Podcasts Uncommon Knowledge

Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 2

Shelby Steele talks about the “one-drop rule” and how it has defined Barack Obama’s candidacy as an African American running for president. He continues on to describe how the color of his skin has defined him, not the content of his character — how he isn’t running as an individual with his own beliefs. And while he may write like a novelist and speak beautifully, he doesn’t have a voice of his own.