Bell Wanted Preferential Treatment, Not Equality

One of the more common spins by the mainstream media about the now-famous Derrick Bell video is that the rally was for more diversity on the Harvard Law campus. This is wrong.

In fact, Bell and Obama were demanding special treatment for Regina Austin, a radical black law professor with poor credentials—she lacked the usual Supreme Court clerkships or law-review appointments—necessary for the position. Bell and Obama demanded that Harvard violate its longstanding policy about not voting on tenure track positions to visiting professors.

Don’t take my word for it. Take Derrick Bell’s. He granted that Austin lacked the proper credentials in an interview with David Remnick, author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, “I thought Regina was perfect,” Bell told Remnick. “ She was saying what needed to be said. And she was a lot more militant than I ever was.” (p. 213)

And how. Heather MacDonald of City Journal gave chapter and verse in April 2008 in the pages of The Wall Street Journal.

In a widely reprinted California Law Review article from 1992, Austin asserted that the black community should embrace the criminals in its midst as a form of resistance to white oppression. People of color should view “hustling” as a “good middle ground between straightness and more extreme forms of law breaking.” Examples of hustling include “clerks in stores [who] cut their friends a break on merchandise, and pilfering employees [who] spread their contraband around the neighborhood.”

In a letter to The Times, Austin has retorted that there was “nothing anti-American about Kwanzaa” and added: “African-Americans, whether born here in America, in Africa or elsewhere, have the right to claim Africa as our ancestral home.” (A few, incidentally, that she shares with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who wrote similar things in his book of sermons, Africans Who Shaped Our Faith).

Like Bell and Wright, Austin shared a racist view of racial relations. Asked in a 1999 interview to explain her role as a legal scholar of critical race theory, Austin answered that it “should start with the premise that black people are at the center of the universe and go on from there.”

Austin has since given over $5000 to help elect Democrats, including $2500 for Obama, according to campaign contribution records. In other words, the Bell-endorsed militant endorsed Barack Obama.

Obama, meanwhile, compared Bell to Rosa Parks, because everyone, presumably, has a right to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School, especially if they are black and share Bell’s prejudice masquerading as profundity.


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