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Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica, Part 11: The Brown-Skinned Joan of Arc

"...she represented in visual form my belief that black women will ultimately save our people"

Dave Swindle


March 28, 2012 - 8:00 am
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Note Bell’s telling reference and you have your answer: “this brown-skinned Joan of Arc.” Bell makes the black woman his idol because he needs concrete symbols of victimhood to worship. (We’ll get to his worship of Stalinist singer Paul Robeson soon.) By having a steady stream of victims on hand Bell can justify his own professional shortcomings. He can point to other great victims of history and count himself among them. He can deflect scrutiny of his own failures through blaming a conspiracy of permanent, incorrigible racism. This way he could always find someone else to blame for his own inabilities to achieve.

And today we see this same emotional need fulfilled in a big way as the followers of Derrick Bell anoint a new martyr in their Cult of the Victim:

Remember, Bell defines blackness as intertwined with victimhood. In order to sustain this theology which provides the foundation for their identity and the meaning to their lives, the adherents of the political cult must continually inflame the emotions of the mob:

Al Sharpton: Today, Black (and Latino) youth are routinely targeted, profiled and ‘mistakenly’ shot by those sworn to serve and protect us (i.e. Sean Bell). And now, in what can only be described as the most blatant form of vigilante murder, a 17-year-old named Trayvon Martin loses his life at the hands of self-proclaimed ‘crime stopper.’ But the only crime here is that this killer has ended poor Trayvon’s life under the guise of his own preconceptions and has not been charged, nor arrested. We will head to Florida to ensure that all that changes immediately.

Related: PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams, video clip courtesy of our friends at Media Matters:

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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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