"According to Steele, the liberalism that grew out of the 1960s had as its first and all-consuming goal the expiation of American guilt rather than the careful development of true equality between the races ... In four densely argued essays, Steele takes on the familiar questions of affirmative action, multiculturalism, diversity, Afro-centrism, group preferences, victimization -- and what he deems to be the atavistic powers of race, ethnicity, and gender."--Jacket.… (more)
But there is also an American Negro tradition which teaches one to deflect racial provocation and to master and contain pain. It is a tradition which abhors as obscene any trading on one's anguish for gain or sympathy; which springs not from a desire to deny the harshness of existence but from a will to deal with it as men at their best have always done. Ralph Ellison, Shadow and Act
Try to remember that human dignity is an absolute, not a piecemeal notion; that it is inconsistent with special pleading.... Should you find this argument a bit on the heady side, think at least that by considering yourself a victim you but enlarge the vacuum of irresponsibility that demons or demagogues love so much to fill... Maybe the real civility, Mr. President, is not to create illusions. Joseph Brodsky, On Grief and Reason
What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/ Like a raisin in the sun?/Or fester like a sore-/ And then run?/ Does it stink like rotten meat/ Or crust and sugar over-/Like a syrupy sweet?/ Maybe it just sags/ Like a heavy load/ Or does it explode? Langston Hughes, "Dream Deferred"