Well, we found it. And it is damaging, because Barack Obama was as close or closer to Derrick Bell than he ever was to Jeremiah Wright. Obama didn’t merely sit in the pews – or not — for Derrick Bell. He didn’t just hang out with Derrick Bell for prayers. He said:
“Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”
If we did, here’s what we’d be opening our hearts and minds to. This is a close associate of Jeremiah Wright, a man who was quoted by Jeremiah Wright regularly. This is a man who posited that the civil rights movement was too moderate because it accepted the status quo, and believed that the entire legal and constitutional system had to be transformed in radical fashion. This is a man so extreme that, as we’ve reported, he wrote a story in 1993 in which he posited that white Americans would sell black Americans into slavery to aliens to relieve the national debt, and that Jews would go along with it.
There’s far more coming on Derrick Bell. This is just the beginning. And this video is a smoking gun showing that Barack Obama not only associated with radicals, he was their advocate.
In 1991 Barack Obama was a thirty year-old law student and President of the Harvard Law Review. Derrick Bell was a professor who was protesting the lack of diversity in the Harvard Law School faculty. Bell vowed to take an unpaid leave of absence until the school appointed a female of color to its tenured faculty. At that time Harvard Law School had sixty tenured professors, three of whom were black and five of whom were women. The school had never had a black woman on the tenured staff.
If I had been attending Harvard Law back then I would have most likely joined in the protest too.
As for the story Shapiro refers to, it’s hard to blame Obama (or anyone else) for something written two years after this video. This isn’t a smoking gun, it’s a steaming pile of nothingness.
BTW – Bell’s leave of absence ended with him being formally removed from Harvard faculty in 1992. He ended up at NYU Law where he wrote and gave speeches on race and civil rights until his death last year at the age of eighty.