Shelby Steele For Harvard President!
PCR 01-08-02 CS Harvard
Harvard needs a new president. My candidate is Shelby
After only a few weeks in office, Harvard`s current
president, Larry Summers, has been emasculated by Jesse
Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Afro-American Studies
Mr. Summers tried to rehabilitate academic standards,
but Harvard`s Afro-American Studies profs prefer cutting
rap CDs, advising Al Sharpton and handing out high
grades. They let Mr. Summers know that he could accept
their secession from accountability or they would play
the race card.
The aptly named Dr. Steele, a scholar at Stanford, has
the backbone needed for the Harvard presidency. As he is
black himself, race cards won`t work on him.
Moreover, Steele understands the problem. “Whites lack
the authority to say what they see,” says Steele. Facts
have to be denied if the facts can be accused of
“insensitivity” to blacks. Consequently, whites cannot
enforce standards and have become silent throughout the
educational system as mediocrity destroys excellence.
The outcome is disastrous: “The public schools are all
but devastated, universities are stunted by ideology,
corporations are more unctuous than churches, the media
are more unctuous yet, and American politicians–of left
and right–speak in barren clichés.”
“The vacuum in white authority,” says Steele, is
Mediocrity rules. Victimology replaces fact-based
learning as muted whites fear to prod blacks to serious
achievement. The universities and public schools have
become extensions of the welfare system where blacks
learn to “live off the largesse of white guilt.”
Think about it. What kind of soldiers would recruits
make if sergeants were deferential?
As the case of Larry Summers has proven, no white person
can revitalize Harvard scholarship and push black
students and faculty to their best performance. But
Shelby Steele can. If Harvard led the way, other
universities might follow.
On that note, I have black candidates for two more Ivy
League universities where academic standards are
drowning in white guilt: Thomas Sowell for president of
Princeton and Walter Williams for president of Yale.
These three appointments would revitalize learning in
With blacks as presidents, these three universities could
dispense with their fraudulent Afro-American Studies
departments. These departments teach blacks to hate
whites, whites to hate themselves, and spend the
remainder of their efforts agitating for slavery
A case can be made that whites have been paying
reparations for decades under the pseudonyms of welfare
and Social Security disability. Indeed, many of the
whites paying the reparations are taxed as severe as
19th century slaves.
Americans think of slaves as people forced to work in
cotton fields. Some did, but others worked in urban
environments in homes and factories. Others known as
“free agents” entered the labor force and were paid
wages. As today, their wages were subjected to
withholding, which was remitted to their owners, whereas
our withheld wages go to the IRS.
The tax rate was high, but not so burdensome as to
prevent slaves from saving enough to purchase their
freedom, something we cannot do from the IRS today. In
this one respect, a 19th century slave was better off
than a 21st century American taxpayer.
There are a lot of victims in a country, and they are
not all black. We could do something about the black and
white victims of shoddy education. All we need is Shelby
Steele as president of Harvard to lead the way.
Craig Roberts is the author (with Lawrence M. Stratton)
Line : How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy