Shelby Steele Says It Out Loud: Whites Not Equal In The New America
order Sam Francis` new monograph, Ethnopolitics:
Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future]
"I do not like the Confederate flag," black
Shelby Steele informed the readers of the Wall
Street Journal last week in a long commentary on
Vermont ex-governor Howard Dean`s
recent remark that he wanted to be "the candidate
for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks."
"It excludes me, profoundly," Mr. Steele
Howard! Why did Dean have to embrace the Confederate
flag? November 13, 2003]
It seems to follow that whatever excludes him—hotels
and restaurants he can`t afford, your private home, most
nations on the face of the earth—he dislikes.
But what was important about Mr. Steele`s
pontification is not what it said about him or the flag
but what it says about white people.
Misinterpreting Mr. Dean`s remark as an effort to use
"identity to seek political power in precisely the
same way that Rev. Al Sharpton does," Mr. Steele
went on to ruminate about why there is no white identity
in American politics, even though, as he freely
acknowledged, there are certainly non-white identities”
Mr. Steele wrote,
"In fact both parties
gain an indispensable moral authority by doing so. But
it is absolutely verboten for either party, or any white
candidate, to appeal to whites as a racial identity
group. Racial identity is simply forbidden to whites in
America and across the entire Western world. Black
children today are hammered with the idea of racial
identity and pride, yet racial pride in whites
constitutes a grave evil. Say `I`m white and I`m proud`
and you are a
Those who have said it know Mr. Steele is quite
right, and so does
Mr. Dean, even though that`s not what he said.
There is therefore a "double standard on race"
in this country—it`s OK for non-whites to have a racial
identity, but not
OK for whites, let alone to base a political
movement on white identity.
Moreover, Mr. Steele sees nothing wrong with the
double standard, though he does understand it needs a
His justification is predictable—whites are just too
evil to be trusted with racial identity:
"No group in recent
history has more aggressively seized power in the name
of its racial superiority than Western whites. This race
illustrated for all time—through
Nazism—the extraordinary human evil that follows
when great power is joined to an atavistic sense of
superiority and destiny. This is why today`s whites, the
world over, cannot openly have a racial identity."
But in the first place, it is simply a lie—not just a
lie but a whopper of titanic dimensions—that whites have
the kind of monopoly on evil Mr. Steele attributes to
slavery and "racism"
have been at least as common among non-whites as whites,
and indeed until the
superior technologies created by whites began
yielding global power, whites were mainly on the
receiving end of racial aggression—from Asians,
Mongols and others.
On its merits, Mr. Steel`s nakedly anti-white claim
that whites illustrate for all time an
"extraordinary evil" is not only flapdoodle but in
fact illustrates his point—white racial identity, let
alone pride, is forbidden.
white controlled newspaper like the Wall Street
Journal would never have published his little gob
of racial spit at all.
But the larger truth is that no one does forbid
whites to have a racial identity—except whites
witch hunters in the world could not stop whites
from resisting their coming dispossession and the not
racial tyranny they face from the emerging non-white
and anti-white majority if they wanted to do so.
What does it tell us that every other race and ethnic
group can and does develop a group consciousness and
pursues political power based on it, but
And what does the additional fact that whites are
becoming a numerical minority in this country
suggest is going to happen once they become a minority?
If you think—as Mr. Steele seems to—that
whites are evil and other races aren`t, then not to
If you know that non-whites are
at least as capable of
"extraordinary human evil" as whites, then the
lack of racial identity among whites as a means of
protecting themselves against their racial aggressors
just might be a problem—at least for whites.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website.
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]