Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell audiobook

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

By Derrick Bell
Foreword by Michelle Alexander
Read by Brad Raymond

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The classic work on American racism and the struggle for racial justice, now with a new foreword by Michelle Alexander In Faces at the Bottom of the Well, civil rights activist and legal scholar Derrick Bell uses allegory and historical example to argue that racism is an integral and permanent part of American society. African American struggles for equality are doomed to fail so long as the majority of whites do not see their own well-being threatened by the status quo. Bell calls on African Americans to face up to this unhappy truth and abandon a misplaced faith in inevitable progress. Only then will blacks, and those whites who join with them, be in a position to create viable strategies to alleviate the burdens of racism. “Freed of the stifling rigidity of relying unthinkingly on the slogan ‘we shall overcome,’" he writes, “we are impelled both to live each day more fully and to examine critically the actual effectiveness of traditional civil rights remedies.” With a new foreword by Michelle Alexander, Faces at the Bottom of the Well is urgent and essential reading on the problem of racism in America.

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Summary

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The classic work on American racism and the struggle for racial justice, now with a new foreword by Michelle Alexander

In Faces at the Bottom of the Well, civil rights activist and legal scholar Derrick Bell uses allegory and historical example to argue that racism is an integral and permanent part of American society. African American struggles for equality are doomed to fail so long as the majority of whites do not see their own well-being threatened by the status quo. Bell calls on African Americans to face up to this unhappy truth and abandon a misplaced faith in inevitable progress. Only then will blacks, and those whites who join with them, be in a position to create viable strategies to alleviate the burdens of racism. “Freed of the stifling rigidity of relying unthinkingly on the slogan ‘we shall overcome,’" he writes, “we are impelled both to live each day more fully and to examine critically the actual effectiveness of traditional civil rights remedies.”

With a new foreword by Michelle Alexander, Faces at the Bottom of the Well is urgent and essential reading on the problem of racism in America.

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Editorial Reviews

“The stories…linger in the mind in a way that a more conventionally scholarly treatment of the same themes would be unlikely to do.” New York Times Book Review

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Author Bio: Derrick Bell

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English