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Shelby Steele

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The Resume

    (January 1, 1946- )
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Black conservative
    Research fellow for the Hoover Institute at Stanford University
    Op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Harper's
    Wrote 'The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America' (1991), 'A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America' (1999) and 'White Guilt: How Blacks and White Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era' (2006)

Why he might be annoying:

    He dislikes being described as a conservative, saying he prefers 'classical liberal.'
    He titled a book, 'Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win' (2007).
    After Obama proved he could win, he dismissed the title as a 'marketing device' that he put 'about 30 seconds' of thought into.
    He called Obama voters 'obsessed with race' while writing a book about him that analyzes him almost entirely in terms of racial identity.
    He suggested that he has a special insight into Obama's psychology because they're both biracial.
    He said, 'In a sense, Hilary is blacker than Barack.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    He began buying his own clothes in 7th grade (using money from a paper route) and largely paid his own way through college.
    When a landlord refused to rent an apartment to him and his wife because they're an interracial couple, he successfully sued, noting 'It was something I learned from my family. You never walk away. The laws are only good if you use them.'
    Formerly a traditional liberal, he began rethinking his views on race when a colleague at San Jose State assumed that as a black man he would automatically support a course in ethnic literature.
    He is opposed to affirmative action, arguing that it stigmatizes black achievements.
    He won a National Book Award for 'The Content of Our Character.'
    He won an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award for the PBS documentary 'Seven Days in Bensonhurst' (1991).

Credit: C. Fishel


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2021, Out of 17 Votes: 88.24% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 17 Votes: 5.88% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 12 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying