Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Shelby Steele on Race in America

Many of the conservatives I know, and I have often used the phrase myself, often refer to our president as The Emporer who has no clothes. Liberals like to refer to us who do not agree with the president as racists. What will they call Mr. Steele?
Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem
America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest: the racism of whites toward blacks. Old fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace.
The essence of our new "post-modern" race problem can be seen in the parable of the emperor's new clothes. The emperor was told by his swindling tailors that people who could not see his new clothes were stupid and incompetent...
It was finally a mere child who said, "The emperor has no clothes."...
America's primary race problem today is our new "sophistication" around racial matters. Political correctness is a compendium of sophistications in which we join ourselves to obvious falsehoods ("diversity") and refuse to see obvious realities (the irrelevance of diversity to minority development). I would argue further that Barack Obama's election to the presidency of the United States was essentially an American sophistication, a national exercise in seeing what was not there and a refusal to see what was there—all to escape the stigma not of stupidity but of racism.
Read it all. I'm afraid we have a president who has no clothes when it comes to knowing how to govern America, or even what we are all about.

1 comment:

  1. There is a real problem with people who don't agree with the president using racist terms and jokes though. I've seen it and it is gut-wrenching.