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Full Circle: From Derrick Bell, to the New Black Panthers, to the White House

Morgen on March 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker points out the two degrees of separation linking Obama’s embrace of Derrick Bell at Harvard in 1992, and Bell’s statement in 1994 that “we should really appreciate” Khalid Muhammad, the founder of the New Black Panther Party. Bell’s praise came just one year after this now infamous speech from Muhammad:

(Video via Patterico.)

While there may be just two degrees of separation between Obama and Muhammad, the story really comes full circle with the decision by the Obama Justice Department in 2009 to not pursue a voter intimidation case against the current leadership of the New Black Panther Party. To see how inter-connected these events really are, compare Muhammad’s comments in the video above to this new VS video featuring Philadelphia Black Panther leader King Samir Shabazz, recorded earlier this year.

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I frankly still find it stunning that even the Obama Administration would not pursue a conviction against Shabazz and the New Black Panther Party leadership, for whatever charge might be available to them. This organization is clearly dangerous: it’s only a matter of time before someone is inspired to act on this rhetoric, if it hasn’t happened already.

This is the real danger of imparting legitimacy to the ideas advanced by Critical Race theorists. That racism is a permanent feature of American society, that there is no solution within the law that will ever make a difference. If you really believed this, why wouldn’t you look at those calling for violent revolution as rational actors driven by despair? At a minimum you would probably have more than a little empathy for them. Heck, you might even let them walk away from a conviction they did not even bother to contest.

Open your hearts and minds.

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