Comment: What you said about being pre-internet applies

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What you said about being pre-internet applies

to both sides. For example, in the 70's the feminist rhetoric totally distorted the picture of women who chose to be at home raising their children themselves - not the politically correct choice. Well before there was a shift, stay-at-home mothers were viewed as if dinosaurs when, in fact, they were still in the majority. The erroneous *perception* helped drive the trend.

In fact, I just went back and listened again because I couldn't recall Sowell saying he "guaranteed" anything. (Not that I'm saying he didn't say it, but if he did, I must have missed it twice now.) I happened to note how the woman said, "the fact is, in the overwhelming majority of American homes, the women also work." Now the year of the program was 1981, but she'd said she was looking at statistics from 1978. Take your pick. Aside from Sowell rightly pointing out the issue of part-time work, what would you call an "overwhelming" majority? Here's a chart from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on "Women's labor force participation rates." (It's a comparison of different countries, but with gov't sites down at the moment, it'll do.)

I'm not saying there hasn't been discrimination against women in various forms, including as involves employment. But the right way to address the issues was how Sowell was looking at things - comparing "like" backgrounds. He was right in observing that the career experience of a 40-year old mother who'd been at home for some amount of years raising children and had returned to the workforce was not the same entity as that of a 40-year old male, or female, who'd been working in a career continuously.

And he was saying with race that the real issue didn't lay in an employer's hiring policies; blacks and whites with similar backgrounds, similarly educated, had similar incomes. Rather the fact that relatively few blacks *had* the same education as their white counterparts was the issue; that is, he was saying that the crux of the problem wasn't job discrimination but a far larger societal problem. I'd agree, and it's one that still exists. Ever see Waiting for Superman?

Sowell *was* being logical. Why do you have a problem with that? It's in his looking at the issue the way he was that would be the difference between a Band-Aid approach - regulate hiring policy (that, at the same time, would expand government power) vs. getting to the crux of the problem and seeing that all children received a quality education.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir