Shelby Steele on our Post-Modern Race Problem

Shelby Steele provides yet another insightful discussion of America’s race problem as it stands today. Not an entirely flattering picture of Obama (and even less of those who voted for him to show they were not racist), for sure. But I do think he identifies one of the things that makes our current racial situation so hard to deal with. Here’s an excerpt:

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.

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