Shelby Steele: “Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed Than They Are Today”

Yesterday on “TNN Live,” we talked a bit about the realities of “systemic racism” in institutions and corporations. I remember hearing (a year or so ago) Rush Limbaugh live on the “Breakfast Club” morning show in New York. The show is very popular and is hosted by African American announcers and others. The purpose of Limbaugh being on the show was to discuss White America and Black America and inequities between the two groups, systemic racism came up in the conversation.

Let’s cut right to the chase: “systems” nor “institutions” can even BE racist! Let me explain. Banks are institutions. Universities are as well. Can a bank or a university be racist? We certainly see racism displayed in banks and universities. But the racism is NOT embedded in either institution. It exists within the people who are part of each institution!

“People” are racist, not companies or churches, or colleges, or schools, etc. But people who work within each of these can be, and many ARE racist.

This has opened a door — and at a key period in time facing the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis — for us to address these and other race questions.

We often have the chance to bring to you writers who sometimes share OUR beliefs, sometimes they don’t. We do this so that all our partners have the opportunity of absorbing some of the “other side’s” thoughts and opinions on today’s greatest issues. Who can argue that race, racism, and race relations are notTHE largest issues in the U.S?

Today, we introduce to you Shelby Steele. Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994. Steele has written widely on race in American society and the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations.

Steele holds a PhD in English from the University of Utah, an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in political science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Meet Shelby Steele

While discussing the civil unrest in America sparked by the killing of George Floyd, author and civil rights expert Shelby Steele said “systemic racism” is a “corruption” because “blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today.”

Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, also said if we were serious about problems in black communities, we would ask black Americans why they are not carrying their “own weight” instead of blaming nearly everything on racism.

There was “no black underclass” in the United States prior to the 1960s, said Steele. “That’s a new phenomenon,” which has been fostered in part by federal government programs, such as public housing.

Steele made his remarks on the June 7 edition of Life, Liberty & Levin, hosted by conservative Mark Levin on FNC.

After discussing whether the current protests and riots are some kind of civil rights movement, Steele said, “When people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement.”


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