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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    A Must READ For Sociology Students

    As an American citizen I can say that Shelby Steele¿s book `White Guilt¿ has stated what being American is all about. Mr. Steele has articulated in 181 pages what I try to say in semester of lectures, but he goes to right to the heart of the matter. America is built on individual responsibility, motivation and pride. Mr. Steele has said with eloquence and honesty what should have be said long ago in all sociology classes, `you are responsible¿ for your own destiny. As a professor of sociology this book will be a COMPULSORY READER for all my students this fall 2006 for Introduction to Sociology. Mr. Steele it was an honor to have read your book. Dr. Douglas O¿Neill South Dakota State University

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    This book is an opinion piece written by an educated Black man o

    This book is an opinion piece written by an educated Black man on race relations in the US. Institutional segregation in the South was an effort to improve race relations after the Civil War. Whites and Blacks were killing each other, and some Whites had trouble accepting that slavery was over, so segregation was the best solution at that time. By the 1950's, it was no longer necessary and then we move into the civil rights era of the 1960's.

    For the most part, Blacks now have the same economic freedom as Whites, but they are held back. What is actually holding them back is not racism but White America's reaction to Blacks post civil rights era. White liberals still have the same view of Blacks as they did in pre-civil rights era. Liberal Whites view Blacks as children who are never capable of taking care of themselves or being responsible and can't be expected to do well in school. They don't expect them to do anything except live off the dole and try not to commit any crimes. Liberal Whites feel an obligation to take care of Blacks because they feel guilty about the past. Affirmative action was also implemented to improve race relations.

    I disagree with Steele because I think that Whites did need to do something to show Blacks they were sorry about the past and want to make amends. There were so many race riots in the 1960's that Whites had to do something just to keep the peace.

    I do agree with Steele that affirmative action is no longer necessary. Whites in my generation view affirmative action as Blacks wanting preferential treatment and want the same job and a nice house even though they didn't work for it. This actually makes race relations worse now.

    My prediction is that a lot these affirmative action programs will go away. Most people in my generation, don't feel the need to keep apologizing for racism. When Blacks apply for jobs they will be hired because of their ability not because a company needs to fill a quota. I predict that we will hear less about racism from Blacks on the news. Unsuccessful Blacks will no longer blame racism because Americans will just tell them to work harder.

    I would definately recommend this book because the author does have a unique view. Although it is dull in some parts it is worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Amazing and Education

    One of the best books I have ever read and hands down the best at explaining the current state of racial politics and much of politics in general in the US. Very well written.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Excellent and still timely

    Although 3 years from publication, this book remains especially timely in view of an African-American President and "progressive" Congress. It is concise, has an easily readable style (including an interesting comparison to the times and vices of Presidents Eisenhower and Clinton), and speaks with the combination of authority and perspective of one who has lived through changing times. White Guilt puts into words many of the vague feelings many whites (and presumably blacks) have -- for example, that a stand for morality and some of the foundations of American culture can be suppressed by charges of racism (and that a political-economic industry exists behind this). I look forward to more insights from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    A reviewer

    That's all I can say. I can't begin to articulate the brilliant points Steele makes in this book. It's a quick read, only 180 pages. It will be well worth your time if you've ever been puzzled about the state of race relations 'white-black' in a post Civil Rights era USA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Brilliant View.

    It's always important to look at the not so well known outcomes of historical movements. Our care-free attitudes are definately one of the effects of the Civil Rights Era, but with every monumental movement, there are both positive and negative effects. Pinpointing this outcome was great on the author's part.

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