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While Steele zealously praises civil rights victories, terming the movement that effected them "the greatest nonviolent revolution in American history (one of the greatest in all history)," he concludes that a simultaneous outcome--the stigmatization of whiteness--has led to disaster. Shamed whites try to prove their innocence through redemptive acts, according to Steele, and he has always disdained the "moral self-preoccupation" of post-'60s white liberals, which "made them dangerous to blacks--ready to give them over to an 'otherness' in which nothing is expected of them."
Steele, a self-described black conservative, complains, "The great ingenuity of interventions like affirmative action has not been that they give Americans a way to identify with the struggle of blacks, but that they give them a way to identify with racial virtuousness quite apart from blacks." He contends that victimization is the greatest hindrance for black Americans: while white liberals see blacks as victims to assuage guilty consciences, blacks parlay their status as victims into a currency that turns out to have no long-term buying power. Steele's conclusion: the only way for blacks to stop buying into this zero-sum game is to adopt a culture of excellence and achievement untrammeled by set-asides and entitlements. --Lise Funderburg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent book with great points that are never discussed and mentioned at large. A worthwhile read to anyone interested in the problems that led to the current situation with the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paulette Metoyer
Shelby Steele spend too much time blaming others and too little time offering solutions. Makes some valid points but they are clouded by his view point.Published on October 15, 2013 by John M. Kegley
Embedded within these cleanly written but repetitious essays, Professor Steele has one crowning well-hidden meta-theory, that there are two Americas; one white, free-standing,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Herbert L Calhoun
The essays in this book put forth some very thought-provoking ideas, but, as other reviewers have noted, Steele repeats his theses far more than is necessary. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Wal-Mart'Queisha Jenkins
The book was in excellent shape. I purchased it for my daughter for a reading assignment. The book arrived at the time it was due. I received a nice book for a good price.Published on August 18, 2009 by Kim S. Jones
In this book Shelby Steele eloquently argues his position in opposition to modern day liberalism and its viewing of African Americans as victims. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by dirtymc
This book is an excellent sequel to "The Content of our Character". While repetitive at times, the essays contained in the book are a welcome departure from the political... Read morePublished on September 12, 2007 by stephen-b
Another great book by an intelligent observer of the hopes and failures of the civil rights movement for blacks, run mostly by whites with lots of hidden agendas and feelings of... Read morePublished on June 26, 2006 by James S. Moore
I chose to stop reading this book in the middle of the first chapter. The author's writing style was very child-like. Read morePublished on December 23, 2003