The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Shelby Steele
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Essay Topic 1

What did Steele say about the race relations conversation between opposing views? How does it help aid the negative issues of race relations? How does it hinder the progress of moving beyond the negative issues of race relations?

Essay Topic 2

Steele mentioned the struggle for racial power is really a struggle for innocence. How do whites portray this innocence? How do blacks portray this innocence? Give specific examples mentioned in the book. How do the two racial groups believe the acquisition of innocence would benefit their own races?

Essay Topic 3

According to Steele, blacks deal with the feeling of powerlessness in two ways: challenging and bargaining. Define what these two terms mean. What is the purpose of taking on these attitudes? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two? Who are some examples mentioned in the book of people who 'challenge or bargain'?

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