In this controversial essay collection, award-winning writer Shelby Stelle illuminates the origins of the current conflict in race relations--the increase in anger, mistrust, and even violence between black and whites. With candor and persuasive argument, he shows us how both black and white Americans have become trapped into seeing color before character, and how social policies designed to lessen racial inequities have instead increased them. "The Content of Our Character" is neither "liberal" nor "conservative, " but an honest, courageous look at America's most enduring and wrenching social dilemma.
Shelby Steele is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, and is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. His many prizes and honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and the National Humanities Medal.
"One of the best books on race in America to appear in the past twenty-five years.""-- Wall Street Journal""If you read no other book...make it Shelby Steele's "The Content of Our Character.""-- George Will, "Newsweek""The perfect voice of reason in a sea of hate."-- "Los Angeles Times""Steele has given eloquent voice to painful truths that are almost always left unspoken in the nation's circumscribed public discourse on race."-- "New York Times""Steele's skill compares with that of James Baldwin, Richard Wright, or Frederick Douglass."-- "Chicago Tribune""Elegant, personal pieces. Brilliant."-- "New York" magazine