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Lacey Roberts
Dr. Tanya Jeffcoat
Intro to Fiction: African American Literature
12 March 2017
The Political Poison of Space Traders
Within Derick Bell’s Space Traders, the characters can be compared to late twentieth-century politicians. Within the story, the United States government is using a racist mindset—many of the white Americans believe the problems that the Traders are willing to fix are caused by the African American population. Tying this to Derrick Bell’s significance, the “trade” follows his theory of racial realism—race has been in place for so long that social consequences arise from it. It’s obvious that Bell is comparing the “trade” to the beginning of African American slave trading, and that slavery and this trade are occurring because racism is permanent in the United States. The fact that our society is operated and ran to accord for whites and undermine blacks allow for the repetition to occur. There are many political positions present within the story that allow for the assumption that Bell is comparing the story’s characters to late politicians.

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