President Barack Obama’s connections to the radical left go beyond his close friendships and association with black liberation preacher Jeremiah Wright and communists Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, the Weather Underground terrorists who planted bombs that killed a police officer and others in the 1960s.
Last week, Breitbart.com released a videotape that shows Obama is also a devotee of the late radical black lawyer Derrick Bell, (photo) the creator of the Critical Race Theory of law, which views all legal problems through the prism of white oppression.
Bell, who died last year, was apparently something of a mentor to Obama. Bell’s objective, he admitted in an interview, was "harassing white folks."
Last week, Breitbart’s websites released a short tape of Obama uttering kind words for Bell. A young Obama introduces the radical Bell to an audience with these words: “Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”
The tape then depicts Harvard lawyer Charles Ogletree, another of the leftists at Harvard’s law school. “Of course, we hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now,” Ogletree laughed. That Obama was close to leftist Bell, Ogletree said, “just told you his growth had been astronomical in terms of his sense about race in a very complex world … trying to deal in the world of Harvard Law School, etc.”
But critics find Obama’s view of race quite troubling given an interview in which Bell described what his role as a lawyer was. An interviewer asked Bell the question of “what keeps you going if you’re so pessimistic” about solving the race problem in America. Bell replied that while he had been working as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, he met a black woman put upon by whites. Bell said he asked her why she was fighting back, and her reply became his “motto”:
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