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Touring Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 2: A ‘Euphoria of Freedom’

Who needs to be eliminated to create the ideal society?

Dave Swindle


March 20, 2012 - 5:17 am

Click here for Part 1 of this series exploring the ideas of Critical Race Theory through Derrick Bell’s 1998 book Afrolantica Legacies.

“Only African Americans were able to breathe and survive there.”

“The first black visitors reported a sense of well-being, a ‘euphoria of freedom’ one called it, that they had never known in America.”

“Millions of blacks were determined to move to this new land, to begin an ideal society.”

Observe the end goal here. Bell’s utopia is not that Americans of all skin colors embrace one another. Instead, he sought to inspire a “euphoria of freedom” through the fantasy of an “ideal society” without Jews.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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