Derrick Bell's story "The Space Traders" is one of science fiction's scariest thought experiments — because of what it reveals about human nature. It's a misanthropic tale in which aliens arrive on Earth and offer America the solution to all our problems, in exchange for all of our black people. For Bell, who spent years of his career fighting segregation in America, it seemed all too plausible that Americans might choose to trade minorities for wealth and alien technology.
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