Analysis Of The Age Of White Guilt And The Disappearance Of The Black Individual

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White Guilt
J.C. Watts, a former U.S. Representative, states “I 'm not one that believes that affirmative action should be based on one 's skin color or one 's gender, I think it should be done based on one 's need…” This idea that affirmative action, a societal way of helping those in need, should not be based on ethnicity is supported by esteemed author Shelby Steele. Shelby Steele, the author of “The Age of White Guilt and the Disappearance of the Black Individual”, claims that Blacks have self-victimized their own group and that Whites are plagued with “White Guilt” –the idea that someone has to prove that they are not a racist. The discussion of racial disparity in American society is a hot topic, but Steele is able to quench the flames as a man of academia and an African American himself. Shelby Steele criticizes protest in current times stating “the real difference between my parents and myself was that they protested in an age of white racism and I protested in an age of white guilt.” Through the advancements of these groups protesting in a time which Steele thinks is not plagued by organized racism, Steel says that “[Blacks] embraced protest as permanent identity in order to capture the fruit’s of white guilt on an ongoing basis” This capturing of fruits proves to be damaging as it creates a “mismatch [that] causes blacks to abandon [science or engineering] at twice the rate of white” Steele’s arguments are compelling and resolute. Steele uses anecdotal evidence…

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