Racism In The Space Traders, By Fredrick Bell

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Bell’s story points out the racial tension in America through a seemingly outrageous analogy of aliens requiring all African Americans to be taken from the country in exchange for prosperity. Evidently, the Space Trader 's offer of gold, fuel, and chemicals to restore the county 's suffering environment in exchange for all the Black Americans is absurd. and impossible. The Space Traders are similar to Columbus and the Spaniards who forced natives in Hispaniola into slavery. The story illustrates a largely racist America, with Washington especially eager to give the black population to the aliens. The trade points out that blacks continue to be viewed negatively and more as objects rather than humans. America ultimately agrees to the inhumane …show more content…
While there are certainly people who feel superior to blacks, the amount of people in Bell’s story who exhibited this behavior is astounding. Nearly everyone in Washington is condescending towards the black population with the president bluntly commenting that the black figures in the party were "overly opportunistic and to be frank, not very smart". In reality, the amount of people who would exhibit such blunt racism is much lower. While discrimination is still prevalent, Bell brings it to an extreme. Furthermore, the support for the Twenty-seventh amendment and Space Trade in Bell’s story is unrealistically overwhelming. The vast majority of America is supportive of eliminating blacks from the population with 70% of the population in favor of ratifying the amendment. Realistically, it is unlikely that such a number of people would support sending a large population to space even with the promise of prosperity. Never mind racial relations, the guilt of supporting such an inhumane cause would deter many from allowing such an event to be suggested. Thus, while racial relations are still a cause for conflict, Bell exaggerates its extent in …show more content…
While circumstances have certainly improved, discrimination and racism are present but subdued. Rather than outright declarations of the inferiority of blacks, people subtly doubt their intelligence and integrity through “resume checks”. Stereotypes are still ingrained in society. Although discrimination has been softened, its harrowing effects are still encountered. Many blacks suffer losses of self-esteem and perform worse academically because of the stereotype of lower intelligence. These stereotypes severely deflate self-worth. Blacks feel they have to prove their worth by acting exceptionally respectful and polite. They even attempt assimilation to prove that they are equal to whites, losing some of their cultural tendencies in the process. This leads to the erasure of black culture Harris references. The United States continues to suffer great discrimination and subjects the black population to crippling stereotypes. The current race relations are damaging to self-esteem and force blacks to fight an uphill battle to discredit such

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