Friday, June 28, 1996

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  • Tom Wicker

    Wicker discusses his latest book, Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America, and the persistence of racism. He proposes political change via black abandonment of the Democratic party for a third party coalition with poor whites with a focus on economic growth and full employment. He criticizes Clinton’s move to the right and failure to address critical problems in the black community, including lack of economic opportunity and unemployment in inner cities.

  • Derrick Bell

    Derrick Bell discusses his latest book, Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home. He discusses the power of parables and storytelling as a way to confront racism. He  
    points to whiteness as a kind of property enabling white supremacy across expanding economic divides. In the context of his protest of the lack of minority female faculty and ultimate dismissal by Harvard Law School, he discusses racism and the importance of activism in the academy. He proposes a return to the lessons of gospel music as a sustenance for continuing struggles against racism and inequality.