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Monday, January 03, 2005

A Simple Wager, Anyone?

I just bought most of my books for the new semester which will feature:

- 14th Amendment
- Secured Transactions
- European Union Law II
- International Sale of Goods
- German Corporate Law

Among the six (!) books for my 14th Amendment class is one called Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge. Here's the wager (a gentleman's bet, really): what are the odds that this book is "critical" of any theory that disparages white people (specifically wealthy, conservative white people) as incorrigible racists, and the well-spring of every problem any minority groups has ever experienced?

Now to be fair, I will say that although my professor is clearly a very liberal fellow, I found him to be extremely fair in moderating class discussion last semester. I respect that a lot.

Update: The first essay, Derrick Bell's Prudent Speculations on America in a Post-Racial Epoch, begins with a parable of sorts. In the future, space aliens arrive on Earth and offer America huge amounts of gold bullion, special chemicals that will clean all the air pollution, and a safe, clean, renewable source of energy. In exchange, they want to take all the blacks in America back to their home planet, to be used as slave labor. In Bell's parable, 70% of Americans vote to accept the deal.

The purpose of the parable is to ask the question, "What will you white people do after all the blacks are gone?"

I've read the first four essays, and in all four of them white people are the enemy. But hey, there are 63 essays in all, so there's still a chance that one of them won't be a kill Whitey essay, right? Right?

In Neil Gotanda's piece, the author actually argues, with a straight face, that it is immoral for an employer not to take race into consideration in hiring or promoting; black people should get extra credit for their skin color. I see. Can anyone explain to me how Gotanda's thesis is anything other than racist?