BREITBART.COM: Harvard Prof who Obama Urged Students to “Open Your Minds” to, Praised Louis Farrakhan as “the Best Living Example of a Black Man Ready. . . To Tell it Like It Is” continues to connect the dots between the man elected as President of the United States – Barack Obama – and a radical Harvard Professor he urged people to “open your minds, open your hearts” to. The Professor was the late Derrick Bell, and yesterday, released little seen video of a young Barack Obama speaking publicly for him, urging people to listen to him, and actually embracing him. Now, they reveal that Derrick Bell praised Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan:

THE NEW REPUBLIC: . . . The stories in Faces at the Bottom of the Well all revolve around Bell’s bedrock belief that the fundamental reality of America is race, and that whites will never willingly diminish their privileged position. In “The Afrolantica Awakening” Bell luxuriates in the fantasy of black immigration to an Edenic homeland–a permanent solution to the problem of racial injustice. In “Space Traders” Bell considers emigration in its negative form, as exile. In this tale a group of spacemen arrives on Earth offering the devil’s bargain: in exchange for vast stores of gold and magic solutions to the problems of energy and pollution, they will be permitted to take away, for an unspecified purpose, all of America’s black people. Black Armageddon, in other words, is posed against white deliverance. Unsurprisingly, after token and largely self-interested opposition, Americans agree to sell black people back into slavery.

There is one passage in Faces that comes across as menacing and ugly. In “The Rules of Racial Standing,” which is not a story but an angry lecture. Bell defends Louis Farrakhan. “Smart and superarticulate,” writes Bell, “Minister Farrakhan is perhaps the best living example of a black man ready, willing and able to ‘tell it like it is’ regarding who is responsible for racism in this country.” Arid yet because he offends white people, “every black person important enough to be interviewed is asked to condemn Minister Farrakhan–or any other truly outspoken black leader.” Black people who comply are rewarded with “superstanding status.”

Bell’s defense of Farrakhan has drawn a withering response from other black intellectuals. In the current issue of Reconstruction, Kennedy accuses Bell of “an egregious toleration of bigotry.” Bell, he writes, refuses to see “that the minister is an unreconstructed bigot and, worse, that a substantial and widespread sector of black Americans are willing either to applaud or to ignore his bigotry.” Gates says, “How can you call yourself an intellectual and not find anti-Semitism nauseating?”. . . Read More

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