A Bound Man
Why We are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win Library ed [CD-Audio/MP3 Edition]
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Bound Man by Shelby Steele
Book DescriptionFrom the New York Times bestselling and controversial author Shelby Steele comes an illuminating examination of the complex racial issues that confront presidential candidate Barack Obama in his race for the White House, a quest that will be one of those galvanizing occasions that forces a national dialogue on the current state of race relations in America. Steele argues that Senator Obama is caught between two classic postures that blacks have always used to make their way in the white American mainstream: bargaining and challenging. Bargainers strike a "bargain" with white America in which they say, "I will not rub America's ugly history of racism in your face if you will not hold my race against me." Bill Cosby's sitcom in the 1980s was the classic example of bargaining. Obama also sends "bargaining" signals to white America, and whites respond with considerable gratitude-which explains the special aura of excitement that surrounds him. But in order to garner the black vote-which is absolutely necessary for victory in the primaries and the general election-Obama must also posture as a challenger. Challengers are the opposite of bargainers. They charge whites with inherent racism and then demand that they prove themselves innocent by supporting black-friendly policies, such as affirmative action. If whites go along with this-thereby proving their innocence-they are granted absolution by the black challenger. The current black American identity is grounded in challenging. Obama must therefore posture as a challenger to win the black vote. However, challenging threatens Obama's white support. But bargaining threatens his black support. Thus, he is bound. He walks in an impossible political territory where any expression of what he truly feels puts him in jeopardy with one much-needed constituency or another. Only a kind of two-sided political mask, or an "above politics" posture, keeps the wolves at bay.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400136032
(165mm x 172mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Tantor Media, Inc
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shelby Steele
Bound Man, Paperback (December 2013)
From "New York Times" bestselling and controversial author Steele comes the illuminating examination of the complex racial issues surrounding presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Dream Deferred, Paperback (January 2000)
In this text, Shelby Steele argues that a second betrayal of black freedom in the United States emerged from the civil rights era when the country was overtaken by a powerful impulse to redeem itself from the racial shame.
Content of Our Character, Paperback (September 1991)» View all books by Shelby Steele
In this collection of essays, award-winning writer Shelby Steele shows the reader how both black and white Americans have become trapped into seeing colour before character, and how social policies designed to lessen racial differences have instead made them greater.
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Author Biography - Shelby Steele
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author of "The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America." Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for "Audiofile" and "Library Journal."
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