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Creative and Insightful,
This review is from: Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism (Paperback)
Anyone interested in racial matters in America over the past few decades must read both Orlando Patterson (especially The Ordeal of Integration, not his magnum opus, the very dense Slavery and Social Death, more historical and less contemporary in its focus)and Derrick Bell. They approach the subject from very different angles: Patterson largely ststistically (although he is creative in his us of statistics)and Bell--- here and in his other books--- imaginatively and (were the word not so likely to be misleading) fictionally, by way of allegory. His allegories are apt, clear, quite brilliant, cogent,readable, very much to the point, and--- I think--- definitive. I know of no other writers or analysts who approach their subject similarly, and, while I can understand traditionalists finding his angle of approach odd, I can not see any reader of this book leaving it less than stimulated, provoked, and, ultimately, persuaded. Race is a subject much written about, and often not clear-headedly. Read Derrick Bell (and, I would suggest, Orlanda Patterson) for the antidote.