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

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.
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?