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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Assuming Responsibility Is The Only Way

Postscript to the post below. Shelby Steele in the WSJ saw the helplessness of his fellow blacks and was shamed at their complete need for government's help. How to break the culture of need? Steele writes:

The black shame of inferiority (the result of oppression, not genetics) cannot be overcome with anything less than a heroic assumption of responsibility on the part of black Americans. In fact, true equality--an actual parity of wealth and ability between the races--is now largely a black responsibility. This may not be fair, but historical fairness--of the sort that resolves history's injustices--is an idealism that now plagues black America by making black responsibility seem an injustice.

...Nevertheless, if New Orleans is a wake-up call to government, it is also a wake-up call to black America. If we want to finally erase the inferiority that oppression left us with, we have to first of all acknowledge it to ourselves, as whites did with their racism. Our scrupulous witness of whites helped them become more and more responsible for resisting the shame of racism.

And our open acknowledgment of our underdevelopment will clearly give whites a power of witness over us. It will mean that whites can hold us accountable for overcoming inferiority as we hold them accountable for overcoming racism.

1 Comments:

At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read »

 

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