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Shelby Steele, Longtime Civil Rights Leader, Says “Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed” by The Elephant's Child

Shelby Steele had a long interview with Mark Levin last night. He has long been a champion of black civil rights, was a veteran of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and a bestselling author. He doesn’t think much of the riots and looting that have been dominating the news. Blacks, he says, have never been less oppressed in American society. Blacks, he said flatly, have never faced less oppression, and they simply have to take responsibility for their position at the bottom of any socioeconomic measures.

Steele is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and an author of many books on race relations. Some are White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, and Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country.

This article about the Mark Levin show, includes a video from the show, and much more of the conversation with Steele. I don’t think that the things that are holding blacks back are things that have to be given to them. Demand Charter Schools, they seem to really work well. Demand that public libraries offer homework help. Wait till after you are married to have babies. It mostly helps to have a father in the home. Public libraries have free storytimes, when a librarian reads to the kids, and they get to discover what wonders can be found in a book. Large numbers of companies are anxious to hire black workers, and not just for the scut work. It enhances their reputations to be welcoming to people of many races.



John McWhorter Sums Up the Jussie Smolett Planned Hate Crime by The Elephant's Child

John McWhorter is an American academic and linguist, who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of  number of books on language and race relations, and appears frequently in major American publications.

Do watch this short video, because it’s important to understand the current phenomenon of “hate crimes.” What is a hate crime? Why is it worse if you murder someone because you hate them – than if you just brutally stab them to death for no apparent reason? I’m not sure when the idea of “hate crimes” first appeared, but it was somewhere in the Sixties.

At the Hoover Institution, another black scholar, Shelby Steele, has written on “A Sick Hunger for Racism,” a pointed essay subtitled: “Why can’t leftists let go of the whole idea of all-powerful, permanent white bigotry? Because it empowers them.”

Today Americans know that active racism is no longer the greatest barrier to black and minority advancement. Since the 1960s other pathologies, even if originally generated by racism, have supplanted it. White racism did not shoot more than four thousand people last year in Chicago. To the contrary, America for decades now—with much genuine remorse—has been recoiling from the practice of racism and has gained a firm intolerance for what it once indulged. …

Suddenly America was in moral trouble. The open acknowledgment of the nation’s racist past had destroyed its moral authority, and affirming democratic principles and the rule of law was not a sufficient response. Only a strict moral accounting could restore legitimacy.

Thus, redemption—paying off the nation’s sins—became the moral imperative of a new political and cultural liberalism. President Lyndon Johnson turned redemption into a kind of activism: the Great Society, the War on Poverty, school busing, liberalized welfare policies, affirmative action, and so on.  …

Here we see redemptive liberalism’s great ingenuity: it seized proprietorship over innocence itself. It took on the power to grant or deny moral legitimacy across society. Liberals were free of the past while conservatives longed to resurrect it, bigotry and all. What else could “Make America Great Again” mean? In this way redemptive liberalism reshaped the moral culture of the entire Western world with sweeping idealisms like “diversity,” which are as common today in Europe as in America.

Well, that all sounds familiar. Donald J. Trump, who was never accused of being racist until he became president, is accused of being “racist” dozens, if not hundreds, of times every day. His remark about “s–t hole countries” was immediately seized upon as proof of his racism. Substituting the ‘S’-word for the “Hell-hole” that many people had been using for years, could only refer to skin color in the African, Asian or Middle Eastern countries that were suffering from bad or evil governance, poverty, starvation and brutality – and simply was
more evidence of racism. Thus we celebrate diversity, genderism, sexism, gender fluidity, women (but not men), open borders, want ICE eliminated. Americans with all the opportunity envied all over the world want to celebrate black victimhood instead

You see, Leftists are the good people who are trying to redeem us from the evils of racism, sexiism, homophobism and bigotry — because America is not the freest nation in the world, where you are offerred the chance to make of yourself whatever you strive for, but a biggoted, cruel nation that slaughtered the indigenous peoples, stole their lands, practiced slavery, and where we all live under a cloud of continuing injustice. Surely you have read how awful we are – the Leftist media tells us so every day.

Our colleges and universities turn out students convinced of that vision, and unfamiliar with our Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and what that means, insists that it is not our actions that matter, but what we say. They are there to redeem us from our past, by removing our history. They just tried to demonstrate their opposition to Confederate monuments in North Carolina by damaging a statue of General Lee, only it was General William E. Lee, a World War II hero, not their intended Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Dummies couldn’t even tell the difference in uniform. In their drive for American redemption the Left is trying to rob us of our history as well.

You have probably seen the hilarious videos of Democrats all using exactly the same words at the same time, proving that they were told which words to use. They do have a propaganda shop that chooses the proper words for Democrats to use, chosen for their effectiveness and adherence to the party line. “Little children ripped from their mother’s arms” is the one that comes most readily to mind, but they are myriad. When one of the leaders errs, and uses an unfortunate word, you will never hear it again. Democrats are the good people trying to redeem America, and the rest of us are bigots, Hitler, racists, racists, and racists.

There are actually more Conservatives in the country than Liberals, but Democrats’ most important voting groups are Blacks and Hispanics. Oddly enough, many of Hispanic heritage came here legally, and oppose illegal immigration as much as the rest of us.  When Obama created his highly illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program)  those with Hispanic surnames were polled for their reactions, and most said the kids should be sent back home. 

So that’s where we are. Republicans are delighted with the booming economy, plentiful jobs, the lowest Black unemployment ever, growing opportunity, expanding oil supplies, and growing manufacturing. The evidence of racism, whether it is Jussie Smolett or overpaid NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem, or finding anyone in the past who, like Al Jolson, once wore blackface and sang Southern songs, or spoke about fried chicken or watermelon inappropritely, seems staged and a celebration of Black victimhood.  Democrats cannot allow Blacks to notice that  a Republican president is doing for American Blacks what the first Black American president could not manage to do.




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