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Faces at the Bottom of the Well

The Permanence of Racism

Faces at the Bottom of the Well

The Permanence of Racism

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Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9781541645530
Number of Pages: 304
Published: 29/11/2018
Width: 16 cm
Height: 22.4 cm

In Faces at the Bottom of the Well, civil rights activist and legal scholar Derrick Bell uses allegory and historical example to argue that racism is an integral and permanent part of American society.

African American struggles for equality are doomed to fail so long as the majority of whites do not see their own well-being threatened by the status quo. Bell calls on African Americans to face up to this unhappy truth and abandon a misplaced faith in inevitable progress. Only then will blacks, and those whites who join with them, be in a position to create viable strategies to alleviate the burdens of racism.

"Freed of the stifling rigidity of relying unthinkingly on the slogan 'we shall overcome,'" he writes, "we are impelled both to live each day more fully and to examine critically the actual effectiveness of traditional civil rights remedies."

Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell, 1930-2011, was a civil rights attorney, pioneering legal scholar, professor, and political activist. A full-time visiting professor at New York University Law School for over two decades, he was previously the first tenured African American professor on the faculty of Harvard Law School and the first African American dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. He is also the author of And We Are Not Saved and several other books.Michelle Alexander is the acclaimed author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary.

A disturbing but ultimately inspiring book.--San Francisco Chronicle

Eerily prophetic, almost haunting, and yet at the same time oddly reassuring.--Michelle Alexander, from the Foreword

Effective...chilling.--New York Times Book Review

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