White Guilt

White Guilt

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

Book - 2006
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Since the civil rights victories of the 1960s, our governments and universities, eager to avoid charges of racism, have made a show of taking responsibility for the problems of black Americans. In doing so, Steele asserts, they have only further exploited blacks, viewing them always as victims, never as equals. This phenomenon, which he calls white guilt, is a way for whites to keep up appearances, to feel righteous, and to acquire an easy moral authority--all without addressing the real underlying problems. Steele argues that calls for diversity and programs of affirmative action serve only to stigmatize minorities, portraying them not as capable individuals but as people defined by their membership in a group for which exceptions must be made. Through his articulate analysis 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060578626
0060578629
Branch Call Number: 305.896 S814w 2006
Characteristics: viii, 181 pages ; 22 cm

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