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 O’Brien, when interviewing’s 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 don’t 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 established—and would continue to cultivate for another two decades—a 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 Wright—a 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 entitled—in fact obligated—to 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.”[1]  Asserting that “few whites are ready to actively promote civil rights for blacks,” Bell—right around the time Obama was praising him at the Harvard rally—believed 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.”[2]  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.”[3]  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.”[4]  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.”[5]  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.”[6]  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.”[7]  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.”[8]  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.[9] 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.”[10]  Presumably this was some of the lofty “scholarship” that so impressed Barack Obama.

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  • W. C. Taqiyya

    But, isn't Obama a protected minority? And, as a protected minority, isn't it wrong to hold Obama responsible? Certainly. Because the purpose of legal protections is to shelter those who are less capable and with diminished capability comes diminished culpability. As it properly does with young children and women. Yes, the fault, if any, belongs to those who don't need special legal protections. To those who are unfairly advantaged and thus, responsible. And, since it's the white man's fault, lets kill them all.

    • mrbean

      Yassah, dat wat dat referend Farrakan dun tolt youse about awl dem blue eyed debils. Yassah, it dun beez dah white man fault! Dey dun jus' beez mofo honkay crackas. yoknwatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly) mettttt..,,,, mettttt…..metttttt…

      • Ghostwriter

        Will you please stop with the "Amos n' Andy routine? It's getting ancient,already. This is 2012,not 1912. For those who don't know what I'm talking about,google it and find out for yourselves.

        • mrbean

          Hmmmm… As I understand it there was no US national devt in 1912. And…. black fathers stayed with their families and supported their children….yoknwatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly) mettttt..,,,, mettttt…..metttttt…

    • Fred Dawes

      The system will never hold anyone Responible for Black or brown or yellow racists only Whites its called PC.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    By the way, good article Mr. Perazzo. But I fear that if people don't already know what Obama is, they probably don't care enough to learn now. Sob.

  • Anamah

    The fact is that the majority who voted for Obama didn't know the truth about him. How extreme, poisoned, hateful toward our Institutions, the people and the whole country he was. So we have now somebody in the W.H. as a result of false pretensions, who sword to obey our laws, to defend our Constitution and the entire country and here we are… he was an impostor who got the complicity of the corrupted media lying to all of us about this activist. We need to talk all about what has happened to us and search the best way to drive our Republic to a safer time. It seems the plan was to throw us to chaos before elections. We need to be strong but specially careful, to remain calm. We must prevail to wake up from this nightmare.

    • Black_Lib

      Wrong. Conservatives tried to make hay of his connections to Ayer's and Wright last time and no one cared just as no one cares about a professor of his at Harvard that he obviously admired. This garbage is for people who already hate Obama and it definitely isnt changing any minds.

      • Libertyman

        You are right in the case of many who supported Obama. Narcissists who represent the hard core left don’t operate in a world based on ethics and morality. You have a valid point. It is obvious that many knew he was an unprincipled bigot who hated America and voted for him anyway.

        But hopefully a good percentage that was drawn into the free Billion dollar campaign publicity offered to us by the leftist mainstream press in 2008 won’t be drawn in 2012.

      • kentatwater

        Wrong. There a plenty of people who voted for Hussein out of guilt, or out of fatigue from Washington insiders, or even plain old novelty. I know several people after the election, whose manner could have been boiled down to a pinback reading, "I Voted For A Black Man! Woo-hoo!"

        Your static analysis ignores the damage he's done. It ignores the incredible debt he has burdened the country with. It ignores the realization by so many that he never really was vetted adequately, in part due to a blithe electorate, and in part due to media complicity. But the media can't hide all the damage. They can't hide the soon to be $5 gas, and they can't shut up the new media when they remind anyone willing to listen, that such was an explicitly stated goal of his administration.

        Of course, there are many on your side whose minds will never be changed. Denial is a powerful thing. There are many on our side whose vote will not change, for we already knew the score. The swing voters who will decided this, though, are listening. They are tired, but they are listening.

      • Grayzel1

        Correction – after the old media explained those connections away 51% of voters in These United States didn't care.

      • Drew

        Funny how truth and facts are referred to as "garbage" by this black lib.

    • Fred Dawes

      black's how voted for obama knew all about him and love him.

      • Drew

        Blacks voting for Obama knew nothing about him except that he was a black Democrat, therefore purveyor of handouts, affirmative action and white guilt. They love him on that basis, knowing he will stick it to whitey wherever possible. Even if you force fed them his communism, his likely slavER heritage, his love of the prime slaver religion, they would continue to follow him for his color and the crumbs Dems throw them. Many blacks hate white Christians (who ended near universal slavery) and convert to the slaver Arabic religion Islam (that calls blacks "abd" or slaves). These blacks proudly adopt the names of their longest oppressors up to the present (500,000 blacks slaughtered in Sudan by Muslim militias of a Muslim government). How sick is that? But then Muslims and Arabs never had a faction of self-hating liberal Muslims/Arabs who kept teaching blacks to hate them. Whites have that kind of sicko liberal.

  • truebearing

    Once again we learn that Obama found guidance in the vile rantings of paranoid, deranged, hate obsessed racists. There is an undeniably pattern here.

    It would be interesting to scroll a string of quotes from Obama's mentors in an ad, then ask the viewer if they know who said what, with the names gradually appearing next to their quote. I suggest the list includes Bell, Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers, Dorn, and Frank Marshall Davis. Oh, and throw in a few Islamists, just for good measure.

    At the end of the ad a voice asks the viewers: "Why didn't the media tell Americans about Obama's friends and mentors….before he got elected?"

    Discrediting the media is as important as discrediting Obama.

    • lischelle love

      "….Obama's mentors…racist…" Sheesh….the majority of white people are SO MISINFORMED and MISeducated regarding black people and the legacy of "white rights" and "white superiority" it is just astonishing. RACISM itself comes from a position of POWER and CONTROL whether it is legal, educational, or social it comes from a POWER & CONTROL position. Since black people don't CONTROL a damn thing we can't BE racist-can't change laws, media talking heads, social norms or anything else. White people in general just don't like their delicate sensibilities put on blast or confronted or revealed…so "NO", not even the POTUS is/was "racist" he just learned his own history and the traumas inflicted on black people for centuries without intervention or pause by whites all over the globe. No racism from a black perspective but an awareness of "white privilege" through the years that is finally be said aloud by blacks all across the country. And before any of you question my loyalty to the USA, remember that you too are not INDIGENOUS to the Americas yourself.

      • Tychicus

        You are so deluded and brain washed, you don't know the difference between racism and Marxism. Just try to apply your silly white/black paradigm to other places like Africa or the Middle East. It has nothing to do with the color of skin, nor of the "class system", but just simple power and money. The human condition is the same no matter what color anyone's skin is. Stop whining and take some responsibility for yourself. Put down your gun and your knife, stop robbing your brother, turn off the hip-hop profanity music (racist, misogynist, hateful), and grow a backbone.

        • trickyblain

          You're applying negative sterotypes to this person without have the slightest idea as to her(?) education, background or socioeconomic status. This alone, indeed, makes you a racist.

          I don't agree that black people "can't" be racist — targeting a white person based on skin color alone for violence is undoubtedly racist. But the criminal, in his mind, can justify it by pointing at ignorant white trash statements like yours.

          • Western Canadian

            No, drawing the conclusion that this loon he replied to has been brainwashed into swallowing a marxist distortion of what racism is, is not racism. The irony of the abused term, is incredible…… marx being a vicious racist himself. You would appear to not understand the legitimate meaning of the term yourself.

          • trickyblain

            I understand what Marxism is, and also how it's used by elements of the right to address alll they dispise. So tell me, how is the post "Marxist" in the true meaning of the term?

          • intrcptr2

            The Marxist substrate of Critical Race Theory comes from the stance of its progenitors; Franz Fanon and Steven Biko. Both men were well educated, but disaffected just like Bell (I shall refuse to honor his scholarship with his putative title), and neither of them were fortunate enough to be born into a nation so racist that they could get sinecures at Harvard. At root, it is a variation on the dialectical theme of class struggle, where economics is substituted by race, or occasionally confounded with it (As here in the US where blacks tend to have a standard of living like the kings who sold their anscestors into Transatlantic slavery). It is not indeed a direct, or contingent, outcome of Marx's thinking. But it is of the same parentage.
            The same goes for Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, and the more recent manifestation of the social gospel, a la Jim Wallis.
            Society is divided into discrete classes, roughly comparable to Paolo Friere's "haves" and "have-nots" (And for him, this does come straight out of Marx), and these two groups are engaged in a death clutch which Hegel's dialectic requires will result in a synthesis, annihilating them both. This is of course a failing in most of these systems. Marx modified Hegel's dialectic when he encouraged the workers to unite in the communist revolution, which would destroy capitalism. Critical Race Theory and Liberation Theology both follow Marx on this point.
            Lischelle has not quite gotten this far, but her conception of racism as purely and solely a manifestation of a racial monopoly on political power, in the US in any event, does suggest that she also accepts that Bell's desired reversal of fortune would follow a Marxist/Leninist (Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam) outline.

          • truebearing

            Well done. I don't expect any more tricks from trickyblain.

          • trickyblain

            Well written, intcptr2.

            Yet the notion of "class struggle" or "class envy" hardly started with Marx (camel through the eye of a needle? Caste systems? Feudalism?). Business as usual in Police Room 619 was a result of institutional racism, not as a result of Biko's economic beliefs.

            And Marxism, as written, is pure economics. Bad economics, but economics nevertheless. Your argument seems to posit that anytime a group claims injustice or unfairness against a more powerful group, in can rightfully be lumped in with Marxism. Thus, Marxism loses all significant meaning from what it is — bad economics.

          • intrcptr2

            I would take issue with the Communist Manifesto being pure economics, but I do most certainly agree with Marx's thinking being bad.

            Marx's innovation, at least for historical analysis, was crafting the lens of class struggle and seeing all history through it in the effort to predict where European history was headed. What you are pointing at is his very evidence that that is what history is. So in that regard, Marx was trying to be a historian analysing economics, yes? As far as I can tell, though, his analysis fails, largely on two points;
            1. He avoided a great many political entities, like the ancient Med, which were not class based, and had rather fluid economics.
            2. He took 19th Century European class systems, which themselves were not universally identical, and inserted his conception of them into history. While you are quite correct that "the rich" and "the poor" rarely get along terribly well, Marx's analysis demands that ALL societies across ALL history consist of these two classes, there can be no real traffic of people across class boundaries, and the existence of these classes is obvious, especially to those within them. Very little of this is accurate. The Caste system and feudal arrangements in Europe and Japan are in fact notable for their exceptionality.
            Marx's bungling of 1st Century Christianity needs little comment except to point out that he in fact stole his primary idea from a mangled understanding of the Israelites' wandering in the desert as they subsisted on manna. Jesus' words I take as more descriptive than proscriptive. Remember also that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes both seem to indicate that wealth is not permanent, so class identity is not either, and that wealth is typically the result of effort and God's providence, just as poverty is the result of sloth and God's providence.

            I am not attempting to lump all bad politics together by labeling things as Marxist. Marxism is a half-baked political regime, it required Lenin's hard-headed pragmatism to refine it into what it is today. Marx never told the proles how to get the bourgiosie to part with their wealth. Lenin made that a bit clearer.
            It is possible that Marx's oversight in this regard make his work seem less political than economic. But today, that matters little. What Marxism is today includes Lenin's (And there are others) practical modifications, which by their very nature are political.
            I quite understand that Biko faced a legitimately oppressive government. But he had already been to university by that point, and so had, at the very least, begun adopting a Marxist framework and rhetoric (And his affiliation with the ANC would support this). During the Cold War, this Marxism would have been the politcal mechanisms by which the new economics would prevail.
            That is the Marxism I disaprobate, and it is also the one I see when anyone claims that racism is nothing more than a manifestation of political oppression. Such makes racism much worse, yes. But it is not its definition, as lischelle would have it.

          • intrcptr2

            blast. nearly forgot.

            thanks for the compliment

          • intrcptr2

            "education, background or socioeconomic status"
            None of this is racially based, so one can not be racist for condemning her position in utter ignorance of any of these realities in her (I think it safe to presume this is not a man's name) life.

            That is the nice thing about our legal system, in denial of Bell's antidote for systemic racism; once a person has been found guilty of breaking the social contract by breaking a law, there is NO justification for it. I do not give a damn HOW anyone tries to justify his racism. The point of this article is that we have managed as a polity, to choose as our leader a man who cheerfully and willfully, and knowingly, consorted with the worst sort of humans imaginable. And they do not take the effort to point at anything other than their own fevered imaginations as justification for their evil.

            Lischelle has clearly gone to college, or a rather solid high school, for her to repeat her mantras so effortlessly. But such philosophies are intellectually fraudulent and absolutely bereft of any moral sense whatsoever.

          • trickyblain

            Of course "education, background or socioeconomic status" have nothing to do with racism. But a) not knowing any of those things about a person b) knowing only one thing about the person (she's black), then c) throwing out this gem: "Put down your gun and your knife, stop robbing your brother, turn off the hip-hop profanity music (racist, misogynist, hateful), and grow a backbone."

            Textbook racism!

          • intrcptr2

            Oddly, I am carrying two related, but slightly different, concepts of education in my mind.

            I stated it this way in reference to the general understanding of formal education, which most of us accept does not influence racism, or racist prejudices, terribly much. But in another sense education is the one thing that perpetutates racism.

            As I just mentioned to lischelle, since racism is a matter of the heart more than ethnicity, it must be taught. I take it that in the past, such happenened at mother's knee. And sadly, it still does. The unfortunate reality is that "those people" have been getting hired at universities for well nigh 50 years now. Before that, say 1920 and back, it was scientific racists, like Woodrow Wilson and Aldous Huxley, who were doing the teaching. Call it a reversal of fortunes (Educrats love the metaphor of pendulums).
            Where in the late 19th Century our educated elite taught that the white man was demonstrably superior to lesser races, thus justifying institutional racism (Which in America could be subverted in part through separate educations) by the end of the 20th Century, our elites were teaching that this evil of racism is unique to whites (Due not to personal prejudice, but simply rather to the nature of society). Racism is no longer considered a personal sin or failing, but rather is a structural failure which can be corrected only by a thoroughgoing change (Obama's sloganeering ring a bell?). Such can be traced back to Marxist ideas.
            My problem with all this is that we are all now identified as members of a group, as opposed to being approached and judged on individual bases. Is this not the definition of prejudice?

            You are right, Tychicus is being bigoted here. Re-reading his comment, I do not take his words of "advice" as directed at lischelle, so much as her putative community. But when she writes this;
            "the majority of white people are SO MISINFORMED and MISeducated regarding black people and the legacy of "white rights" and "white superiority" it is just astonishing"
            she is being equally bigoted. So for me, this is a push; they're both being disrespectful and bigoted.

            Sadly, many prejudices are not crafted out of thin air (The blood libel against Jews seems to be one that is), they are radically embellished out of common observations; inner-city blacks seem (The numbers appear to support this) to shoot one another quite a bit. They also seem to have a large number of children out of wedlock (Whites do too, but let's keep ourselves on percentages). I am well aware of these prejudices. I also know, for my own sake, that not everyone falls afoul of them (Like my neighbor Charlie, his wife Nette, and their three girls).
            I do my utmost to take people at face value. But to ignore demographic data, because it is emotionally or politically unpleasant because it seems to validate certain stereotypes, is unhealthy and unwise, and to a certain degree, immature. Sometimes the truth does hurt. And yes, that goes for politicians on both sides of the aisle being, in general, scumbags.

        • lischelle

          "…brainwashed…difference between racism and Marxism….silly white/black paradigm to other places…stop whining and take some responsibility for yourself…grow a backbone…" Again….black people both in the USA and around the globe CANNOT BE A RACIST as defined in your dictionary…we may have prejudices but big yip. Our opinions don't create laws, start policy national or internation, nor change social thinking or outlooks as your diatribe related to inner-city violence and black youth entertainment attests to…I am from the Motown generation and abhor hip-hop personally and even it is not "racist". I already HAVE a backbone tyvm or I wouldn't have bothered to address this DISinformatioin about President Obama of Professor Bell being a racist in the first place….it ain't possible, except in the delusional mindset of a racist.

      • pagegl

        Actually, no humans are indigenous to the Americas. American Indians are descended from people who came from Asia by crossing the Bering Strait. Further, there was recently a report about research that supports earlier research that small bands of Europeans (probably from what is now France or Spain) settled in the New World 20,000 years ago, possibly before the Asians:

        This is a contentious issue though and is not agreed on by all.

        • lischelle

          "…no humans are indigenous to the Americas…" Thanks Pagegl….but I have read the recent findings and was referring to the Euronuts that always tell me and other black people to "go back to Africa if you're not happy here". While I COULD "go back" since I have visited the continent before, the majority of blacks in America have never BEEN to Africa and can't afford a trip in the current economy due to a lack of jobs and discretionary finances. Thanks again for the information and I will check out your link.

          • Drew

            You've just given the reason why American blacks should stop calling themselves African American since they have no affinity nor loyalty toward Africa. It's not a matter of affording to go back to Africa. It's a matter of knowing though they won't admit it that anywhere run by blacks is bad for blacks. They totally ignored the slaughter of half a million Sudanese blacks, including women and children by an Arab Muslim militia under orders of a Muslim government just as they ignored the black on black slaughter in Rwanda while continuing to complain about non-existent white racism in America and expressing all kinds of bigotry toward whites in their churches and physically through mob attacks. Black rule is bad for both blacks themselves (chaos and corruption) and whites.

      • intrcptr2

        So I suppose that Dr MLK Jr was also misinformed when he dreamed that some day ALL men would be judged on something other than their skin?

        I am sorry, love, but Fanon and Bell are wrong, racism has nothing, other than legal protection when it gets it, to do with political power. And folks descended from Europeans have no monopoly no it, despite the ravings of American racists like Bell, and you.

        Blacks do indeed CONTROL whether they will marry their baby momma, or if they will murder their neighbor for drug money or for no reason at all, or if they will do homework in high school rather than partying. Such an argument as you've regurgitated here is the very one that slave owners used in the 19th Century to justify keeping your forebears as chattel.

        Obama has no history with slavery, his father was African. Anything he learned about American history, and the injustices his family (Yes, indeed, those poor Germans) suffered was nothing more than propaganda. I am quite aware of the concept of white privilege (Taking a degree in education will do this to a person). I have yet to decide about its validity, or its importance. I think you and I can agree that no such thing exists today in Zimbabwe or USA. I should like to think you can also recognize that in those two southern African nations, it is blacks who hold all the power, and thus by your scheme, whites in those nations are incapable of being racist. I unfortunately do not exepct such enlightenment.

        I am sorry, but I am indeed indigenous to the Americas; Delaware, in the United States of America, to be exact. Although I do fail to see just what that has to do with the price of tea in China.

        • lischelle

          "…racism has nothing …to do with political power…racists like Bell and you…"
          You're kidding right? So that thinly veiled racism being spewed by the GOP in the race to 2012 is not "political"? Sorry, kiddo, but there is not a "racist" bone or other tissue in me…just aware of my surroundings and the people that I encounter across a wide spectrum of the social and economic strata.
          "…ML King was wrong…" Here's hoping; I have always had white friends-not just acquaintances – and they were more enlightened than most on this thread with regard to race and racism.

          • intrcptr2

            lischelle, Bell (And Fanon) were arguing that by defintion racism is a manifestation of political power, and that therefore, because blacks in western nations were in the minority, it was impossible for them to be racist. They are trying to redefine the term. In my mind, this is an illegitimate philosophical ploy, aimed at seizing political power through violent insurrection. Naturally, I think, they would agree with your depiction of the Republican primary as racist (Although I fail to see it, can you show me to what you are referring?).
            There is no question that anything a politician says in a political race is political, that's why we call it politics. That does not prove, or even really support, your argument that only whites can be racist. Perhaps you might enlighten us on just how Herman Cain, or Colin Powell, or Alan Keyes get along with all those racists.

            Not a racist bone in your body? If you were truly aware, then you would recgonze that Bell was a raving lunatic, and that you, by accepting his words, are every bit as racist as he was.
            See, here's the trick. I've learned that racism is not in the skin, it's in the heart. Which means it is taught. And you seem to have learned your lessons all too well. My university tries to stuff this down my throat all the time, but I'm a little older than most of my classmates, so I have the knowledge and wherewithal to argue with my professors, and their beloved Fanon and Friere and Bell, about why they are wrong.
            The problem is that racism persists because people want it to. Sadly, it tends to be inner-city blacks who talk this way. Not all of them, mind you. But it is difficult to find people willing to discuss these things civily. But then when one group demands that the other groupd is racist, by definition, it does put a chill on the conversation.

            And if you are trying to quote me, then do it right, please.
            "…ML King was wrong…"
            is not a quote of my words. And I always call him Dr King Jr, because it displeases me when people fudge such things.
            So, I am not quite sure if you want his dream to become reality, or if you are saying that it won't happen because of people, well, like me. I wonder too if your friends are truly enlightened, or if you simply see them that way because they accept Bell's empty and divisive re-definition of racism.

          • Drew

            To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a clearly black racist like you, there's "thinly veiled racism" everywhere, especially among Republicans. You excuse yourself from racism by saying you have white friends but would not accept the same excuse from a white with black friends. You must mean you have white lib friends who commiserate with you on how blacks are always and only victims, enablers of your bitterness through their racism of low expectations. Well fine, follow their drumbeat of victimology and how's that been working out for the black community at large whose pathology has only grown since the Dem big brains decided to buy you off in the 1960's when the black community was much healthier, closer in time to slavery and real racism.

        • lischelle

          "…Blacks do indeed CONTROL…" Having lived in the innercity all my life, I can assure you that the 'hood is also peopled with individuals that are "lower middle class" and do indeed work, attend school and all those other things whites do in a social setting. Don't let the Talking Heads mislead you on the lives of the AVERAGE black person in da 'hood; at 12% of the U.S. population we get over 50% of media coverage, usually in a negative vein or has some negative SPIN on it like this article.
          "…do not expect such enligtenment…" Not agreeing with your assessment makes me a racist? To quote Albert Einstein: "Racism is a disease of white people."

          • intrcptr2

            So let me get this straight, I'm supposed to agree with a central European Jew about the definition of racism, in America, because;
            1. You think we look the same?
            2. He got a Nobel Prize, in Physics, so he's smarter about politics?
            3. The number of people who believe something defines its truth?
            If racism is a disease of white people then explain the persistence racism all across eastern Asia, and large parts of Africa for that matter. Einstein knew a thing or two about light, but he didn't know everything.

            No, lischelle, disagreeing with me makes you a racist no more than my disagreeing with you, or my having different colored skin from you.
            Read what I've said about your education. It is the words of racists that you've adopted as your own that makes you a racist.
            Unlike far too many people you know, I do not accept anything pundits say. I too live in the hood, North Philly to be exact. I say what I see. Do you remember the new Black Panther voter intimidation case from 2010? How about the violent flash mobs from 2009? How about the time I got smacked up side the head while stopping my bicycle at a red light in 2010? I live in the middle of all this. Yet I have fantastic neighbors. So I am quite aware of the reality and the media reporting of it.
            But could you explain to me why it is that black folk recognize the problems in their communities, yet the problems persist? These were not issues 40+ years ago. But they are today. Blaming whitey for the problems will not solve them. And all it seems to do, from what I see, is exacerbate them.

          • Drew

            The Rwandan slaughter of Tutsis including women and children by Hutus including women merely for being of slightly different black race lineage should make you embarrassed to excuse blacks from racism.

      • truebearing

        First of all, how do you know what race I am, dim wit? You don't.

        Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas would likely agree with me, so what does that do to your RACIST rantings, that you intended as an argument?

        Hundreds of thousands of white people were maimed or died in the Civil War. Many helped free slaves in other ways. You apparently forgot that in your paroxysm of self pity and non sequitur blithering.

        Virtually every black sold into slavery, whether to Dutch slave traders, or Arab, or any of several other ethnicities, were sold by other blacks. Now who is culpable for that?

        Stop blaming peoplewho weren't alive back then for the problems you have today because you insist on hating people as a means of compensating for your failures.

        • lischelle

          "…what race I am dim wit…sold by other blacks." WTH? Who cares what race you are moron; get your OWN facts straight.

          " a means of compensating for your failures." Not a CLUE what you are getting at with THIS comment. Clarify or shut the hell up.

      • Mary Sue

        I assure you you are quite mistaken. If Black people can't effect change, how on earth did Affirmative Action come into being? Were the Watts Riots all for naught?

        As to your assertion that blacks are not in any sort of power anywhere, well, you are also badly underinformed. Zimbabwe has but ONE solitary white person in their government. The rest are black and why yes, they DO run the show.

        I don't know why you're so worried about whites, the most racist against black people in the world are arabs. And they still actually *GASP* ENSLAVE people in Africa!

        GTFO with your manufactured redefinition of "racism" that was created for the sole purpose of 1) wresting control of the debate in an unfair advantage manner and 2) made it so blacks attacking whites could not be called Hate Crimes. And that's BULLSH**.

    • Black_Lib

      So you don't think minorities have the deck stacked against them in the legal system? if not then you are not living in reality. Bell simply told the truth but unfortunately you guys can't handle that this country isnt all white pickets and applie pie. The attacks on Obama since day one prove their is racism at the very core of our system and the attacks on Bell, a black intellectual and obviously the right;s most feared kind of enemy, makes this even more abundantly clear. The garbage that breitbart is peddling will change no minds and is just more red meat for he mouth breathers.

      • kentatwater

        a black intellectual and obviously the right;s most feared kind of enemy

        Stop projecting your own racism. We judge an intellectual based on his ideas and arguments, not by his skin color.

        The garbage that breitbart is peddling…

        Don't blame the content on Andrew. He was only shining a light. I agree, much of the subject matter he showed us was indeed vile medicine, but necessary medicine.

      • truebearing

        If the deck is so stacked, please explain how Obama got elected. Don't strain yourself too much.

    • Geoffrey Britain

      Ironic isn't it?

      That the Derrick Bell's of the world become the very thing they hate.

      Had they the power, they'd be burning crosses on white people lawns, wearing black hoods.

      Bell admitted it, he wants to do to whites what racist whites long ago did to blacks…

      All the BS about endemic, irremovable white racism is just rationalization for hate against 'the other'.

  • Bamaguje

    " Because black crime, he explained, benefits many whites such as those who profit from the manufacture of prison uniforms… Bell predicted…that in the interests of retribution…instead of [African Americans] killing each other, they should go out in gangs and kill a whole lot of white people.”

    And this racist nitwit was a tenured professor at an Ivy league institution – Havard University?
    I shudder at the nonsense he must have been teaching his students.

    • Growltiger

      Not sure any professor in universities today (esp. at Harvard) "teach" anything. If anything, they indoctrinate and propagandize. An example: In a neurophysiology course, I "learned" that Republicans might have temporal lobe problems. I believe he used Nancy Reagan's using astrologers as an example. No mention, however, about Hillary Clinton's (at the time) communing with the ghost of long-dead Eleanor Roosevelt in the WH. In other science courses, I've been "treated" to cracks about Republicans, Sarah Palin, etc. This isn't education, these aren't eduators and Bell is just the worst of many bad. But this is how Marxism works – indoctrination enters EVERY aspect of the society: art, science, entertainment, sociology, history, government, etc.

    • Geoffrey Britain

      Barrack Obama is a perfect illustration of what he taught his students.

    • Peter Graves

      Bell wasn't addressing whites with this ridiculous statement, he was directing it at American blacks, 95% of whom are too dumb to think about it logically.

  • Mindy Portmann

    What should be most troubling is that Barack Obama said he shared the same ideology as Prof. Bell.
    Yet, like Ayers and Dohrn and Wright…the media chooses to overlook it.

    God help all Americans if Obama gains another term.
    NOBAMA 2012!

  • Gunner57

    " Because black crime, he explained, benefits many whites such as those who profit from the manufacture of prison uniforms… Bell predicted…that in the interests of retribution…instead of [African Americans] killing each other, they should go out in gangs and kill a whole lot of white people.”

    Blacks are doing just that with the so-called 'flash mob" epidemic. Even worse two black thugs poured gasoline on an innocent 13 year old white child and lit him on fire in an attempt to burn him alive while calling him "white boy". The media ignored it. So did Obama and Holder.

  • Rifleman

    The soledad interview with the Pollak was hilarious, I thought her head was going to explode. That clown speaking "one white guy to another," was using critical race theory, so naturally he sounded ridiculous.

  • Gunner57

    People like Bell make it necessary to emphasize the fact that blacks IQ's are substantially lower than those of white people. If we don't do this, blacks shortcomings will always be falsely attributed to white racism rather than their lack of intellectual ability. This can never be changed and will always result in limted achievement in a First World nation which they could never build or maintain on their own.

    • rg samson

      gunner: I suspect you posted here to make us all look as foolish as you. Blacks can grow to any height, except for the ghettos many of them live in…i.e. Baltimore downtown. Hard to emerge from that.

    • Ghostwriter

      Gunner57,explain to me how people like Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall got to their respective positions? It seems to me that they were pretty smart individuals all on their own,so that just destroys your worthless attack on black people.

      • Drew

        Gunner may have stated it baldly, but there is a significant difference in average group IQ's by race, with Asian the highest, whites lower and blacks lowest. This information was suppressed, and any further research in the area verboten because it was deemed too incendiary for the public to handle by our liberal betters and would throw a crimp in their black votes for victimology scam. Everyone is copacetic with blacks being on average better in physical pursuits such as athletics and dancing ability but we're all supposed to pretend that other human attributes such IQ are distributed absolutely equally among races. Well, they're not as the original research attests ("The Bell Curve" is a good place to start) and the so-called debunking research since then is of the quality that Derrick Bell (no relation to Bell curve) and junk scientists on climate produce. Other attributes unequally distributed among races are promiscuity and ability to delay gratification. Bet you can figure out on your own how the races stand on those parameters from highest to lowestt.

        If you understood overlapping statistical bell curves, you'd understand that there can be some blacks on the right side of their IQ curve who are brighter than most whites or even Asians (Thomas and Marshall) but the average black score is to the left of (lower than) the white average that is in turn to the left of (lower than) Asians. Lo and behold, there is real life correlation in academic achievements of the 3 groups in the same school system. American universities instituted public affirmative action quotas letting academically unqualified blacks in to keep up the equal intelligence fiction, then had to institute secret quotas to keep some Asians out or otherwise they would dominate. If universities went back to the merit system, most of those black students would be replaced by whites and Asians. It is awkward to dismiss research findings as racist when Asians come out on top of whites so the statistics had to be suppressed entirely because blacks came out on the bottom. Just as black crime or anything else unflattering to them and the lib victimology for votes scam gets suppressed. So the American public operates in the dark, including a number of otherwise conservatives at this site who are quick to spout the lib party line about inter-racial intelligence so as not to be smeared as racist. Any whites should remember to parry with how can it be racist to admit facts that show Asians to be superior to themselves? The best scenario would be for Asians to start agitating for their academic rights, publicizing the racial IQ research and watch libs' heads explode trying to smear THEM as racist.

    • kentatwater

      Bell, and your racist post, are cautionary co-examples of why "affirmative action" is anything but. People like Bell, Ward Churchill, Cornel West, and Ronald McKinley Everett get to their stations in academia not by merit, for obviously they have little. They then embarrass the communities they purport to represent, and provide fodder for views such yours.

      The soft racism of low expectations, and the hard racism of making tenure (or electoral) decisions based on race, feed off each other. In fact, this is what the dim party counts on, as one of their last gasps for relevance.

      • Tzila

        You are so right. All those "scholars" that are causing trouble are nothing but bullies that encourage the shout downs at public events where anyone conservative or supporting Israel give talks/speeches.

    • EagleJim

      Gunner, when you boil it down to its essence, IQ ratiings are basically a measure of how much the person knows at a particular age. That's all it is essentially. IQ ratings can be raised or lowered depending on a person's continued learning, or not, as they grow older. I've raised my IQ rating by 23 points over the last 30 years by taking in massive amounts of information to increase my knowledge. Learning, or not, is the key ingredient to IQ ratings.

      • Drew

        Sorry, that's just not true. There is a mass of research behind IQ testing and though imperfect and not impervious to environmental factors, it does measure innate intellectual ability and cannot be altered by much, certainly not the increase of 23 that you claim merely through reading. Otherwise, young children would invariably start out with a lowish IQ and end up with a much higher one after years of learning facts. Instead, one's score remains remarkably stable.

    • lischelle

      "…blacks IQ's are substantially lower than those of white people… can never be changed and will always result in limited achievement…they could never build or maintain on their own.."
      Were this not the mind-set of MOST unenlightened white people it would be frikkin laughable, Gunner57. It explains to me with TWO COLLEGE DEGREES why I can't get a job in this economy and why the unemployment rate for blacks stays in the double-digits and even immigrants – as long as they aren't black immigrants – get preferential treatment across the nation…smdh. Thanks for the enlightenment racist.

  • kafir4life

    Professor Bell is very proud that we have our first affirmative action president. I can only imagine the level of violence that we'll be subjected to once that thing is voted out of office.

  • maturin20

    I find it most hypocritical that the Jewish Separatist movement is still trying to stamp out the Black Separatist movement of 40 years ago, as if the past is the present and the present is the past, and one separatist groups cannot operate in the same boom town as the other.

    • kentatwater

      I know not this "Jewish Separatist" of which you speak, nor am I aware of any concerted Jewish effort to interfere with the nations of Haiti or Liberia.

      • maturin20


        • kentatwater

          Stopping crime is a grand idea. What of it?

          • maturin20

            99 and 44/100 percent pure.

          • kentatwater

            Ivory soap? What?

    • pagegl

      Have you spent way too much time hanging around on the skinhead/neo-Nazi web sites?

      • maturin20

        No. A neo-Nazi would blame Jews for black separatism.

    • Ghostwriter

      Great. Another Jew hating creep.

      • maturin20

        As if Mitt Romney weren't bad enough.

    • Ken

      The anti-Semites always comeout to try to obscure the conversation. "Look over there, forget about what's going here!' Classic uber-Lefty tactics!!

      • maturin20

        You'd prefer they stay in the closet? Why do you hate gay people?

  • crackerjack

    Strange that right wing Jews and Zionists obvioulsly view themselves as "white" and readilyadopt white racist notions. Jews are no more white than Arabs, Massai or Tuareg.

    Also interesting that those who constantly wave their Holocaust flag, cry murder when other victims of atrocities push for recognition.

    • kentatwater

      That's funny. You use a few adult sounding words, but the upshot is nothing more than:

      "Eww. Keep your black and Jooo cooties away!"

      Also interesting that those who constantly wave their Holocaust flag, cry murder when other victims of atrocities push for recognition.

      Concern Troll

    • BS77

      jacked on crack…take a long walk on a short pier

  • Zionista

    deformed – we all know you're a klansman wannabe – says so right on your sick website – so who are you trying to fool? you're an equal opportunity hater of anyone who isn't "white". We Jews are much too smart to care what a simple-minded, inbred troll like you has to say. Trade in your white robe and hood for the strait jacket you so badly need.

    • Rifleman

      Don't you feel like you need a shower after going to a website like that?

  • davarino

    I did not realize the money that could be made having blacks make prison uniforms. Thats what I should have been investing in all along. Thats the money right there hehehehe.

    Ok so now I understand why you cannot appologise enough to black people, because as Bell states it, racism is permanent and can never end. Well hell if thats the case then why am I even trying to make amends to blacks. I know all black people are not this way. Many know that its pretty much over and now its their turn to take responsibility for their own actions and join in the society aka. get an education, get a job, stop making excuses for your bad behavior and decisions. I have no problem working with, being friends with, being equal with black people. But I am getting tired of this chip on the shoulder that cannot be assuaged no matter what, and that is what Bell is about. Because without the chip, he and his comrades are out of a race baiting job.

    • rg samson

      True. They need to keep this alive or else they cannot succeed in their plans.

  • Steve Chavez

    This "1991 video" is only a part of the puzzle of Obama. While at Columbia University in 1983, he wrote a rare, if not only, article for the Sundial on CPUSA front groups which is more telling of his radical associations since these groups were apologists for the Soviet Union and even directly associated with the Soviet KGB and their "active measures" propaganda. Google: "Obama Sundial 1983" but you would have to be knowledgeable of these groups to know that he, not only sought out Marxist professors, but also the most radical Marxist students.

    This video shows his Black Liberation Theology which Rev. Wright learned also in Central America's Liberation Theology when the CPUSA and the KGB teamed up to take over the area including Mexico.

    The video, Sundial article, and his Black Liberation Theology have come full circle with his new website which directs, or orders, Black churches and their congregations to get out the Black vote which is a racist as it gets! But at least, he is following his "Christian" beliefs he learned from the Rev.!

    • Drew

      Bet another part of the puzzle would be Obama's Harvard thesis which has been buried deeper than nuclear waste along with any other incriminating personal data. Michelle's Princeton thesis is available, and since it would be an embarrassment to a high school senior, is proof positive that she was an affirmative action admission. (The thesis was how hard it was to be a black minority Princeton student).

  • Spider

    What a surprise ! Yet another of Obamas appointees, teachers, mentors, friends, confidants or relatives has been exposed as a Racist, Com-munist, Mu-slim Brother, Domestic Terr-orist, Black Radical, Treasonous Anti American or an Anarchist. Does anyone else see a pattern here ? I thought a person is judged by the company he keeps. What does this make Obama ? Why did the media cover up for this Fricking imposter ? What's in it for them ?

    • Maxie

      The "Media" in this country is essentially the NY Times. That paper is owned by a little punk trust fund baby who inherited it from his family. Little punk is filthy rich and no doubt has a guilty liberal self-hating Jewish conscience. Such types have long-used the blacks as a battering ram to radicalize America. What's in it for "them"? It's a selfish quest for their own redemption disguised as a quest for 'social justice' or tikkun olam.

  • mrbean

    Yassah, dun tell meh about Yakub and dem blue-eyed devils, dah whitey mans be ebil jus' like Referend Wright dun telled youse. Yassah, Cake wawk fah meh Barack. Set dah new style ats dah whiteshouse wit youse baseaball hat on sidesways and youse trousers down low youse butty cheeks. Play dah raunchay rap music ofer dah houd speakaws art dah whitehouse. Yassah. yonowatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly) mettttt..,,,, mettttt…..metttttt…

    • Ghostwriter

      Please stop with the "Amos n' Andy" routine. You're making yourself look stupid.

      • mrbean

        Ah dun beez edjumacated caws Ah bin tah Howawd Unvarstay,,. yoknwatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly) mettttt..,,,, mettttt…..metttttt…

  • Blackie

    Jeremiah Wright said the same thing that theCIA said. Wright talked of "the chickens coming home to roost"; the CIA alludes to "blowback". What's the diff? I don't see any.

    • mrbean

      Referend Wright dun beez youse hero> yoknwatahmsayin' (smacking lips rapidly) mettttt..,,,, mettttt…..metttttt…

  • tagalog

    Is it just me, or is there an objective problem with Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory as it is outlined in the above article?

    I mean, Bell says America is a society that is irredeemably and permanently racist, with whites supreme and blacks victimized. Then he points to affirmative action laws, presumably passed by the overwhelmingly white racist power structure, and says that the debate over affirmative action is properly morally resolvable in favor of preferential treatment for black people. It causes me to ask: If America's whites are so irrevocably and institutionally racist, why would they pass affirmative action laws and antidiscrimination laws favoring black people, and support inequality before the law, i.e., preferential treatment, as constitutional when it is so obviously not? Furthermore, how does preferential treatment foster equality before the law? Does a proper understanding of Critical Race Theory involve accepting black supremacy?

    If that's what Derrick Bell was saying, how the hell did he ever rise to the intellectual prominence he enjoyed in life? Is it just that if you're black and you say something on race, the impossibly racist white power structure just automatically accepts it as true, and, in the case of Harvard Law School, as profound? I mean, to a right-wing dummy like me, it just sounds like a large ration of cow flop.

    I wonder what a jurist, legal positivist, and Harvard man like Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes would have to say about Bell's reasoning.

    I'm sure that, in my dumb, ignorant conservative way I'm missing some important nuance that leftists find obvious; maybe someone can help me comprehend Mr. Bell's analysis of American culture.

    • trickyblain

      "If that's what Derrick Bell was saying, how the hell did he ever rise to the intellectual prominence he enjoyed in life?"

      Take comfort in the fact that it's decidedly not what he's saying. Start with the premise that he's not refering to "white" in terms of skin color and take it from there…

      • tagalog

        I"m afraid that's not helpful to me. I think I just don't understand this "nuance" thing.

    • mlcblog

      It's easy enough. LIberalism is a mental disorder.

      Further, this is exactly what Breitbart was talking about, the radical, even communist take-over of our country. This man was promoted by his own, as is their custom. The whole govt is full of them. Fools parading as leaders and wise men.

  • BS77

    Then go back De Shawn… one will miss you

  • Michael Canzano

    Let me get this Bell Theory straight. Blacks can pick and choose what laws to obey . Whites cannot. Blacks can intimidate white voters . Whites are committing "Hate Crimes" if they intimidate Black voters. Blacks are heros for getting preferential treatment . Whites are racists for getting preferential treatment . Blacks demand equal treatment and when they obtain it move to seperate themselves from the main stream . Critical Race theory is Critical Insanity in my standards . Why do the America Haters insist on living in America ?
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

    • Fidel

      “black people will never gain full equality in this country”
      If they feel that way they can come to Cuba. Here racism does not exist. We allow you to buy houses here and everything…

      • Drew

        Do you also give them loans everyone knows they can't pay back to buy the houses?

  • Tanstaafl

    More to follow…….

  • Joan Secrest

    Our President is a hate absorbed individual. I find it outrageous that he press has ignored his lies from the very beginning. I believe his wife is also. She showed it in the beginning when she stated that she never liked america til now. This professor taught bigotry and Obama believed every word of it according to this film clip. All of our President's mentors have had one thing in common. Hate of Jews, Hate of Whites, that all balcks are nothing but victims. I find that absolutely frightening. How did this man get elected with these views. The views of Van Jones that we change america to a Green and then we take it over and change it completely. This Preseident has thrown Billions of Tax payer money just trying to achieve this and bring down our country. He should not be reelected and we need to stop this drive to immoral tranformation of this country and the destruction of the Constitution and our checks and balances. Stand up America against this Progressive attempt to take over the world. They already have most of it, we are the last bastion to stop them in their tracks.

    • Tzila

      With regards to Moochelle's admission of her feelings toward her home, the U.S.A., during the campaign, that was just one of the foretelling signs that the U.S.A. is on the way to the dustbin. Shame on them – the MSM – for letting them into the WH. Shame on U.S.A. if they are re-elected in Nov. I pray for God to watch over and help the good people of the U.S. of A.

  • Attila The Hun

    I have one question to the Obama loving CNN clueless hostess Soledad O’Brien, What would Soledad say if they find a tape of Romney or any other republican hugging David Duke?
    I Just wondering.

    • kentatwater

      What ever she would say, I doubt it would be intelligible through all the foam.

    • pinnie99

      Ding Ding Ding Ding….Bingo!! Im waiting for just one Rep to stand up and shout it……Im also wating for Bo.s college records..(LOL).. .Im waiting for, Calypso Louie(blk Duke) to have his mouth duct taped and taken to court for instilling riots and hate speech….Its going to come about eventually, but Im afraid of the price America will have to pay,to silence these black bigots. Professor Bell,made a name for himself,just like Sharpton,Jackson,"black caucus(joke) <members….on the backs of "crippled black minds.No one would know these people if not for there "racial hate speech".They disgust me.

  • kentatwater

    As soon as I saw your post, I thought to myself, "Moby." Once I saw the link tied to your name, my suspicion was confirmed.

    You're new to this, aren't you? Either that, or you're not very bright.

    • Grayzel1

      Kent, I would opt for the second option , it is not very bright.

  • Jilly

    The thing is…Obama is half white….and raised by whites. Why did he keep associating with people who hate his white half? Did he ever really suffer the effects of discrimination? Doesn't seem like it – seems more that he learned to take advantage of the affirmative action policies as an avenue to advance himself.

    • Fred Dawes

      you are so PC Its a joke.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      He hated being called cracker or honkey or redneck but in fact is in the position of taking on
      the derogatory terms of both races………………….William

    • Liana

      The funny part of all this is;
      Obama's only link to slavery and past racism in the US is his mother's ancestors ,whom owned slaves.
      He has no paternal link to the US.

      His family suffered no racism,ill treatment or melanin sponsored repercussions .Except losing their slaves.

      The same is true of Farrakhan .His parents were immigrants .

      They are race baiting frauds.

  • SRM

    You could say the same about blacks in Africa. Jews were involved in the slave trade for a very short period of time, and then they were displaced by the English, the Dutch, and the Spanish. At that time, every country was involved in the slave trade–including blacks and Arabs–because it was so lucrative. There is no one person–or group—that can be held accountable. To do so, is to misrepresent the facts and to distort history.

    • George Orwell

      the African slave trade and routes were created by muslim traders who generaly castrated the male slaves. More slaves went to muslim lands than ever were taken west.

  • PAthena

    Why was Barack Obama 30 years old when he was at Harvard Law School?

    • kentatwater

      He was just following the same schedule as Fluke.

    • trickyblain

      Returning to school to obtain a post-grad degree isn't unheard of. I'm 40 and still consider going to law school night classes.

      • Maxie

        So you have to work to pay your way. As far as we know Obama never worked a day in his life until he got elected to office in Illinois. He attended three expensive private universities along the way. Who paid his bills?

    • tagalog

      Maybe because he got into law school when he was 27.

  • Stephen_Brady

    "… that brought us over here on slave ships …"

    "Us"? From what country were you enslaved? What ship brought you over? When were you emancipated, so that you have access to a computer and the internet?

    If you have ever been enslaved, it is you who have done it. You've enslaved yourself to stupid, childish rhetoric … words that have no meaning to you. You are enslaved by your dedication to ideas that any first-year philosophy student could destroy, in a heartbeat.

    You've enslaved yourself …

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Usually a slave comes at a price, who would buy this trope, freedom from self as you state
      is his only hope……………………………William

      • Stephen_Brady

        Exactly, William …

  • BLJ

    Without the White Guilt vote Obama would have never made it to the White House. The fact the he is black, half-black, half-white, whatever also plays on this same guilt from those idiots in the MSM. Yes, White Racist America put this man in the Oval Office.

    The funny thing is that all you hear about is how brilliant and intelligent this man really is. Yet, he can associate himself with questionable characters like Bell, Wright, Ayers etc and not realize the radical and divisive views these people have. And hear I was told to believe his President Bush was the clueless dummy.

    Obama is everything his detractors say and likely more. The curtain really does need to come up. The Great Wizard of Oz is not who he appears to be.

    The contiued refusal of the MSM to properly vet this "man" is a crime against the American people. Present the real Barack Hussein Obama or Barry Sotero and let the people decide. Time is growing short.

  • UCSPanther

    This loser is basically doing what I have seen some white supremicist trolls do: Pose as a parody of the stereotypical black man and use it to create mischief.

    • aspacia

      True, the sites DeShawn uses to validate his claims are anti Black and basically anti any people of color.

  • trickyblain

    Looking at many of the comments here, in 2012, it's really hard to find fault with Bell's findings.

    Lots of whining from Perazzo, but he doesn't disprove what Bell said in the least. It's "radical" to point out that racism is prevelent in society? No, it's "reality." Hard to dispute when you see blantently racist comments day-in and day-out getting "thumbs-ups" on this very website.

    • Western Canadian

      You seem to have missed taking your meds again….. No such thing can be seen, or conclusion drawn.

      • trickyblain



        I'm not on any "meds," but evidently you need glasses if you can't see.

        • Drew

          The magic "racism" glasses that let you see white racism everywhere but be blind as a bat to black racism? In fact deny that black racism can exist? And if one eliminates the lib definition of racism as "telling unflattering truths about anyone but white people", then there's little left to complain about in these comments compared to Derrick Bell's sick hatred of whites.

    • BLJ

      No surprise that you feel this way. Got news for you buddy I have quite a few black customers and there are just as many racists among them as any non-black one's I have. The only difference is that the non-blacks don't go around claiming victimhood to cover up any of their short comings.

      • trickyblain

        I don't disagree that there are plenty of black racists – I pointed this out in another post on this thread. Two wrongs don't…

        Do disagree about white racism and claims of victimhood. Look at any list of grievances by any white supremacist group — they play the victim game with the best of 'em (especially against Jews).

        • davarino

          White supremacists are a small group and do not represent whites as a whole just like Nation of Islam doesnt represent Blacks as a whole.

    • Fred Dawes

      black racists is alive and doing its thing.

  • pagegl

    Most of the ships that bought slaves to the new world were crewed by people who were nominally Christian. I doubt there were many Jewish crewmen on those ships. Of course, much more interesting is the fact that they acquired the slaves from rival tribes or Muslims. So, DeShawn, it's entirely possible that people of your race sold your ancestors into slavery. BTW, slavery is still an issue in Africa today and, as in the past, those perpetrating slavery are members of rival tribes or Muslims.

  • Western Canadian

    If anyone were to try to assign blame for the atlantic slave trade, the first two guilty parties, by an incredibly wide margin, would be black africans and arab muslims. Anyone else was merely a fringe player (in a filthy and criminal racket that exists to this day, in arab/muslim countries).

  • Mackenzie

    "A logical derivative of this premise, according to Critical Race Theory, is that the members of “oppressed” racial groups are entitled—in fact obligated—to determine for themselves which laws and traditions have merit and are worth observing."

    Which is exactly what they did during the Freedom Rides, when Rosa Parks sat at the front of the bus, and when refusing to leave "White only" lunch counters. These are all hailed huge stepping stones and great actions of the Civil Rights Movement. What is your point?

  • Ghostwriter

    You're not fooling anyone,DeShawn. You hate blacks as well as Jews. You're not fooling anyone with your fake sympathy.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's a shame no one asked Professor Bell this question:If America is so extremely racist,what in the heck was he doing at Harvard in the first place?

    • Drew

      And why didn't this America hater leave for a black utopia in the world where there are no whites or they're a powerless minority and blacks live much much better? There is no such place? Even in the absence of white power? In fact, blacks are worse off in black run countries than in countries run by whites? Hmmm. Bell does not seem a university caliber thinker.

  • fightwarnotwars

    hey dudes… newflash! He's already president. And I'm sorry to say… he's no socialist.

  • Delohouse

    You are joking, right? It is this kind of thinking and preaching that perpetuates the hatred among people. Of course, you know you sound like Herr Hitler….well maybe you don't …..that is part of your problem..


  • Fred Dawes

    We who can still see evil have known he was and is a total racists, so why are you seeing that new?

  • Fred Dawes

    Blacks and others are the most racists people on earth, ask why? 250,000 union troops died to free blacks millions of whites got behind the blacks in the civil right thing! and if a white walks into a black controlled area that white is dead or ????

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When a racist idiot is given a job at and institution like Harvard the faculty has a good laugh at
    the expense of those who listen to someone like Bell, he was a joke and shamed honest
    education. The racist doubletake is the College having him teach, a blatant act of racism
    to make people see a false face on what black people are really like. Some fall for this type
    of situation and down lows like Obama believe the crap Bell shovels out, freedom has the
    price of dealing with many forms of delirium and Harvard is a graveyard of overblown put
    on and intellectually unbalanced individuals………………………….William

  • pierce

    If that is a picture of Derrick Bell, and assume it is. He has the visage of an angry black man. President Obama has been infected with a message of anger from Professor Bell, and Reverend Wright. If this is true, how and why did he ever get elected POTUS. His true colors are emerging just in time for the 2012 Presidential Election. I did not want believe this, but now the evidence is irrefutable.

  • truebearing

    Pretty moronic, deshawn.

  • BS77

    DeShawn wallows in garbage and thinks it is satin and silk.

  • mlcblog

    Listen to all of what Breitbart was saying. It's not just this silly little tape, it is that the whole of O's administration is saturated with people like him, who are leftist revolutionaries to the core….heavily involved in radical social change a la Alinsky. They are all really rich, have positions of power, and are not backing down. They have taken over the office of the President and the Democratic party. Wake up! We need to stand, and teach our children about the Constitution and the founding fathers' dreams for us.

  • Max Power

    this is the ugliest hate crime of the century. Bell's desire to murder all white people is glaringly obvious.

  • ISAIAH5417

    Saul Bellow named Karl Marx as "the man who boiled the world" and I agree. Marxism is a dreadful & bloody curse. Historian Robert Conquest's "Reflections on A Ravaged Century" is a dispassionate summary of Marxist desolation. Mr. Conquest coined the term m-i-n-d-s-l-a-u-g-h-t-e-r to encapsulate the ruination of Marxist philosophy in the Soul of mankind. As W.B. Yeats observed in "The Second Coming" the falcon (mankind's Soul) can no longer hear the falconer (God). The ignorance, vanity & self-indulgence that Marxism has engendered in our species will not be eradicated without overwhelming divine intervention. See 2Peter, chapter 3, 1-13.

    • Guest

      Thank You Isaiah5417 That gave me much comfort Lest we Forget What Greatness
      He Really is
      Love In JESUS

  • Fred

    Zero is a detestable,lying,Marxist,America hating son of a whore.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Someday the parents of Harvard students (~ $60,000/year tuition) are gonna realize that a significant part of those enormous costs they've incurred are attributable to the way the school has padded the faculty with dozens of incompetent nigroes, who rarely teach ( nor would they have anything useful to impart if they did,) but who bring down six-figure salaries because they have phony Ph.D.s in Nigro Studies, or whatever "disciplines" in which these types claim expertise. (Ditto for "Feminist" Studies, and Latino Studies.)

    • Maxie

      Such "studies" are nothing other than radical Left 'Indoctrination-Theology' sessions.

  • BS77

    Welcome to Animal Farm…where some are "more equal" than others…..

  • Kathy

    I'm not Jewish. Obama is a racist, always has been, always will be. He should be proud of that, instead, he hides it.

  • ISAIAH5417

    Why didn't candidate John McCain bring this (and so much more) to light during his Presidential Campaign of 2008?

    • Roger

      Because he was clueless.
      He may have a proud record, but it's time he retired and let people a little better on the uptake step up.

  • Always_On_Watch

    Was Michelle Obama also there?

  • effemall

    There is nothing surprising in this article. Offspring of racially mixed parents frequently have great identity problems, confusion, frustration and anger. Had the white genes dominated in Obama and he could have "passed" for white he would have categorized himself as a white man and lived a less turbulent and completely different life. All of this is neither here nor there. America is in deep trouble and it will get into deeper trouble if Obama is not removed. The GOP candidates present a weak picture. None of them fill me with confidence. The greatest fear is that their weakness will give us Obama for another four years which would be disastrous. Every American with half a brain needs to concentrate on how to get Obama out – either through impeachment or at the ballot box.

  • stevefraser

    I miss Rev. Wright.

  • baldilocks

    If white people are so terrible, (according to Bell, et al), why push to end "legal segregation?"

    • kentatwater

      Hi baldilocks! It's wonderful to see you here!

  • SukieTawdry

    Critical Race Theory goes hand-in-hand with Black Liberation Theology. Barack Obama embraced both. How can this possibly be considered a non-issue? How can it possibly be written off as "youthful dabbling" in radicalism, long ago rejected and now disdained? One over-rated convention speech does not cancel 25 years of radicalism. Critical Race Theory, Black Liberation Theology, community organizing, the Woods Foundation, the Chicago Anneberg Challenge, Acorn, these are not the pursuits of a moderate man. It's about time everybody knew and understood this.

  • SoCalPat10

    Quite obviously Derrick Bell was insane. It would be interesting to know what drove him insane. Often the most heinous psychopaths trace their psychosis to the failure to deal with or understand a childhood trauma. For men, the most sensitive time is around age 8. Psycho-historians have researched and documented this trend in people like Hitler, Stalin and others.
    Racial obsessions are common because they relieve the obsessed of any responsibility for coping.

  • maghrebchristians

    The Vatican has made an official request to gain access to a 1500-year-old Bible worth $28 million currently held by the Turkish government in Ankara, Turkey. There is speculation that the Bible may be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas – a telling of Jesus’ ministry Muslims believe is part of the original Gospels.

    Read more:


  • Mr Bullare

    Actually, animist black Africans were captured and taken to the African coast for sale to the white slave ships by Muslim tribes – Islam permits and even encourages the enslavement of animist, i.e. pagan peoples.

    So its highly likely that Obama's paternal ancestors were the actual slavers. Let's see, his mother was white, so her ancestors most likely owned slaves, and his father's family were Muslim slavers, to it appears that Barry has an awful lot of apologizing to do to African Americans for being so intimately tied up in the slave trade.

    • Grayzel1

      Thank you sir. That is a very interesting thought experiment.

    • aspacia

      Actually few white Americans owned slaves.

      • intrcptr2

        True, about 1-in-10 in the Confederate states that seceded.
        Not quite sure how much that matters, though. Most Southerners supported slavery either actively by renting slaves or voting for those leaders who fought politically for those rights, or passively by simply going along with it. And many across the nation believed that the Negro was inferior to the White man, a primative prejudice which carried on into the 20th Century (Although there were many who still believed despite this that chattel slavery was evil and should be abolished).
        The argument of most unreconstructed southerners today, which is thin, is that Northerners were hypocrites because of all the cotton being milled in the North or in England (Which northern shippers scavenged shipping profits from). There is also the charge of rank hypocrisy pointed to the "wage slavery" often found in northern mills.

        Such simplisitic analyses ignores both the abolition movement and the numbers of Southerners who chose to support the Union. It also ignores the British role in eliminating slavery in its own empire, including the free-ranging efforts of the Preventative Squadron under Capt Denman;

  • Avigayil

    I'm Jewish AND Black. No racism here, People like you and this professor are both racist and ignorant (which usually go together). Very few Jews were ever involved in the slave trade. Judaism is actually quite strict when it comes to how you treat fellow human beings. Moses' wife was black, for goodness sake! BTW, if you are so concerned with slavery, I recommend that you start up with the Arab world, who began mistreating and enlsaving blacks centruries before Europeans ever explored the African continent. Arab slave traders were often the ones who kidnapped and sold the slaves to the Europeans in the first place! Arabs are still enslaving blacks in Sudan. Where do the refugees go? Israel.

    • aspacia

      Deborah black, you sure? Zipporah was Semitic, but prior there are documents stating he married a female from Cush

  • aspacia

    Blacks and Arab Muslims sold blacks into slavery. Why not outcry against them HYPOCRITE

  • Ricky Michael

    This man became what he says he hates, a racist.

  • intrcptr2


    I'm goyim.
    And my grandmother was naturalized from Canada.

    I'm off the hook.
    Hey, DeShawn, wanna grab a beer later?

  • ashken79

    Bell is aracist lunatic.

  • ashken79

    Bell was a racist lunatic who posited that everything under the sun was the fault of white folks.

  • AnotherWhiteRabbit

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.
    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.
    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
    How long would it take anyone to realise I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • Giovanna Sabella

    This was clearly demonstrated in his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Derrick Bell was one of his mentors as well as Saul Alinsky. Thus we have a racist communist in the White House for another term. Thanks to a corrupt media that failed to vet Barack Obama, America is being destroyed right before our eyes, bit by bit.

  • Hn Native

    For this publication to allow Derrick Bell to be called racist is a direct illustration of his points. Racism is Permanent, and your assertions otherwise only sway those blinded by manipulation.

  • kentatwater

    You can screen out whatever you don't want.

    Au contraire. I am not part or supporter of the mainstream media culture. I don't do any "screening out."

    None of you have substantive critiques of the President…

    Wow, you really haven't been paying attention then.

    …that even resemble reality.

    Ah, there's the kicker. We've come full circle with this little qualification of yours. Sorry, but the MSM does not get to define what is reality, nor do you.

    Take the blinders off.

  • intrcptr2

    Obama administration, day 2, his first act as President,

    rescinds the Mexico City policy, thus refunding overseas abortions, with my tax dollars.

    If you consider this racist, bigoted, or non-substantive, fine. I think it pretty important, and not at all related to whether or not he is Muslim, or Jeremiah Wright is racist, or Bill Ayers a murderer.

  • kentatwater

    Anti-coloniatlist[sic]? Really?

    Yes, really. But that observation doesn't come from any of your standard "cutlic" boogie men. That observation comes from one Dinesh D’Souza.

    Given the massive racial chip that appears to be on your shoulder, I suppose we will soon be treated to the "Uncle Tom"-equivalent epithet reserved for those of Indian descent. Not being a racial demagogue myself, I don't know what this gem will be. I don't keep up with the latest rap.

  • Steeloak

    And for Obamatrons like you, no amount of truth and facts will ever dim the golden aura of your idol. That leaves an intelligent person to draw one of two inferences.

    1. You are easily fooled by propaganda.
    2. You are completely aware of who he is & support his Marxist agenda.

  • kentatwater

    Yeah. Now that you googled his name, and read up on his latest book, it's time to pull out the tired old bromide that he doesn't like Hussein, because he's dumb and racist. Can I call them, or what?

    [B]ecause now you're implying that I'm black.

    Oh really? Where did I do that? Racists come in all colors. Some of the most tiresome feminists are male.

  • intrcptr2

    Nor is the CIA being paid to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; you know, the one of peace and reconciliation.

    And blowback has nothing to do with Third World, Cold War policies, as much as employing former Nazis against the Soviet Union.

  • Steeloak

    Not consiracy theories friend, just the documented facts.

    Obama was trained in the Alinsky method to be a community organizer, since Alinsky was a Marxist, the inference is clear that Obama is as well. He later taught the same methods to others. Here's a link for you to an articel on, hardly a right-wing cult website:
    Anti-Colonialist come from his father, as documented in "Dreams from My Father" as documented in this article in the Washington Post:

  • Steeloak

    Since Derrick Bell invented "Critical Race Theory" and Obama was his student and admirer, one can logically assume that he accepts Bell's theories & is a proponent of same. Here is a link to an article on Yahoo about an interview with Thomas Sowell on the subject:

    Black Liberation Theology – He sat in Reverend Wright's church for 20 years, was married by Rev. Wright, and called Rev. Wright his friend. What did Reverend Wright Preach? You got it, Black Liberation Theology.

  • Steeloak

    As far as the Muslim stuff – he did attend Muslim school in Indonesia & his step-father was Muslim so he is very familiar with that faith. He sat in Rev. Wrights church for 20 years, so it is silly to think he didn't know what was being preached there. His easy denial & rejection of Rev. Wright leads to several logical conclusions. 1. Knowing full well what was preached there, if he sat there 20 years, it means either he believed in the message & his public repudiation of it was a lie. or 2. He did not believe in the message being preached and was there for other reasons, like establishing himself in the Black Community in Chicago for political purposes. This second reason leaves open the possibility of him being a Muslim practicing Taquiya, although that is not my belief – I lean towards him just being sympathetic due to his childhood.

    So, no conspiracy theories my friend, just established facts. I didn't even need to reference Fox news or FPM or any right-wing bloggers to do it. Better luck next time!

  • Drew

    "By any reasonable measure Obama is a centrist."

    Well, by his congressional voting record Obama was the leftmost Senator and he's only gotten worse now. So by "reasonable measure" you must mean a leninist-stalinist yardstick?