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Racism As "The Nation's Crucial Sin": Theology And Derrick Bell, George H. Taylor Apr 2004

Racism As "The Nation's Crucial Sin": Theology And Derrick Bell, George H. Taylor

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Working Paper Series

The Article probes a paradox that lies at the heart of the work of critical race scholar Derrick Bell. Bell claims on the one hand that racism is permanent, and yet on the other he argues that the fight against racism is both necessary and meaningful. Although Bell’s thesis of racism’s permanence has been criticized for rendering action for racial justice unavailing, the Article advances an understanding of Bell that supports and defends the integrity of his paradox. The Article draws upon the work of Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and Niebuhr’s paradox that social action is both ...