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Mark Levin has a program called “Life, Liberty, and Levin. On June 7, 2020, Levin had a guest by the name of Shelby Steele. Shelby Steele is a well known, black civil rights activist from the ’60s.
Steele has written several books on race relations in America: Books with titles like White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, and Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
On the June 7th episode of Life, liberty, and Levin, Shelby Steele delivered an excellent expose’ of the recent riots and looting. He said that blacks have never been less oppressed in American society than they are now. Shelby feels that blacks need to take responsibility for their socioeconomic position.
Hearing the perspective of a well-educated, balanced man, who has been in the trenches for decades, can be very beneficial: It certainly is in this case. Following is a transcript of some of Shelby’s opening remarks on the program.
Shelby Steel on Racism in America
“That’s been the question all along: What do they want? I remember growing up in the civil rights movement, everybody knew exactly what we wanted. This insurrection just seems sort of unclear. It’s unmotivated by anything it says itself. So what is it really about? I think what is happening is that there is nothing really new.
The civil rights argument that triggered this, that there was police abuse, is a very familiar story. We saw that in Ferguson, Missouri. It seems to me that in many ways it’s about power. In order to pursue power as they do, you have to have victims. Wow, the excitement that creates on the Left. It validates their claims that America is a wretched country, and they must get their recourse. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin, and has been for 400 years, and minorities are victims who are entitled.
So when people start to talk about systemic racism, built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement. We want more. We want society to give us more.
Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption, and I know it’s a corruption because the truth of the matter is blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner. In all of this, no one ever stops to say, well, you’re unhappy with where minorities are at in American life, and blacks continue to be at the bottom of most socioeconomic measures.
You’re unhappy about that. Well, why don’t you take some responsibility for that? Why don’t you take more responsibility? I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if we had the nerve, the courage to look at black people. To look at black Americans, minority Americans, and say, you’re not carrying your own weight.
You’re gonna go have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrate, (but) are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in life and making things happen for yourself?
Or are you saying, I’m a victim, and I’m owed, and the entitlement is inadequate? I need more, and after all, you whites, you know racism has been here for four centuries with slavery and so forth, so it’s time for you to give to me. Well, that’s an exhausted, fruitless, empty strategy to take. We’ve been on that path since the 60s. We’re farther behind than we’ve ever been, and we keep blaming it on racism, blaming it on the police.
I’m exhausted with that. I grew up in a time when there was real segregation. Blacks during the ’50s took a lot of responsibility for their lives, because the government didn’t. My father bought three ramshackle houses, rebuilt them, rented them out, kept clawing his way up the ladder. A man with a third-grade education from the South. What civil rights bill is going to replace that? That value system? And he was not exceptional. Across the community we lived in, those were the values.
That is the problem. We have allowed ourselves to be enabled in avoiding our real problems by a guilty white society. It keeps using us and exploiting us as victims. If you really care about how minorities do, why don’t you ask them to do it? Why don’t you ask them to drop the pretense?
There’s always going to be some racism, in every society. My own sense is that it is endemic to the human condition. We will always have to watch out for it. As I like to always say, stupidity is also endemic to the human condition, and we have to watch out for that too. That is no excuse for us to be where we are right now in American life. We have let this sort of guilty society, and our grievance industry, put us in this impossible situation where we are a permanent underclass. Before the ’60s, there was no black underclass. That’s a new phenomenon.”
Another person who has stood out in the civil rights movement is a man who went by Malcolm X. He was a controversial figure and for good reasons.
When considering Malcolm X it would be very beneficial to consider his youth. His father a Baptist lay minister who fought for black equality… He wasn’t involved in the civil rights movement in the same way others were but he fought for equality. Some say his death was a motor vehicle accident, others say it was suicide, most say it was murder by white supremacists.
His death left Malcolm’s mother scraping to get by, the short story is she had a serious breakdown because of all she had experienced.
Malcolm attended West Junior High School in Lansing, Michigan where he excelled: And then he attended Mason High School in Mason, Michigan. However, Malcolm left high school in 1941, before graduating.
Why did he drop out? Malcolm aspired to be an attorney. However, when a white teacher told him that practicing law was “no realistic goal for a nigger”, he dropped out. Recalling the event, Malcolm said he “felt that the white world offered no place for a career-oriented black man, regardless of talent”.
Malcolm ended up going to prison where he converted to islam. He became an American Muslim minister and a well-known civil rights activist in the early 1960s. Like his father, he was murdered. Malcolm’s life was snuffed out at the age of 40 in 1965.
As you consider what Malcolm said, consider the riots of June 2020, and what Shy Steele related above. Remember that in the 60s, the term “Negroe” was a politically correct term to use.
Malcom x said this:
“The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro.
Then the Negro sides with the White liberal, and the White liberal use the Negro against the White conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal.
The worst enemy that the Negro have is this White man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these White liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have.
If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the White liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the White liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems.”
Updated with today’s politically correct vocabulary, if Malcolm would have said the exact same words today, that he said 60 years ago, they would be just as applicable.
Racism in Religion
Not to be outdone, religion has declared its allegiance to prejudice in some instances. Mormons and some Baptists are just a couple of groups that discriminated against people of color. Discrimination of some sort can be found in most people groups.
Moses married a black woman
We learn in Numbers 12;1 we read that Moses married a Cushite woman”. A Cushite is from Cush, a region south of Ethiopia, where the people are known for their black skin.
In his book From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, Daniel Hays writes that Cush “is used regularly to refer to the area south of Egypt, and above the cataracts on the Nile, where a Black African civilization flourished for over two thousand years. Thus it is quite clear that Moses marries a Black African woman”.
The pulpit is responsible for it
Charles Finney was a famous Evangelist in the mid 1800s.
In 1873 he wrote an article.
The article begins:
I believe it is a fact generally admitted that there is much less conscience manifested, by men and women, in nearly all the walks of life, than there was forty years ago. There is justly much complaint of this, and there seems to be but little prospect of reformation…..
The article ends:
Some years ago I was preaching in a congregation whose pastor had died some months before. He seemed to have been almost universally popular with his church and with the community. His church seemed to have almost idolized him. Everybody was speaking in his praise and holding him up as an example; and yet both the church and the community clearly demonstrated that they had had an unfaithful minister, a man who loved and sought the applause of his people. I heard so much of his inculcation and saw so much of the legitimate fruits of his teachings that I felt constrained to tell the people from the pulpit that they had had an unfaithful minister; that such fruits as were apparent on every side, both within and without the church, could never have resulted from a faithful presentation of the Gospel. This assertion would, doubtless, have greatly shocked them had it been made under other circumstances; but, as the way had been prepared, they did not seem disposed to gainsay it.
Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
The pulpit is responsible for it but the people are responsible for the pulpit.
I wholeheartedly agree with Finney. I would only add to it that while the pulpit is responsible for the degradation of the Gospel, it is the people who are responsible for who they entrust themselves to.
The Scriptures are clear about the qualifications and the responsibilities of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher.
The Declaration of Independence
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says that:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Racism in America TODAY
Those truths are just as true today as they were when they were written. The upward mobility that is available to both men and women of every race has never been better in America.
As evidence of this fact we recently concluded eight years under a black president.
I am not saying that there is no racism in America. Racism is present in EVERY country throughout the earth in one form or another. So is sexism and every other sort of ism. It will remain so until Jesus returns.
The riots that took place in America in June of 2020 did not help the cause. In fact, I would guess that they probably set the cause of black equality back nearly 5o years.
This subject ties into the term “useful idiots” and how the black and brown segments of our culture are being used as pawns to further the cause of communism and socialism. This subject is addressed in more detail in the program podcast.
All lives matter
No matter what the color of your skin is, with the privilege of being an American, you also have the responsibility to displace this ridiculous idea of hate that gives preference to any people group because of ethnicity or skin pigmentation. Join us for a new day that will dawn in America.
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