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The Hoover Institution’s Shelby Steele called out the “white guilt exploitation of black pain” and wondered if Joe Biden really cares about the problems facing black Americans.
The author and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution spoke with Fox News host Martha MacCallum about the protests and violence across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death, arguing that problems facing the black community have left them dependent on liberals and the Democratic Party.
(Source: Fox News)
“We live in, for a lack of a better term, a white guilt world,” Steele said on “The Story” Tuesday, reacting to a video clip of Biden that was shared at the funeral of George Floyd in Houston.
“What is Mr. Biden doing? Does he really deeply care about black America and the problems that we have, or is he using our pain as a kind of advertisement of his own moral vanity?” Steele wondered.
The former vice president had spoken to Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, in the video message played at the funeral.
“Looking through your eyes, we should also be asking ourselves why the answer is so often too cruel and painful,” Biden said. “Why, in this nation, do too many black Americans wake up knowing that they could lose their life in the course of just living their life? Why does justice not roll like a river or righteousness like a mighty stream?”
Steele, the author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country,” called out the Democratic presidential nominee and his party.
“Does he know anything at all, really, about the difficulties that black Americans face now, many of which have nothing in the world to do with racism?” Steele asked.
“Well, it is that sort of white guilt exploitation of black pain. It’s not dissimilar to what segregation did, it also exploited blacks in a much more obvious way,” he told MacCallum.
“In either case, we end up as blacks dependent on what people like Joe Biden, the Democratic Party, American liberalism, what those things do,” he said. “We in a sense are dependent on them, and we are trained and encouraged to see our opportunity through them.”
Steele thought that Biden’s message and Al Sharpton’s eulogy at Floyd’s funeral could have been more positive in honoring black Americans.
“What happened in Minneapolis is an obvious tragedy. But it is not something that is going to interrupt our greatness…and it tells us all the more clearly that we have to be the engineers of our fate. We have to be the agents of our fate in America,” he said.
“And we have earned again over the centuries, we have earned the respect of other Americans, and we need to go with that, to like ourselves, to respect ourselves, and stop continually trying to solicit the Joe Bidens of the world and that corrupt symbiosis with white guilt, thinking that that is our way ahead,” Steele elaborated. “It is not our way ahead, we are our own best resource. And we’ve got to focus more on that.”
MacCallum asked about his belief that there has “never been a better opportunity for African-Americans in the United States,” to which Steel reiterated that there are “opportunities absolutely everywhere,” noting that the segregation and racism he experienced growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s is “over with.”
“We have got to get past the dwelling in our history of victimization, and we have to move into freedom. And seize it. Make something out of it,” he said. “It breaks my heart to see young people, Black Lives Matter, angry and still going over this victimization as though that is the truth of who we are as a people…what a sad way to think of yourself.”