Who is Walter Williams? Ben Shapiro just tweeted out his respect for Williams, who recently died, aged 84. We take a look at Walter E. Williams’ life, his connection to Cafe Hayek and the impact of his work.

Who is Walter Williams?

Walter Williams was an American economist, commentator and academic. He was born on 31 March 1936 in Philadelphia and died last night, or in the early hours of this morning, at the age of 84.


Williams was perhaps best known for his position as the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He gained his bachelor’s in economics from California State University and his MA and PhD from UCLA. He also served in the US army.

Williams wrote a prolific number of articles, journals, newspaper columns and books with topics ranging from civil rights to minimum wage laws, education and social reform. He focused on utilising economic data to provide evidence for societal issues facing the African American community in America. He is the author of over 150 articles published in scholarly journals.

His books include Race & Economics, Liberty versus The Tyranny of Socialism (a collection of his newspaper columns), The State Against Blacks and many more.

While reviewing Williams’ work, philosopher Michael Novak wrote: “Williams is one of several black scholars who are now enriching the economic profession with fresh inquiries into culture, family, and race.”

Walter Williams dead aged 84

Not only was Williams an acclaimed author and teacher, he also made dozens of television appearances and used to be a commentator for CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. Williams was also well known for his Conservative views.

His colleague at George Mason and fellow Cafe Hayek writer, Don Boudreaux, said of Williams: “Walter has been my colleague and friend for more than 35 years. He is one of my few heroes. I will write more later, but I am now in no condition to say more.”

What did Ben Shapiro tweet?

Ben Shapiro recently tweeted his respects to Williams, citing the late academic’s incredible intellect and personality.

Shapiro had previously interviewed Williams on the topic of racism in the US for his Youtube channel. Williams also wrote frequently for Shapiro’s website The Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion website.

Twitter users pay respect following Williams’ death

As the news spread about Walter Williams’ death, many people on Twitter have felt compelled to share their respect for the man and his life’s work.

It is clear that Williams will be sorely missed. We’re sending out our love to his family and friends.

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