The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Shelby Steele
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Introduction

• As per Steele, the discussion of race relations is more about political correctness than true feelings.
• Steele said racism is the greatest barrier to black progress.
• Although people are different in terms of race and have different life experiences, the processes that drives the way people think is the same, in Steele's opinion.

Chapter 1, I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent?, Race and Power in an Era of Blame

• According to Steele, the ongoing battle between blacks and whites for racial power is really a battle for innocence.
• Steele believes that in order to deal with the feeling of powerlessness, blacks react in one of two ways, bargaining or challenging.
• The issues of racial tension will only be resolved if all focus on moral consciousness rather than racial consciousness, said Steele.

Chapter 2, Race-Holding

• It has been Steele's experience that many middle class blacks, including Steele, may be seen...

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