And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest For Racial Justice by Derek Bell

By Derek Bell

A individual felony pupil and civil rights activist employs a chain of dramatic fables and dialogues to probe the rules of America’s racial attitudes and lift irritating questions about the character of our society.

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After a period of circling, though, the big plane touched down smoothly. I breathed more easily as we taxied to a landing area where, through the fog, we could see three other large planes and a long line of buses, all bearing Convention delegates from other parts of the country. If anything, the fog seemed to thicken as the buses rolled away from the landing area and headed down a tree-lined road on which as far as I could see there were no other vehicles. Perhaps the others did not notice for our hosts were distributing handsome conference folders that contained the meeting agendas, position papers, and draft resolutions.

The Declining Importance of the Equal162 Protection Clause THE CHRONICLE OF THE AMBER CLOUD PART II The Social Affliction of Racism Prologue to Part II 181 Chapter 8. The Race-Charged Relationship of Black Men 198 and Black Women THE CHRONICLE OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH-YEAR SYNDROME Chapter 9. The Right to Decolonize Black Minds 215 THE CHRONICLE OF THE SLAVE SCROLLS PART III Divining a Nation's Salvation Prologue to Part III 239 Chapter 10. Salvation for All: The Ultimate Civil Rights 245 Strategy THE CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK CRIME CURE APPENDIX 259 NOTES 273 INDEX 293 Preface THE HEROINE of my book, Geneva Crenshaw, and her Chronicles owe their being to America's most prestigious legal periodical, the Harvard Law Review, and its annual practice of inviting a legal scholar to write the foreword to the Supreme Court issue.

A student riding with her reported that the pick-up truck that hit them while traveling at high speed paused only long enough to see that no one emerged from the demolished car. Then it sped away, the sound of gleeful laughter echoing, with the engine's roar, across the hot summer night. Given Geneva's reputation, the attempt to kill her would have provoked a national furor in some other year; but during the summer of 1964, there were one thousand arrests, thirty-five shooting incidents, thirty buildings bombed, thirty-five churches burned, eighty people beaten, and at least six murders during the period of the summer campaign.

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