Black History Moment ~ Derrick Albert Bell, Jr.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s see what the very dead Andrew Breitbart was going to ”expose” on President Barack Obama before his untimely death.

 

Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. (November 6, 1930 – October 5, 2011) was the first tenured African-American professor of Law at Harvard University, and largely credited as the originator of Critical Race Theory. He was the former dean of the University of Oregon School of Law.

 

Education and early career

Born in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Bell received an A.B. from Duquesne University in 1952 and an LL.B. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1957. After graduation, and after a recommendation from then United States Associate Attorney General William Rogers, Bell took a position with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. He was the only Black person working for the Justice Department at the time. In 1959, the government asked him to resign his membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) because it was thought that his objectivity, and that of the department, might be compromised or called into question. Bell quit rather than giving up his NAACP membership.

Soon afterwards, Bell took a position as an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), crafting legal strategies at the forefront of the battle to undo racist laws and segregation in schools. At the LDF, he worked alongside other prominent civil rights attorneys such as Thurgood MarshallRobert L. Carter and Constance Baker Motley. Bell was assigned to Mississippi, the cradle of the deep South, where racism was at its most virulent and entrenched. While working at the LDF, Bell supervised more than 300 school desegregation cases and spearheaded the fight of James Meredith to secure admission to the University of Mississippi over the protests of Governor Ross Barnett.

“I learned a lot about evasiveness, and how racists could use a system to forestall equality,” Bell was quoted as saying in The Boston Globe … “I also learned a lot riding those dusty roads and walking into those sullen hostile courts in Jackson, Mississippi. It just seems that unless something’s pushed, unless you litigate, nothing happens.”

Academic career

USC and Harvard

In the mid-1960s Bell was appointed to the law faculty of the University of Southern California as executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty. In 1969, with the help of protests from black Harvard Law School students for a minority faculty member, Bell was hired to teach there. At Harvard, Bell established a new course in civil rights law, published a celebrated case book, Race, Racism and American Law, and produced a steady stream of law review articles. As a teacher, Bell became a mentor and role model to a generation of students of color, but he played a delicate balancing act at the university. Bell became the first black tenured professor in Harvard Law School’s history and called on the university to improve its minority hiring record. But shortly after his tenure in 1971, a white university vice-president tried to purchase a house that Bell had been previously offered through the university; Bell saw this as a case of discrimination. This was the first case in which Bell’s charges of racism would mobilize his supporters, who championed his efforts to stand up for principle, and anger his detractors, who accused him of being too quick with his allegations of bigotry.

Protests over faculty diversity

In 1980 Bell became the dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, becoming one of the first African-Americans to ever head a non-black law school. He resigned in 1985 over a dispute about faculty diversity. Bell then taught at Stanford University for a year.

Returning to Harvard in 1986, Bell staged a five-day sit-in in his office to protest the school’s failure to grant tenure to two legal scholars on staff, both of whom adhered to a movement in legal philosophy that claims legal institutions play a role in the maintenance of the ruling class’ position. The administration, not giving an inch, claimed substandard scholarship and teaching on the part of the professors as the reason for the denial of tenure, but Bell called it an unambiguous attack on ideology. Bell’s sit-in galvanized student support but sharply divided the faculty.

Bell reentered the debate over hiring practices at Harvard in 1990, when he vowed to take an unpaid leave of absence until the school appointed a female of color to its tenured faculty. At the time, of the law school’s 60 tenured professors, only three were black and five were women. The school had never had a black woman on the tenured staff.

Students held vigils and protests in solidarity with Bell with the support of some faculty. One of these students was future U.S. president Barack Obama, who spoke at a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Bell. Critics, including some faculty members, called Bell’s methods counterproductive, and Harvard administration officials insisted they had already made enormous advances in hiring. The story of his protest is detailed in his book Confronting Authority.

To some observers, Bell’s lament about Harvard amounted to a call for the school to lower its academic qualifications in the quest to mold a diversified faculty on the campus. But Bell argued that academically able faculty were being ignored and that critics of diversity invariably underplay the value of a faculty that is broadly reflective of society, and, more importantly, that the credentials demanded by institutions like Harvard perpetuate the domination of white, well-off, middle-aged men. As he commented in the Boston Globe, “Let’s look at a few qualifications–say civil rights experience … that might allow [a chance at a tenured teaching position for] more folks here who, like me, maybe didn’t go to the best law school but instead have made a real difference in the world.”

Visiting professorship

In 1992, Bell, who had taken a visiting professorship at New York University, was formally removed from the Harvard faculty. In a speech to Harvard students quoted in the Boston Globe, Bell urged the future scholars and activists to continue the moral fights that he had championed, saying: “Your faith in what you believe must be a living, working faith that draws you away from comfort and security, and toward risk through confrontation.”

Harvard ultimately hired civil rights attorney and U.S. Assistant Attorney General nominee Lani Guinier shortly after Bell left. After resigning from Harvard, Bell remained at NYU Law where he continued to write and lecture on issues of race and civil rights.

Academic contributions

Bell is arguably the most influential source of thought critical of traditional civil rights discourse. Bell’s critique represented a challenge to the dominantliberal and conservative position on civil rights, race and the law. He employed three major arguments in his analyses of racial patterns in American law: constitutional contradiction, the interest convergence principle, and the price of racial remedies.

Bell continued writing about critical race theory after accepting a teaching position at Harvard University. Much of his legal scholarship was influenced by his experience both as a black man and as a civil rights attorney. Writing in a narrative style, Bell contributed to the intellectual discussions on race. According to Bell, his purpose in writing was to examine the racial issues within the context of their economic and social and political dimensions from a legal standpoint.

For instance, in The Constitutional Contradiction, Bell argued that the framers of the Constitution chose the rewards of property over justice. With regard to the interest convergence, he maintains that “whites will promote racial advances for blacks only when they also promote white self-interest.” Finally, in The Price of Racial Remedies, Bell argues that whites will not support civil rights policies that may threaten white social status.

Bell is also the author of a number of books and short stories, including “Ethical Ambition” and “The Space Traders,” a fictional story in which white Americans sell black Americans to space aliens in order to pay off the national debt. Bell also wrote the book, The Faces at the Bottom of the Well, which allegorically tells the story of people who are disenfranchised.

Derrick Bell was a supporter of animal rights.

Death

On October 5, 2011, Bell died from carcinoid cancer at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, at the age of 80.

In popular media

His short story “The Space Traders” was adapted in 1994 by director Reginald Hudlin and writer Trey Ellis. It aired as the leading segment of a three-part television anthology entitled Cosmic Slop, which focused on minority centric Science Fiction.

 

 


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Rush Limbaugh - Caricature

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature. Credit: DonkeyHotey.

By Juliana Jiménez

UPDATE: As of today, 45 advertisers have dropped Rush Limbaugh’s show, and there might be more in sight, according to the Rachel Maddow Show blog. And as if his lame “apology” wasn’t enough, he keeps burying himself deeper in national contempt by attacking a young author – you guessed, it, a woman – by calling her a

“babe”, an “authorette” and, more broadly, one of “these single white women.”

and then telling his audience,

“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent.”

Well, gee, Rush, thanks, overeducated — I’m blushing already. I don’t know what you meant, but I’ll take it as a compliment. At least it’s quite a step up from “slut”, “prostitute” or “feminazi”.

And then Bill Maher started defending him, sort of, saying liberals look petty by not rushing to forgive him…

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When Politics Becomes Lies & Misinformation


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

Everything in politics today seems to revolve around racism. Out of the past 43 Presidents Of These United States Of America, I can not ever remember, through history lessons or by actual experience, the amount of hatred focused on a sitting POTUS. Abraham Lincoln, during his freeing of the slaves, didn’t experience the disrespect, the vile racist comments and the outright evil mindset I am witnessing against Barack Hussein Obama.

 

I am going to attempt this through my use of memory, so if I leave out or miss something, please let me know by bringing it to my attention.

 

Following is a list of pseudo issues created by the TeaTardedGOPretenders to keep POTUS Obama from  winning re-election in twenty twelve. Every fake issue has been manufactured to make POTUS Obama look bad to American voters. In no particular order they are:

1).   The “Obama” birther issue. Epic Fail.

2).  “Obama” is responsible for the influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Epic Fail.

3).  “Obama” is to blame for natural disasters such as hurricanes and earth quakes. Epic Fail.

4).  “Obama” is taking too many vacation. Epic Fail.

5).  “Obama” caused the B. P. Gulf oil gusher. Then he did nothing to fix “his” B. P. problem. Epic Fail.

6).  “Obama” withdrew troops from Iraq too soon. Epic Fail.

7).  “Obama” is responsible for the incorrectly named “Ground Zero” Mosque…(It is not located at ground zero). Epic Fail.

8).  “Obama” has a uppity wife. Epic Fail.

9).  “Obama” is a socialist. Epic Fail.

10).  “Obama” is in the pocket of big business. Epic Fail

11).  “Obama” is directly causing high gas prices at the pump. Epic Fail.

12).  “Obama” is a Muslim. So what if he is? Epic Fail.

13).  “Obama”  has used a blank check to take America into economic failure. Epic Fail.

14).  “Obama” is usurping your Constitutional rights. Epic Fail.

15).  “Obama” is a Communists. Epic Fail.

16).  “Obama” is a racist. You are confusing him with Ron Paul.  Epic Fail.

17).  “Obama” is weak against terrorist. Epic Fail.

18).  “Obama” is too inexperienced to lead & has no foreign policy. Epic Fail.

19).  “Obama” is in bed with Wall Street & Big Bankers. Epic Fail.

20).  “Obama” caves to the opposition and is too compromising. Epic Fail.

21).  “Obama” does not care about the Black American population in America. Epic Fail.

22). “Obama” has waged a war on religion. Epic Fail.

23).  “Obama” is directly responsible for the crisis between Israel & Iran. Epic Fail.

24).  “Obama” is illegally the President Of The United States. Epic Fail.

 

Now I am positive there are a few issues I have overlooked that were manufactured just to make POTUS Obama look bad to American voters….there were so many falsely created episodes the past three years. All thought up and designed to do one thing, take attention away from the over 300 accomplishments of this President.

His achievements are spectacular for any President, add to the formula that President Obama has worked against opposition & obstruction on every level from all quarters in order to get his agenda passed. The real truth is this. TeaTardedRepubliCANTS, GOPretenders, Conselfishservatives & Reich WingNutz are afraid of POTUS Obama. Why? Barack Hussein Obama is a Black man with power.

Power for a Black man coupled with intelligence and strength, is the number one thing a racist caucasian man fears. Caucasian America is scared shitless right now.

 

“America is back. Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you America is in decline or that our influence has wained, doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we world as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s back.
We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”
~ President Barack Obama. ~

 

Go Out On “NO”vember Sixth, Twenty Twelve &Vote Democratic.
Vote For Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Four More For Forty Four.

 

“BARACK” The Vote.

 

“Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts, Truth & Common Sense.”™

 

 

 

Creative Chaos Award


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

Um……Um…..Mmmm……I have no clue what the hell this award is about….well…….Ummmmm…….I thank the Goddess Of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for nominating me for this award. That would be Ms. adollyciousirony from the blog “allaboutlemon”. Ms. adollyciousirony is a wonderfully witty woman, and I look forward to her post. She is also stunningly gorgeous and very kind. I have no idea why she is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but one day I will ask. Thank you Ms. adollyciousirony for this award. The proper gratitude, gifts, prizes, and cash are in the mail.

 

Welcome to the Creative Chaos Award! This award is for those who think outside the norm…And the designer of this award came from I’m not just weird

 

 

So brace yourself for the following requirements below:
1. You must tell 3 completely weird things about your habits. If you claim to have no weird habits, you’re lying and we’ll have to send an investigative team for further analysis.

 

2. You must tell why you look at the “glass half full” scenario and ask “what? No coffee?”

 

3. Complete any one of the following essay questions:

 

A. You find yourself in a desolate place when your car breaks down. You have no cell phone service, no Walmart (I know, GASP, right?), and only a candy bar for food. It is 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your pants and why?

 

B. You find yourself having to ride an elevator quite frequently. How do you pass the time to show off your creativity?

 

4. Then you are to nominate 5 random people.

 

5. Make sure to show proper gratitude to the person who nominated you whether that is to shower them with gifts, prizes, and cash or to see that they are put into a clown costume and photographed for internet mocking.

 

6. Make sure to post the award somewhere other than the underside of the toilet seat.

 

Okay, here are my answers:

3 completely weird things about my habits:

1). I sleep naked, in a pitch black bedroom, with no sound. Sound & light keeps me awake.

2). I only sleep 4 hours a night, and sometimes I go 2 or 3 days without sleep. I do not have insomnia.

3). I have never eaten at McDonalds or Burger King. Never.

 

My “glass is half full” scenario:

I don’t use a glass…..I use a Welches Grape Jelly Jar, when it gets empty, I refill it.

 

A. You find yourself in a desolate place when your car breaks down. You have no cell phone service, no Walmart (I know, GASP, right?), and only a candy bar for food. It is 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your pants and why?

 

My pants are purple, and leather. Why? Because purple is my favorite color, and leather is my favorite material for pants.

 

The 5 I nominate for the outside the box Creative Chaos Award are……..

 

1). The Narcissist’s Blog. Teri is a little bit off center, and obsessed with sex….and very funny…..and a very sexy woman. BUT nutty as well….totally outside the box.

 

2). CANNIBALISMTODAY. The title says it all.

 

3). snarkysnatch. You just have to visit her site…..be prepared to say …”what??” Again, sexy but strange.

 

4). bugwear. A fashionista…and I probably spelled that wrong….but a fashion person has to think outside the box. Right/

 

5). Lafemmeroar. Speaking of thinking outside the box….visit this blog for some fun and games.

 

Out of all the awards, this one had the hardest requirements to fulfill. Or am i just crashing?

 

Pass it forward award winners!!!

 

Reggae Wednesday


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Reggae Wednesday Mon’…….We Be Funkin For Jamaica Mon’…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Let The Jamaica Funk Hit Cha…….Where The Jamaica Funk Shoulda Bit Cha………

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