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The Racist Ravings of Derrick Bell
Posted By John Perazzo On March 9, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 14 Comments
By now, you may already have seen the 1991 video footage of Barack Obama, who was then a 30-year-old student at Harvard Law School, speaking in glowing terms about Harvard professor Derrick Bell, whom Obama described as a man known for speaking the truth and for an excellence of … scholarship that had not only opened up new vistas and new horizons, but had changed the standards [of what] legal writing is about. Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell, Obama urged the sizable crowd which had gathered to show their support for Professor Bell that day.
Since the release of the video, Obama’s backers have been quick to dismiss it as nothing more than a young scholar’s affectionate tribute to a liberal academic icon who not only made major intellectual contributions to his profession, but who also was a leading champion of racial diversity in higher education. For instance, CNN host Soledad OBrien, when interviewing Breitbart.coms editor-in-chief Joel Pollak yesterday about the significance of the video, described Bell benignly as the first tenured African American professor of law at Harvard University, and characterized the gathering merely as a rally in support of racial equality among the faculty at Harvard Law School. O’Brien then asked her guest, with apparent bewilderment, What part of that was the bombshell? Because I missed it. I dont get it. What was a bombshell?
In a similar spirit of willful blindness, Media Matters describes Derrick Bell as a respected academic and an influential figure in the Civil Rights movement. This portrayal is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s pathetic characterization, a few years back, of Bill Ayers as just a guy who lives in my neighborhood. But just as the reality of Bill Ayers was far more interesting than Obama indicated at that time, the truth about Derrick Bell is likewise far more compelling than the pablum the left has provided in the wake of this latest video. For you see, by the time Barack Obama was delivering his glowing remarks about Derrick Bell in 1991, the professor had already establishedand would continue to cultivate for another two decadesa reputation as someone who thoroughly, resolutely detested the United States and who viewed the nation’s institutions and its people as irremediably racist. In short, until his death last October at the age of 80, Bell was secular academia’s version of Jeremiah Wrighta raging, fulminating racist without the clergyman’s robe. And something about his philosophy resonated strongly with Barack Obama.
Derrick Bell is best known as the founding father of Critical Race Theory, an academic discipline which maintains that society is divided along racial lines into (white) oppressors and (black) victims, similar to the way Marxism frames the oppressor/victim dichotomy along class lines. Critical Race Theory contends that America is permanently racist to its core, and that consequently its legal structures are, by definition, racist and invalid. A logical derivative of this premise, according to Critical Race Theory, is that the members of oppressed racial groups are entitledin fact obligatedto determine for themselves which laws and traditions have merit and are worth observing. Such a perspective’s implications for the ability of civil society to function at all, are nothing short of monumental.
Further, Critical Race Theory holds that because racism is so deeply ingrained in America’s national character, racial preferences (favoring blacks) in employment and higher education are not only permissible but necessary as a means of countering the permanent character flaws of white people who, as Bell put it, seek to achieve a measure of social stability through their unspoken pact to keep blacks on the bottom. Asserting that few whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks, Bellright around the time Obama was praising him at the Harvard rallybelieved that racial discrimination in the workplace is as vicious (if less obvious) than it was when employers posted signs ‘no negras need apply.’ Bell complained, in fact, that most white employers were loath to hire African Americans for any position above the most menial. Nor did the professor look kindly upon his black colleagues who failed to share his enthusiasm for affirmative action. Indeed, Bell was among the first critics to condemn the June 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, stating: To place a person who looks black and who, in conservative terms, thinks white, is an insult.
Ideological conformity among blacks was of the utmost importance to Bell, since wherever he looked, he saw white racism. Lamenting that no African Americans are insulated from incidents of racial discrimination, Bell excoriated a white society that condemns all blacks to quasi citizenship as surely as it segregated our parents. Claiming that racism was an integral, permanent, and indestructible component of this society, Bell went so far as to state: The fact that, as victims, we suffer racism’s harm but, as a people, [we] cannot share the responsibility for that harm, may be the crucial component in a definition of what it is to be black in America. On the premise that black people will never gain full equality in this country due to the unending evils of the white oppressor class, Bell advised African Americans to squarely confront the otherwise deadening reality of our permanent subordinate status. This gloomy view of black destiny was reflected most vividly in the title of Bell’s 1992 book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism.
By Bell’s reckoning, the racism that made slavery feasible was far from dead. He added: Slavery is, as an example of what white America has done, a constant reminder of what white America might do. Bell also railed against the racism that motivated acts of white-on-black crime, lamenting that even our lives … are threatened because of our color. That claim did not square with the fact that more than 90 percent of African American murder victims nationwide are actually killed by fellow blacks, but it made for a nice sound bite. And in fact, Bell did not entirely turn a blind eye to the epidemic of black-on-black crime. That phenomenon, he explained, was itself a reaction to white oppression: Victimized themselves by an uncaring society, some blacks vent their rage on victims like themselves. In other words, whenever something bad happens, it is always the fault of whites.
As Bell saw things, white malevolence knew no bounds. In one of his writings, he mused that if scientists were to someday develop a magical pill that could transform any black person who consumed it into a perfectly law-abiding individual, whites would undoubtedly conspire to destroy it so as to prevent such an effect. Why? Because black crime, he explained, benefits many whites such as those who profit from the manufacture of prison uniforms. Wholly disgusted by the white race, Bell predicted that eventually America would witness the rise of charismatic new black leaders who, in the interests of retribution, would urge that instead of [African Americans] killing each other, they should go out in gangs and kill a whole lot of white people. Presumably this was some of the lofty scholarship that so impressed Barack Obama.
Bell endorsed a journal called Race Traitor, whose stated aim is to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin. Moreover, the publication’s guiding principle is: Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity. In 1999 Bell signed on to a Race Traitor article that stated: If the task of the nineteenth century was to overthrow slavery, and the task of the twentieth century was to end legal segregation, the key to solving this countrys problems in the twenty-first century is to abolish the white race as a social categoryin other words, eradicate white supremacy entirely. Among Bell’s fellow signatories were Pete Seeger, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn.
So this was Derrick Bell, the man whom Barack Obama feted on that 1991 day at Harvard, just four years before Obama was to launch his own political career in the home of two America-hating Marxists in ChicagoBill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. As Obama lauded Bell, a banner was displayed in the background which read, Harvard Law School on Strike for Diversity. To be sure, Bell had already staged numerous sit-ins on behalf of diversity during his time at Harvard. Particularly high on his priority list was his wish to pressure the Law School into hiring a black female for a tenured professorship. Even though 45 percent of Harvard Law’s faculty appointments during the preceding decade had gone to minorities and women, none was both black and femalehence Professor Bell’s objection. Bell’s students dutifully echoed the professor’s mantra, bleating that they desperately needed black women role models to help them combat the status quo that was dominated by white men. When Harvard’s dean stated that no attempt to increase diversity should override the University’s commitment to academic excellence, the protesters called his position highly insulting to blacks and symbolic of the elitism of Harvard. It is reasonable to assume that Barack Obama, who helped galvanize campus support for Derrick Bell’s crusade on behalf of black women, more or less shared these views.
At that time, there was one black woman in particular whom Professor Bell wanted Harvard Law to hireRegina Austin, a fellow adherent of Critical Race Theory who had been serving as a visiting professor at Harvard Law. Though Harvard had a longstanding policy that forbade the hiring of visiting professors during the year of their residence on campus, Bell issued a non-negotiable demand that Austin be given a faculty position.
When the Law School refused to make an exception to its policy, Bell took a leave of absence from his teaching post and even staged a hunger strike in protest. Austin, you see, was a kindred spirit to Bell from an ideological perspective. An outspoken advocate of racial separatism and identity politics, she has long held that minority communities are not obliged to accept traditional values or conformity to the law as defined by the dominant power structure of a racist society. Rather, such communities require an alternative source of [legal] authority.
In acknowledgment of the professional sacrifices Professor Bell made on behalf of this same Regina Austin, Barack Obama reverently referred to Bell as the Rosa Parks of legal education.
What does Barack Obama’s high regard for Derrick Bell tell us about the President? Certainly the praise he heaped upon Bell in 1991 reveals something profoundly significant about Obama’s mindset at the age of 30. Some, though, would dismiss it as ancient history. Slightly less ancient, however, is the fact that a 33-year-old Obama routinely assigned works authored by Bellincluding the latter’s racialist interpretations of seminal civil-rights casesas required readings in the courses he taught at the University of Chicago Law School in 1994. To be sure, Bell’s work appeared on Obama’s syllabus more frequently than that of any other authora clear indication of Obama’s high regard for Bell’s scholarship.
Still more recent was Obama’s alliance with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrnan alliance that shifted into high gear when Obama was 34 and remained in high gear (via his collaboration with Ayers on the radical Chicago Annenberg Challenge) until Obama was at least 38. And of course Obama’s attendance at (and his monetary contributions to) Jeremiah Wright‘s famously racist church from approximately age 27 until he was 47, says something noteworthy about his mindset during those years as well.
Pro-Obama automatons will dismiss these and all other references to Obama’s alliances as nothing more than mean-spirited attempts to smear a great man by way of innuendo and guilt-by-association. By contrast, people with a capacity to reason can surely understand that there is something far more profound at play here. In the final analysis, people should be free to throw their support behind a socialist who has spent his entire adult life allying himself with America-hating radicals and Marxists, if that is whom they choose to embrace. But when doing so, it is vital that they at least be cognizant of the fact that they are indeed backing such an individual.
 Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well (New York: Basic Books, 1992), p. 152.
 Ibid., pp. 5, 15.
 Ibid., pp. 3, 10.
 Cited in Dinesh D’Souza, The End of Racism (New York: The Free Press, 1995), p. 17. Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, p. 155.
 Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, pp. 12, 113.
 Ibid., pp. 3, 4.
 Ibid., p. 3.
 Ibid., p. 196.
 Lino Graglia, Affirmative Discrimination, National Review (July 5, 1993), p. 30.
 Robert Boynton, Professor Bell, Sage of Black Rage, New York Observer (October 10, 1994), p. 1.
 Fox Butterfield, Harvard Law School Torn by Race Issue, The New York Times (April 26, 1990).
 Ibid. Fox Butterfield, Harvard Law Professor Quits Unitl Black Woman Is Named, The New York Times (April 24, 1990), p. A1.
 David Horowitz, The Professors, p. 58.
 Ibid., p. 26. Heather MacDonald, Law School Humbug, City Journal (Autumn 1995).
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I thought he passed away.
Apparently, the owners of all the teams in the NBA and NFL didn't get the memo.
So our “up from poverty and racial oppression” president was still in law school at the age of thirty? Some missing years in there, twenty five would be usual for a middle class and financially concerned student.
To place a person who looks black and who, in conservative terms, thinks white, is an insult.
he was selling hate , it helps to also explain why Herman Cain was such a threat to them.
Someone was writing checks for Barky’s “education.”
It would seem this presidency has been in the works for decades.
all very interesting but will the average moderate get it. never heard of this Bell fellow myself. But Ayers is a household name compared to Bell and nobody cared about the Zero connect to Bullyboy..Billyboy
It seems our president paid attention in class.
Eric Hold must also be a follower of Bell, given how he runs the DOJ. We are not all equal under the law, justice is not blind in his view.
How soon you have forgotten the “community organizing years” prior to law school.
Bell endorsed a journal called Race Traitor, whose stated aim is to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin.
I wonder if Hannity knows about these writings specifically. I also wonder if he and other conservatives are hesitant about revealing this or at least revealing it too forcefully as it is so disturbing and disgustingly racist.
It’s becomes more and more obvious that our president is a racist. Not only that but I find the comment by that other professor who hid the tape stating that he doesn’t care who sees it now. Well, it’s not too late to affect the next election. Or is it? What is it too late for? Is there something going on behind the scenes?
He passed away last October.
We are all SO embarrassed that he was from Pittsburgh.
Black people in this town may be Democrats, but they’re not
all crazy racist certifiable whack-jobs like this guy.
It just occurred to me that at the time of this video, the USA was in the process of hiring a Supreme Court Justice by the name of Clarence Thomas. Obama should have been out front defending the future Supreme Court Justice instead of a black racist. He certainly has his share of dangerous, nutty friends.
Obama in 2001 radio interview:
...But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasnt that radical. It didnt break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution.Obama wishes to scrap the limits placed on government powers because they get in the way of his redistributive schemes--
...I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.
I noticed that as well. Probably just the fact that they know the media will protect him and most Americans will never even see the tape anyway.
It doesn't stem from white America's unfair treatment of blacks, or from the fact that their forbears were "slave owners." It stems from the truth that many blacks are possessed of a self-loathing; a deep belief in the inherent unfairness of the fact that they were born black and others were born white.
Rather than do the hard work of coming to grips with their own self-animus, it is far easier and more convenient to simply diisplace that aggression by hating white people.
As long as there are blacks in America, there will be racial hatred. And it will be aimed at whites, merely because they are white.
A Class Sends Message To Harvard Law School
Special to The New York Times
Published: November 21, 1990
In a small basement classroom at Harvard Law School, 22 students gather week after week for a class no one was expected to take.
The course offers no credit. (snip)
This is no ordinary class. It is a civil rights seminar taught by Derrick A. Bell Jr., the soft-spoken black professor who broke ranks with Harvard last spring by vowing to take an unpaid leave of absence until the law school appoints a minority woman to its tenured faculty. Of the faculty’s 62 tenured members, three are black and five are women.
For Mr. Bell, one of the nation’s leading legal scholars, teaching his fall semester class, “Civil Rights at the Crossroads,” without his annual salary of about $120,000 is an extension of his protest.
(VIDEO at link)
Derrick Bell teaches a civil rights course
Derrick Bell takes a leave of absence to protest the lack of minority faculty at Harvard Law
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