… is from page 225 of Thomas Sowell’s March 22nd, 1985, column “Tom Brokaw’s ‘Patriotism’,” as this column is reprinted in Compassion Versus Guilt, a 1987 collection of some of Sowell’s essays:
Let the media discover that any of the sins that have plagued the human race for thousands of years still exist in the United States, and it becomes a special condemnation of American society. The morally anointed are constantly outraged that we have not obliterated racism, poverty, or disease. It would be fascinating to know who has – and how. But a look around the world shows that our problems in these areas are like a sprained ankle compared to cancer.