Sowell is married to attorney Mary M. Ash, according to Encyclopedia.com. He has two children named John and Lorraine.
He mentioned his wife in a controversial 2007 column in which he described the two of them meeting “Navajo youngsters” who didn’t know where Pittsburgh or Philadelphia was. In that column, he expressed concern that the boys’ education “does not equip them with the knowledge that is needed to bring their natural abilities to the point where they are capable of doing all sorts of things in all sorts of places.”
In a response published by HuffPost, Native American Journalists Association founder Tim Giago wrote, “If Mr. Sowell had taken more than just a passing interest in the land he passed through, perhaps he would have discovered that the Navajo Nation has its own law enforcement, judiciary, government, elementary and high schools, and a wonderful college system all functioning with a high degree of intelligence, diligence and with a success that is the envy of many in Indian country.”
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