[Ed. – The Left would tell you that Sowell is a ‘house n*gger.’]
Hugo Gurdon: On the question of race, something that comes through at the end of your book is that you oppose reparations to blacks for slavery.
Thomas Sowell: Yes. Slavery was one of the longest living, most universal of all human institutions. Now that says something about human nature. So if you had reparations for slavery, virtually everybody on the planet would have had an ancestor somewhere who was enslaved. The number of whites who were enslaved in North Africa was larger than the number of blacks who were enslaved in the United States.
Gurdon: Those were Europeans … sold into the Ottoman Empire, I think.
Sowell: All around the Mediterranean, there were hundreds of towers built on the coast line so people could be warned when the pirates approached, so they wouldn’t be captured and taken away in slavery. There were over 100 towers around Sicily alone.