I have a confession to make to the folks at Breitbart.com: I’m a biracial lawyer married to a black woman who is both better looking and more popular than I am. I’ve never served in the Illinois state Legislature, but I was in North Carolina on Wednesday. I’ve never hugged, or even met, the late former Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell. But I have heard of him. Sound familiar?
If I were taller, richer and smarter and killed Osama bin Laden last year, I could be Barack Obama.
Alas, I’m not. But if you factor in attendance at a few college diversity rallies in the ’90s, I could be almost any middle-class black person you know.
Which is where Breitbart.com went wrong this week with its breathless release of archival video showing then-law student, now-President Obama introducing the controversial but well-respected Bell at a campus protest in 1990. The question isn’t “What’s Obama doing there?” — it’s “If you weren’t there, then what were you doing?”
The video, which shows Obama warmly praising Bell and later hugging him, is meant to reignite a Rev. Jeremiah Wright-like controversy — portraying Obama as the closet radical and reverse racist that the far right always told you he was. After all, Bell, a tenured Harvard professor, once wrote a civil rights parable (later made into an HBO short film) that had space aliens, Jews and slaves in it. Surely, then, Obama is racist.
Source: The Root