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Video: Derrick Bell Describes Marxist Foundation of Critical Race Theory

Morgen on March 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I posted a clip from Derrick Bell last week which included some pretty obvious Marxist undertones, but this…this is like a Marxism primer. CUNY TV in New York has curiously pulled a video clip of this down from their site, and YouTube, but c’mon, you know that’s not going to stop me. From 2007:

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(Full source MP3 available here.)

But I thought according to Soledad O’Brien, Critical Race Theory was just about the intersection of race and politics and stuff?

On a related note, does this (pdf) remind of you anything?

The empathethic perspective also comes from the Critical Race Theory tradition, which suggests that a diverse judiciary greatly shapes judicial decision making, legal analysis, and, by extension, the law itself. Specifically, judges who hail from different social or cultural backgrounds may provide a more nuanced understanding of facts, evidence, and credibility determinations than judges who lack such experience.

Yes, apparently President Obama’s guiding philosophy in selecting judges – “empathy” – is rooted in Critical Race Theory. Small wonder then that his first nominee to the Supreme Court will forever be remembered for opining that a “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”.

Oh, and Elena Kagan, Obama’s other Supreme Court pick? Not only did she confer credibility on Bell by publishing his radical writings at Harvard, but she also gave a seminar in 1993 where she opined (pdf) that the issues raised by Critical Race Theory were “among the most important questions in all of American law”.

You know, questions like: does our Constitution serve only to perpetuate a system of racial subordination? And: was Karl Marx right?

Terrific. Welcome to post-racial, post-America, America.

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