By Ann Brown
Renowned economist Walter Williams didn’t like to be boxed in by descriptions. He famously said, “I just do my own thing” but he has been described as many things — researcher, teacher, public intellectual, economics educator extraordinaire, conservative and libertarian.
Williams died on Dec. 2 at the age of 84.
He focused on the government’s role in perpetuating racial inequality.
The author of several books, he wrote “The State Against Blacks” and “America: A Minority Viewpoint,” which was developed into a PBS documentary. Both books focused on the ways that governments “systematically constrained the basic rights and freedoms of racial minorities by denying them opportunities to live and work however they saw fit, Reason reported.
Williams said, “The welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do, and that is to destroy the Black family.”