Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

We Should Defend Our Own: Smearing late Derrick Bell latest salvo When will blacks fight back?
The Root ^ | March 18, 2012 | Professor Sherrilyn A. Ifill

Posted on 03/17/2012 11:45:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There is such a thing as honor. And when the honor of a great man is attacked, there must be a response.

Professor Derrick Bell, who passed away last October, was a great man. His legacy to the legal profession, to civil rights law and thinking, to legal scholarship, to the hundreds of students he taught and the scores of black leaders, academics and activists he mentored, cannot be calculated. He refused to compromise with racism by studying it, resisting it and showing us how to build a life filled with joy, humor and integrity, while wrestling with our nation's most ugly and intractable problem.

So when the likes of Fox News analysts, Sarah Palin and muckraking bloggers launched a smear campaign against professor Bell, it should not be treated as politics as usual. So far, the defense of Bell's good name has fallen to his beloved wife, Janet Dewart Bell, who offered a powerful and moving account of Derrick's life and trenchant critique of the right-wing smear machine, and professor Charles Ogletree, who challenged Bell's detractors directly before Fox viewers.

Bell, an ardent student and lover of gospel music, would understand when I say that if those of us who have been touched and influenced by his life and work do not vigorously speak out in his defense, "the stones will cry out."

The source of the smear campaign against Bell was the late Andrew Breitbart, the right-wing provocateur for whom the truth seemed often a mere annoyance and for whom character assassination was his stock in trade. Several years ago, Breitbart set his sights on ACORN, the fair-housing organizing group, whose voter-participation efforts many credit with registering thousands of Obama voters in 2008. For the most virulent on the right, dismantling ACORN was a post-election priority....

(Excerpt) Read more at theroot.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: acorn; blacks; breitbart; derrickbell; hannity; obama; palin

The Author

1 posted on 03/17/2012 11:45:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bell was a user and a monster. This idiot is too stupid to understand that.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 11:50:50 PM PDT by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piytar

IIRC, she’s related to Gwen Ifill, the “journalist” who is to the left of Mao.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 11:53:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ah yes, The Root...founded by Henry (yo' mamma) Louis Gates, Odumbo's good friend. Need I say more...
4 posted on 03/17/2012 11:55:55 PM PDT by csense
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piytar

Having read through her tripe I see that she has not addressed the things that really matter - his hatred of whites and his determination to destroy America.


5 posted on 03/17/2012 11:58:34 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
There’s no hope for anyone who calls a demagogue and racist a “great man”. Is it not written, woe to you that call evil good and good evil . . . ?
6 posted on 03/18/2012 12:02:40 AM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 17th Miss Regt

Maybe in her next article... /s


7 posted on 03/18/2012 12:09:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hitler had his supporters also.
8 posted on 03/18/2012 12:19:49 AM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hitler also had his supporters.
9 posted on 03/18/2012 12:20:30 AM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a case in which many blacks *are* being victimized. They have been and are being told that a user, a monster, and a spewer of hate is a “great man.” Many of them have no way of learning that they are being fed lies. If Barack Hussein tries to provoke bloodless class warfare, but by intent or his typical incompetence incites race war, we will kill each other and cry over the bodies for years. Pray for our nation, and for all who try to worship God.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 12:37:07 AM PDT by Grampa3711 (Some people bring happiness wherever thet go; others, whenever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Poor poor pitiful me, poor poor pitiful me...”

I’m getting a bit tired of blacks playing victim.

That’s just not honest anymore.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 12:41:06 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piytar

The idiot is Black Bell was Black and that is all she’s capable of knowing


12 posted on 03/18/2012 12:49:16 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Derrick Bell was a hateful racist and an exploiter.
Is that what you are, Sherrilyn?
13 posted on 03/18/2012 12:54:55 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
He refused to compromise with racism by studying it, resisting it and showing us how to build a life filled with joy, humor and integrity, while wrestling with our nation's most ugly and intractable problem.

For more than one reason, this sentence is a perfect example of the author's inability to think, much less write. It was slavery that was truly ugly, but not intractable, though it ended up taking over 600,000 lives to end it. And the slavery wasn't due to racism since some of the big slave holders in the South were black. And the biggest racists right now in the United States are folks like Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, the New Black Panthers, and Barack Obama. The nation's most ugly and intractable problem is government. The nation's second most ugly and intractable problem is government used as a tool by Marxist, racist ideologues like Bell and Obama and their supporters to retrofit the rest of us into their idea of paradise. You, Sherrilyn, need to take a page from Edith Sampson, pioneering black woman in the law and a graduate from Loyola University with a Masters in Law:

In 1949, Sampson was part of the Round-the-World Town Meeting, a program that sent twenty-six prominent Americans on a world tour, meeting leaders of foreign countries and participating in public political debates and radio broadcasts. In these meetings, Sampson sought to counter Soviet propaganda regarding civil rights struggles in the U.S. During one meeting in India, she said:
“ The question is, quite bluntly, 'Do Negroes have equal rights in America?' My answer is no, we do not have equal rights in all parts of the United States. But let's remember that 85 years ago Negroes in America were slaves and were 100 per cent illiterate [pretty big gaffe, but probably done for polemical reasons]. And the record shows that the Negro has advanced further in this period than any similar group in the entire world. You here get considerable misinformation about American Negroes and hear little or nothing that is constructive. ”

She also stated that "I would rather be a Negro in America than a citizen in any other land."

14 posted on 03/18/2012 1:08:47 AM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Re: We Should Defend Our Own

An utterly deceitful premise.

The author's “defense” is political, not racial.

Would she write the same “defense” for Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas?

Of course not.

15 posted on 03/18/2012 1:49:21 AM PDT by zeestephen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piytar

The color of ones skin trumps all


16 posted on 03/18/2012 3:08:02 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Antagonizing White people jes like Saint Derrick would.

This C__T* (acceptable female terminology according to the left) is a racist, through and through.

17 posted on 03/18/2012 3:11:18 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just another filthy black racialist. Lots of them these days. Like maggots under a stone.


18 posted on 03/18/2012 3:31:39 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ronnie raygun; zeestephen
The color of ones skin trumps all

Except of course as noted above...

19 posted on 03/18/2012 3:53:45 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Derrick Bell was a man who busied himself with bitter nonsense his entire life. His legacy is that of a crybaby unwilling to take responsibility for his own life. As long as white peope were handy, he encouraged an entire demographic to seek solace in blaming others. He was nothing of significance to the realm of truth.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 4:27:36 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I scoured the article-no mention of Herman Cain, Condi Rice or Clarence Thomas.

As an aside, she refers to Democrats as “spooked” when they acquiesced to defund ACORN-she must be a racist to use such a term.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 4:49:55 AM PDT by almcbean
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Professor Sherrilyn A. Ifill

ops, they it is... ops, they it is... ops, they it is...

Another Black Racialist Prof!!

Most blacks out in the work-a-day world, don't stew in the past and live peaceably with their neighbors... but in the halls of academe Racialist Eggheads can't grasp that reality... they daily weave tales of modern racism... sad...

If your were from Mars and hearing folks like Bell, Rev. Right, Farrakhan or Obama, you'd think that all humanity were split into two camps, the whites and the blacks. And that the whites are lording it over the blacks with whips and branding irons, and blacks were staging a war to free themselves.

In reality, a world far apart from the one Egghead Profs inhabit, whites agonize over the past, so much so, that they are willing to give a black marxist a chance at running the country, even though it means sure ruin... the real problem is that powerful blacks understand white guilt and play it for all its worth... which isn't a bad ploy if you have marxist designs on the world and are looking for a tool that can yield grand results.

22 posted on 03/18/2012 5:15:16 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“our own” = racist Marxist

She starts off with a racist title in a racist outlet and then charges racism. Orwell thought he was exagerating...


23 posted on 03/18/2012 5:51:30 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

But he couldn’t even get a picture ID.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 5:52:34 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Racial-Quota Fallout
How Derrick Bell became Derrick Bell
By Thomas Sowell

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/293539/racial-quota-fallout-thomas-sowell

Many years ago, I learned of an episode in the life of a promising young black man that is relevant to things happening now. He had been educated at a good school, and went on to receive degrees at good colleges and universities. Then he went for a Ph.D. in mathematics at one of the leading departments in that field.

When he encountered difficulties, his professors essentially wrote his doctoral thesis for him. No doubt they felt good about doing something to help a promising young black man, and perhaps took pride in doing so. But what about his pride?

This young man ended up joining an extremist group that hated white people.

Would it have been worse if he had not gotten a Ph.D. in math? Probably 99 percent of the people in this country, regardless of race, could not get a Ph.D. in math — and yet they can still live happy and fulfilling lives.

What recalled this episode from long ago was the current flurry of interest in a video of a young Barack Obama at Harvard Law School praising Derrick Bell, a black professor there whose writings on “critical race theory” promoted an extremist hostility to white people.

Derrick Bell was for years a civil-rights lawyer, but not an academic legal scholar of the sort who gets appointed as a full professor at one of the leading law schools. Yet he became a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and was a full professor at Harvard Law School.

It was transparently obvious in both cases that his appointment was because he was black, not because he had the qualifications that got other people appointed to these faculties. At Stanford, his students complained that his course on constitutional law was not up to the standards of the other courses they were taking.

Stanford at that time had one of the leading scholars in constitutional law, Professor Gerald Gunther — and Derrick Bell was no Gerald Gunther. A hastily created program of study of constitutional law was then used to teach that subject to students who were not getting what they needed in Professor Bell’s course.

When this clever finessing of the problem came to light, the administration apologized — to Derrick Bell for the embarrassment this caused him.

They should have apologized to the law students for short-changing them with a professor who was not up to the job — and to those who donated money to the university to advance the cause of education, not to allow administrators to play racial-quota politics on campus.

As a full professor at Harvard Law, Derrick Bell was also surrounded by colleagues who were out of his league as academic scholars. What were his options at this point?

If he played it straight, he could not expect to command the respect of either the faculty or the students — or, more important, his own self-respect. Bell himself admitted that he did not have the scholarly credentials that most full professors at Harvard Law have.

There were no doubt other law schools where he would have been a respected colleague, but they were not Stanford or Harvard. Yet it is worth remembering that millions of people have led happy and fulfilling lives without ever being at Harvard or Stanford.

Derrick Bell’s options were to be a nobody, living in the shadow of more accomplished legal scholars — or to go off on some wild tangent of his own, and appeal to a radical racial constituency on campus and beyond.

His writings showed clearly that the latter was the path he chose. His previous writings had been those of a sensible man saying sensible things about civil-rights issues that he understood from his years of experience as an attorney. But now he wrote all sorts of incoherent speculations and pronouncements, the main drift of which was that white people were the cause of black people’s problems.

Bell even said that he took it as his mission to say things to annoy white people. Perhaps he thought that was better than being insignificant in his academic setting. But it was in fact far worse, because the real damage was to impressionable young blacks who took him seriously, including one who went on to become president of the United States.

— Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2012 Creators Syndicate, Inc.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 6:45:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee
Racial-Quota Fallout
How Derrick Bell became Derrick Bell


In other words, Derrick Bell was an inflamed pustule on the anus of academia and, instead of going in there and lancing the thing, the administration just let it grow and poison the body and waited until natural causes finally took care of it?
26 posted on 03/18/2012 6:59:57 AM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: aruanan

That’s about it.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 7:06:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Related to Gwen Ifell (sic)?
28 posted on 03/19/2012 6:31:18 AM PDT by hummingbird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

GMTA....should have read full thread and I would have seen your post!


29 posted on 03/19/2012 6:34:09 AM PDT by hummingbird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gwen Ifill cousin, it looks like.

http://hinterlandgazette.com/2008/10/gwen-ifills-cousin-sherrilyn-ifill.html


30 posted on 03/19/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT by hummingbird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson