Shelby Steele

Non-Fiction Author

Shelby Steele was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on January 1st, 1946 and is the Non-Fiction Author. At the age of 77, Shelby Steele biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1946
United States
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois, United States
77 years old
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Journalist, Sociologist
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University of UtahSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Coe College
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Steele has been called a black conservative. He opposes policies such as affirmative action, which he considers to be unsuccessful liberal campaigns to promote equal opportunity for African Americans. He contends that blacks have been "twice betrayed:" first by slavery and oppression and then by group preferences mandated by the government, which discourage self-agency and personal responsibility in blacks.

Steele believes that the use of victimization is the greatest hindrance for black Americans. In his view, white Americans see blacks as victims to ease their guilty conscience, and blacks attempt to turn their status as victims into a kind of currency that will purchase nothing of real or lasting value. Therefore, he claims, blacks must stop "buying into this zero-sum game" by adopting a "culture of excellence and achievement" without relying on "set-asides and entitlements."

Steele wrote a short book, A Bound Man: Why We are Excited about Obama and Why He Can't Win, published in December 2007. The book contained Steele's analysis of Barack Obama's character as a child born to a mixed couple who then had to grow as a black man. Steele concluded that Obama is a "bound man" to his "black identity." Steele gives this description of his conclusion:

After Obama won the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Steele defended the content of the book and claimed its subtitle was a marketing device motivated by the publisher which he came up with "in about 30 seconds." He explains Obama's victory by likening him to Louis Armstrong who donned the "bargainer's mask" in his bid for white acceptance. In his analysis, he takes whites, whom he claims have for decades been stigmatized as racist and had to prove they are not, "off the hook."

On Uncommon Knowledge, an interview program for the Hoover Institute hosted by Peter Robinson, he said: "White America has made tremendous moral progress since the '60s.... And they've never given themselves credit for that. And here is an opportunity at last to document this progress."

Steele has been critical of what he describes as the "world opinion" of Israel.


Shelby Steele Awards


  • National Book Critics Circle Award (1990) in the general non-fiction category for the book The Content of Our Character.
  • Emmy and Writers Guild Awards for his 1991 Frontline documentary film Seven Days in Bensonhurst.

Hakeem Jeffries says he has been 'clear consistently' he doesn't share uncle's anti-semitic views, April 20, 2023
Leader Hakeem Jeffries said he has been 'clear consistently' that he does not share his uncle's anti-semitic views after defending Professor Leonard Jeffries in a newly unearthed op-ed from his time in college. 'I've made clear consistently that I did not share any of controversial views that were expressed by my uncle more than three decades ago, not now. Not ever. And equally significant,' Jeffries, D-N.Y., said in response to a question from 'As I've said, my track record and public service and professionally more than two decades of bringing people together and standing up for every single community, including the black and Jewish communities that are proudly represent in Brooklyn.'

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DAVIS: In these re-surfaced writings, Jeffries calls opposition from the 'white media' to his uncle and Farrakhan a result of their challenges to the 'existing white supremacist educational system and longstanding distortion of history.' He characterized the backlash as 'high-tech lynchings.' And that's not all. When the Black Student Union at Binghamton University invited Leonard Jeffries to speak at the school Hakeem, then an executive board member of the student union, was all for it! A Jeffries' editorial not only defended his uncle's right to speak (I'd like to hear him express such support for conservative speakers on campuses today), but he also lashed out at esteemed black Americans in disturbing ways. We currently live in dangerous times. Political divisiveness is turning into political violence. We need cool heads in Congress, responsible leaders who can exemplify passionate disagreement without promoting hatred. So as a black American and a conservative, I find this appalling.