Noted scholar Shelby Steele talks sense about black lives

How do white people prove they are not racist? How do you prove a negative?

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  • This "noted" historian must have been living in a cave the last 50 years. He's totally tone-deaf. No demands? Really. Talk about an Uncle Tom.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Apparently, this white man can tell this black man that his thoughts are wrong and that this white man knows better -- so much better that he can insult a man for those thoughts. Could this be the innate racism that so many progressives seem to think exists in whites: the bigotry of low expectations and perceived helplessness? Does the black man need the white progressive to guide him? Is this the old Massa speaking?

  • I'm not sure why you call him a "noted historian." Wikipedia says he a conservative author, columnist and documentary film maker at the conservative Hoover Institute. I don't see anyone calling him a historian.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Does whether he is an historian or not make his statements wrong? Is he not black enough to know of what he speaks?

  • No, but Dennis seems to think so since he used "noted historian" as the first two words of his topic heading. Your racist language is your invention.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Ack, my mistake. Can't get this in the headline from his biography:

    In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary Seven Days in Bensonhurst was recognized with an Emmy Award and two awards for television documentary writing—the Writer's Guild Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award.

    Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America (HarperCollins, 1998). Other books by Steele include Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country (Basic Books, 2015), A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win (Free Press, 2007), White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era (HarperCollins, 2006) and A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America (HarperCollins, 1998).

    Steele has written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He has also spoken before hundreds of groups and appeared on national current affairs news programs including Nightline and 60 Minutes.

    Steele is a member of the National Association of Scholars, the national board of the American Academy for Liberal Education, the University Accreditation Association, and the national board at the Center for the New American Community at the Manhattan Institute.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Change noted. Earlier I thought you might be confusing Shelby Steele with Shelby Foote.

  • Posting a person's curriculum vitae is not an argument.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Jeez, Jerry. I'm not making an argument. I'm correcting an error by saying whom the guy is. Fifty lashes.

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