Prof. Sowell, who is black, joins the "race hustlers... to cry 'unfair' at the tests." No wait, he writes, "Every study I know of that compares the amount of time that black students and Asian American students spend watching television, and how much time they spend on school work, shows disparities as great as the disparities in their academic outcomes," dismissing "the usual sort of comments from those who are in the business of being indignant and offended." He continues, "When teaching at UCLA, years ago, I once went into a library on a Saturday night, noticed how many Asian students were studying -- and looked around in vain for any black students. How surprised should I have been when Asian students did better in the courses I taught?" He also makes mention of the "recent book ('Gifted Hands') by black neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson shows that his mother was as much of a Tiger Mom as the Asians."
Noting that "similar disparities can be found among students from different ethnic backgrounds in other countries around the world," Prof. Sowell reports that "in the decade of the 1960s, students from the Chinese minority in Malaysia earned 20 times as many Bachelor of Science degrees as students from the Malay majority." [When I lived in that country, I remember a Tamil friend suggesting that "Malays" and "malaise" were homophones for a reason, in the presence of her Malay roommate, and member of one of the royal families; Dr. M, Mahathir Mohamad, wrote about this in The Malay Dilemma, which "dissects the multiple failings of his own race."] Prof. Sowell notes that "[i]n Sri Lanka, children from the Tamil minority consistently outperformed members of the Sinhalese majority on university admissions tests and, in at least one year, made an absolute majority of the A's on those tests." [I don't know why I found this surprising; I guess it must be the Western bias in favor of Buddhism over Hinduism or the bad press the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam got (one of my students in Malaysia was a supporter).] He also mentions that "in the days of the Ottoman Empire, Armenian students did better than Turkish students when it came to writing in the Turkish language." [The Turkish students I have known have impressed me with their intelligence, but aren't there a lot of Armenian chess grand-masters?]
If any or all of this proves too much for you, please keep in mind Prof. Sowell's reminder that this is "an age when race can be discussed only with pious hypocrisy and obligatory lies."