To be honest, I have no clue what Derrick Bell is saying in any of these two videos. I watched each of these videos twice. Go ahead and watch them yourselves but I think you’ll be scratching your head about as much as I have… so do so at your own peril.
Case in point, he coins a term called “property right in their whiteness”. What does that mean? Is he saying whiteness is a property right? Just a property? Just a right?
“There is a deeply held belief in white superiority that serves as a key regulative force in an otherwise fragile and dangerously divided society. ”
“The fact is that most whites continue to sacrifice their real interests expecting in return that the society will continue to recognize an unspoken but no less vested property right in their whiteness.”
“The challenge is less to convince that racism is harmful to blacks… but that racism is damaging to whites. Their political and economic interests as well as to their moral souls.”
In 2010: “The truth will help make us free.. The truth is we are still in a racist society.”
Here are some quotes from his 1992 book “Faces at the Bottom of the Well”:
“Despite undeniable progress for many, no African Americans are insulated from incidents of racial discrimination. Our careers, even our lives, are threatened because of our color.”
“[T]he racism that made slavery feasible is far from dead . and the civil rights gains, so hard won, are being steadily eroded.”
“[F]ew whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks.”
“[D]iscrimination in the workplace is as vicious (if less obvious) than it was when employers posted signs ‘no negras need apply.'”
“We rise and fall less as a result of our efforts than in response to the needs of a white society that condemns all blacks to quasi citizenship as surely as it segregated our parents.”
“Slavery is, as an example of what white America has done, a constant reminder of what white America might do.”
“Black people will never gain full equality in this country. . African Americans must confront and conquer the otherwise deadening reality of our permanent subordinate status.”
“Tolerated in good times, despised when things go wrong, as a people we [blacks] are scapegoated and sacrificed as distraction or catalyst for compromise to facilitate resolution of political differences or relieve economic adversity.”