Derrick Bell's Chronicle of the Space Traders: Would the U.S. Sacrifice People of Color if the Price Were Right?
8 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2012 Last revised: 27 Feb 2014
Date Written: 1991
Examines Bell's famous allegory in which white America sells its black citizens to an advanced race of extraterrestrials in return for three gifts of great value. Concludes that the story has the ring of truth. History shows that when nonwhite populations stand in the way of westward expansion, Western societies summarily relocate or kill them. Concludes nevertheless that the course of human events is somewhat open and that history need not always repeat itself. Offers a revision of Bell's account to show it is possible to reach a new conclusion wherein the American people reject the trade.
Keywords: critical race theory, legal storytelling, contingency, interest convergence, Space Traders, involuntary sacrifice
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