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Andrew Breitbart, Derrick Bell and the Attack on Black Intellectuals

Isn’t it ironic?

I recently saw a Breitbart stooge on CNN deriding Professor Bell for his belief in Critical Race Theory, something I had not heard of before. I believe the theory holds that there is an innate racial bias which prevents advances resulting from legislative action or court decisions from fully achieving their goals. What is truly ironic is that the Republicans need only examine their own platform, tactics and propaganda to confirm the validity of Professor Bell’s theory.

Let’s test the theory out against what we observe today:

The voting rights act is met with voter ID laws aimed at supression of minority participation;

The election of our first black president is met with attacks on his legitimacy and competency;

Integration and affirmative action court precedents are ridiculed and reconsidered;

Economic advances and political participation resulting from government employment of minorities is under attack as wasteful spending;

Economic advances through unionization, education, integration are under attack as tax policy makes the richer richer;

Social safety net of social security, unemployment insurance, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid are attacked as entitlements to be cut, along with tax cuts for the wealthy.

Breitbart wants to burst Prof Bell’s bubble because his theory seems to hold water.

Asher Fried

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Mar 13 2012 - 3:11pm

Andrew Breitbart, Derrick Bell and the Attack on Black Intellectuals

Obama isn’t black

I don’t think it is correct to refer to our prez as a black president. He has scrubbed himself white as white can be. Seeing what happened to true black leaders like Malcolm X and MLK, he has made sure that it is he who does the assassinating, that he and his are safe. This pitiful and confused person plays at being president. The house slave finds he can sleep in massa’s bed and use massa’s desk, but he is still a house slave… and under the circumstances, who can blame him?

Peter Shapiro


Mar 9 2012 - 6:31pm