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A dream deferred :the second betrayal of Black freedom in America

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From the author of the award-winning bestseller The Content of Our Character comes a new essay collection that tells the untold story behind the polarized racial politics in America today.

In his new book Shelby Steele argues that a second betrayal of black freedom in the United States — the first one being segregation — emerged from the civil rights era when the country was overtaken by a powerful impulse to redeem itself from racial shame. According to Steele, the liberalism that grew out of the 1960s had as its first and all-consuming goal the expiation of America guilt rather than the careful development of true equality between the races. This "culture of preference" betrayed America's best principles in order to give whites and America institutions an iconography of racial virtue they could use against the stigma of racial shame. In four densely argued essays, Steele takes on the familiar questions of affirmative action, multiculturalism, diversity, Afro-centrism, group preferences, victimization — and what he deems to be the atavistic powers of race, ethnicity, and gender, the original causes of oppression. A Dream Deferred is an honest, courageous look at the perplexing dilemma of race and democracy in the United States — and what we might do to resolve it.

About the Author

Shelby Steele is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, and is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. His many prizes and honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and the National Humanities Medal.

Table of Contents

Preface — The loneliness of the "Black conservative" — Wrestling with stigma — Liberal bias and the zone of decency — The new sovereignty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060168230
Subtitle:
The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
Author:
Steele, Shelby
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Essays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19980923
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.59x5.87x.88 in. .83 lbs.

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