By Derek Bell

A unique felony student and civil rights activist employs a sequence of dramatic fables and dialogues to probe the rules of America’s racial attitudes and lift hectic questions on the character of our society.

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Following the prologue to part 1, in which the narrator introduces himself and recounts the story of the extraordinary visitation of my heroine, Geneva Crenshaw, chapter 1 opens with the Chronicle of the Constitutional Contradiction. In this Chronicle, I take the liberty of tampering with time and history to examine the original contradiction in the Constitution of the United States-a contradiction that is at the heart of the blacks' presentday difficulty of gaining legal redress. " At the conclusion of this Chronicle, Geneva and the narrator further discuss the implications of this original contradiction for contemporary conditions.

I sat. By occupying the faculty's "minority seat," I was at least not letting a black neoconservative use it as another forum in which to spout the white-racist rhetoric that obtains a spurious legitimacy because it emanates from a black mouth. It will be a measure that we have arrived in this society, I thought to myself, when whites give positive statements by blacks about other blacks the same weight whites now reserve for our disparagements of one another. " Now, I was sitting again, both bored with the repetitious statements, and angry with the self-righteous rigidity with which each civil rights speaker championed one cause while disparaging all others.

With the realization that the salvation of racial equality has eluded us again, questions arise from the ashes of our expectations: How have we failed-and why? What does this failure mean-for black people and for whites? Where do we go from here? Should we redirect the quest for racial justice? A response to those questions-more accurately, a series of responses-is the purpose of this book. Rather than offering definitive answers, I hope, as law teacher rather than social seer, mainly to provoke discussion that will provide new insights and prompt more effective strategies.

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