Controversial black sports columnist Jason Whitlock compared black conservative scholar Thomas Sowell to a house slave in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
When asked what columnist he felt was closely related to Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the “Django Unchained” movie, Whitlock tweeted, “Thomas Sowell”:
Thomas Sowell RT @wozzletof: What columnist would you say is closely related to the character portrayed by Sam Jackson in Django?
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 2, 2013
Jackson plays a house slave in the movie.
When criticized on Twitter for his comparison, Whitlock responded by tweeting the conservative base only thinks “Thomas ‘Django Stephen’ Sowell” is brilliant because he just “tells you what you want to hear.” He said that was the “same reason” people thought Django was a brilliant man in the movie:
Too many of you base your “brilliance” on whether someone tells you what you want to hear. Thomas “Django Stephen” Sowell is Exhibit A.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason)
Sowell, a National Humanities Award winner and a Rose and Milton Friedman fellow at the distinguished Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is one of the country’s most respected economists and thinkers. He has written compelling and provocative books such Black Rednecks and White Liberals, which examined race, politics, and culture, and Intellectuals and Society, in which he shredded liberal intellectuals in academia and the dominant culture for stubbornly — and perniciously — advocating theories even after they have been proven wrong to further their own agendas, often to the detriment of groups they supposedly intend to “help.”
In Basic Economics and Economic Facts and Fallacies, Sowell managed to explain complex economic concepts in a way non-experts could understand.
Whitlock, on the other hand, used the tragic murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football Jovan Belcher to push for more gun control. And Bob Costas, during a telecast of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” praised Whitlock’s column and said: ”In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
Whitlock also compared the National Rife Assocation (NRA) to the KKK when he said:
“I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”