The Derrick Bell Reader / Edition 1

The Derrick Bell Reader / Edition 1

by Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719708

ISBN-13: 9780814719701

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

Lawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over forty years, Derrick Bell has provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America. A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell’s extraordinary work shatters conventional legal

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Lawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over forty years, Derrick Bell has provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America. A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell’s extraordinary work shatters conventional legal orthodoxies and turns comfortable majoritarian myths inside out. While his writing spans several decades and addresses a myriad of topics, it has never been collected in a single volume until now.

Edited with an extensive introduction by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader consists of fifteen thematic chapters that reflect the tremendous breadth of issues that Bell has grappled with over his phenomenal career, including affirmative action, black nationalism, and legal education and ethics. Some pieces are written in elegant expository prose, such as meditations on the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education decision; others in the narrative form for which Bell is famous, particularly his signature Geneva Crenshaw chronicles. The book also includes never before published material by Bell, including poetry and the startling letter of resignation he submitted to the dean of Harvard Law School in protest of the lack of women of color on the faculty. Together, the selections offer the most complete collection of Derrick Bell’s writing available today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719701
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
493
Sales rank:
682,913
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : the chronicle of the constitutional contradiction16
Ch. 1Economic determinism and interest convergence25
White superiority in America : its legal legacy, its economic costs27
Brown v. Board of Education and the interest-convergence dilemma33
The role of fortuity in racial policy-making : blacks as fortuitous beneficiaries of racial policies40
The racial preference licensing act46
Ch. 2Racial realism55
The chronicle of the space traders57
Racial realism73
Who's afraid of critical race theory?78
Racism is here to stay : now what?85
Paul Robeson : doing the state some service91
Ch. 3Ethics of lawyering97
Serving two masters : integration ideals and client interests in school desegregation litigation99
Professor Bell discusses how to live an ethical life110
Ch. 4Revisionist history115
An American fairy tale : the income-related neutralization of race law precedent117
Reconstruction's racial realities123
Black faith in a racist land127
Ch. 5Sexuality and romance133
The entitlement135
The last black hero145
Shadow song162
The southern romance temptation169
Early bloomers174
Ch. 6Politics of the academy177
The chronicle of the DeVine gift179
Strangers in academic paradise : law teachers of color in still-white schools190
Application of the "tipping point" principle to law faculty hiring policies196
Memorandum to Harvard Law School appointments committee201
Letter to Robert Clark, Dean, Harvard Law School205
The final report : Harvard's affirmative action allegory208
Ch. 7Nationalism, separatism, and self-help217
Brown v. Board of Education and the black history month syndrome219
The real cost of racial equality223
Time for the teachers : putting educators back into the Brown remedy226
The chronicle of the slave scrolls232
Shadowboxing : blacks, Jews, and games scapegoats play238
Ch. 8Price of racial remedies247
The freedom of employment act249
Diversity's distractions254
A tragedy of timing259
Minority admissions and the usual price of racial remedies261
The chronicle of the sacrificed black schoolchildren268
Ch. 9Pedagogy273
Humanity in legal education275
The law student as slave278
Pedagogical process : active classroom and text as resource284
Victims as heroes : a minority perspective on constitutional law290
Ch. 10Racial standing297
The law of racial standing299
Thurgood Marshall305
The racism is permanent thesis : courageous revelation or unconscious denial of racial genocide309
Getting beyond a property in race314
The black sedition papers320
Wanted : a white leader able to free whites of racism328
Ch. 11Racism as meanness337
Meanness as racial ideology : The Port Chicago Mutiny339
Racial libel as American ritual345
Fear of black crime is political tool353
Ch. 12Popular democracy355
The referendum : democracy's barrier to racial equality357
California's proposition 209 : a temporary diversion on the road to racial disaster363
Ch. 13Race and class369
Racism : a major source of property and wealth inequality in America371
A holiday for Dr. King : the significance of symbols in the black freedom struggle378
Trying to teach the white folks385
Ch. 14Survival strategies397
Redemption deferred : back to the space traders399
The chronicle of the Amber Cloud406
The chronicle of the Black Reparations Foundation411
Beyond despair417
The Afrolantica awakening421
Ch. 15Critiques431
Racism as original sin : Derrick Bell and Reinhold Niebuhr's theology433
Derrick Bell's toolkit - fit to dismantle that famous house?446
Nomination of Derrick A. Bell, Jr., to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States459

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