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The Myth of “Black Essentialism” (feat. Erec Smith, Ph.D.)

by | Nov 14, 2022

Intellectuals have been particularly prominent among those who have turned the black redneck culture into a sacrosanct symbol of racial identity. This includes both black and white intellectuals, though the latter predominate numerically and in terms of influence through the media and academia. Intellectuals have promoted misconceptions of history, misreadings of contemporary life, and counterproductive notions of how to prepare for the future.

– Thomas Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals (p. 52)

Erec Smith is the co-founder and co-editor of FBT, Writing Fellow for Heterodox Academy, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, York College of Pennsylvania, author of the 2020 book, A Critique of Anti-racism in Rhetoric and Composition: The Semblance of Empowerment.

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Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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