After all, the very fact that Steele is in the job has something to do with race. "He has a symbolic value in the context of an Obama presidency," notes Sharon Collins, a sociologist at the University of Illinois. "So race is front and center." Since race has been so central to his tenure, it inevitably influences how people see him, says Collins, who studies high-ranking black executives. "When [Steele] said that, my first thought was, I know what he means, but he will never be able to explain it to people who haven't experienced it or aren't sensitive to that on some level."
No evidence was given for having his job in part due to race. Corrections sees the statement as quite ludicrous, and fails to see the evidence behind such a bold claim. Indeed, it's hard for us to imagine evidence that would support this claim, save data or evidence on the selection process itself, which was not given. Newsweek lacks identification for their claim that race played a role in Michael Steele's chairmanship.