Faces at the Bottom of the Well

Faces at the Bottom of the Well

The Permanence of Racism

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that racism is an integral part of American life, drawing on fictional and historical accounts to demonstrate that American law has been used to insure the superior status of whites, prohibiting any viable way to overcome racism. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
The noted civil rights activist uses allegory and historical example to present a radical vision of the persistence of racism in America. These essays shed light on some of the most perplexing and vex

The classic work on American racism and the struggle for racial justice

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."

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A sobering assessment of racism in America concludes that it is such an integral part of American life that Blacks have little hope of ever succeeding

Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, c1992.
ISBN: 9780465068173
Characteristics: xiv, 222 p. ; 22 cm.


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