White Guilt

White Guilt

How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era

Book - 2006
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In 1955 the murderers of Emmett Till, a black Mississippi youth, were acquitted of their crime, undoubtedly because they were white. Forty years later, O.J. Simpson, who many thought would be charged with murder by virtue of the DNA evidence against him, went free after his attorney portrayed him as a victim of racism. Clearly, a sea change had taken place in American culture, but how had it happened? In this work, distinguished race relations scholar Shelby Steele argues that the age of white supremacy has given way to an age of white guilt - and neither has been good for African Americans. Through his analysis and recollections of the last half century of American race relations, Steele calls for a new culture of personal responsibility, a commitment to principles that can fill the moral void created by white guilt. White leaders must stop using minorities as a means to establish their moral authority - and black leaders must stop indulging them. As White Guilt concludes, the alternative is a dangerous ethical relativism that extends beyond race relations into all parts of American life.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2006]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2006
ISBN: 9780060578633
Branch Call Number: 305.8 ST32W
Characteristics: viii, 181 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 10, 2020

A deeply insightful book about why Martin Luther King's dream and he promise of the Civil Rights Era remains largely unfulfilled. It's as relevant today as when it was published in 2006. Steele's been branded and dismissed as a "Black Conservative" but he defies the label. It's easy today to see the terrible fruit of he Faustian bargain that many Blacks and Whites have struck since the 1960's which serves to stifle progress toward all people being judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

To bring these ideas up-to-date, I highly recommend the recent film "What Killed Michael Brown". https://whatkilledmichaelbrown.com/

Oct 20, 2020

Hoover Institution reactionary. Woefully out of date.


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Feb 10, 2019

pg 53. "(Lyndon) Johnson clearly realized that full responsibility had been an unfair and oppressive burden on blacks. His Great Society was, among other things, a redistribution plan for responsibility by which he asked white America to assume considerable responsibility for black advancement. Thus, by implication, the president of the United States had agreed with the new militants that is was morally wrong--given what blacks had been through--to ask them to be fully responsible for pulling themselves up. So suddenly in American life the matter of responsibility was qualified by a new social morality. If you were black, and thus a victim of racial oppression, this new morality of social justice meant you could not be expected to carry the same responsibilities as others. The point was that the American society no longer had the moral authority to enforce a single standard of responsibility for everyone because--by its own admission--it had not treated everyone the same."


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