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A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America

by Shelby Steele

Harper Collins

185, January

Hardcover, 24.00

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From the author of the award-winning bestseller The Content of Our Character comes a new essay collection that tells the untold story behind the polarized racial politics in America today.

In his new book Shelby Steele argues that a second betrayal of black freedom in the United States–the first one being segregation–emerged from the civil rights era when the country was overtaken by a powerful impulse to redeem itself from racial shame. According to Steele, the liberalism that grew out of the 1960s had as its first and all-consuming goal the expiation of American guilt rather than the careful development of true equality between the races. This "culture of preference" betrayed America’s best principles in order to give whites and American institutions an iconography of racial virtue they could use against the stigma of racial shame. In four densely argued essays, Steele takes on the familiar questions of affirmative action, multiculturalism, diversity, Afro-centrism, group preferences, victimization–and what he deems to be the atavistic powers of race, ethnicity, and gender, the original causes of oppression. A Dream Deferred is an honest, courag
eous look at the perplexing dilemma of race and democracy in the United States–and what we might do to resolve it.

Table of Contents
The Loneliness of the “Black Conservative”
Wrestling with Stigma
Liberal Bias and the Zone of Decency
The New Sovereignty

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