From an early age my love of reading was inspired by my unbridled imagination. Obviously, they were spies. Reading Nancy Drew mysteries and later suspense novels complimented my natural and limitless curiosity. Though at some point in my mids I hit a wall.
Faces at the Bottom of the Well
Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism by Derrick A. Bell
Derrick Bell. New York City: Basic Books. Each chapter of the book presents a different fictional scenario through which the issues and problems of racism come to life. Chapter 2 suggests that the power of racism is not economic or even political, but mental; black Americans must overcome racism mentally in order to make anything concrete happen. Chapter 3 proposes a bill that allows employers to buy a license to discriminate, arguing that at least black applicants would know what they are up against, and whites would have to suffer financially for discriminating. Chapter 4 deals with interracial romance and the related issues for both blacks and whites.
Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism
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The myth is sweet but ultimately disabling and dangerous, he believes, because it denies to both blacks and whites understanding of a truth that is almost exactly the opposite: that racism is not a passing phase but a permanent feature of American life, and that the path is marked not by real progress but by occasional short-lived judicial or legislative victories that serve to obscure the underlying truth even more. Both in his writing and by his actions, Mr. Bell, one of the country's most prominent scholars of race and the law, has spent years trying to bring this message both to other blacks and to the white-majority institutions in which he has worked. Most notable of these is Harvard Law School, where, more than 20 years ago, he became the first black faculty member to receive tenure.