The cult of “conservative nonwhites,” cont.
Russell W. writes:
Today Dennis Prager had Shelby Steele on his radio show to discuss his White Guilt book. I was lucky enough to call and be one of only two callers who made it on the air (the other was the same intensely angry black guy your previous correspondent mentioned had called the Michael Medved show and berated Steele).I applaud Russell for confronting Prager and Steele on this. I’m sure it was a point that neither Prager nor any of his listeners had ever thought of before. It’s a shame that Steele didn’t have a chance to reply. However, I must say that if Steele were serious about combating false white guilt, then when Prager kept saying that “This book is doubly important because it’s written by a black man,” Steele would have said, “Mr. Prager, when you say that this book is more important because it’s written by a black person, you are saying that whites don’t have the moral legitimacy to speak about race, and thus you are feeding into the paralyzing white guilt that I’m saying our society must overcome.” Either Steele is so superficial in his own thinking that this problem didn’t occur to him, or, as I’ve previously suggested, his purpose is not to relieve whites of racial guilt but to pile it on top of them until they suffocate. That was certainly the impression I got from his last article, with its unrelenting attack on “white supremacy” as the central principle of our civilization. And if that’s the case, then of course Steele would not come to your side on the “conservative nonwhites” issue. He himself is using his status as a conservative nonwhite to cripple whites and advance himself.
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