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 78, 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
78 years old
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Journalist, Sociologist
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University of UtahSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Coe College
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Shelby Steele Life

Shelby Steele (born January 1, 1946) is an American conservative author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a Stanford University and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow.

He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. In 1990, he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the general nonfiction category for his book "The Content of Our Character."

He is the brother of Claude Steele.

Early life and education

Steele was born in Phoenix, Illinois, off the south side of Chicago, to a black father and a white mother. Shelby Sr., a truck driver with a third-grade education, and his mother, Ruth, a social worker, were among the first recipients of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Steele attended an all-black elementary school. In Kentucky, his paternal grandfather was born a slave. Claude Steele, a professor e poivre of psychology at Stanford University, spent time at Berkeley, Columbia University, and Stanford University, as his twin brother.

Steele received a B.A. An M.A. with a major in political science from Coe College. bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah. Rita Silverman, the Steele's wife, met him while Coe's student at Coe. Steele was involved in the SCOPE Project, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's voter registration initiative, and he met Rita at an activist gathering.

Steele spent 20 years as an English professor at San Jose State University.


Shelby Steele Career


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
Since defending Professor Leonard Jeffries in a newly discovered op-ed from his time in college, Hakeem Jeffries has been "clearly" that he does not reveal his uncle's anti-semitic views. "I've made it clear that I did not endorse any of the controversial views that were voiced by my uncle more than three decades ago, not now.' Not ever. Jeffries, D-N.Y., said in reaction to a query from, and "either significant" is also significant. "I've said, my track record and public service, as well as the black and Jewish communities that proudly represent in Brooklyn, are among the many communities in which I work.'

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DAVIS: Jeffries writes these resurfaced essays in the hope of bringing an end to the 'existing white supremacist educational system and long-standing historical distortion.' The backlash was described by the author 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' column not only condemned his uncle's right to speak (I'd like to hear him speak out against conservative speakers on campus today), but also slammed black Americans in a threatening way. We now live in dangerous times. Political divisiveness is giving way to political violence. We need cool heads in Congress, smart leaders who can articulate passionate opposition without preaching hatred. I find this appalling as a black American and a centrist.