By Derek Bell
A wonderful criminal student and civil rights activist employs a sequence of dramatic fables and dialogues to probe the rules of America’s racial attitudes and lift tense questions about the character of our society.
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Extra info for And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest For Racial Justice
But we have debated this issue at length, and after three months of difficult negotiations, compromises have been reached, decisions made, language drafted and approved. The matter is settled. " I was not to be put off so easily. "Sirs," I said, "I have come to tell you that the matter of slavery will not be settled by your compromises. And even when it is ended by armed conflict and domestic turmoil far more devastating than that you hope to avoid here, the potential evil of giving priority to property over human rights will remain.
Taking a deep breath, I picked up the gavel and quickly struck the desktop twice, hard. " For perhaps ten seconds, there was a shocked silence. Then the chamber exploded with shouts, exclamations, oaths. I fear the delegates' expressions of stunned surprise did no honor to their distinguished images. A warm welcome would have been too much to expect, but their shock at my sudden presence turned into an angry commotion unrelieved by even a modicum of curiosity. " Suddenly the hall was filled with the sound of martial music, blasting trumpets, and a deafening roll of snare drums.
A warm welcome would have been too much to expect, but their shock at my sudden presence turned into an angry commotion unrelieved by even a modicum of curiosity. " Suddenly the hall was filled with the sound of martial music, blasting trumpets, and a deafening roll of snare drums. At the same time-as the delegates were almost upon me-a cylinder composed of thin vertical bars of red, white, and blue light descended swiftly and silently from the high ceiling, nicely encapsulating the podium and me.
And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest For Racial Justice by Derek Bell