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A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America

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From the author of the award-winning bestseller The Content of Our Character comes a new essay collection that tells the untold story behind the polarized racial politics in America today. In A Dream Deferred Shelby Steele argues that a second betrayal of black freedom in the United States--the first one being segregation--emerged from the civil rights era when the country ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 1999 by Harper Perennial (first published 1998)
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Cassidy Beamer
Dec 20, 2016 Cassidy Beamer rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because Steele's view on racial disparities and how the government handles them is unlike anything I have ever heard of or read before. The only thing I disliked this book is Steele's use of eloquent language to describe simple practices. This book helped me grow as a person because it forced me to consider how acts of intervention such as affirmative action and group preferences may actually make it harder to achieve equality among all races. I would recommend this book to a ...more
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Dec 18, 2011 Frederick Glaysher rated it it was amazing
A Dream Deferred. The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America. Shelby Steele[return][return]Reawakening the Dream…. December 7, 2000[return][return]This morning, sometime around three or four AM, I woke up thinking about Shelby Steele’s A Dream Deferred. I read it a number of months ago and have been wanting to write a brief note about it. There are so few intelligent, reasonable, sane voices speaking about racial matters in America I feel it as a duty to try to acknowledge those who are so ...more
Now this is the REAL discussion on race that America needs to have with itself...
A DREAM DEFERRED is a brilliant analysis of how the civil rights movement became corrupted for political gain. It explains how racial discrimination remains alive and well in modern America under the guise of "diversity" and "racial preferences," and how African Americans have lost control of their own destinies by not taking responsibility for problems within their own communities.
Shelby also chides white Americans
Sep 27, 2009 Cedric rated it really liked it
Basically Shelby Steele cops to premises (historically, about what happened to black people in America) but then comes to entirely different conclusions than most black people about what the remedies ought to be. He's entitled- I simply disagree. I constantly found myself saying "ok, ok, ok, ok, WTF?" Good read though. Very interesting. And this same review applies to "Content of our Character..." Basically an expanded rerun of "Content's" precepts.
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May 23, 2015 Theophilus (Theo) rated it liked it
Written by a self-confessed black conservative, the book acknowledges the multitude of grievances felt in the African American community, but places the onus on us to bring ourselves up. The title is taken from a Langston Hughes poem. If a people's dream is kept from being reached for so long, does that dream just "dry up like a raisin in the sun?"
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One of my favorite books. It brings a another perspective of affirmative action and addresses stigmas that both races face.
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Shelby Steele (born January 1, 1946) is an African American author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, specialising in the study of race relations, multiculturalism and affirmative action. In 1990, he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the general nonfiction category for his book The Cont ...more
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