I was reading the latest edition of the American Enterprise, and they had an interesting interview with Shelby Steele. For a complete transcript of the interview, click here.
I was really intrigued by a few quotes that I wanted to throw out there for discussion:
TAE: Should Affirmative Action be abolished?
STEELE: Affirmative Action and all of its sundry manifestations should be completely eliminated. It stigmatizes all blacks, and it's not voluntary. One of the real cruelties of affirmative action is that whether we want it or not, it is imposed on us, simply because of the color of our skin. You don't get to opt out.
You shouldn't be able to go onto campus and have a separate black graduation ceremony, a separate black student union, a black studies department. Why do I get all these racial things, but you can't have them? Why?
TAE: How does political correctness affect black Americans?
STEELE: Political correctness is an outgrowth of white guilt. It's a way for guilty-feeling whites to constantly indicate that they're not racist, not colonialists, not imperialists, not warmongers, and so on. It's a kind of ritualization of life by which some whites free themselves of the stigma that history has left them. History has left whites stigmatized as racists, just like blacks were stigmatized as inferior. Both of those are irrational conclusions, but that's how stigma works. And political correctness is the way to address that.
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