Shelby Steele

Shelby Steele (born January 1, 1946) is an American conservative author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. In 1990, he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the general nonfiction category for his book The Content of Our Character.

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

Social media posts, news headlines, political protests—racial tension dominates these forms of public discourse. While the Civil Rights Era spoke peace into the problem, shaking America awake to the reality of its crimes, the period following that did just the opposite. Beginning in the 1960s, a new era of white guilt evolved, functioning as yet another form of racism, the other side  of white supremacy. Ashamed of their past, white Americans sought to make amends with African Americans, but injured both parties in the process. Race relations scholar Shelby Steele employs a prosaic narrative of his own personal and political maturation to illustrate how white guilt and reactionary black anger exacerbate racial tensions and unravel moral progress.

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