While we were in Baltimore, our taxi driver drove Mr. Radish and myself around Baltimore. He did not want to take us to bad areas because among other reasons he wanted us to see the beautiful side of Baltimore. We loved our private excursion through the beautiful parts of the city. It was a lovely season to see the city and there were flowering trees and beautiful gardens.
We stayed in a part of town that was very nice although not that far from where the riots had been. Now there is more discontent. The police are standing aloof in many cases now, and when they do go out they are met by crowds who surround them not allowing them to do their work.
We all assume that this is because of racism. But we may be too quick to assume that. There is a new book out that my favorite, Thomas Sowell talks about. Here is what Dr. Sowell says:
"Another book that would open the eyes of most of today's graduates to a world they have never encountered or conceived is "Life at the Bottom" by Theodore Dalrymple. It shows the actual effects of the welfare state on the way people live their lives. It is not a pretty picture, but inexperienced young people need to become acquainted with realities, after years of hearing high-sounding theories.
The fact that "Life at the Bottom" is about low-income whites in England, living lives remarkably similar to the lives of blacks in American ghettos, means that it cannot be dismissed as racism, the way American promoters of the welfare state evade responsibility for the social disasters they have created."
In addition to the Bible, I wish there was a book on etiquette during anarchy. We might need to know.