The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Topics for Discussion

Shelby Steele
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Explains Steele's concept of racial "innocence" and how it relates to racial guilt and racial vulnerability.

Explain Steele's concept of race-holding. Do you think the concept makes sense? Do you think it applies to the black community in the way Steele thinks it does?

What does Steele believe was good about the black power movement? Why does he think it was inevitable? What are Steele's criticisms of the black power movement? Do you find them convincing?

What do you think of Steele's analysis of the psychology of the black community? Or the white community?

What is Steele's critique of affirmative action?

What did you think of Steele's analysis of campus life for blacks and whites? Explain in detail.

Outline Steele's conception of recomposing the self. Does it make sense? Is it relevant to black struggles?

What is "enemy-memory"? How does Steele think it hurts...

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