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Hoover Digest articles by Shelby Steele

January 30, 2000

We Shall Overcome—by Merit

The trouble with affirmative action is that it assumes that membership in a minority group is a handicap in itself. Hoover fellow Shelby Steele argues that the best way to level the playing field is to insist on the same rules for everyone.

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April 30, 1999

Race and Responsibility

Thirty-one years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Hoover fellow Shelby Steele explains why King’s dream remains unfulfilled.

January 30, 1999

The Loneliness of the “Black Conservative”

Hoover fellow Shelby Steele on the price of his convictions.

April 30, 1997

Black Students Need to Be Taught, Not Indoctrinated

Black students need to be given good teaching and held to high academic expectations. They don't need ebonics. By Hoover fellow Shelby Steele.

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April 30, 1997

Shamed by the Same Sad History

Hoover fellow Shelby Steele argues that the thought of ending affirmative action scares all Americans, black and white. We cannot end racial preferences until we look our fears in the face.

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April 30, 1996

Shelby Steele: The Content of His Character

Hoover fellow Shelby Steele talks about his opposition to affirmative action, his upbringing, and his hopes for black Americans. An interview with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

January 30, 1996

Race and the Curse of Good Intentions

Racists treat whites and blacks differently in the name of white supremacy. President Bill Clinton does so in the name of affirmative action. According to Hoover fellow Shelby Steele, one is as wrong as the other.

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