Podcasts Uncommon Knowledge

Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 1

In conversation with Peter Robinson, Shelby Steele explores Barack Obama’s candidacy — and his character — in light of the two strategies that African Americans have traditionally used for dealing with life in the white American mainstream: bargaining and challenging. In so doing, Steele not only reveals the paradox and weakness at the heart of Obama’s campaign but also delves into challenges America faces as it seeks to go beyond the exhausted racial politics that now prevail.