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In looking at Derrick Bells The Space Traders as an allegory the characters personify the abstract subjects of late twentieth-century racial politics In the text the politics of the United States revolves around anti-black thinking and many white subjects believe that all the environmental and economical problems in the US is due to the black race Secondly the space trade comprehends Bells concept of the permanence of racism in the Unites States Bell believes that the space trade is somewhat familiar to the first African slave trade and that these two events occur because of the permanence of racism in our society and the structures that allow this repetition to exist In this essay I will discuss the political positions of the subjects in The Space Traders and the extent in which they personify late twentieth-century racial politics and then analyze the space trade and comprehend it with Bells belief in the permanence of racism in the United States In The Space Traders Gleason Golightly a black economics professor who is an unofficial cabinet member of the president believes that black people need to stand on their own feet Although he always has good intentions for the black race he is considered an Uncle Tom by the black community because of his political positions In The Space Traders Golightly says As you know Mr President I have supported this administrations policies that have led to the repeal of some civil rights laws to invalidation of most affirmative action programs and to severe reduction in appropriations for public assistance To put it mildly the positions of mine that have received a great deal of media attention have not been well received in African-American communities Even so I have been willing to be a good soldier for the Party even though I am condemned as an Uncle Tom by my people I sincerely believe that black people needed to stand up on their own feet free of
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