Skip to comments.Video: Does O’Brien know what “Critical Race Theory” is?
Posted on 03/08/2012 5:28:02 PM PST by Nachum
Via Dan Riehl and Ace, this almost too good to check. Go read Rebel Pundits post for an explanation, then skip to 2:00 below. (If you missed Eds post this morning, by all means watch the whole thing.) After sneering at Joel Pollak for supposedly mischaracterizing the discipline and then refusing to define it herself, she finally demonstrates her grasp of Critical Race Theory by uncorking a definition thats curiously similar to the opening of Wikipedias intro on CRT, replete with the noncolloquial use of intersection to describe an interdisciplinary study. Could be a coincidence the definition she gives is generic but the thought of her taking this much of a tone with him over his alleged ignorance while shes got some intern reading Wiki entries to her in her earpiece is irresistible.
But is that what happened? Turns out OBrien does know who Derrick Bell is. Go look at this page at Michelles new site Twitchy compiling some of her tweets about him. She marked his passing last October, retweeted Charles Ogletrees tribute to him, and mentioned that she was re-reading one of his books, so obviously shes familiar with his work. Could be they were even acquainted (she was a Harvard undergrad), although in that case, it might have been worth mentioning to the viewers as a prelude to the ritual savaging of Pollak as a racist, huh? Bottom line: Yeah, evidently she does know what Critical Race Theory is, and somehow, despite that fact, the formulation she came up with here is vague to the point of meaninglessness. Pollaks definition is much closer to the mark : CRT is all about how American law is used to disempower blacks and preserve white privilege. To get a sense of the academic environment in which it
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Watched this video just a little bit ago and came away with the thought that O’Brien is a condesending B*&$h that showed her TRUE colors. Joel Pollack did a fabulous job of keeping his composure AND educating the audience. I must say it was actually fun to watch. I also think that Amy Holmes is spectacular as well.
Brietbart is Here!
If nothing else, AB taught us not to be afraid to confront leftist/socialist. Confront them and don’t back down when the lie/spin/change-the-subject, which is exactly what Soledad did.
I loved that the one panelist tried to get all race baiter on him and ask why black people “scare” him....when Joel Pollak is married to and has a child with a black woman.
The video really is something. The emotion in O’Brien’s voice and body language was very strong. How dare anyone say anything about Obama that is not worshipful!
Soledad O’Brien still an airbrain - film at 11.
...Bell was credited with developing "critical race theory," which suggested that the U.S. legal system was inherently biased against African Americans and other minorities because it was built on an ingrained white point of view.
He argued in his many books and lectures that the life experiences of black people and other minorities should be considered in hiring decisions and in applying the law...
this sounds like Obama and Holder
OBrien is one of those for whom the content of what is said is unimportant. Obama has never made a substantive speech in his whole life. Bells theory has all the substance of a Star Trek episode, which is why his film has a SI FI format. Let us suppose that a man can be shrunk to the size of an ant with his mind and bodily functions left intact. Let us imagine we can build a space ship capable of traveling across the galaxy, using a propulsion method of totally unknown principle, moving one supposes in response to the magical incantations of the Captain. etc.
The guy from Breitbart said that O’Brien’s comments about Critical Race Theory were word for word from the Wikipedia entry.
Well, duh, of course it is based on white prejudices. What else: White invented the thing. The simply solution is to marry into the culture. A black teacher I know called standard English the power language. The crazy efforts to keep black kids from learning it left them in a predicament. I once showed pygmalion —the one with Leslie Howard to a class—the white kids and about half the black kids got it. Some of them, however, were angered that Eliza had to try.
Did I summarize Bell's theory correctly?
Wasn’t she among the most ignorant and silly persons on TV you have seen? Silly, dumb as a box of bricks, shouting, obnoxtious, loud, overbearing and she thought she was so good no doubt. She couldn’t SHOUT Joel down.
I like that black teacher. He/she is very smart. I am from a “country speakin” part of Georgia. My grandmother made sure we spoke properly and all her grand kids had to go to college. We never knew any other options and all 4 of us have degrees. I have a masters in Health Physics from Georgia Tech. People don’t know where I am from when I talk.
It might be a little sad, but it provided a better life for me and my family.
I think she had a ear phone or teleprompter and was able to muddle through some obfuscation of “Critical Race Theory” after her handlers were forced to go look it up.
It was hilarious and disturbing at the same time.
Havent looked but, good grief! Anyway, Tom Sowell has written a book which pitches the idea that so-call African American culture is really just a modified form of southern American culture. Soul food, for the most part, is like the diet of the Native Americans in the region , with the addition of pork. The anti-intellectualism of the blacks, their lack of talent in discursive reasoning, why they do so poorly on standardized tests, is like that of the poor Southern whites. What was his book? Black Red Necks? Many blacks and many whites have moved away from that cultural paradign, but it has become a part of our whole national culture now.
Actually, our legal system is based on Greek and other ancient legal systems with a God inspired twist that when applied correctly, lets all people achieve beyond their abilities.
I have known so many hard working immigrants from all many nations [Cambodia, Vietnam, Liberia, Egypt, Iran, several European countries inside and outside the old iron curtain, and other places] that have made a good living and even become very wealthy. They have succeeded further than me... so far :-)
If we keep the corrupt, leftist style government from critically wounding our free enterprise system, we will continue to see countless success stories. We have to defeat the leftist. We have to defeat Barak”a” Hussein ObaMao.
I would put it differently. We know the Greeks only through the prism of the Jewish and Christian philosophers of the Middle Ages and Early modern period. That faint light was broken into many colors and some colors amplified and others not.
Collin O’Brian? He wrote “The Big Game” didn’t he?
I thought the same thing.
OBrien is a condesending B*&$h
You have to be taught that? Just get in their faces too. I used to be a liberal. It’s all about emotionship, not logic and lefties are cowards. They like to be rude and pugnacious but it’s all a front. Nothing to be afraid of. Pollock handled himself superbly. He won the moment O’ Brien started stumbling and when the flunkie Thomas chimed in he had them eating out of his hand.
That's exactly the impression I had.
First, she seemed to sneer at Joel Pollack's description of CRT and when Pollack asked her to give her description of it she couldn't.
A short time later, when the opportunity came up, she rattled off the definition of CRT as if she were reading a definition.
At that time I thought it sounded just like the description of CRT I had looked up on Wikipedia a day earlier.
She was either fed it on a teleprompter or over her headset. She was not prepared for the challenge originally.
Now I recognize him! He’s the dumb hockey player from cheers!
He should’ve stuck with playing dumb.
Morgan Freedom is from the Mississippi Delta, but he went to school and mastered diction. So we have an actor was a black voice that is nonetheless perfectly clear to everyone. Jesse Jackson, with his Carolina voice, is a great orator. IMHO, better than King, very fertile in expression, but always clear, and less Southern than Haley Barbour. Barbour really truncated his political career by hanging onto his native tongue. Scottish actors and politicians tone down their brogues. Julie Andrews, they say, mastered real cockney for her role as Eliza, only to be told she should go more toward her own accent. An actor —a player in any field—must always know what his audience will be.