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Derrick Bell Quotes & Sayings

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I go to readings by fiction writers like Alice Walker, and I'm envious of the level of attention they generate. — Derrick Bell

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All ethical people strive to choose "right" over "easy" when confronted by situations that force them to choose one or the other. — Derrick Bell

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Self-esteem is like a difficult-to-cultivate flower. It requires frequent nurturing that occurs when you keep your word and follow through on your promises. — Derrick Bell

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Slavery is, as an example of what white America has done, a constant reminder of what white America might do. — Derrick Bell

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I live to harass white folks. — Derrick Bell

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Black people are the magical faces at the bottom of society's well. Even the poorest whites, those who must live their lives only a few levels above, gain their self-esteem by gazing down on us. Surely, they must know that their deliverance depends on letting down their ropes. Only by working together is escape possible. Over time, many reach out, but most simply watch, mesmerized into maintaining their unspoken commitment to keeping us where we are, at whatever cost to them or to us (Bell). — Derrick Bell

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The challenge throughout has been to tell what I view as the truth about racism without causing disabling despair. — Derrick Bell

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It appears that my worst fears have been realised: we have made progress in everything yet nothing has changed. — Derrick Bell

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Few whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks. — Derrick Bell

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My wife says I spend my life trying to teach white folks. I'm not so sure I'm proud of it, but she's right. — Derrick Bell