Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Intellectuals have had a powerful effect on racial and ethnic issues, in countries around the world, for at least the past hundred years - and there is no sign that their influence will not continue, for better or worse, in the generations ahead. Even within a given country, such as the United States, that influence has been exercised in diametrically opposite directions at different times, promoting racial segregation and eugenics in the early twentieth century, and then civil rights and affirmative action in the later decades of that century. In other countries and in different eras, intergroup differences have led to even more varied and extreme consequences, including outright civil war and mass murder.

- From Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell

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