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  • Shelby Steele on Obama’s view of race relations: 'My God, what's he complaining about?'

    07/23/2013 2:21:01 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio program on Tuesday, Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele elaborated on a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday arguing that the so-called civil rights establishment is in decline, as seen when the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial failed to create a significant reaction. “I think probably, you know, the attempts to have big supportive rallies for Trayvon Martin and for the idea of him as a victim of white racism, has come to different cities around the country to put together these marchers and so forth — they have...
  • The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment

    07/22/2013 6:04:04 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2013 | Shelby Steele
    The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America's civil-rights establishment, and for many black elites across the media, government and academia. When you have grown used to American institutions being so intimidated by the prospect of black wrath that they invent mushy ideas like "diversity" and "inclusiveness" simply to escape that wrath, then the crisp reading of the law that the Zimmerman jury displayed comes as a shock. On television in recent weeks you could see black leaders from every background congealing into a chorus of umbrage and complaint. But...
  • The Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Victimhood (excellent speech)

    11/14/2011 11:03:16 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 10 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | Shelby Steele
    The idea that the problem is Israel, that the problem is the Jews, protects Palestinians from having to confront that inferiority or do anything about it or overcome it. The idea among Palestinians that they are victims means more to them than anything else. It is everything. It is the centerpiece of their very identity and it is the way they define themselves as human beings in the world. It is not an idle thing. Our facts and our reason are not going to penetrate easily that definition or make any progress. “The question is, how do they get away...
  • Grand Slam Shelby Steele: Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:18:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | September 1, 2011 | Shelby Steele
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now here's Shelby Steele, and you will recognize that you've heard much of this on this program, but I love this. It's in the Wall Street Journal, and as you know, every time Shelby Steele writes on this subject, I trumpet it; share it with you almost verbatim. He writes, " If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly < character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's...
  • Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:13:56 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Shelby Steele
    If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly undefined character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's character, today's left now sounds like the right of three years ago. They have begun to see through the man and are surprised at how little is there. Yet there is something more than inexperience or lack of character that defines this presidency: Mr. Obama came of age in a bubble of post-'60s liberalism...
  • Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

    09/01/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 September 2011 | SHELBY STEELE
    Post-'60s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline. If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly undefined character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama's character, today's left now sounds like the right of three years ago. They have begun to see through the man and are surprised at how little is there. ........................................................< As a president, Barack Obama has been a force...
  • White Guilt Propelled Obama in '08 and They Want to Gin It Up Again

    08/29/2011 5:26:51 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 29 August 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: An AP-GfK poll: "Obama Faces Trouble with Key Voters -- Whites and women..." It's an AP story, by the way. "Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent. All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he'll need to keep it next year. An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office. ... The nation's high unemployment...
  • Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge

    05/25/2011 7:04:42 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/25/2011 | SHELBY STEELE
    Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls should be able to beat President Obama in 2012. This president has a track record now and, thus, many vulnerabilities. If he is not our "worst president," as Donald Trump would have it, his sweeping domestic initiatives—especially his stimulus package and health-care reform—were so jerry-built and high-handed that they generated a virtual revolution in America's normally subdued middle class. The president's success in having Osama bin Laden killed is an exception to a pattern of excruciatingly humble and hesitant leadership abroad. Mr. Obama has been deeply ambivalent about the application of American power, as...
  • A Referendum on the Redeemer (Thoughtful)

    10/28/2010 10:54:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/28/2010 | Shelby Steele
    Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the "transformative" aspirations of the Obama presidency—the special promise of this first black president to "change" us into a better society—are much less likely to materialize. There will be enough Republican gains to make the "no" in the "party of no" even more formidable, if not definitive. But apart from this politics of numbers, there is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were...
  • A Referendum on the Redeemer (Barack Obama)

    10/28/2010 10:51:39 AM PDT · by Justaham · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-27-10 | Shelby Steele
    Whether or not the Republicans win big next week, it is already clear that the "transformative" aspirations of the Obama presidency—the special promise of this first black president to "change" us into a better society—are much less likely to materialize. There will be enough Republican gains to make the "no" in the "party of no" even more formidable, if not definitive. But apart from this politics of numbers, there is also now a deepening disenchantment with Barack Obama himself. (He has a meager 37% approval rating by the latest Harris poll.) His embarrassed supporters console themselves that their intentions were...
  • Why Obama Does Not Address Connecticut Shootings

    08/09/2010 3:47:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 09, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    A week ago, as is well enough known, Omar Thornton shot and killed eight of his coworkers while being escorted out of the building after having been terminated by his employer, a Connecticut beer distributor. As I write this, President Barack Obama has yet to address this subject in any public way. He is not alone in his restraint. The media have soft-pedaled the motive -- the whole shooting, for that matter. Four days after the fact, my wife, who watches CNN and listens to NPR, had not heard about it. Unlike, say, Oklahoma City or even Columbine, the tragedy...
  • Shelby Steele on Obama's Accent

    Black Star News interviewed Republican intellectual and best-selling author Shelby Steele. He spoke on various issues including Barack Obama, Affirmative Action, segregration, his biracial experience, and some of him written work. On Obama's accent: "BSN: What I’m curious about Obama is, where did he get his Black accent, if he wasn’t raised around Black people, but by a white mother from Kansas? Does his voice sound authentic or adopted to you? I figured you might have an insight about this since your mother’s white, too. SS: It sounds a little hollow. Sometimes, he’s Martin Luther King, sometimes, he a Black...
  • Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

    06/08/2009 5:22:26 AM PDT · by maica · 19 replies · 546+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 8, 2009 | Shelby Steele
    President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court points to a dilemma that will likely plague his presidency: How does a "post-racialist" president play identity politics? What is most notable about the Sotomayor nomination is its almost perfect predictability. Somehow we all simply know -- like it or not -- that Hispanics are now overdue for the gravitas of high office. And our new post-racialist president is especially attuned to this chance to have a "first" under his belt, not to mention the chance to further secure the Hispanic vote. And yet it was precisely the American longing...
  • Why the Republican Party Can't Win With Minorities

    03/16/2009 7:45:26 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 33 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2009 | Shelby Steele
    Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy. In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name. And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water. Yet there is now the feeling that without an appeal to minorities, conservatism is at risk of marginalization. The recent election revealed a Republican Party -- largely white, male and Southern -- seemingly on its way to becoming a "regional" party. Still, an appeal targeted just at minorities -- reeking as it surely would of identity politics -- is anathema to most conservatives....
  • Why the GOP Can't Win With Minorities (Excellent Column)

    03/16/2009 4:14:41 AM PDT · by RangerM · 237 replies · 6,400+ views
    WSJ ^ | 3/16/09 | Shelby Steele
    Today conservatism is stigmatized in our culture as an antiminority political philosophy. In certain quarters, conservatism is simply racism by another name. And minorities who openly identify themselves as conservatives are still novelties, fish out of water. Yet there is now the feeling that without an appeal to minorities, conservatism is at risk of marginalization. The recent election revealed a Republican Party -- largely white, male and Southern -- seemingly on its way to becoming a "regional" party. Still, an appeal targeted just at minorities -- reeking as it surely would of identity politics -- is anathema to most conservatives....
  • Black America Could Have Done Better (by Shelby Steele, a black conservative)

    01/31/2009 12:16:15 AM PST · by STARWISE · 23 replies · 913+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 1-21*-09 | Shelby Steele
    When one's candidate loses in American politics, it is only good manners to offer best wishes to the winner. And I wish Barack Obama well as the new president of the United States. I hope he gets to govern in a quiet world. And I am proud that America could elect a black president, though I've known this was possible at least since 1996, when Colin Powell might well have beaten a then weak Bill Clinton. So I feel earnest goodwill toward this new administration, but I'm afraid my actual "hopes" for it run to the negative. *snip* I hope...
  • Valerie Jarrett U.S. Economy and Global Economics (Davos-Switzerland) VIDEOS

    01/30/2009 11:54:58 PM PST · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 578+ views
    FORA-TV ^ | 1-30-08
    Video of her speech Valerie Jarrett: 'America Stands Ready to Lead Again' "In the 21st century our security is shared," says Valerie Jarrett, top adviser to President Barack Obama. She outlines steps the new administration is taking to establish peace in the Middle East, eradicate global poverty, and fight climate change. ~~~ Video - Valerie B. Jarrett: The New US Agenda"
  • Shelby Steele: Obama's post-racial promise

    11/05/2008 7:37:11 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies · 1,637+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 5, 2008 | Shelby Steele
    ...Does his victory mean that America is now officially beyond racism? Does it finally complete the work of the civil rights movement so that racism is at last dismissible as an explanation of black difficulty? Can the good Revs. Jackson and Sharpton now safely retire to the seashore? Will the Obama victory dispel the twin stigmas that have tormented black and white Americans for so long -- that blacks are inherently inferior and whites inherently racist? Doesn't a black in the Oval Office put the lie to both black inferiority and white racism? Doesn't it imply a "post-racial" America? And...
  • Why Jesse Jackson Hates Obama ( SHELBY STEELE )

    07/21/2008 10:53:18 PM PDT · by kellynla · 53 replies · 762+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | July 22, 2008 | SHELBY STEELE
    A few weeks ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson made something of a fool of himself. There he was -- a historical figure in his own right -- threatening the castration of Barack Obama. It was sad to see. If I have often criticized Mr. Jackson, I have also, reservedly, admired him. He is a late 20th century outcropping of a profoundly American archetype: the self-invented man who comes from nothing and, out of sheer force of personality, imposes himself on the American consciousness. If he never reached the greatness to which he aspired, he nevertheless did honor to the enduring...
  • VIDEO-Shelby Steele discusses Barack Obama and the Politics of Race.

    04/27/2008 11:53:43 AM PDT · by LJayne · 4 replies · 57+ views
    FORA.tv ^ | Shelby Steele
    Shelby Steele discusses Barack Obama and the Politics of Race. Shelby Steele is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution whose research examines the role of race in American society and the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. Steele has written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of several books including, most recently, A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win. In conversation with Peter Robinson, Shelby Steele explores Barack Obama's candidacy - and his character-in light of the...
  • Top 10 black conservatives I like:

    03/20/2008 8:26:08 AM PDT · by trappedinnj · 64 replies · 2,241+ views
    1) Larry Elders 2) JC Watts 3) Alan Keyes 4) Thomas Sowell 5) Clarence Thomas 6) Ken Blackwell 7) Michael Steele 8) LaShawn Barber 9) Lynn Swann 10) Condaleeza Rice
  • Shelby Steele on Barack Obama's Mixed-Race Heritage

    03/19/2008 8:55:43 AM PDT · by LJayne · 10 replies · 1,004+ views
    Fora.TV ^ | 3/19/08 | Shelby Steele
    Hoover Fellow and author Shelby Steele discusses why he believes Barack Obama has betrayed himself by not publicizing his white heritage.
  • Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 5 of 5

    03/19/2008 8:20:47 AM PDT · by LJayne · 5 replies · 475+ views
    NationalReviewOnline ^ | 3/19/08 | Peter Robinson
    A must see video on Obama and the Politics of Race
  • The Obama Bargain

    03/18/2008 7:33:51 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 10 replies · 782+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | March 18, 2008 | Shelby Steele
    The Obama Bargain By SHELBY STEELE March 18, 2008 Geraldine Ferraro may have had sinister motives when she said that Barack Obama would not be "in his position" as a frontrunner but for his race. Possibly she was acting as Hillary Clinton's surrogate. Or maybe she was simply befuddled by this new reality -- in which blackness could constitute a political advantage. But whatever her motives, she was right: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." Barack Obama is, of course, a very talented politician with a first-rate political organization at his back. But...
  • The Obama Bargain (Great Read!)

    03/18/2008 3:35:48 AM PDT · by nancyvideo · 30 replies · 1,633+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2008 | Shelby Steele
    Geraldine Ferraro may have had sinister motives when she said that Barack Obama would not be "in his position" as a frontrunner but for his race. Possibly she was acting as Hillary Clinton's surrogate. Or maybe she was simply befuddled by this new reality -- in which blackness could constitute a political advantage. But whatever her motives, she was right.
  • Hoped For Change in America

    03/01/2008 6:43:57 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 102+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/1/08 | Purple Mountains
    Those who understand that America is still the country that offers the most hope to the rest of the world, and who also reason things out, find it hard to understand why some Americans: 1.refuse to look at the evidence of global Islamic terrorism, its danger to westerners and the success of the American military in combatting it, 2.refuse to look at the evidence that global warming is a naturally reoccurring phenomenon and is more beneficial to humanity than is global cooling,
  • Barack Obama: Psychological Transference, Shelby Steele and Obamamania is More than a Cult

    02/21/2008 4:21:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 23 replies · 1,571+ views
    21 February 2008 | Vanity
    The Obama Phenomenon On a recent show, Rush Limbaugh opined that the Obama phenomenon was a “cult” and would shortly wear off as people really examined his record and positions. Perhaps, but this debunking will not happen without an awareness of how Senator Obama has achieved so much in so short a time. The phenomenon is obvious. A few examples are: Lisa Lerer from Politico: "This is not a campaign for president of the United States, this is a movement to change the world," he said as he introduced Obama last week in Baltimore. "You do not get 13,000 people...
  • A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama And Why He Can’t Win by Shelby Steele

    01/21/2008 7:43:23 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 58 replies · 836+ views
    21 January 2008 | Vanity
    Introduction Shelby Steele wrote this book before any polls or votes suggested Barack Obama was a plausible contender. As such, the author was both prescient and provocative. Shelby Steele is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His best selling book is The Content Of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America. He has also written White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Destroyed The Promise Of The Civil Rights Era. He has written other books and has published widely. President Bush honored him with the National Humanities Medal. This book is noteworthy because it is slim—134...
  • Obama’s Gordian Knot - The candidate’s politics are entangled in racial contradiction says...Steele.

    01/07/2008 4:51:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 93+ views
    City Journal ^ | 14 December 2007 | Paul Beston
    The candidate’s politics are entangled in racial contradiction, says Shelby Steele.A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win, by Shelby Steele (Free Press, 160 pp., $22) “I am rooted in the African-American community,” Barack Obama told 60 Minutes earlier this year. “But I’m not defined by it. I am comfortable in my racial identity . . . but that’s not the core of who I am.” “My only trick as a writer,” Shelby Steele wrote in his book White Guilt, “has been to write about America without the schizophrenia imposed on blacks by the...
  • Obama's Gordian Knot, A Review

    01/01/2008 7:51:22 AM PST · by Zack Nguyen · 13 replies · 114+ views
    City Journal ^ | December 14, 2007 | Beston, Paul
    Obama’s Gordian Knot The candidate’s politics are entangled in racial contradiction, says Shelby Steele. 14 December 2007 "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win", by Shelby Steele (Free Press, 160 pp., $22) “I am rooted in the African-American community,” Barack Obama told 60 Minutes earlier this year. “But I’m not defined by it. I am comfortable in my racial identity . . . but that’s not the core of who I am.” “My only trick as a writer,” Shelby Steele wrote in his book White Guilt, “has been to write about America without...
  • Blacks criticize their own

    02/19/2007 1:49:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies · 1,318+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 02.18.07 | ERIN TEXEIRA
    The reader outcry was loud and long. Late last year, essayist John Ridley wrote an article for Esquire magazine, using an in-your-face style to rip the black underclass. He went on to describe famous blacks who've excelled in recent years -- Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell -- and argued that the whole group benefited from their work. It's up to us, he wrote, to emulate their success. It quickly became clear that irate readers weren't much concerned with Ridley's argument. They were derailed by the fact that a black had blasted other blacks. In a national magazine. With a mostly white...
  • Life and Death

    08/22/2006 12:40:52 PM PDT · by laissez- faire · 3 replies · 343+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/22/06 | Shelby Steele
    White guilt in the West -- especially in Europe and on the American left -- confuses all this by seeing Islamic extremism as a response to oppression. The West is so terrified of being charged with its old sins of racism, imperialism and colonialism that it makes oppression an automatic prism on the non-Western world, a politeness. But Islamic extremists don't hate the West because they are oppressed by it. They hate it precisely because the end of oppression and colonialism -- not their continuance -- forced the Muslim world to compete with the West. Less oppression, not more, opened...
  • Slavery Reparations Gaining Momentum

    07/09/2006 11:16:25 AM PDT · by TomServo · 185 replies · 4,187+ views
    AP ^ | July 09, 2006 | ERIN TEXEIRA
    Advocates who say black Americans should be compensated for slavery and its Jim Crow aftermath are quietly chalking up victories and gaining momentum. Fueled by the work of scholars and lawyers, their campaign has morphed in recent years from a fringe-group rallying cry into sophisticated, mainstream movement. Most recently, a pair of churches apologized for their part in the slave trade, and one is studying ways to repay black church members. The overall issue is hardly settled, even among black Americans: Some say that focusing on slavery shouldn't be a top priority or that it doesn't make sense to compensate...
  • Preserving a Vision (Thomas Sowell)

    05/31/2006 5:30:28 PM PDT · by Gordongekko909 · 11 replies · 830+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/30/06 | Thomas Sowell
    In Shelby Steele's new book, "White Guilt," he mentions an encounter with a white liberal who fiercely defended the welfare state programs and policies of the 1960s. "Damn it, we saved this country!" he all but shouted. "This country was about to blow up. There were riots everywhere. You can stand there now in hindsight and criticize, but we had to keep the country together, my friend." Before we turn to facts, we need to understand the vision. This is a vision of the world more precious than gold. To those who believe it, this vision is a treasure beyond...
  • White Guilt and War

    05/22/2006 4:04:44 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 1 replies · 361+ views
    AEI Newsletter ^ | May 22, 2006 | Shelby Steele
      Shelby Steele   On May 1, Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution delivered the ninth of the 2005-2006 Bradley Lectures. Edited excerpts follow. The full text of the lecture is available here.One of the most remarkable events of the late twentieth century was the collapse of white supremacy--not just in America, but around the world. The presumption was that whites had the authority and the right to make the world their dominion. After World War II, we began to have revolutions across the world that defeated the authority inherent in white supremacy. The civil rights movement in the United...
  • Shelby Steele has a lot to say about black society.He calls it common sense.Some call him an Uncle

    05/15/2006 7:57:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies · 1,475+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/15/6 | Edward Guthmann
    "The only thing that makes me interesting as a writer," Shelby Steele says, "is that I'm just talking common sense. The most ordinary, everyday sort of common sense." Correction. What sets Steele apart is that he's saying things many people, even those who secretly agree with him, would rather not hear. He says that blacks should take responsibility for their own disproportionate crime rates and poor academic performance and not blame a system imposed on them by whites; that whites support affirmative action and other "silly racial policies" out of fear, to avoid accusations of racism. He says that blacks...
  • White Guilt and the Western Past (Why is America so delicate with the enemy?)

    05/01/2006 10:02:43 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 92 replies · 2,864+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 2, 2006 | SHELBY STEELE
    There is something rather odd in the way America has come to fight its wars since World War II. For one thing, it is now unimaginable that we would use anything approaching the full measure of our military power (the nuclear option aside) in the wars we fight. And this seems only reasonable given the relative weakness of our Third World enemies in Vietnam and in the Middle East. But the fact is that we lost in Vietnam, and today, despite our vast power, we are only slogging along--if admirably--in Iraq against a hit-and-run insurgency that cannot stop us even...
  • Heads Up - Shelby Steele Live on C-Span 2 - Next 3 hours

    04/02/2006 9:31:03 AM PDT · by Musket · 7 replies · 505+ views
    C-Span | 4-2-06 | me
    The calls have just started coming in. This should be interesting. More on Shelby Steele on this thread.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1590873/posts
  • "Live" with Shelby Steele (Must Read)

    03/06/2006 7:16:56 AM PST · by Valin · 15 replies · 920+ views
    The American Enterprise | ^ | April 2006 | Shelby Steele / Michael Robinson
    "Live" with Shelby Steele Sixty years ago, Shelby Steele was born to a black truck driver and a white social worker in Chicago. His parents were active in the struggle for civil rights, and encouraged him to make the most of his personal opportunities. After completing a doctorate in English, Steele taught literature at San Jose State University. In 1990, he received the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for his book, The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America. Today, Steele is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he focuses on race relations,...
  • Shelby Steele: Hillary's Plantation, Rice's Emancipation (A MUST-READ)

    01/24/2006 1:14:33 PM PST · by quesney · 10 replies · 2,120+ views
    Shelby Steele
    Hillary's Plantation By SHELBY STEELE Hoover InstitutionJanuary 23, 2006; Page A16Of course Hillary Clinton's recent claim that Republicans run the House of Representatives like a "plantation" was old-fashioned political and racial pandering. After all, she uttered this remark at what certainly would have been a prime venue for her husband: a largely black audience on Martin Luther King Day. So, clearly, she was looking to connect with this most loyal Democratic constituency. But Mrs. Clinton is possessed of a tin ear precisely where her husband is all deftness and charm. Black audiences are beyond her. The room of black faces...
  • Hillary's Plantation (Shelby Steel Hits A Home Run To Dead Center Field)

    01/22/2006 9:41:20 PM PST · by zarf · 36 replies · 4,638+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 1/23/06 | Shelby Steele
    Of course Hillary Clinton's recent claim that Republicans run the House of Representatives like a "plantation" was old-fashioned political and racial pandering. After all, she uttered this remark at what certainly would have been a prime venue for her husband: a largely black audience on Martin Luther King Day. So, clearly, she was looking to connect with this most loyal Democratic constituency. But Mrs. Clinton is possessed of a tin ear precisely where her husband is all deftness and charm. Black audiences are beyond her. The room of black faces that brings her husband alive, freezes her in overbearing rectitude.
  • Witness: Blacks, whites, and the politics of shame in America -- by Shelby Steele

    10/26/2005 9:20:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 126 replies · 2,610+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | October 26, 2005 | Shelby Steele
    Probably the single greatest problem between blacks and whites in America is that we are forever witness to each other's great shames. This occurred to me in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, when so many black people were plunged into misery that it seemed the hurricane itself had held a racial animus. I felt a consuming empathy but also another, more atavistic impulse. I did not like my people being seen this way. Beyond the human mess one expects to see after a storm like this, another kind of human wretchedness was on display. In the people traversing waist-deep water...
  • The age of white guilt: and the disappearance of the black individual(must read)

    10/26/2005 2:01:06 AM PDT · by mal · 13 replies · 1,173+ views
    Now consider what this Harvard student is called upon by his racial identity to argue in the year 2002. All that is creative and imaginative in him must be rallied to argue the essential weakness of his own people. Only their weakness justifies the racial preferences they receive decades after any trace of anti-black racism in college admissions. The young man must not show faith in the power of his people to overcome against any odds; he must show faith in their inability to overcome without help. As Mr. Connerly points to far less racism and far more freedom and...
  • RECLAIMING OUR DESTINY: THE NEW BLACK VANGUARD CONFERENCE II

    10/07/2005 2:08:28 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 67 replies · 2,309+ views
    October 7, 2005 RECLAIMING OUR DESTINY: THE NEW BLACK VANGUARD CONFERENCE II (10/11/05)Black Conservatives To Address Farrakhan’s Millions More Movement; Racism and Hurricane Katrina; Bill Bennett’s Comments and More in D.C. Los Angeles- What role did racism play in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Are establishment Black leaders exercising legitimate moral authority or simply fleecing their constituencies? Just days in advance of the Millions More Movement event slated for Washington, DC on October 14-16, prominent Black conservatives from across America will gather to address these and other timely issues confronting Black Americans and the nation at large. The Brotherhood Organization...
  • PRESIDENT BUSH AWARDS 2004 NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDALS

    11/19/2004 6:45:43 PM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 2 replies · 258+ views
    National Endowment for the Humanities ^ | 11/17/04 | National Endowment for the Humanities
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2004) -- President George W. Bush awarded the 2004 National Humanities Medal today to seven distinguished Americans and one historical society for their contributions to the humanities. At a White House ceremony, the President presented National Humanities Medals to Marva Collins, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Hilton Kramer, Madeleine L'Engle, Harvey Mansfield, John Searle, Shelby Steele, and the United States Capitol Historical Society. The National Humanities Medal, first awarded in 1989 as the Charles Frankel Prize, honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve...
  • Married With Children [Shelby Steele]

    04/22/2004 7:07:51 AM PDT · by happygrl · 18 replies · 1,039+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 14, 2004 | Shelby Steele
    I thank Andrew Sullivan for his considered response in TNR Online to my recent Wall Street Journal article on gay marriage. I have long respected Sullivan for his eminently sensible and often fresh writing on so many cultural and political issues. In fact, I thought of him frequently as I wrote the article on gay marriage, and wondered what his response might be. Now I know, and would like to briefly respond to him. Sullivan disagrees with my contention that gay marriage is not really a civil rights issue by referring to the famous Loving v Virginia miscegenation case in...
  • My unlikely bridge to the right [NPR type moves right]

    03/27/2004 5:09:18 PM PST · by Roscoe Karns · 64 replies · 605+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2004 | Paul Beston
    <p>A few years ago, I worked for a struggling dot-com in Manhattan whose work force was almost uniformly liberal. Given my conservative orientation, I saw little sense in getting involved in workplace political discussions. My silence was interpreted as acquiescence until I could stand it no longer and fessed up. One co-worker, who had served on the committee that hired me, felt betrayed.</p>
  • Selma to San Francisco?--Gay marriage is not a civil rights issue.

    03/18/2004 4:50:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 233+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | March 18, 2004 | SHELBY STEELE
    <p>It is always both a little flattering and more than a little annoying to blacks when other groups glibly invoke the civil rights movement and all its iconic imagery to justify their agendas for social change. I will never forget, nor forgive, the feminist rallying cry of the early '70s: "Woman as nigger." Here upper-middle-class white women -- out of what must have been an impenetrable conviction in their own innocence -- made an entire race into a metaphor for wretchedness in order to steal its thunder.</p>
  • Yo, Howard! -- Why did Dean have to embrace the Confederate flag?

    11/13/2003 6:43:47 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 47 replies · 368+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2003 | SHELBY STEELE
    <p>I do not like the Confederate flag. It excludes me, profoundly. And if many good people fought honorably to defend it, I still experience the sight of it as a little racial aggression against me. I imagine that whites feel this way at the sight of Louis Farrakhan -- excluded, helpless to ever win his goodwill.</p>
  • Yo! Howard: Why did Dean have to embrace the Confederate flag?

    11/13/2003 4:51:59 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 55 replies · 325+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2003 | Shelby Steele
    <p>I do not like the Confederate flag. It excludes me, profoundly. And if many good people fought honorably to defend it, I still experience the sight of it as a little racial aggression against me. I imagine that whites feel this way at the sight of Louis Farrakhan--excluded, helpless to ever win his goodwill.</p>