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You need to know about Critical Race Theory if for no other reason than to understand Barack Obama

March 09, 2012
If you don't know and understand Critical Race Theory (CRT) then you need to become informed. We would suggest it explains more, perhaps, about what has been happening in this country over the last three years than anything else. Because of Andrew Breitbart it is now out in the open for discussion.

CRT is clearly the next evolutionary stage of the civil rights movement in this country. We'll refrain from offering too much of our thinking on the subject until later, but clearly what you need to know to begin to understand CRT is that it is not about equality. It does not seek to promote race neutrality as Martin Luther King envisioned in his "I have a dream speech." But what it does seek to achieve is not at all clearly articulated.

What is clear, however, is that Barack Obama and most of the people he brought into his administration are adherents to CRT, not the least of which are his appointments at the Justice Department and to the federal courts. Click here for an illustration of that point.

In fact one of the best, albeit tempered, descriptions of CRT can be found in the words of none other than Supreme Court appointee Elana Kagan. Click here to read what Kagan has to say about CRT.

To understand the influence of CRT on Barack Obama one must know about Professor Derrick Bell, not so much because of the now famous video of Obama participating in a college demonstration in support of Bell, but rather because Bell was so important to Obama's thinking. For example, when Obama was teaching "constitutional law" at the University of Chicago, Bell was the most frequently assigned readings Obama imposed on his students.

But if you want an alternative perspective on CRT we would commend Dr. Thomas Sowell back in 1990.

Enough for now. We'll have more later.

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    Bell: 'I lives to harass white folks'
    March 10, 2012 | 09:12 AM

    "A video that has been posted on Breitbart TV reveals the professor about whom a young Barack Obama said, “Open your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell,” claimed as his own motto, “I lives to harass white folks.”
    The rest of the article can be read at

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    Race Baiting 101
    March 10, 2012 | 12:43 PM

    When I clicked on the link I should have known that this was a Tea Party website. This is why Obama will win in November. America has rejected this ignorance last election. Race Baiting creates racists. You guys are on the wrong side of history and will be regarded as a bunch of tepublican puppets running a fake racist movement.

    Jonathan Wilcox
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    Race Baiting Comment Irony
    March 14, 2012 | 08:29 PM

    In response to Mr. Wilcox' comment, please, note that a knee jerk reaction is useful when the brain is not engaged. This is a well-deserved term because it applies to those responses that come from the gut and not from a well-considered thought.

    Having been active in the TEA Party movement since its beginning, I have been the target of knee-jerk reactions based not on facts but on propaganda spread by those terrified by the potential impact of patriot citizens intent upon taking their country back from those who have very effectively strangled it for their own selfish purposes.

    Racism is hate applied toward any person regardless of color. As soon as a judgment is made based on how someone appears or on ugly rumors rather than on the merit of the person, racism has just been birthed. Those who judge the TEA Party without taking the time to learn the truth are guilty.

    Civility has been driven from the public square. May I suggest to bring it back we can start by treating people the way we would want to be treated. That is what Jesus did. We can all learn about love for our fellow humans by following His example.

    Mattie Lawson
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