By Shelby Steele
From the writer of the award-winning bestseller The content material of Our Character comes a brand new essay assortment that tells the untold tale in the back of the polarized racial politics in the USA at the present time. In A Dream Deferred Shelby Steele argues moment betrayal of black freedom within the United States--the first one being segregation--emerged from the civil rights period whilst the rustic was once overtaken via a strong impulse to redeem itself from racial disgrace. in response to Steele,1960s liberalism had as its first and all-consuming aim the expiation of the USA guilt instead of the cautious improvement of precise equality among the races. This ''culture of preference'' betrayed America's most sensible ideas so one can supply whites and the US associations an iconography of racial advantage they can use opposed to the stigma of racial disgrace. In 4 densely argued essays, Steele takes at the standard questions of affirmative motion, multiculturalism, variety, Afro-centrism, crew personal tastes, victimization--and what he deems to be the atavistic powers of race, ethnicity, and gender, the unique reasons of oppression. A Dream Deferred is a decent, brave examine the difficult trouble of race and democracy within the United States--and what we would do to solve it.
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Extra resources for A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
I believe that preferential treatment is essentially a white liberal idea of black self-interest that serves institutions by letting them practice exceptionalism with blacks. The institution gets its virtue-credit, but blacks have their weakness tolerated rather than their strength rewarded. Then, after black weakness has been massaged, accepted, understood, and felt for, people wonder why the infamous gap between blacks and whites on tests and other performance measures won’t close. The answer, of course, is that nobody seriously asks that it be closed.
His sense of urgency, and his impatience with me, come from a white pain and knowledge. And when he mentions in passing that his mother was a racist, and that the very neighborhood we are dining in had restrictive covenants against blacks and Jews when he joined a local medical practice, I understand that he is telling me, without saying so directly, that I don’t know how close evil is. He feels an accountability to that evil. And he seems almost to be saying that interventions like group preferences are not just for blacks and don’t have to work just for blacks.
It was a debate of bromides for and against group preferences. I thought he argued as if from a script, but I probably did too. ” I finally asked. ” “Because I think they—” he paused. ” “Because it’s a good thing…a good thing…. People believe in it. Corporations, the government, universities…a lot of people believe…” I will confess that I did not much like this man. But the reason had less to do with him than the fact that group preferences had come to be the conventional idea of social responsibility in America.