The Racist Ravings of Derrick Bell

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Bell endorsed a journal called Race Traitor, whose stated aim is “to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin.” Moreover, the publication’s guiding principle is: “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.” In 1999 Bell signed on to a Race Traitor article that stated: “If the task of the nineteenth century was to overthrow slavery, and the task of the twentieth century was to end legal segregation, the key to solving this country’s problems in the twenty-first century is to abolish the white race as a social category—in other words, eradicate white supremacy entirely.” Among Bell’s fellow signatories were Pete Seeger, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn.

So this was Derrick Bell, the man whom Barack Obama feted on that 1991 day at Harvard, just four years before Obama was to launch his own political career in the home of two America-hating Marxists in Chicago—Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. As Obama lauded Bell, a banner was displayed in the background which read, “Harvard Law School on Strike for Diversity.” To be sure, Bell had already staged numerous sit-ins on behalf of “diversity” during his time at Harvard. Particularly high on his priority list was his wish to pressure the Law School into hiring a black female for a tenured professorship. Even though 45 percent of Harvard Law’s faculty appointments during the preceding decade had gone to minorities and women, none was both black and female—hence Professor Bell’s objection.[11]  Bell’s students dutifully echoed the professor’s mantra, bleating that they desperately needed “black women role models” to help them combat “the status quo” that was dominated by “white men.” When Harvard’s dean stated that no attempt to increase “diversity” should override the University’s commitment to academic excellence, the protesters called his position “highly insulting to blacks” and symbolic of “the elitism of Harvard.”[12]  It is reasonable to assume that Barack Obama, who helped galvanize campus support for Derrick Bell’s crusade on behalf of black women, more or less shared these views.

At that time, there was one black woman in particular whom Professor Bell wanted Harvard Law to hire—Regina Austin, a fellow adherent of Critical Race Theory who had been serving as a visiting professor at Harvard Law. Though Harvard had a longstanding policy that forbade the hiring of visiting professors during the year of their residence on campus, Bell issued a “non-negotiable demand” that Austin be given a faculty position.[13]

When the Law School refused to make an exception to its policy, Bell took a leave of absence from his teaching post and even staged a hunger strike in protest. Austin, you see, was a kindred spirit to Bell from an ideological perspective. An outspoken advocate of racial separatism and identity politics, she has long held that minority communities are not obliged to accept “traditional values” or “conformity to the law” as defined by the dominant power structure of a racist society.[14] Rather, such communities require an “alternative source of [legal] authority.”

In acknowledgment of the professional sacrifices Professor Bell made on behalf of this same Regina Austin, Barack Obama reverently referred to Bell as “the Rosa Parks of legal education.”

What does Barack Obama’s high regard for Derrick Bell tell us about the President? Certainly the praise he heaped upon Bell in 1991 reveals something profoundly significant about Obama’s mindset at the age of 30. Some, though, would dismiss it as ancient history. Slightly less ancient, however, is the fact that a 33-year-old Obama routinely assigned works authored by Bell—including the latter’s racialist interpretations of seminal civil-rights cases—as required readings in the courses he taught at the University of Chicago Law School in 1994. To be sure, Bell’s work appeared on Obama’s syllabus more frequently than that of any other author—a clear indication of Obama’s high regard for Bell’s scholarship.

Still more recent was Obama’s alliance with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn—an alliance that shifted into high gear when Obama was 34 and remained in high gear (via his collaboration with Ayers on the radical Chicago Annenberg Challenge) until Obama was at least 38. And of course Obama’s attendance at (and his monetary contributions to) Jeremiah Wright‘s famously racist church from approximately age 27 until he was 47, says something noteworthy about his mindset during those years as well.

Pro-Obama automatons will dismiss these and all other references to Obama’s alliances as nothing more than mean-spirited attempts to smear a great man by way of innuendo and “guilt-by-association.” By contrast, people with a capacity to reason can surely understand that there is something far more profound at play here. In the final analysis, people should be free to throw their support behind a socialist who has spent his entire adult life allying himself with America-hating radicals and Marxists, if that is whom they choose to embrace. But when doing so, it is vital that they at least be cognizant of the fact that they are indeed backing such an individual.


[1] Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well (New York: Basic Books, 1992), p. 152.

[2] Ibid., pp. 5, 15.

[3] Ibid., pp. 3, 10.

[4] Cited in Dinesh D’Souza, The End of Racism (New York: The Free Press, 1995), p. 17.  Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, p. 155.

[5] Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, pp. 12, 113.

[6] Ibid., pp. 3, 4.

[7] Ibid., p. 3.
[8] Ibid., p. 196.
[9] Lino Graglia, “Affirmative Discrimination,” National Review (July 5, 1993), p. 30.

[10] Robert Boynton, “Professor Bell, Sage of Black Rage,” New York Observer (October 10, 1994), p. 1.

[11] Fox Butterfield, “Harvard Law School Torn by Race Issue,” The New York Times (April 26, 1990).

[12] Ibid. Fox Butterfield, “Harvard Law Professor Quits Unitl Black Woman Is Named,” The New York Times (April 24, 1990), p. A1.

[13] David Horowitz, The Professors, p. 58.

[14] Ibid., p. 26.  Heather MacDonald, “Law School Humbug,” City Journal (Autumn 1995).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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?