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

January 26, 2016, 6:25 AM EST
Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results." Whomever we credit, he was absolutely right. A perfect example of that insanity is education in general and particularly black education.
January 19, 2016, 7:08 AM EST
Black civil rights activists, their white liberal supporters and historically ignorant Americans who attack the Confederate flag have committed a deep, despicable dishonor to our patriotic Southern black ancestors who marched, fought and died not to protect slavery but to protect their homeland from Northern aggression. They don't deserve the dishonor.
January 12, 2016, 5:24 AM EST
A minimum wage not only discriminates against low-skilled workers but also is one of the most effective tools in the arsenal of racists.
January 5, 2016, 6:14 AM EST
Racial discrimination cannot explain the absence of supermarkets in black communities.
December 30, 2015, 9:46 AM EST
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ran headlong into the leftist meat grinder by questioning whether college admission of blacks with academic achievement levels significantly lower than the rest of the student body is beneficial to blacks. His question came up during oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, wherein the court will rule whether the use of race in college admission decisions violates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" to all citizens.
December 22, 2015, 6:43 AM EST
American immorality and contempt for liberty lie at the root of most of the political economic problems our nation faces.
December 15, 2015, 5:47 AM EST
Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of military social engineering is the cover-up of failure. Officers who criticize double standards or expose official lies and deception about servicewomen's performance risk their careers. Those official lies and deception will eventually reveal themselves with unnecessary loss of lives on the battlefield.
December 8, 2015, 4:30 AM EST
Most college students do not belong in college. I am not by myself in this assessment. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson said, "It's time to drop the college-for-all crusade," something advocated by the Obama administration.
December 1, 2015, 7:04 AM EST
Most Americans, including me, welcome people to our country who come here, as immigrants have in the past, to become Americans. We don't welcome people who wish to import the failed culture from which they fled. We could extend the welcome mat even further if we abandoned the welfare state. We have far too many Americans living off the earnings of others. We don't need to encourage others to do the same.
November 24, 2015, 6:39 AM EST
Recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale University and some other colleges demonstrate an ongoing ignorance and/or contempt for the principles of free speech. So let's examine some of those principles by asking: What is the true test of one's commitment to free speech?
November 17, 2015, 4:47 AM EST
The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress report, also known as The Nation's Report Card, shows that U.S. educational achievement, to put it nicely, leaves much to be desired.
November 10, 2015, 7:15 AM EST
Completely ignored in most discussions of slavery is the fact that slavery was mankind's standard fare throughout history. Centuries before blacks were enslaved, Europeans were enslaved. What distinguishes the West, namely Britain and the U.S., from other nations are the extraordinary measures they took to abolish slavery.
November 3, 2015, 12:07 PM EST
Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that's because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued identification.
October 27, 2015, 6:23 AM EDT
Would well-meaning, open-minded white people fear the sight of an elderly black man using a walker and wearing a hoodie? Whether we like it or not, easily observed physical characteristics — such as race, sex, height and age — convey information. That's because there is often a correlation between those characteristics and other characteristics not so easily observed.
October 20, 2015, 5:13 AM EDT
Here's my question to you: If an evil person is guaranteed that he can inflict physical pain upon others and guaranteed to never suffer pain himself, what happens to his willingness to inflict pain?
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.