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The Racist Ravings of Derrick Bell
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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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Ogletree: I was joking about Obama video clip
By Chris Cassidy
Friday, March 9, 2012 - Updated 6 hours ago
Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree told the Herald he was just kidding when he suggested that a decades-old clip of a young Barack Obama praising and embracing controversial Professor Derrick Bell was kept hidden from voters during the 2008 campaign.
It was a big joke, Ogletree said. If you watch the tape, the audience is laughing when Im laughing.
Ogletree taught both Barack and Michelle Obama at Harvard; he has remained close to Barack Obama throughout his political career. He appeared briefly on the joint Daily Show-Colbert Report election night coverage of the 2008 presidential election, making a few remarks about his personal knowledge of the Obamas.
Ogletree has written opinion pieces on the state of race in the United States for major publications. Ogletree also served as the moderator for a panel discussion on civil rights in baseball on March 28, 2008 that accompanied the second annual Major League Baseball civil rights exhibition game the following day between the New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox.
On July 21, 2009, Ogletree issued a statement in response to the arrest of his Harvard colleague and client, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., whose arrest at his own home became a major news story about the nexus of politics, police power, and race that summer. Professor Ogletree later wrote a book about the events entitled The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.
After the September 2009 death of Senator Ted Kennedy, Ogletree’s name was suggested as one of the possible appointees to Kennedy’s seat as a “placeholder” until a special election could be held. ...
Originally posted on August 20, 2011, featuring an AP story about Obamas Martha Vineyard vacation, which he was still in the middle of.
Charles Ogletree was a black panther. He is also the lawyer of Henry Louis Gates, the racist Harvard professor whose racism caused the beer summit. Ogletrees daughter Rashida was recently hired into Holders Justice Department as a lawyer. Ogletree is still a militant leftist and is still called on by the Obamas for advice.
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama put in a brief appearance Saturday at the home of his friend and one-time teacher, Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, as he continued his Marthas Vineyard vacation.
Tribe's transgression had come to light only after he had publicly defended his colleague Ogletree, who just three weeks earlier had publicly apologized for the unauthorized heist of verbiage from Yale scholar Jack Balkin's book, What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said, and the stashing of it, nearly word-for-word, in his own book, All Deliberate Speed.
Appalled by Tribe's hypocrisy, an anonymous tipster alerted conservative scholar Joseph Bottum, who penned a damning 5,000 word article for The Weekly Standard, which revealed the extent of Tribe's theft and resulted in Tribe's half-hearted mea culpa.
In reviewing the case, Kagan and then Harvard President Larry Summers faced an obvious challenge: Ogletree was a black star on a faculty often criticized for being overly white; even more problematic, Tribe was the superstar of the judicial left.
Ogletree’s first intensive experience in the courtroom sparked his intent to pursue trial law as a career. He attended nearly every day of the trial of Black Power activist and Communist Angela Davis. Some of parts of the Davis trial were tedious, Ogletree recalled in I've Known Rivers, but “the process and strategies were fascinating. I sat there wondering how they were going to tie all this together.” After graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 1974, Ogletree stayed on a year to earn a master's degree. At the urging of his soon-to-be wife, he applied to Harvard Law School; the newlyweds moved to the Boston area upon his acceptance and enrollment in the fall of 1975. From the start, Ogletree recalled, he felt unease in the markedly different, monied East Coast enclave. Furthermore, the city was then in the middle of a vicious battle over busing that pitted its ethnic-American communities against the African-American populace. Academia itself was also especially tedious, and at one point he nearly quit the prestigious School of Law. “At Harvard the pressure was on, participation was mandatory, there was always a lot of competition and tension in the air,” Ogletree recalled in I've Known Rivers. He survived by closely allying himself with other African-American students and continued his political activism, even becoming national president of the Black Law Students Association.
Read more: Ogletree Charles Jr. Biography - Selected writings - Law, School, American, and African - JRank Articles http://biography.jrank.org/pages/2366/Ogletree-Jr-Charles.html#ixzz1ofJ7lITE
If anyone asked Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. 20 years ago which member of the Obama family would wind up in national politics, he would have picked Michelle.
Ogletree first met Michelle Obama 88 in the fall of 1985 when both arrived at Harvard Law School for the first time, she as a student and he as a visiting professor. As a student in his trial advocacy workshop, Ogletree says her commitment to public service was already clear.
She made a commitment to her father, who did not go to college, that she would pursue her talents to help her community, says Ogletree.
The home of Professor Charles Ogletree, a friend and former law school professor of President Barack Obama, is visible during a social event with the president in attendance in Oak Bluffs on Marthas Vineyard, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
From your post:
“He edited a campus Black Panther newspaper called The Real News and traveled to Africa and Cuba as part of student activist groups.
Ogletrees first intensive experience in the courtroom sparked his intent to pursue trial law as a career. He attended nearly every day of the trial of Black Power activist and Communist Angela Davis. “
Protecting former Panthers
On December 8 2005, former Black Panther Party members, John L. Bowman, Hank Jones and Ray Boudreaux held a meeting at the Washington, DC office of Trans-Africa Forum. They were complaining about re-newed police investigations of a 1971 police killing in San Francisco that they had been accused of.
They had been indicted at the time by a grand jury, but were released when the court rendered a decision stating the methods used to obtain information were illegal.
The former Panthers were flanked by Danny Glover, “reparations” activist Ron Daniels, Democratic Socialists of America member Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Charles Ogletree.
Charles Ogletree, said that the community should protect the rights of the former Panthers with their lives.
“These gentlemen, Ray Boudreaux, Hank Jones and others have been victims of the most vicious forms of American terrorism and torture...It takes a village to protect its elders. We tell them today, through our presence here and through our commitment that we will provide a protective blanket over them. They will not come in this village and take these elders, except over our dead bodies.”
Consider Jill Elijah. She writes on behalf of Bucks release that a warm nurturing living arrangement is available to Ms. Buck in my home located in Brooklyn. . . . I and my family look forward to her joining our home. The letterhead? Harvard Law School, where Elijah runs the criminal justice institute. Also on the letterhead in the Elijah letter to the Justice Department is Charles Ogletree, President Obamas dear friend and mentor. Having Ogletrees name associated with such a request was like mailing Buck the keys to her jail cell. Ogletrees daughter Rashida was recently hired into Holders Justice Department as a lawyer.
Another thing Adams points to with Elijahs letters is that theyre written on Harvard letterhead. One of President Obamas law school professors, Harvard Director Emeritus Charles Ogletree, appears on the letterhead. Adams said Ogletree has lots of pull with the president.
The letters from Harvard with Charles Ogletree in the letterhead are telling, Adams said. Ogletree is a personal friend of President Obama and having his name on a letter seeking Bucks release is like sending Buck the keys to open her jail cell.
Obama stayed with Ogletree in Aug 2004, right after his 2004 DNC speech
Now I understand the timing and locale for Obama’s summer vacations.
Black intellectuals focus on condition of African-Americans Discussion sends mixed message to Clinton about race relations, his initiative
The Dallas Morning News - Sunday, August 31, 1997
Author: New York Times News Service
EDGARTOWN, Mass. - The former Black Panther wondered why her son, a college graduate, was working in a supermarket. A Supreme Court justice’s one-time accuser wondered why she saw so many Confederate flags in Oklahoma. And a law professor wondered how to keep people from withdrawing to islands - metaphorical ones - when faced with the subject of race.
These concerns were voiced within the white clapboard walls of the Old Whaling Church on Friday night as 10 of the United States’ foremost black intellectuals led a sometimes measured and sometimes passionate, humorous or prickly discussion over whether and how to hold a national conversation about race.
The participants included Kathleen Cleaver, the former Black Panther ; Anita Hill, whose testimony during the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings of Clarence Thomas started a national debate over sexual harassment; and Patricia Williams, an author and law professor at Columbia University.
But the man who is trying to lead that conversation during the next year, President Clinton, did not attend. His aides said that he was concerned about disrupting both the event and his three-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
“I’m not concerned that he’s not here,” professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School said. “I’m concerned if he’s not hearing. “ But if Mr. Clinton eventually listens to the tape of the evening’s debate that his aides said he would receive, he will hear a decidedly mixed message - about his race initiative, about the state of black-white relations, and about the economic and political condition of black Americans.
And that outcome clearly delighted the moderator, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of the Afro-American studies department at Harvard and director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, which organized the event, as well as similar ones in past years. Mr. Gates said that the three-hour discussion underscored the “multiplicity of opinion within one little section of the American mosaic. “ Martha’s Vineyard is the setting for the annual panels, which have dealt before with subjects such as affirmative action, in part because of the island’s history as an integrated resort, and in part because so many potential panelists unwind there. (In introducing Mr. Ogletree , Mr. Gates said, “He is also, I understand, a master fisherman in these waters. “) More than 400 people, including many celebrities, paid $50 to attend.
What’s up with Obama secrecy? // Pullout quote pullout quote pullout qoute pullout quote.
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Thursday, September 9, 2004
Author: Lynn Sweet
Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama is running two campaigns.
One you see.
One you don’t.
While the vast majority of Obama’s campaign cash comes from Illinois, Obama has raised a significant amount of money — 24 percent of his cash — from out-of-state donations. Obama, for example, does not want you to know that last month he collected money at a cocktail fund-raiser in the town of Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard , the famous vacation island off Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. The trip seemed very worthwhile. Obama combined it with an appearance on a panel to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools in the country, moderated by Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree .
Law license, Wash, DC, 2007
"For me his [Derrick Bell] loss is personally devastating. He started out as an inspiring teacher and mentor who became a close and beloved friend.
I was particularly thrilled that he taught my daughter, Rashida Ogletree George, when she was a student at NYU Law School and a teaching assistant for Bell. "
Rashida J Ogletree Department of Justice
Rashida J Ogletree (GS 15) is an employee working for the Department of Justice / Offices of Boards and Divisions in Washington, DC. In the fiscal year 2010, this employee received a base salary of $123,758.
Salary for Rashida J Ogletree
Base Salary $123,758
Pay Grade GS 15
Position General Attorney
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Location Washington, DC
Vernon Jordan, also
"Not all blacks stay in Oak Bluffs; Vernon Jordan lives about fifteen miles away, in Chilmark. "
Black and White on Marthas Vineyard
John Bryan, the former chairman of Sara Lee, introduced Obama to Vernon Jordan, Democratic power broker in 2004. Jordan promptly staged a fundraiser for Obama at his Washington home---the first in that city.
Ogletree one day earlier co-hosted a Democratic fundraiser billed as "Voices for Obama" at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, where Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave the keynote address.
The White House says President Obama doesn't plan to attend a pair of Martha's Vineyard fundraisers Thursday night despite the fact he's on the small island for the first night of 10-day his family vacation.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is headlining the fundraisers for the Obama Victory Fund. Tickets to the fundraisers range in price from $100 to $1000.
Obama's trip comes at a time when his hope of overhauling the nation's health care system hangs in the balance. Influential Republicans in Congress, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have called for a more limited fix. Liberal groups such as MoveOn.org are trying to stop the White House from giving up on a "public option," a government-run health plan that would compete with those of private insurers.
In a sign that the debate is shadowing Obama even in liberal Massachusetts, a full-page ad in Friday's Vineyard Gazette greeted him with the warning: "Health care legislation without a public option is not health care reform." It was paid for by the Martha's Vineyard Ad-Hoc Coalition for Genuine Health Care Reform.
Finally, I found the following (but not an answer to my question):
Rashida Ogletree: The daughter of Obama pal and Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, Ms. Ogletree joined the Section after working as a staff attorney at the District of Columbia Public Defenders Office.
Before that, she had interned at the Legal Action Center , which describes itself as the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
She also participated in the Brennan Center for Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, where she worked on efforts to give voting rights to convicted felons.
Leaving no activist stone unturned, she preceded those activities with internships at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the EEOC, as well as a gig as the Education and Enforcement Coordinator for the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston.
And to top it all off, she served as an editor of the progressive Review of Law and Social Change at NYU Law School.
If that were true, McCain would have won. Think before you spout... it'll save you from embarrassing moments like this one.
We're talking about race and nationalities, not presidential elections on this particular thread. Take your head out of your ass before you suffocate..........
So, we now know that you are stupid, and profane, and a liar.
Nice. You're batting a thousand, douchebag.