Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Derrick Bell's "The Space Traders" (novelette, racism, free): US sells its black citizens to aliens!

Quote from short story The Space Traders by Derrick Bell
This appears to be a very famous story, though I'd not heard of it so far.

While I cannot read it with the meaning it will have for US readers, because of background differences, I do see some parallels with caste politics in India.

Story summary.

On 1 January 2000, US government gets an offer from aliens: sell us your black citizens! Offer is good for 15 days, & aliens are willing to pay enormous sums of money.

Resulting public debate provides much of the content of the story.

Fact sheet.

First published: Derrick Bell's "Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism" (collection) (1992).
Download full text. [via Torque Control]
Rating: B.
Related: Fiction on racism.