J. Christian Adams: Why Derrick Bell is important

This is a great post by J. Christian Adams, former Justice Department attorney who quit because of the racial policies of this administration. He writes at length to explain why Professor Derrick Bell is important to the conversation in explaining Obama’s radical policies:

BREITBART – Both Obama and Bell demanded that Harvard hire professors on the basis of race. Obama and other students rallied to Bell’s side after Bell quit teaching in an attempt to force Harvard to implement race-based hiring policies.

Other archived video tapes I have reviewed reveal that Bell espouses racial ideas deeply at odds with American values–and did so, adamantly, while at Harvard Law School.

The Obama-Bell connection is the latest in a pattern of Barack Obama’s associations with individuals who promoted a racially divisive America.

Professor Derrick Bell’s racial world view is now manifesting in the policies of the Obama administration, particularly in Eric Holder’s Justice Department. That’s why Obama’s radical associations in the past matter.

That’s also why Senator Obama’s appearance with New Black Panther Party President, Malik Zulu Shabazz in Selma, Alabama, matters. I detail the 2007 Selma event and photographs with Obama and Shabazz in my book, Injustice.

Contrary to those who might praise Derrick Bell, America is the worse off because of his ideas.

Bell did more than advocate for race-based hiring. He was perhaps the worst Johnny Appleseed of a nasty racialist legal theory called Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory, in a nutshell, argues that the law is a weapon of the majority whites to oppress “people of color.” It argues for “structural racism”–the idea that American institutions are aligned against blacks, whether the oppressor is the criminal justice system, a cabdriver without a fare, businesses, government, Domino’s Pizza, banks, or the police.

Critical Race Theory does not view the law as applying equally to all Americans, but advocates for racially unfair implementation of the law to right past injustice.

Most of the crackpot racial grievance you hear today has a philosophical foundation in Critical Race Theory. It is a counter-American, collectivist idea. Reparations, race-based hiring and excusing New Black Panther voter intimidation are some of the evil fruits of Critical Race Theory.

Bell’s history might be insignificant if he kept it to himself. But he didn’t. He used his professorship to export this worldview to students–students like Obama, who later used their teaching posts to bring Bell’s views to the next generation.

In the Obama tapes (that have been revealed so far), we find the future President calling on Harvard students to “open up your hearts, and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.” Race relations in our country are worse off because too many people followed Obama’s advice.

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  • anneinarkansas

    J. Christian Adams is a hero to us.
    He needs to speak out loudly and often.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      I agree annie!

  • denbren52

    Where are all the folks who so readily quote Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech? Our president obviously does not share Martin Luther King’s dream “… that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    Is is people like Professor Bell, Reverend Wright and Barack Hussein Obama who keep this dream from ever being realized.

    • 12grace

      Professor Bell, Reverend Wright and Barack Hussein Obama = Promoters of hate and racism against white people.

    • wodiej

      excellent comment. Don’t forget Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

    • CalCoolidge

      “Our president obviously does not share Martin Luther King’s dream ”

      King was a Republican.

    • Thaao Dill

      the i have a dream speech was so much more than the single sentence, quoted context free by folks attempting to buttress their own beliefs by neutering MLK’s until they’re in sync.

      to be absolutely clear:

      a) the IHAD speech was delivered as the culmination of the Poor People’s Campaign. This phase was called the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, explicitly designed to demand federal intervention/spending on class/race specific programs to help uplift the institutionally disenfranchised.

      b) the march was about 250 thousand folks deep, and had a message prioritized – in keeping with Dr. King’s perspective – to focus on enhancing economic/social justice and the federal protection of civil rights, superceding those of the states. that was the point of the event that led to the IHAD speech.

      c) the IHAD speech itself STARTED by emphasizing the explicit relationship between equality and economic justice. As Dr. King himself said:

      “…In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

      But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

      this was not rhetorical. Dr. King believed in applied economic justice, on a federal level. here’s an excerpt from his final book, Where Do We Go From Here?

      “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

      the point is, conservatives don’t get to appropriate Dr. King. he’s not your hero. he was the most eloquent, reasoned and justice minded proponent of intentional, practical social and economic justice. Dr. King was a socialist. definitively, measureably, absolutely.

      so, unless you truly understand and accept the preconditions he laid out before it was possible to generate a reality where character assessment should supercede anything color based, you don’t get to appropriate him. Dr. King is not your hero. everything he believed and accomplished was diametrically opposed to your world view, in every way that counts.

      get your own hero. Dr. King is and always will be a proud, powerful man of the left.

      • 12grace

        Many people don’t want to hear about the things you said about MLK, however, I believe you made some profound and solid points, td.

        Also, it seems to me that many people on the left and right admire the fact that even though MLK had a strong message, he was a pacifist.

        • Thaao Dill

          thanks for the generous assessment. 😉

          and yep, Dr. King’s commitment to non-violent resistance is as significant a conceptual gift as any one person has offered up to the world to consider and, hopefully, choose to embrace.

          • K-Bob

            Men like King and JFK would be sick over what the left is today. The left repudiates daily most of the things both of those men stood for.

            So go ahead and try your best to claim his as somehow belonging to you. It makes the left look all the more foolish for believing such a fantasy.

  • MiketheMarine

    Bigoted, racist and anti American. Well done, minorities. You’ve made yourselves targets by demanding special treatment and now you are bankrupting the entire country. I wonder what Martin Luther King would say about todays politics.

    • wodiej

      well said.

  • Nukeman60

    My mind is made up about Barack Obama. I know who he is and I vote against him because of that. However, it is the same for me today as it was back in 2006, when I first started vetting him. He is no different. Most on this site are the same way.

    What is different is that finally the left-leaning moderates , the independents, the right-leaning moderates that just wanted history to be made – all of these people – are being allowed to vet Obama now like they should have done back in ’06-’08. All they saw then was ‘Hope and Change’, with their subsequent ‘hope’ being dashed by the inevitable ‘change’ that Obama brought about.

    This is a good thing and it starts with these older videos and continues till November. Derrick Bell is important. Jeremiah Wright is important. The corrupt Chicago machine is important. Obama’s voting record in Illinois and in the Senate are important. That’s what vetting is all about. Not ‘Oh, gee. Hope and Change. I like that’.

    Welcome to the real world, Barack. Get used to it.

  • Trust1TG

    “That’s also why Senator Obama’s appearance with New Black Panther Party President, Malik Zulu Shabazz in Selma, Alabama, matters. I detail the 2007 Selma event and photographs with Obama and Shabazz in my book, Injustice.”

    Very interesting couple of sentences. Shabazz may be blood kinfolk or just close in ideological kinship to Obama.

    But, there are rumors that Obama has used several names, identities and Social Security cards during his blackout years, and one of those names was:

    Bari M. Shabazz


    Could this be why Obama has those scars on his head?

    We can be sure of one thing, the Mossad knows the answers to who, what, where, why, when of the man who is currently operating under the name of Barack Hussein Obama, whose social security number was issued in a state where supposedly never lived:


    • 12grace

      Who is he?

      Obama is the most high-profile politician in recent history, the winner of a bruising election campaign in which every aspect of his life — from his smoking habit to anti-American comments made by his pastor — came under relentless scrutiny.

      But according to Canadian government officials, a biography of Barack Obama provided to Prime Minister Stephen Harper shortly after Obama’s inauguration last January qualifies as a state secret.

      Broken link again, Obot scrubbers at work, but here is my cache copy.
      It’s A State Secret In America Too

      Obama has lived for almost 50 years without leaving any footprints — none! There is no Obama documentation — no bona fides — no paper trail — nothing.

      Original, vault copy birth certificate — Not released (lawyers’ fees greater than $2,000,000 ~ birth certificate is $15)
      Certification of Live Birth — Released — Counterfeit
      Certificate of Live Birth — Released — Counterfeit
      Amended Certification of Live Birth — Released — Counterfeit
      Obama/Dunham marriage license — Not released (if one exists)

      Obama/Dunham divorce — Released but incomplete (by independent investigators)
      Obama Sr. INS file — Released

      Noelani Kindergarten records — Records lost (this is a big one — read two frames)
      Soetoro/Dunham marriage license — Not released

      Anna Soetoro/Dunham passport records — Released, but key years are missing
      Soetoro adoption records — Not released

      Fransiskus Assisi School School application — Released (by independent investigators)

      Punahou School application — Missing
      Punahou School records — Not released
      Noelani 3rd Grade records — Not released

      Soetoro/Dunham divorce — Released (by independent investigators)

      Selective Service Registration — Released (by independent investigators) — Under suspicion

      Social Security Numbers — Released (by independent investigators) — Under suspicion
      Occidental College records — Not released

      Financial Aid Records — Not released
      Passport — Not released and records scrubbed clean by Obama’s terrorism and intelligence adviser
      Columbia College records — Not released
      Columbia thesis — “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament” — Not released
      Harvard College records — Not released
      Harvard Law Review articles — None

      Illinois Bar Records — Not released
      Baptism certificate — None (he was never baptized)
      Medical records — Not released — nor is the source of this nasty scar
      Illinois State Senate records — None
      Illinois State Senate schedule — Lost
      Law practice client list — Not released
      University of Chicago scholarly articles — None
      Rashid Khalidi video — Hidden by the L.A. Times

      White House Visitors list — Incomplete to the point of worthless

      The Blagojevich Interview — judge denies access to the FBI report
      The Osama bin Laden photos — sealed by Obama

  • trustintheLORDwithallyourheart

    Why is the fact that hundreds of thousands of white soldiers died in the Civil War fighting against slavery never mentioned by these race-baiting creeps? Reparations, my @#%! I think the price for the repugnant institution of slavery has already been paid for by those brave white (and black) soldiers.

    • wodiej

      excellent point. Over 600,000 died fighting slavery.

  • PFFV

    The evidence is overwhelming, Obama is definately a racist.

    • Nukeman60

      Isn’t he only ‘half-racist’, since only whites can be racist and he’s half white? Or is he half-black? Or perhaps politically just half-a$$ed? Oh, I don’t know. Just vote him out.

      • K-Bob

        Whatever it is, he’s only got one oar in the water.

      • 12grace

        Your comment was perfect, it made me laugh.

    • 12grace

      Some people claim that obama’s racism is perpetuated by his personality disorder.

      America’s Crash Course In Narcissism
      Joy Tiz says the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR) is the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. A diagnosis of narcissism requires five out of nine characteristics. Note these traits must endure overtime and must not be reactions to a particular situation or environmental stressor:

      1. Grandiose sense of self-importance.
      2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, beauty, or ideal love.
      3. Sense of specialness, belief he can only be understood by or should associate only with other special or high-status individuals or institutions.
      4. Need for excessive admiration.
      5. Heightened sense of entitlement, leading to unreasonable expectations that others should treat him especially favorably or comply automatically with his expectations.
      6. Tendency to be interpersonally exploitive. A person with NPD does not hesitate in taking advantage of others to meet his own ends.
      7. Lack of empathy, an inability or unwillingness to recognize or identify with the feelings or needs of others.
      8. An envy of other people, or conversely, a belief that other people envy him.
      9. A tendency toward arrogant behavior or attitude.

      In his essay on Obama’s narcissism, Sam Vaknin references Obama’s haughty body language and condescending attitude. Vaknin also points out Obama’s “emotion free language.” Commentators frequently describe Obama as cool and aloof.

      Some narcissists learn to mimic normal human emotions. Clinton is the master of this; he claimed to feel our pain, and plenty of Americans believed him. Clinton learned how to win people over with his pseudo empathy. Obama has yet to demonstrate anything we could call true empathy; irrespective of the words he uses, there is no real emotional content.

      When children experience overwhelming trauma, they protect themselves as best they can with a variety of defense mechanisms. There is no question that life for little Barry was traumatic, full of chaos and abandonment, as well as genuine fear. The adults in his life betrayed him and taught him hate and mistrust. Otto Kernberg, in his research on narcissism, states that it evolves as a defense against a cold and unsympathetic parent. The child withdraws part of himself from the unavailable parent and turns it back toward himself, creating a grandiose sense of self. Healthy emotional development was just not possible in young Barry’s environment.

      If five out of nine indicates narcissism, what does nine out of nine indicate?


      • K-Bob

        A Sociopath.

        • 12grace

          Good point, k-bob.

  • I actually remember Bell from my college days in the early 70’s. So he wasn’t some unknown guy, even back then. We rather steered away from him because even for a liberal like myself (in those days) he seemed to be a bit of a crackpot.

    Of course, the MSM will see no story in this. If any person with views that are in any way questionable – or even not so questionable (e.g. aspirin as birth control) – endorses or gives money to a Republican, that Republican, and perhaps all Republicans, are supposed to answer for it.

    The President of the United States has multiple associations with extreme radicals who hate America. MSM response? Nothing to see here, old news, it was a long time ago, etc., etc. His attitude towards America is consistent with the influence of Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Derrick Bell, and who know who else. I guess most in the MSM either share that attitude or are at best indifferent to it.

    Obama: the – worst – president -ever.

  • Patriot077

    breitbart tv has a clip of Thomas Sowell speaking about Bell back in the day. It was posted on another thread here. I don’t remember who posted but I thank him/her 🙂

  • Sober_Thinking

    Just another brick in the wall…

    This sickens me.

  • wodiej

    The long string of dead ends on Obama’s past from the time of his birth and even through his presidency leads to the obvious conclusion that he has a reason for not wanting it known. The bits and pieces that have seen the light of day like Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers shows a pattern of radicalism.

    As for equal rights, that argument was settled when 600,000 soldiers died to free the blacks from slavery. Affirmative action has become a monstrosity of political correctness and I have to wonder if there even was a need to pass a civil rights act. That was followed by rights from all types of sectors in society. If people would just act responsibly and be accountable for themselves and their families, that would solve alot of the problem. There will always be intolerance in society. Those people need to be dealt with by God, not government.

  • and we are the racists for pointing it out?

    I think we need black conservatives (Allen West/Thomas Sowell) to speak out against Critical Race Theory.

    • Well I found a clip of Tomas Sowell speaking out against Bell

      http://www . breitbart . com/Breitbart-TV?id={79D64561-8FB8-41C9-9377-9DA2ED637365}&title=Sowell%20On%20Bell

  • Dan

    The SOB in Chief is about as evil as they get…and given 4 more years would totally destroy this once great country…he would have us in a race war of his making and then Marshal Law and then the end of the U.S. as we once knew it…But this is what we voted for …right….hope and change……

    • 12grace

      I have my doubts that the American people really voted for obama…with all the voter fraud and intimidation that unfolded after the election.

  • francismarkey

    @12grace  I agree. In fact, Millions agree, and hence we have this pizzed up American Public for the BS going on and no one doing anything about it. With Soros buying the voter counts and Black Panthers intimidating voters and all the other BS fraud that went on, no wonder people are concerned for the country. Had a group of white thugs been standing over the voter box, you know darn well there would have been an outcry. And then Barry’s remarks about the martin kid looking like what his own son would…I mean come on…enough already. Some very shady crap going on in the country and then barry’s private army DHS arming up and preparing to take on the America Barry hates so much, it no wonder people are concerned about the future. And really, the fbi knew this all along, they knew his background and did nothing.

  • francismarkey

    @Tom Camp