Skip to comments.REGINA AUSTIN [prof. for whom obama rallied] [says blacks "center of the universe", their crime OK]
Posted on 03/08/2012 12:55:12 PM PST by matt1234
A professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, Regina Austin is a feminist, an environmentalist activist, and a proponent of critical race theory, a scholarly tradition that considers white racism a permanent aspect of American life and thus advocates compensatory, race-based preferences for blacks in such realms as employment and higher education. Professor Austin’s university describes her as “a leading authority on economic discrimination and minority legal feminism.”
Long an outspoken advocate of racial separatism, particularly as an antidote to the supposedly continuing oppression of black Americans in the U.S., Austin has made cultural and ethnic fissure a centerpiece of her courses, which consider legal issues through the prism of identity politics. Characteristic of Austin’s approach is her popular seminar, “Advanced Torts: Intentional Torts and the Intersection of Race, Gender & Class.” As a course description reveals, “the seminar will consider the law of intentional torts from the perspective of intergroup and intragroup conflict.” More precisely, the course promises to teach students to analyze legal disputes “from the perspective of groups of subordinate status,” a category that Austin subdivides into “race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or class.” The plain intention of “Advanced Torts” is to encourage students, especially minority students, to regard the law not as a body of rules applicable equally to all citizens but rather as an infinitely malleable concept subordinate to one’s perceived identity.
Central to Austin’s “Advanced Torts” course is her claim that minority status confers the privilege of interpreting the law as one pleases. As writer Heather MacDonald points out, Professor Austin, in her published articles, has exhorted the black community to reject the distinction between lawful and unlawful activity as the imposed strictures of an oppressive white society. Austin pours scorn on such “traditional values” as “conformity to the law,” which she insists will “intensif[y] divisions within the black community.” Austin has also called on blacks to engage in outright lawbreaking, which she calls “hustling,” but which in fact amounts to any number of acts of thievery licensed by Austin’s demands for social justice. Thus, “clerks in stores [who] cut their friends a break on merchandise, and pilfering employees [who] spread their contraband around the neighborhood,” are encouraged by Austin to occupy the “good middle ground between straightness and more extreme forms of lawbreaking.”
Similar notions of black exceptionalism govern Austin’s work as a professor. Asked in a 1999 interview to describe how she views her role as a legal scholar, Austin answered that it “should start with the premise that black people are at the center of the universe and go on from there.” This view, Austin explained, was the “common characteristic of the body of scholarship that is classified as critical race studies,” which she has long promulgated in her academic writings. A component of critical race theory that holds special appeal for Austin is the assertion that minority communities and cultures are not subject to the law. “I rely fairly heavily on culture as being the base on which you begin to build so that your authorities come from the culture and not outside of the culture,” says Austin, who claims that minority communities require an “alternative source of authority.”
Still another salient feature of Austin’s courses is their rejection of any pretense of scholarly objectivity in favor of an aggressively political agenda. Such is the case with her seminar, “Environmental Racism,” a course that grafts Austin’s views on race with her commitment to environmental activism. An official description of the seminar discloses that it “will explore the problems and principles that fuel the environmental justice movement.” The description also acknowledges that the seminar has a political agenda, among whose aims are “supporting the environmental racism claim,” championing “environmental/occupational health issues such as pesticide poisoning and sweatshop conditions,” and “protecting biodiversity.” Students will even take trips to those sites “which have been impacted by environmental injustice.”
Of the issues taken up by the “Environmental Racism” seminar, it is the assertion that current environmental laws disadvantage minority communities that resonates most powerfully for Professor Austin. Austin’s critique of environmental issues, however, is tied up with her opposition to privatization and free-market capitalism. Expounding on her environmentalist views in a 1999 interview, Austin expressed her hope “that minority groups get their fair share of the attention and the dollars that are being devoted to health care in this country”; she further lamented that “resources are removed from access by the market,” ostensibly resulting in “lesser quality environments” for minorities and the poor. Austin’s solution was to see to it that the privatization of wealth is “unraveled in a way that produces privatization or quasi-privatization for people who are the least well off.” Toward this end, Austin admitted, reiterating one of the operative themes of “Environmental Racism,” “law is useful as a supplement to activism.” The sentiment squared neatly with Austin’s conception of herself as a professor-activist; as she puts it, “I’m an institutional actor.”
Now THIS is a really BIG piece of pretzel logic.
This is right up there with blaming rain on wet streets.
This explains perfectly why blacks are against gun control.
They consider violent crime to be a legitimate career choice, and consider armed citizens to be an OSHA violation.
I meant “for” gun control.
Sounds very similar to Islam!
subjectivistic egoism + ends justify the means = might makes right
Who agitated to get Barry in all those colleges???
So now she teaches law at University of Pennsylvania? Not for nothing is Penn called "the bottom of the Ivy League."
A perfect fit for Obama's and Rev. Wright's Black Liberation Theology. The founder of BLT, James H. Cone - who has cited Wright's church as the best example of a church founded on the vision of BLT - has written the following:
"All white men are responsible for white oppression."[ First 2 from Black Theology and Black Power by James H. Cone (1969) ]
"Violence may be the black mans expression, sometimes the only possible expression, of Christian love to the white oppressor."
"The goal of black theology is the destruction of everything white."
"It must stay in the black community and get down to the real issues at hand (cutting throats to use LeRoi Joness phrase)."
"The black experience is the feeling one has when attacking the enemy of black humanity by throwing a Molotov cocktail into a white-owned building and watching it go up in flames."
"The free person in America is the one who does not tolerate whiteness but fights against it, knowing that it is the source of human misery."
"To be a disciple of the black Christ is to become black with him. Looting, burning, or the destruction of white property are not primary concerns. Such matters can only be decided by the oppressed themselves who are seeking to develop their images of the black Christ. "
The more you read about Critical Race Theory, the more you understand why this is, indeed, a bomb shell. It explains why “Holder’s people” are excused for their crimes.
snip-”The Bell-Crenshaw effect began to snowball during the 1980s and 1990s as more and more African-American law professors saw a proven path to career security. Write about the Man, vet your articles to Bell, Crenshaw and company, and pay homage to the futility of it all. To their credit, some African-American law professors rejected the siren call of the pied pipers at Harvard and UCLA.”
Among her illustrious papers is "'Super Size Me' and the Conundrum of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class for the Contemporary Law-Genre Documentary Filmmaker."
Yes. Or put another way, it produces a nation of men rather than a nation of laws. It's a good thing most Americans don't believe this nonsense. It's outrageous and frightening that obama supports people who believe it. I think he believes it himself.
Who else would hire a racist but a university?
This has me really upset. In the sense that, as I try to go about my daily activities, I can’t stop thinking about this woman and the effect of her ideas and policies. So much of this I already “knew,” in the sense that I was aware it happened, but had never seen it laid out so starkly, so unapologetically. Does she have any direct connection to Holder? (It explains all his actions and non-actions.) In the black community, the #1 “moral” value is “don’t snitch.” That seems to go along with her teachings, too. Almost everything that seems crazy, or unexplainable today, becomes crystal clear when viewed through the prism of Regina Austin.
So extreme is Professor Austin's insistence on the primacy of culture over law that she claims minority communities require an "alternative source of [legal] authority." [p.28]
Professor Austin's solution is to ensure that the privatization of wealth is "unraveled in a way that produces privatization or quasi-privatization for people who are the least well off." [p.28]
If Blacks are the center of the universe, then why do almost all Black political spokesmen base their beliefs on Voltaire, Rousseau, Hegel, Comte, and Marx?
He has surrounded himself with people just like this all his life. The sad thing is so many Americans were fooled by him. Or were they?
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