The late Andrew Breitbart's first torpedo to the Obama re-election effort was unleashed last night in the form of a video from the president's Harvard years in which he asked students to "open up [their] hearts and their minds" to the words of his good friend Derrick Bell. This Derrick Bell was a radical activist who advocated "Critical Race Theory."
If we did, here’s what we’d be opening our hearts and minds to. This is a close associate of Jeremiah Wright, a man who was quoted by Jeremiah Wright regularly. This is a man who posited that the civil rights movement was too moderate because it accepted the status quo, and believed that the entire legal and constitutional system had to be transformed in radical fashion. This is a man so extreme that, as we’ve reported, he wrote a story in 1993 in which he posited that white Americans would sell black Americans into slavery to aliens to relieve the national debt, and that Jews would go along with it.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien had a hilarious exchange with Breitbart.com's CEO Joel Pollak in which she and liberal guests tried to deflect the attack on Obama (as well as themselves for not properly vetting Obama) by calling Pollak racist, scared of Black people, and by inventing a new, benign definition of Critical Race Theory.
Apparently Soledad or her followers felt the need to back up her revised definition of "Critical Race Theory" by changing the Wikipedia article on the subject. Too bad for them, conservatives have caught them in the act of deception:
In the version dated January 31, 2012, the words "white supremacy" and "racial power" appear.
Although no set of canonical doctrines or methodologies defines CRT, the movement is loosely unified by two common areas of inquiry. First, CRT has analyzed the way in which white supremacy and racial power are reproduced over time, and in particular, the role that law plays in this process.(Emphasis added.) However, the current version states the following:
Although no set of canonical doctrines or methodologies defines CRT, the movement is loosely unified by two common areas of inquiry. First, CRT has analyzed the way in which racial hierarchies are reproduced over time, and in particular, the role that law plays in this process.(Emphasis added.) You can see both versions on this page. If you go to the revision page, it looks like a little war broke out today, with edits and re-edits. One participant commented that it had obviously been changed to match "Soledad Obrien's empty-headed explanation on television last night."
Even worse for the CNN reporter, it has been uncovered that Soledad O'Brien herself is a sympathizer of Obama's radical friend Derrick Bell from her past tweets. Fair and Balanced? Not at CNN...