African-Americans' disagreements vented 'Esquire' essay sparks the latest firestorm
By Erin Texeira, The Associated Press
..."Black conservatives have had to go to the mainstream and make their arguments there because there is no place in the black community for those arguments to be made - not the black church or anywhere," said Shelby Steele, an award-winning author and a fellow at the Hoover Institution.
"Liberalism is exhausted," he added, but that idea "will only be taken seriously if it's in the mainstream."
The conservative tag Steele uses for those who share at least part of his vision is slippery. Some identify as Republicans, but others are independents and Democrats - or eschew political labels. ... (Concord Monitor)