发信人: makejian (马克坚(322克谢长廷)), 信区: USANews
标 题: Re: 今天WSJ一片非常好的文章The Obama Bargain
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Wed Mar 19 11:08:40 2008)
This article is brilliant. I searched the author and found his Wiki
Shelby Steele (born 1946, Chicago) is an American author, columnist,
documentary film maker, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at
Stanford University, specialising in the study of race relations,
multiculturalism and affirmative action. He received a Ph.D. in English from
the University of Utah, an M.A. in sociology from Southern Illinois
University, and a B.A. in political science from Coe College.
In 1990, Steele received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the
general non-fiction category for his book The Content of Our Character.
He won an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award for his 1991 documentary film with
Frontline Seven Days in Bensonhurst.
His twin brother is Claude Steele.
Steele is a self-described Black conservative. He opposes movements such as
affirmative action, which he considers to be unsuccessful liberal campaigns
to promote equal opportunity for African-Americans. He contends that blacks
have been "twice betrayed": first, by slavery and oppression, and second, by
group preferences mandated by the government that cause blacks to lose
Steele believes that the use of victimization is the greatest hindrance for
black Americans. In his view, white Americans see blacks as victims to ease
their guilty conscience, while blacks attempt to turn their status as
victims into a kind of currency with no purchasing power. Therefore, he
claims, blacks must stop "buying into this zero-sum game" by adopting a "
culture of excellence and achievement" without relying on "set-asides and
====== ON Barack Obama ======
Steele has written a short book which contains Steele's analysis of Barack
Obama's character as a child born to a mixed couple who then has to grow as
a black man. Steele then concludes that Barack Obama is a "bound man" to his
"black identity." Steele gives this description of his conclusion:
"There is a price to be paid even for fellow-traveling with a racial
identity as politicized and demanding as today’s black identity. This
identity wants to take over a greater proportion of the self than other
racial identities do. It wants to have its collective truth-its defining
ideas of grievance and protest-become personal truth.... These are the
identity pressures that Barack Obama lives within. He is vulnerable to them
because he has hungered for a transparent black identity much of his life.
He needs to 'be black.' And this hunger—no matter how understandable it may
be—means that he is not in a position to reject the political liberalism
inherent in his racial identity. For Obama liberalism is blackness."
Don Wycliff, editor of the Chicago Tribune, reviewed Steele's book and
disagreed with his analysis of Barack noting that:
"[as] I read his essay, I found myself thinking that Steele was trapped
in a time warp, that his knowledge of the currents of thought and attitude
among black people stopped sometime around 1990. Less charitably, I found
myself thinking that the egregious Al Sharpton is not the only one with an
investment in a static view of American race relations....It apparently
never occurs to Steele that for a man a generation younger than himself the
terms of blackness might be different, that the “totalitarian” demands he
[Steele] encountered in the ’60s might no longer prevail, that Barack Obama
’s mixed-race experience might actually be different than Shelby Steele’s."
【 在 tokyo (HP fan) 的大作中提到: 】
: The Obama Bargain
: By SHELBY STEELE
: March 18, 2008; Page A23
: Geraldine Ferraro may have had sinister motives when she said that Barack
: Obama would not be "in his position" as a frontrunner but for his race.
: Possibly she was acting as Hillary Clinton's surrogate. Or maybe she was
: simply befuddled by this new reality -- in which blackness could
: a political advantage.
: [The Obama Bargain]
※ 修改:·makejian 於 Mar 19 11:17:32 2008 修改本文·[FROM: 63.64.]