A Steaming Pile

Ben Shapiro:

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.

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42 Responses to A Steaming Pile

  1. Lola-at-Large says:

    While I tend to agree this is not a winning storyline for the right, the story is more than you outline here. It wasn’t just any woman, it was Regina Austin, who, by the way, didn’t want the tenure and has never forgiven Derrick Bell for being so paternalistic with her career, which she saw as a real set back professionally. So really, it does kinda fit with Obama’s habit of stepping on the toes of women on his way up. The man never saw a woman he couldn’t exploit. That’s not the story Shapiro is selling, though.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Videos are like jokes – if you have to explain them they don’t work.

      • ralphb says:

        As far as scandals go this seems on a par with Palin’s emails. A big ball of so what?

        • votermom says:

          The difference with Palin’s emails (or Rick Perry’s rock) is that the media sent dozens (hundreds?) of reporters to Alaska and Texas to dig up something, anything, on them.

          The digging up of stuff on Obama is way long overdue, and the media still ain’t doing it.

      • CK says:

        No, videos are a starting point. You have to expand on what the video represents. I have been viewing videos on C-span re Derrick Bell all morning. He was not just for diversity but that diversity had to come with a certain ideology. He didn’t only care about the color of your skin but also about the “color of your ideology”. He was rather abusive, at the time, with another black Harvard professor, Randall Kennedy, who did not agree with him.

        It’s very interesting reading about a man I had never heard of until yesterday. Education is a wonderful thing.

        Wish I had known this information way before now.

  2. Jeffhas says:


  3. DandyTiger says:

    Much ado about nothing. This is precisely where the right falls flat on its face. Many on that side actually believe Obama is some socialist radical. I think Breitbart and partners and other groups going down this path were drinking the red kool-aid and were only looking for the communist boogyman.

    Here’s a clue for any on the right reading this, Obama’s vulnerabilities are not with past connections to radicals, it’s with connections to wall-street, to banks, to Dem party machine insiders that cheated, with Repub party machine insiders that heaped him win over McCain. Corruption with money and with party machines is where you want to look. What happened where he got more money than anyone else when he was unknown? How did he get the better political consultants when he was a nobody? It’s all about crony capitalism and the cover up.

    But of course if you’re looking in those places, you’ll find just as many important and well placed Republicans looking back at you as anyone else. You have to be willing to dig into the whole mess. And there’s a lot of money and power that will do anything to make sure you fail.

    • myiq2xu says:

      If anything it will convince the backsliding Democrats that Obama really is a lefty.

      • Lulu says:

        Obama is whatever is convenient for that particular day and that specific location. He gives soaring, eloquent speeches about equality then goes and sits in the corner when a banker hands him a check.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Honk! Spot on, DT.

  4. votermom says:

    Man, I hate when a movie flops. Otoh, still more factual than Game Change. LOL

    In 1991 Barack Obama was a thirty year-old law student and President of the Harvard Law Review.

    This reminds me of how we still haven’t seen anything he published back then.

    Edit: after my morning coffee, iirc the article from Breitbart’s site I posted the other day was saying they were aiming at the media, for not vetting Obama, rather than at Obama himself. Dunno if that’s gonna happen either.

    • Pips says:

      “Otoh, still more factual than Game Change.”

      Speaking of which, I watched Jon Stewart’s “interview” with (a cringeworthy giggling, ‘girly’) Julianne Moore, and felt quite uncomfortable about the way she (they!) spoke about Sarah Palin. As if she was a … a thing. Something immaterial that was open for public dissection, and not a human being.

      Troubling, no matter one’s own opinion of her political standpoints.

      • JeanLouise says:

        I’ve seen several interviews on the topic by Julianne Moore, including the Stewart interview, and I couldn’t disagree more. If anything, she’s bent over backwards to point out that Palin was thrust on the national stage with no preparation and could not be expected to have a smooth transition into a national figure who’s every breath was going to be dissected by the media and the public.

        What’s more, there was nothing inappropriate about Moore’s demeanor on The Daily Show. She is an actor selling a product and smiling and joking with an interviewer is perfectly legitimate behavior. She was not doing her mothers eulogy.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Yes, Ben Smith is a steaming pile….. 😉


    Let the real vetting of Obama begin……..

    • JeanLouise says:

      This is not a smoking gun. The kind of people who will be outraged by this tape already hate Obama.

      • votermom says:

        It occurs to me that maybe the intent is not so much to take down Obama, but to take down the the brand of the “left” and the media by association.

        Most of the voters (including independents) already thinks Obama stinks; maybe Breitbart’s idea was to show that everyone he is associated with (then and now) stink too.

        A lot on the disenchanted left like to say Obama is really GOP if you look at his policies; maybe this is the argument that says no, Obama is from the left and the left is really deceptive and trying to con & control you.
        Kind of like will the real greater evil please step forward.

        • Three Wickets says:

          On economic policy, Obama is not progressive left or tea party right. He is center right imo, pretty much where establishment Republicans (like Romney) want to be. Same with foreign policy. On social issues, one could make the case he’s further left than establishment Republicans, though Nader Progressives might disagree.

  6. votermom says:


  7. DeniseVB says:

    Obama! Obama! Obama! This is the trailer for a 17 minute doc coming out soon. Well it worked in 2008….. 😉

    • votermom says:

      Now THAT’s a steaming pile! It should come with a barf warning!

      I saw Malkin had a comment on it (and the Obama-Bell rally tape)


      No no no! I reject this idea that we should just shrug our shoulders and buy the PBS/Buzzfeed line that there’s nothing new here. Stop it! This is news! They didn’t want to talk about it then and they don’t want to talk about it now.

      Do you think it’s a coincidence of timing that Barack Obama has now hired people to put out some 17-minute documentary? This is all about Alinskyite control of who tells the story. Well guess what Barack Obama and Jim Messina. It is not all your monopoly anymore and that’s why they are pushing back so hard.

      It is not ‘nothing’! It is very crucial!

      • ralphb says:

        When will the liberal media stop hiding crucial information on youtube?

        That video besides being aired on Frontline in 2008 has been available on their website and on youtube since then. Let the Malkin counter top inspections begin. 🙂

    • Three Wickets says:

      Yeah, I can’t watch that. And Tom Hanks is doing the voice-over, so screw him. Is it just me or is Hollywood becoming even more of a political messaging factory these days. Citizens United might be helping. Good for business.

  8. votermom says:

    Race card is back.
    White CNN talking head accuses Breitbart editor Joel Pollak of being “afraid of black people.”


    Joel Pollak, incidentally, was the Tea Party challenger to Jan Schakowsky (one of the women who refused to denounce Maher) in 2010.

    Edit: I really think it’s projection — it’s the Dems who are “afraid of black people” if they in any way challenge Obama. Panderer’s conundrum.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Good, H44 gets it.

      “So let me get this straight:

      After all these years, Buzzfeed just happens to find the same video Breitbart promised to release. A video no one in the mainstream media — with all their resources — could be bothered to find during the ‘08 election cycle.

      Now, with the threat of the Bigs publishing it, Obama’s palace guard preemptively distributes it — with severe edits.

      The corruption in the media has gone too far. They are open partisans and must be countered with everything we have.”

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Documentary trailer for Hating Breitbart. 😉

  10. WMCB says:

    OT, but myiq, was this you???????

  11. Three Wickets says:

    Derrick Bell was no more a racist than Henry Louis Gates Jr. But I’m guessing the right will win this battle, though the proggish Obots online are doing a pretty good job making fun of the kerfuffle so far. We’re more than two decades on from the one dimensional critical race theory debates of the 80s and 90s. Obama himself wouldn’t want to be elected to a second term as an affirmative action president.

    • ralphb says:

      The right look like complete fools in this battle. Since I don’t believe that most people in the US are idiots, I don’t see how this is a winner for them.

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