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Harvard Student Barack Obama embracing his mentor Dr. Derrick Bell, a radical who conceived of the “critical race theory.” He also has Oregon connections. See this entry from Wiki:
Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. (November 6, 1930 – October 5, 2011) was the first tenured African-American professor of Law at Harvard University, and largely credited as the originator of Critical Race Theory. He was the former dean of the University of Oregon School of Law and, to put his beliefs into context, is called, “the Jeremiah Wright of Academia.”
While Bell was a warrior against racial discrimination (see his impressive resume below) at the same time he was searching for a reason to blame bigotry on inherent characteristics of white society. It became known as the Critical Race Theory. Over at David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks we get an overview:
(Read more and see the videos below)
Bell continued writing about critical race theory after accepting a teaching position at Harvard University. Much of his legal scholarship was influenced by his experience both as a black man and as a civil rights attorney. Writing in a narrative style, Bell contributed to the intellectual discussions on race. According to Bell, his purpose in writing was to examine the racial issues within the context of their economic and social and political dimensions from a legal standpoint.
For instance, in The Constitutional Contradiction, Bell argued that the framers of the Constitution chose the rewards of property over justice. With regard to the interest convergence, he maintains that “whites will promote racial advances for blacks only when they also promote white self-interest.” Finally, in The Price of Racial Remedies, Bell argues that whites will not support civil rights policies that may threaten white social status.
Here’s Barack Obama embracing Bell during a time when Bell was fighting for his job at Harvard.
Better video of this has surfaced over at Buzzfeed. It follows. And when you look at this please note that Obama doesn’t need a telepromptr when he endorses his mentor’s bigotry. Oh, and let’s “open up our minds” as the future President beseeches.
Over at David Horowitz’s Discover the Networks (here) we see that Bell was a warrior in the fight against racism:
He was the only Black person working for the Justice Department at the time. In 1959, the government asked him to resign his membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) because it was thought that his objectivity, and that of the department, might be compromised or called into question. Bell quit rather than giving up his NAACP membership.
Soon afterwards, Bell took a position as an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), crafting legal strategies at the forefront of the battle to undo racist laws and segregation in schools. At the LDF, he worked alongside other prominent civil rights attorneys such as Thurgood Marshall, Robert L. Carter and Constance Baker Motley. Bell was assigned to Mississippi, the cradle of the deep South, where racism was at its most virulent and entrenched.
But he didn’t stop with just righting wrongs. See this nugget about the former University of Oregon and Obama-mentoring-Bell, staging a sit-in in his own office:
In 1980 Bell became the dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, becoming one of the first African-Americans to ever head a non-black law school. He resigned in 1985 over a dispute about faculty diversity. Bell then taught at Stanford University for a year.
Returning to Harvard in 1986, Bell staged a five-day sit-in in his office to protest the school’s failure to grant tenure to two legal scholars on staff, both of whom adhered to a movement in legal philosophy that claims legal institutions play a role in the maintenance of the ruling class’ position. The administration, not giving an inch, claimed substandard scholarship and teaching on the part of the professors as the reason for the denial of tenure, but Bell called it an unambiguous attack on ideology. Bell’s sit-in galvanized student support but sharply divided the faculty.
Students held vigils and protests in solidarity with Bell with the support of some faculty. One of these students was future U.S. president Barack Obama, who spoke at a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Bell.[dubious – discuss] Critics, including some faculty members, called Bell’s methods counterproductive, and Harvard administration officials insisted they had already made enormous advances in hiring. The story of his protest is detailed in his book Confronting Authority.
So what we have is Obama embracing a man who believed that Whitey was responsible for any and all injustices against blacks. Who developed a theory surrounding those beliefs of blaming whitey for everything– and a Harvard Law student who embraced it all.
If this was such a benign theory as I can predict David Axelrod will say, why then, would Dr. Ogletree claim they hid it in 2008? What else are they hiding about Barack Obama?
Thank you David Horowitz and Andrew Breitbart for pulling back the curtain.