Skip to comments.White Guilt = Black Power
Posted on 01/07/2002 8:35:06 PM PST by VinnyTexEdited on 04/22/2004 11:45:52 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
By Shelby Steele. Mr. Steele, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is author of "A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America" (HarperCollins, 1998).
There should be many more imbroglios like the one currently playing out at Harvard University, enough for America to finally understand that white guilt is exactly the same thing as black power. But it is testament to the daunting power of white guilt that confrontations like this one happen so rarely.
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But, they won't. They want to eat your dinner.
Then along comes Summers who commits a revolutionary act: he calls (privately) on a very out of line Cornel West to get back to his proper work (rather than putting out hiphop albums, inane commentary on 9/11, and consorting with racial arsonists like Farrakhan and Sharpton, he should be writing more of his unreadable, cliche ridden books) West takes it public in a power play, knowing that the whole preference establishment will treat the idea of holding a black to account as a threat to their shtick. They demand that he endorse "affirmative action." He responds only with a statement on "diversity," which is emphatically not a victimhood rationale. Diversity can mean many things. Maybe even someday it could even mean intellectual diversity, as opposed to mere skin color difference. This whole business has yet to play itself out. But in the meantime, the unthinkable has occurred. The President of Harvard has said in effect that there are standards, and they apply also to blacks. West has gotten a lot of publicity of an unfavorable nature. The members of the black studies department look like a bunch of spoiled babies. And the public's attention has been called to the indefensible practices that have been going on in higher education.
Sure! If you plan to knock over liquor stores for a livin.
How about this solution to the mystery: The young Bond had leading man looks, and a good voice. Thanks for pointing out his, er, qualifications. For a white to even be considered for a full-time faculty position, he would have to have a Ph.D. and publications.
Oops! My boo-boo. Whites who are just as unqualified -- according to academia's lights -- as Bond may also get full-time positions, as long as they too are political hacks. See "Gore, Albert."
Excellent example, in contrasting Andy Young. His rep as mayor of Atlanta was that he was always wheeling and dealing, to keep business ... busy. Unlike Bond, who is chairman of the board of an extortion ring, that lives to stop business cold.
They took over the media and other institutions. They have been busily brainwashing the young. They have done all they can to divide and change the views of the larger ie majority group of people.
They have destroyed the morality system that did exist in this nation. We have become balkanized. They have brought in large groups of immigrants to further destroy the existing power structure. They have used the legal system to do what political means could not accomplish. They can do hit-and-run attacks because of the nature of the battleground. They have been able to silence their opponents by cries of racism and selfishness.
I heard Donna Shalala on a late night show when the Clintons first took office say that the Californians wanted to curtail the mass immigration of Mexicans because they were selfish. Maybe, the sheeple will awaken and see what has been happening in this country. Actually, the attacks on 9-11 have awaken some people. Maybe, they will stay awake.
"Maybe" is the operative word. A lot of mainstream "conservatives" have proclaimed America as having retunred to reality and common sense morality since 911. These are the same guys who earlier saw press releases banning affirmative action in places like California, and declared victory over racial socialism. They are lazy and cowardly, which is one reason why this nation is the shambles it is. 911 was only the beginning, the first salvo, of a long fight. But these mainstream types, with their declarations of victory, are as much a danger as the obvious enemies. Imagine, if the Founding Fathers had had to count on mainstream "conservatives" back in '76!
It was also an opportunity for Mr. West and the Afro-Am department to move from celebrity academia to serious achievement.
Not real familiar with African American Studies, (other than after many years of study it qualifies you to work in an African American Department) but has there every been any serious achievemment in this area.
To understand this, it is necessary to realize that Harvard never did tolerate its black studies department to be the joke that such departments are at many schools. Further, Harvard is able to have its pick of top students who are black, few though they be. Harvard gives only a 50 point SAT concession to blacks, as compared with 340 at Berkeley. So when they say they have never practiced affirmative action, it is not too far from the truth. West was a mistake, which has become apparent to the public as a result of West's high profile.
Harvard diss'd him.
Also known as: The Reverend Jesse Jackson Road to Riches Scam.
How embarrassing for you. How do you hope to have your opinions viewed as credible when you attack the messenger rather than the message?
What is the subject of (assertions made in) the article? It is: "White guilt = black power".
Maybe you think that those who read and post on this Free Republic forum are unable to have the courage to engage in critical thought.
If you want to enjoy credibility with any, other than feminized, emotion-driven males and air-head females, you will have to legitimately refute the assertions made in "the message" rather than disengenuously attempt to judge the motives of "the messenger" and the paper for which he writes.
Comments such as the one you made are just another example of how the legalistic, religious left (modern-day Pharisees) always expose themselves as the quintessential examples of intolerance and judgementalism. Unless others "convert" to their politically correct views, and speak and act as they "should" they are "bad people".
Now, if you want to make an attempt to legitimately refute the assertions that Shelby Steele makes, please do so. If all you can do is engage in personal attacks, you won't be taken seriously by intellectually honest people.
However do you conclude that I was attacking the messenger, in any way?
And why should I be embarrassed when I am in 100% agreement with Mr. Steele's words?
My comment solely addressed the observation that we, as a nation, have become so race-stricken that, in the minds of many, a white guy isn't viewed as qualified to address the subject. And that, by default, only a black man may comment credibly.