L.A. sportswriter likens Thomas Sowell to house slave

by CalWatchdog Staff | January 3, 2013 12:00 pm


Jan. 3, 2013

By Chris Reed

tom_4b[1]A high-profile Los Angeles-based African-American sportswriter took to Twitter[2] on Wednesday afternoon to compare Thomas Sowell of Stanford’s Hoover Institution to the house slave character in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Django Unchanged.” Sowell, 82, is a leading African-American libertarian-conservative intellectual [3]who won the National Humanities Medal for his wide-ranging work[4], which blends economics, history, sociology and other scholarly fields in sophisticated fashion.

Jason Whitlock, the Fox Sports writer who made national headlines last month when NBC’s Bob Costas quoted[5] his anti-gun views on Sunday Night Football, mocked the idea that Sowell was brilliant, saying he was admired because he told people what they wanted to hear, like Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. Whitlock has nearly 155,000 followers[6] on Twitter.

whitlock.hbo[7]The comparison struck those familiar with Sowell’s long academic career as odd. His views about welfare causing dependency and about the value of free markets were forged 50 years ago while getting a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. They weren’t conjured up in recent years in a bid to become a media star. Sowell is low-profile beyond his syndicated column[8].

The comparison is also odd given Whitlock’s own views. He was one of many who rebuked[9] ESPN’s Rob Parker for questioning whether Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was authentically black. The link to Whitlock’s post on the Fox Sports site was headlined “ESPN and Parker not elevating conversation about race.”

Beyond that, Whitlock shares Sowell’s passionate disdain for the drug war. Whitlock wrote in the Huffington Post[10] that “America’s war on drugs is a scam to lock up poor people, a prop to advance political careers and an easy way for corrupt police and politicians to funnel millions of untraceable dollars into their own pockets.” Sowell has been ripping the war on drugs[11] since Whitlock, 45, was a child.

Whitlock did not respond to my Twitter remarks to him.


  1. [Image]: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/01/03/l-a-sportswriter-likens-thomas-sowell-to-house-slave/tom_4b/
  2. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhitlockJason
  3. libertarian-conservative intellectual : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell
  4. wide-ranging work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell#Books
  5. quoted: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/bob-costas-advocates-gun-control-sunday-night-football-164208209--nfl.html
  6. 155,000 followers: https://twitter.com/WhitlockJason/followers
  7. [Image]: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/01/03/l-a-sportswriter-likens-thomas-sowell-to-house-slave/whitlock-hbo/
  8. syndicated column: http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell.html
  9. rebuked: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/epsn-rob-parker-first-take-robert-griffin-iii-racism-controversy-122112
  10. Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-whitlock/quit-crying-double-standa_b_164373.html
  11. war on drugs: http://the-classic-liberal.com/thomas-sowell-drug-war/
  12. [Image]: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/01/03/l-a-sportswriter-likens-thomas-sowell-to-house-slave/photo9tw/

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