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White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era Paperback – May 29, 2007
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I attended a middle school during the 1970's right at the start of forced bussing to acheive racial desegregation. Some brilliant social engineers thought that if they bussed black children many miles from home whether they wanted to be bussed or not, dumped them at schools in white neighborhoods, and then eliminated grades and went lax on discipline, then that would solve some problem of inequality between black and white students.
Well, what it accomplished for me was a shock when I arrived at high-school and discovered that not only were letter grades the norm (I hadn't seen them for three years) but they accumulated into this dreadful number called a "GPA" which had a profound impact on this concept known as your "future"! In other words, baby sitting was over and now I actually had to work or face the consequences!
But enough about me. I enjoyed this book and gave my rating for the following reasons:
1. It's short and to the point. The author tells us what we need to know and skillfully encapsulates pivotal events that occured during a short period of time and which lead us into the reality we face today. I love books like that.
2. The author establishes his credibility by weaving a narrative of his life with the development of his thesis. This isn't a book that was written by a person who just read a lot of books in order to write a book.
3. Accessable writing style. It's like the author is sitting across the table having coffee with you and telling you a story. Shelby Steele comes across as a man of unusual wisdom. It would be great to see him in person some day.
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I felt that I had to read the book since I am from the Civil Rights Capitol of the country. Many of these issues are pertinent throughout the country and need to be studied. His issues are hard-hitting and uncomforting at times.
Dr. Steele explains that Americans do not take African Americans at face value, but as a means to an end. He says this because Liberals have used programs like affirmative action and welfare as a way to help blacks and look noble while doing it. Dr. Steele feels that these programs were started so the Whites did not look racist and tolerant of White Supremacy; however, under the surface he feels that the Black man is never able to advance after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He explains that many Great Society programs were created because Whites felt guilty for the wrongdoing of Blacks. He states the programs were a way to help Whites deal with their moral guilt. Dr. Steele does an excellent job stating the reasons that have caused racial segregation even in today's time. The book does not really offer ways to improve what is happening in America, yet it does bring the issues to the surface. He also throws in the term "New Man" that does an excellent job of explaining the ways of Liberal Democrats.
I got chills several times because someone other than Bill Cosby stated the obvious. This is not a book to better one race over the other, but a way to make America the great country that it is supposed to be. There need to be more Americans like Dr. Steele. If you do not want to read the whole book, then just read the last chapter because it is amazing and the best chapter of the book. This book has to be read because the content is so powerful.
Throughout the text, Steele combines remembrance with observation as a means to elucidate interracial relations. He defines white guilt as being a complete vacuum of moral authority wherein a stigma is cast upon an entire group of people regardless of what they do or say. In the 1960s, it flourished in whites due to the very real historical wrongs of segregation and slavery. By the end of that decade, due to the growing passivity of whites, the black leadership no longer echoed Dr. King. They became radicalized, and there was no shortage of white politicians, intellectuals, and glitterati (recall Leonard Bernstein) ready to sprawl before their collective feet and regain their moral goodness. For many Caucasians, irrational hate for your own race and your ancestors has now become a mechanism for self-esteem and purity.
When aggression meets submission the result is slaughter, and that's exactly what has happened to the pride of white America over the course of the last four decades. Rage has become the preferred weapon for obtaining concessions from white politicians, and shame prevents rational minds from protesting these tactics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Interesting voice. He talks about "white guilt" as the fuel of the "black power movement" which is not based on striving for achievement, but... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Katherine Bartley
Intelligently written. No emotional fop or point of view hanging. The book is well written by a professor with life long experiences with the issues.Published 2 months ago by Frank W.
It's a deep, lengthy read but the the examination of determinism and dissociation exiting the civil rights movement exposes the racialist cloak of Americas leftist movement which... Read morePublished 7 months ago by VCNY
Another one I needed for class and again, it was in good condition.Published 9 months ago by kattyshack
I read this book with a level of skepticism; because while I agreed with some of his premise, I knew he had a conservative agenda; and it came through as I read the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Perez
Different take on the the views of America. We discussed this book in my Political Science class this summer. Read the whole book in a day. Easy read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark
Great and powerful book. This book will bring tears to your eyes as you read about the condition of blacks up until approximately the 1960s. This was a real eye opener. Read morePublished 13 months ago by El Segundo
Okay book but not up to the likes of Mark Levin, Mark Steyn, or even Pat Buchannon's isolationist argumentsPublished 14 months ago by robert b reger