. Translation: They want them voting for Democrats in the next election. If they can’t get that, Bernie Sanders has suggested bringing the voting machines into prison and letting incarcerated felons vote while doing time.
They even have the gall–really, this can’t possibly be sincere: no one’s that stupid–to complain that putting goons in jail for violent crimes, and keeping them there, “took minority men out of their neighborhoods” and hurt minority families. I can’t believe anybody said that.
I wonder when Democrats will start calling Walter Williams a white supremacist.
People who hate truth hate those who tell the truth.
Williams tabs our collidges and looniversities as “a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values,” and especially decries their overwhelming “contempt for the First Amendment,” supporting his claim with a multitude of examples. He’s not too sold on our high schools, either.
Yo, America! We’re “educating” our country to death.
It’s time we defunded these institutions, which have become parasitic and actively harmful to our nation’s health.
I once asked a high school Advanced Placement class, “What do you think of a country that devotes enormous, costly resources–in this case, the school building and its maintenance, textbooks, salaries and pensions, and an ever-expanding staff–to teaching a whole generation that their country is not worthy of their loyalty?”
They didn’t know how to answer that; and some months later, a girl from that class approached me in the hall and said, “I just can’t stop thinking about that question that you asked us!”
You go, girl! Keep on thinking. We need a lot more thinking here–and a lot less college.
Dr. Williams has collected a little treasure chest full of some of the most tomfool things “the experts” have ever said about a variety of subjects. I think my favorite is the prediction that “the horse is here to stay” and automobiles are just a fad.
Baltimore has 39 high schools. In 2016, in 13 of those high schools, not a single student passed the state’s math proficiency exam. Of 3,800 students who took the test, only 14 passed it! Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the students passed the English test.
What’s that you say? The schools need more money? Uh-uh. Baltimore ranks No. 3 in per-pupil spending among the nation’s 100 largest school districts.
Despite this wretched performance on the tests, Baltimore hands out high school diplomas to just about everyone who shows up to get one, and some of them go on, of course, to college–some even on scholarships. And a lot of those, once they get there, fail because they have had no meaningful educational foundation. Others go on to fail in other areas of life.
They wonder how this can be. After all, they have diplomas, just like all those white students who didn’t fail in college (and Dr. Williams points out that the white kids’ educational foundation is nothing to write home about, either). And along come the usual race hustlers and tell these young black people that they fail because of–you guessed it–systemic racism. Meanwhile, the NAACP busies itself opposing any and all attempts to reform the education system. The racial grievance industry is allied, as in joined at the hip, to the teachers’ unions. They’re both in it for the money.
These young people are the prey of thieves and hypocrites, victims of an over-funded, over-staffed, incompetent, dishonest public education system whose sole interest is in fattening their paychecks. God only knows how many potentially productive minds are being wasted by these “educators” and their political protectors. Some of these kids might have accomplished great things, if only they’d been educated.
Instead, all they’ve got is worthless, meaningless diplomas–and a nice big chip on their shoulders, carefully put there by the predators.
This is a bulls-eye for Dr. Williams: “The primary blame for the incivility and downright stupidly we see on university campuses lies with the university’s trustees… who are little more than yes men for the university president and provost.”
The trustees control the universities’ purse strings, and they’ve been letting faculty and students get away with overt barbarism. This is because, says Williams, they’re busy with other things and just “not interested” in taking an active part in how their universities behave.
Well, they’d better get interested, and soon. This has gone more than far enough.