The Hatred of Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies
The 21-part blogging series now edited into a seamless guide to the political theology of Critical Race Theory's founder.
April 17, 2012 - 6:00 am
“and salvation achievable”
“one that stretches toward the divine”
“For some a prophetic power”
In Afrolantica Legacies Bell relies on a number of religious, mystical, and occult literary devices. His New Age presentation of Critical Race Theory as a secular, political theology mirrors the black liberation theology Obama imbibed at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United. Politics, religion, and “blackness” merge together to produce a cult.
And cults do real damage to people’s lives. Bell’s ideas have circulated into America and left scars. Here’s a question to ask the biracial members of Generations X and Y: growing up, did you experience more race-based harassment from whites for being half-black or from blacks for being half-white?
Critical race theorists like to claim that only white racism has any significance because only whites have power in America. Try telling that to someone who lives without power: a biracial child. How should they react to the story of Afrolantica? Will they get to go? And what might they think about their own parents upon reaching page 148 where Bell states, “white men do not find black women attractive or regard them as ‘women’ as they would white females”?
This is personal. I’m not writing with any hope that beating the drum about Obama’s radical history will turn the outcome of the election. My objective is to begin a self-fulfilling prophecy of my own: 15 years from now, when I have children, they will not live in a political culture that protects and trains their tormentors. The anti-white and antisemitic racists will receive the same condemnation as the anti-black racists. (As opposed to their own MSNBC shows.)
For that day to come, the discussion of Critical Race Theory must continue.
Next in Part 2: Bell describes how blacks can feel a “Euphoria of Freedom”…