On page 61, the second Afrolantica Legacy begins, a parable titled “The Citadel” told to Professor Derrick Bell by his female idealization of himself, the civil rights lawyer-activist Geneva Crenshaw. (We also learn that actually Geneva was the alien prophetess Chiara from the previous chapter.) The story serves to illustrate the second of Bell’s dogmas: “Service in the cause of truth and justice is no less worthy of praise because it is misunderstood, misused, or condemned.”
The story depicts a world of class conflict: the rich residents of the Citadel oppress the noble commoners who live in the hills below, the so-called lowlanders. The Citadel’s current master, the iron-fisted Xercis, encounters opposition from his idealistic daughter Tamar who longs to end the abuse of the lowlanders.
Page 67 presents one of their arguments:
“the price of maintaining power over others is the continuing risk of their revolt. But we must abide by the teaching of our forebears. Whatever its cost, we must maintain dominance.”
Bell’s fairy tale reinvents the Marxist understanding of bourgeoisie vs proletariat into Citadel vs Lowlanders. This mythology of class warfare defining human existence — life as a zero-sum game where one “side” must always lose in order for another to benefit — serves as one of the foundational dogmas of his Critical Race Theory. “Blackness” and “Whiteness” remain locked in permanent conflict and we don’t need it spelled out which side professor Bell has cast as proletariat for his morality play.
Out in the real world there exists an often forgotten piece of “collateral damage” in this class war. Genuine victims, harmed by those inflaming racial divisions.
Earlier this year the Associated Press reported interracial marriage at an all time high:
Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million – a record one in 12 – as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses.
Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites.
A Pew Research Center study, released today, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.
‘The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century,’ said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University. ‘Mixed-race children have blurred America’s color line.
I sympathize with the sentiments of this fellow 28-year-old quoted in the article:
‘Race is a social construct; race isn’t real,’ said Jonathan Brent, 28. The son of a white father and Japanese-American mother, Brent helped organize multiracial groups in southern California and believes his background helps him understand situations from different perspectives.
Odd coincidence: The “white-Latino” George Zimmerman, is also 28. His tragic encounter with Trayvon Martin, fueled into a media event now by MSNBC, now inspired racial violence against a 78-year-old man as the Toledo Blade reports via Gateway Pundit:
One boy, he said, put his foot on the back of the victim’s neck, with another shouting, “Kill him.”
While Mr. Watts was down the boys kicked him, over and over, shouting, “[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man],” according to a police report.
According to the Fox Toledo report the group beating the man included teenage boys both white and black.
And in the clip unleashed by Breitbart.Com weeks ago beginning the dialogue of Critical Race Theory, a 28-year-old child of a polygamous African socialist and an idealistic white fellow-traveling college student invoked his elite Harvard peers to open their hearts and minds to the words of Derrick Bell.
“But we must abide by the teaching of our forebears. Whatever its cost, we must maintain dominance.”