Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Media Research Center's Free Market Project.

My Articles

October 13, 2015, 4:39 AM EDT
How many times have we been told that the rich are prospering at the expense of the poor? In his new book, Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, points out that most households in the bottom 20 percent in income have no one working. How can someone who isn't producing anything have something taken from him?
October 6, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT
The global warming agenda is a desperate effort to gain greater control over our lives.
September 29, 2015, 5:13 AM EDT
You may bet the rent money that the current effort to integrate combat jobs will not end with simply a few extraordinary women.
September 15, 2015, 8:58 AM EDT
The sorry and tragic state of black education and its attendant problems will not be turned around until there's a change in what's acceptable behavior and what's unacceptable behavior. That change must come from within the black community.
September 8, 2015, 5:50 AM EDT
Academics and public intellectuals, who should know better, attempt to explain the highly visible and publicized pathology witnessed in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ferguson and others as a legacy of slavery.  A bit of history would belie such a vision.
September 1, 2015, 5:14 AM EDT
Many parents want a better education and safer schools for their children. The best way to deliver on that desire is to offer parents alternatives to poorly performing and unsafe public schools. One viable alternative, increasingly chosen by parents, is home schooling.
August 25, 2015, 4:22 AM EDT
​Taxi companies retain much of their monopoly because Uber and Lyft are prohibited from cruising. They are also prohibited from picking up passengers at most train stations and airports. But that monopoly may not last much longer. Let's hope not.
August 18, 2015, 5:36 AM EDT
As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices. Let's expose some of it.
August 11, 2015, 4:57 AM EDT
Western values of liberty are under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality before the law with entitlement.
August 4, 2015, 5:44 AM EDT
A particular act or policy might not have a discriminatory intent, but that doesn't let you off the hook. If it has a disproportionately negative impact on so-called protected classes, it is said to have a disparate impact and risks being prohibited by law. The assumption that we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population is absolute nonsense.
July 27, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
There have been several notable cases of racial fakery. Years ago, then-law professor Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren falsely claimed that her great-grandfather was Cherokee Indian. A diversity-starved Harvard University jumped at the opportunity to hire her. She was so good at the racial fakery that a 1997 Fordham Law Review article lauded now-Sen. Warren as Harvard Law School's "first woman of color."
July 21, 2015, 5:19 AM EDT
How much of the Civil War was about slavery?
July 14, 2015, 5:08 AM EDT
The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
July 7, 2015, 9:53 AM EDT
Let's list major problems affecting black Americans.
June 30, 2015, 5:26 AM EDT
The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals.
June 23, 2015, 4:38 AM EDT
Dolezal is not the only white woman who has benefited from racial fakery. Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed that she was of Cherokee Indian ancestry. That helped her land a job at diversity-hungry Harvard University as a professor of law. The bottom line is that modernity permits liberties previously unknown or unrecognized. Today we're not held to reality.
June 16, 2015, 5:15 AM EDT
A civilized society's first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms — mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error.
June 9, 2015, 5:12 AM EDT
Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior job in the education of their children — and at a cheaper cost.
June 2, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT
President Obama has often said the wealthiest Americans must make sacrifices to better the lives of poor people. At Georgetown University's May 12 poverty summit, Obama said, "If we can't ask from society's lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation is for show." Let's look at this "lottery winner" nonsense.
May 26, 2015, 6:06 AM EDT
Liberals unintentionally treat me like a white person. Unlike their response to other blacks, they demand that I back up my statements. For that, I thank them.