Breitbart.com Tries to Tie Prof. Derrick Bell to Farrakhan

Still more blatant dishonesty from the Breitbart goons
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The right wing attack dogs at breitbart.com are continuing their jihad against renowned Harvard Law Prof. Derrick Bell today. Now they’re trying to tie him (and by extension, President Obama) to Louis Farrakhan, with the blaring headline: BELL: FARRAKHAN ‘GREAT HERO FOR THE PEOPLE’.

They’ve posted a video from a 1992 episode of PBS’s MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, showing Prof. Bell talking about Farrakhan.

A transcript:

Anything out of the accepted is seen as a problem, by an awful lot of us. When Louis Farrakhan speaks to his audience he upsets a hell of a lot of white people, you see. But while he is speaking to the needs and the hopes and what have you, of the people to whom he is speaking, and that’s just going to happen.

[EDIT]

I see Louis Farrakhan as a great hero for the people. I don’t agree with everything he says, and some of his tactics, but hell, I don’t agree with everything anybody says.

To recap: Prof. Bell said Farrakhan is a “great hero for the people,” meaning African Americans — and that’s a simple statement of fact. Whether you agree or disagree with Farrakhan, you can’t deny that he has a large following. Bell followed up by saying he did NOT agree with everything Farrakhan says or with his tactics. So the whole basis of this attack by the mini-Breits is flat out distorted and dishonest; their own video shows this.

It’s nothing but standard right wing race-baiting. Louis Farrakhan is the classic scary black boogeyman. But they haven’t shown any association at all between Bell and Farrakhan; all they have is a video of Bell talking about Farrakhan. This isn’t weak sauce — it’s nonexistent sauce.

And please note the very obvious edit they made, right in the middle of Bell’s remarks.

They’re lucky Prof. Bell is no longer alive to answer their ongoing smear attempts.

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154 comments
1 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:18:29am

Booga booga! That's all they've got.

2 zora  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:21:40am

Melissa Harris-Perry Defends President Obama Hugging Professor Derrick Bell (VIDEO)

Harris-Perry harshly criticized what she called conservative media outlets who claimed that Obama was "adhering to a radical, anti-American agenda."

She highlighted one key moment that she believed Obama's critics have "seized upon as a smoking gun": when Bell and Obama publicly embraced during the rally. "President Obama tried and convicted in the court of conservative public opinion for the unforgivable offense of hugging a black man," she said.

Harris-Perry compared Obama's critics to those who attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1940s, who Harris-Perry said was regularly criticized for "public proximity to black people." Harris-Perry said, "and now we're asked to see this photo not as two legal scholars embracing in solidarity against injustice but as a seditious traitor embracing a radical idea."

[Link: www.huffingtonpost.com...]

3 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:21:59am

The problem here is this 6 Degrees Of Damnation game. Just because the President said some nice things about Derrick Bell, that doesn't mean he is directly responsible for every nice thing Derrick Bell ever said about anyone else in the world.

4 bratwurst  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:22:37am

With the economy slowly picking up, it seems like some people believe that doubling down on racism is the way to win in 2012.

5 allegro  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:24:01am

To see this man being smeared like this hurts my heart. Prof. Bell was a brilliant scholar and champion for civil rights whose memory should only be honored with the respect he earned over a lifetime of achievement.

These fucktards can't even wipe their own asses (or maintain an already established website) and they dare to try to impugn this fine man's legacy.

6 zora  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:24:40am

deja vue all over again. didn't we do the "obama loves farrakhan" thing already in 2008. how many times has he repudiated racist remarks by farrakhan? good luck with this gop.

7 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:26:23am

Derrick Bell requires an intellectual exercise that these critics are simply incapable of accomplishing. His point about Louis Farrakhan is rather clear. He does not agree with him but observes Farrakhan from an anthropological perspective. It is not an embrace it is an observation.

8 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:26:37am

I'd disagree with calling Farrakhan a “great hero for the people", but I get what Bell was trying to say. And he wasn't allying with the bigot, Bell was discussing political discourse in America. That's entirely defensible, and the edit makes the hack-job even more glaring.

BTW: I find it entirely fitting that Google used this article to run Alan Grayson ads. As Grayson smeared his GOP opponent in 2010 with a Breitbart-ese dishonest edit, he deserves to be associated with Andrew's merry band of liars. This postscript is not anti-progressive, its anti-liar, to borrow from Green Day just a bit.

9 zora  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:28:35am

re: #3 Charleston Chew

The problem here is this 6 Degrees Of Damnation game. Just because the President said some nice things about Derrick Bell, that doesn't mean he is directly responsible for every nice thing Derrick Bell ever said about anyone else in the world.

unless you believe that all black people think alike. this is where fox news is going with this. how will juan williams explain this to his fox news colleagues without then explaining why all muslims are scary in their scary muslim garb.

10 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:29:34am

Easy prediction: wingnuts will now say I'm "defending Farrakhan."

11 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:30:04am

Wingnut Trek 2: The Wrath of Farrakhan.

12 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:31:57am

Finally, a game we can all play, from ages 8 to 80. I'll take my turn:

Here's President Bush being nice to Donald Rumsfeld:

Image: 20061218-20061215-7_p121506pm-0400-515h.jpg

And here's Rumsfeld being nice to Saddam Hussein:

Image: rumsfeld-hussein.jpg

Therefore: Bush Loves Saddam Hussein.

13 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:32:54am

re: #11 Targetpractice

Wingnut Trek 2: The Wrath of Farrakhan.

FARRAKHAAAAN!!!!

14 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:33:49am

re: #9 zora

unless you believe that all black people think alike. this is where fox news is going with this. how will juan williams explain this to his fox news colleagues without then explaining why all muslims are scary in their scary muslim garb.

Williams will just sit quietly in the corner and count his $2 million dollars.

15 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:34:21am

Damn. I guess Obama should just resign now. The bitty-barts have made up evidence of guilt-by-association-association.

16 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:36:34am

re: #12 Charleston Chew

Finally, a game we can all play, from ages 8 to 80. I'll take my turn:

Here's President Bush being nice to Donald Rumsfeld:

Image: 20061218-20061215-7_p121506pm-0400-515h.jpg

And here's Rumsfeld being nice to Saddam Hussein:

Image: rumsfeld-hussein.jpg

Therefore: Bush Loves Saddam Hussein.

You think thats bad...

17 Sophia77  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:36:47am

Yeah. I guess I'm guilty of association with Farrakhan too, because I live in the Midwest (we need a rolling eyes icon)

Anyway, racism but also misogyny are characteristics of this campaign season. It's reactionary and frightening.

18 blueraven  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:36:58am

I guess if anyone shakes the hand of Pat Buchanan, or has him on their show to hawk his disgusting books...that means they agree with all his loopy theories and positions.

They can have Ted Nugent as their guest and call him friend, but none of the taint is to be associated with them, right?

19 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:38:11am

re: #12 Charleston Chew

Finally, a game we can all play, from ages 8 to 80. I'll take my turn:

Here's President Bush being nice to Donald Rumsfeld:

Image: 20061218-20061215-7_p121506pm-0400-515h.jpg

And here's Rumsfeld being nice to Saddam Hussein:

Image: rumsfeld-hussein.jpg

Therefore: Bush Loves Saddam Hussein.

Raegan loved the Taliban. Image: taliban.jpg So every Raegan worshiper also loves the Taliban.

20 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:39:07am

re: #13 Kragar

FARRAKHAAAN!!!

21 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:39:18am
22 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:39:37am

re: #15 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter

Damn. I guess Obama should just resign now. The bitty-barts have made up evidence of guilt-by-association-association.

I see by Quantcast that all of 439 people were potentially convinced yesterday.
[Link: www.quantcast.com...]

23 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:40:46am

re: #21 Gus

Then what about America's fascination with Muhammad Ali who is friends with Farrakhan?

Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali who in turn was hugged by President George W. Bush.

Huggate -- The Shining

24 wrenchwench  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:41:00am
They’re lucky Prof. Bell is no longer alive to answer their ongoing smear attempts.

I don't think it's luck. They waited.

25 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:41:38am

re: #8 Dark_Falcon

The million man march was pretty heroic.

26 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:43:00am

re: #22 jaunte

I see by Quantcast that all of 439 people were potentially convinced yesterday.
[Link: www.quantcast.com...]

Yep, they still haven't fixed their links. I guess they're not going to.

If they have someone in charge of ad revenue, he's going to freak out when he sees what happened this month.

27 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:43:46am
The right wing attack dogs at Breitbart.com are continuing their jihad {snip}

This could serve as a succinct summation of the past four years.

28 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:43:50am

Obama now sits in the same office that Roosevelt sat in. Roosevelt met with Churchill. Churchill knew Chamberlain. Chamberlain met with Hitler.

Therefore, Obama was responsible for WWII.

29 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:45:20am

re: #26 Charles Johnson

It's hard to believe they haven't noticed you posting about it. I thought they would have fixed it by now.

30 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:45:36am

A sad day for comic fans...

Comic book artist Moebius dies

31 bratwurst  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:45:44am

They say Obama has done such a bad job and the economy is still going down in flames (despite mounting evidence to the contrary)...yet some on the right STILL choose to base their attacks on Obama's past associations. What does that tell you?

32 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:47:43am

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Yep, they still haven't fixed their links. I guess they're not going to.

If they have someone in charge of ad revenue, he's going to freak out when he sees what happened this month.

And his conclusion after the freakout? The drop in site traffic is a result of a media blackout and liberal persecution.

33 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:47:49am

re: #25 recusancy

The million man march was pretty heroic.

The first time I heard about the march was about a year before. Farrakhan was on television discussing the plan. I can't quote him exactly so I hope I'm not slandering him, but I recall him saying that it would be a peaceful demonstration unless there were some Jews in the crowd trying to stir up trouble.

Kind of ruined it for me in advance.

34 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:50:24am

re: #33 Charleston Chew

Yeah, the guy def was a bigot.

35 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:50:59am

re: #31 bratwurst

They say Obama has done such a bad job and the economy is still going down in flames (despite mounting evidence to the contrary)...yet some on the right STILL choose to base their attacks on Obama's past associations. What does that tell you?

What it tells me is that nobody's buying the "in spite of" argument they've been playing in recent months. You know the argument, the one that goes "the economy is getting stronger in spite of Obama's policies," and it's sister "the economy would be so much stronger if not for Obama's policies."

36 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:51:40am

re: #34 recusancy

Yeah, the guy def was a bigot.

Or I guess I should change that to IS a bigot. He's not dead yet is he?

37 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:52:00am

re: #30 Kragar

A sad day for comic fans...

Comic book artist Moebius dies

I was more into movies than comic books as a kid, so I'll remember him for such films as Alien, TRON, Willow, The Abyss, & The Fifth Element.

38 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:52:07am

Desperate idiots are desperate idiots.

39 blueraven  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:53:05am

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Yep, they still haven't fixed their links. I guess they're not going to.

If they have someone in charge of ad revenue, he's going to freak out when he sees what happened this month.

This must really bother you, on a professional level, to see a site get this messed up by incompetence.
Of course it couldn't happen to a better site, but still, the sheer ignorance is astounding.

40 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:53:08am

Well? Since Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali who in turn was hugged by President George W. Bush doesn't that mean we never properly "vetted" Bush?

//

41 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:53:26am

re: #23 Gus

Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali who in turn was hugged by President George W. Bush.

Huggate -- The Shining

I knew this game would be fun.

42 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:54:13am

re: #31 bratwurst

They say Obama has done such a bad job and the economy is still going down in flames (despite mounting evidence to the contrary)...yet some on the right STILL choose to base their attacks on Obama's past associations. What does that tell you?

That Breitbart's legacy will be as a leader of one of the primary new media crypto-racist groups that opposed the first black president on the basis of imaginary personal attributes instead of based on his actual policies.

43 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:54:25am

Isn't that Louis rather than Lewis?

44 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:54:50am

re: #37 Charleston Chew

I was more into movies than comic books as a kid, so I'll remember him for such films as Alien, TRON, Willow, The Abyss, & The Fifth Element.

I was a big Heavy Metal fan back in the day and read a bunch of his stuff

45 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:55:26am

re: #40 Gus

Well? Since Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali who in turn was hugged by President George W. Bush doesn't that mean we never properly "vetted" Bush?

//

Shit, if every president were ever properly "vetted," we wouldn't have so many "tell-all" books getting published.

46 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:55:31am

re: #41 Charleston Chew

I knew this game would be fun.

6 degrees of hugs.

//

47 Interesting Times  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:56:04am

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Yep, they still haven't fixed their links. I guess they're not going to.

Because you were the one who pointed out the problem.

Jazzy ponytail said something, so we're going to do the exact opposite. Derp.

48 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:56:24am

re: #43 Creeping Diversity

Isn't that Louis rather than Lewis?

Yep.

49 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:56:59am

I picked up a copy from one of the Nation of Islam guys once on the corner of Colfax. Does that count?

50 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:57:57am

Bush I probably shook hands with Deng Xioapeng or even Mao(upon realizing he had the job when Mao was still alive) when he was ambassador to China, oh my god Commie!

51 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:58:14am

This really is all the Right has left, "guilt by association." They tried it with Ayers and Wright back in '08, now it's Bell and Alinsky.

52 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:59:10am
53 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:59:28am

re: #51 Targetpractice

This really is all the Right has left, "guilt by association." They tried it with Ayers and Wright back in '08, now it's Bell and Alinsky.

And Bell and Alinsky really weren't bad guys honestly either. But to the crowd where everyone the left of Reagan is an evil socialist hellbent on destroying freedom, they are evil incarcerate.

54 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:00:07pm

Moammar Gadhafi hugged Louis Farrakhan (who also hugged Hugo Chavez who hugged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) who hugged Muhammad Ali who hugged George W. Bush.

//

55 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:00:30pm

I know this won't come as shock to anybody here but: James Inhofe Says the Bible Refutes Climate Change

56 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:01:16pm

re: #54 Gus

Moammar Gadhafi hugged Louis Farrakhan (who also hugged Hugo Chavez who hugged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) who hugged Muhammad Ali who hugged George W. Bush.

//

Who did not hug Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

57 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:01:39pm

I agree with Bell's basic point here. I don't agree with a lot of what Farrakhan says - for example, he's made many blatantly antisemitic statements.

But that's not the only side of Farrakhan. He also has a strong message of responsibility and self-reliance for young African Americans, and this is why Bell described him as a hero.

Farrakhan is a weird mix of really bad and really good.

58 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:01:52pm

re: #55 recusancy

I know this won't come as shock to anybody here but: James Inhofe Says the Bible Refutes Climate Change

Sensor measurements are OF THE DEVIL!!!!!

59 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:02:06pm

Looks like Santorum's gonna take Kansas.

53% of the vote with 40% reporting.

[Link: www.google.com...]

60 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:02:49pm

re: #59 Charleston Chew

Looks like Santorum's gonna take Kansas.

53% of the vote with 40% reporting.

[Link: www.google.com...]

And the funeral march that is the GOP primaries continues onward.

61 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:04:16pm
62 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:05:04pm

re: #61 Gus

Oh crap.

//

You realize what this means!?

63 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:05:45pm

re: #62 Gus

You realize what this means!?

Yeah Mormon Sharia we are so fucked.

64 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:06:21pm

re: #63 HappyWarrior

Yeah Mormon Sharia we are so fucked.

It's a never ending pit of doom!

65 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:06:32pm

re: #61 Gus

Romney looks like he's about to give out with a Goofy 'gawrsh.'

66 God of Binders with Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:07:06pm

re: #62 Gus

You realize what this means!?

A Mormon having his hand kissed by a black, draft-dodging, traitor to his country?
//

This will be the next story for the mini-Breit fails.

67 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:07:25pm

re: #64 Gus

It's a never ending pit of doom!

Creep like a bee, sting like a shariah.

68 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:08:42pm

I'll bet there's a picture somewhere of Muhammad Ali hugging Louis Farrakhan.

69 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:08:59pm

re: #57 Charles Johnson

TBH, the things he's said, like calling Hitler a great man, far outweigh his good deeds, since these good deeds go together with poison.

70 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:09:47pm

re: #56 HappyWarrior

Who did not hug Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Moammar Gadhafi + Louis Farrakhan + Muhammad Ali + George W. Bush

+ Kelsey Grammer

Image: image3660201.jpg

+ Kevin Bacon

[Link: cache3.asset-cache.net...]

= I win!

71 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:09:52pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

I'll bet there's a picture somewhere of Muhammad Ali hugging Louis Farrakhan.

There is. See #21 or right here:

72 God of Binders with Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:10:26pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

I'll bet there's a picture somewhere of Muhammad Ali hugging Louis Farrakhan.

Look! Look! Look!

73 erik_t  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:10:29pm

Kansas near 50% reporting, with nobody but Santorum above the 20% required to secure delegates (if I remember the rules right).

Go Froth go!

74 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:10:42pm

re: #70 Charleston Chew

Moammar Gadhafi + Louis Farrakhan + Muhammad Ali + George W. Bush

+ Kelsey Grammer

Image: image3660201.jpg

+ Kevin Bacon

[Link: cache3.asset-cache.net...]

= I win!

All roads lead to Kevin Bacon. Says so in the Bible.

75 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:11:35pm

Anyway, these word were spoken after Obama's hug.

76 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:12:13pm

So we now know that Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali, who then hugged Mitt Romney. So Mitt Romney is an antisemitic Nation of Islam supporter.

77 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:12:37pm

re: #76 Charles Johnson

So we now know that Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali, who then hugged Mitt Romney. So Mitt Romney is an antisemitic Nation of Islam supporter.

Precisely.

78 Charleston Chew  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:13:19pm

re: #75 Creeping Diversity

Anyway, these word were spoken after Obama's hug.

Once you hug someone, you are responsible for everything they do afterwards til the end of time.

79 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:13:32pm

re: #75 Creeping Diversity

Anyway, these word were spoken after Obama's hug.

Yep but see Obama is supposed to control the words: past, present, and future of everyone he knows.

80 erik_t  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:13:35pm

re: #76 Charles Johnson

So we now know that Louis Farrakhan hugged Muhammad Ali, who then hugged Mitt Romney. So Mitt Romney is an antisemitic Nation of Islam supporter.

Only same-ethnicity hugs count. It's like the blood-brain barrier.

81 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:14:03pm

U.K. Wildcats just won a nail biter against Florida. looking good for the Tournament!

82 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:14:12pm

re: #75 Creeping Diversity

Anyway, these word were spoken after Obama's hug.

Black people hugging creates a quantum disturbance that exists at all points in time simultaneously.

83 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:14:43pm

re: #81 Weareallslutsnow

U.K. Wildcats just won a nail biter against Florida. looking good for the Tournament!

Good times!

84 Mocking Jay  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:15:17pm

It's quite obvious to me that, instead of hugging him, Barack Obama should have decked this man right in the face.

/

85 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:18:42pm

re: #83 Targetpractice

Good times!

I love March!

86 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:19:47pm

Thank you for confirming my already established notions about Obama and radical race politics!

87 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:22:07pm
88 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:22:14pm

If anyone wants to research Bell/Farrakhan issue in depth, there's a book called The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The chapter by Derrick Bell is "Farrakhan fever: defining the divide between blacks and Jews".

89 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:22:55pm
90 simoom  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:27:55pm

I like how Pres. Obama is supposed to be responsible not only for Bell (vs the women/minority-tenure protest he was actually supporting), but also apparently for these future acts of Bell's. Another example that's upset the Right is the Space Traders short story that the President should have pre-read though his crystal ball & intuited how it would enrage future-wingnuts.

91 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:28:01pm

Here's the book at Amazon - I guess this means Amazon is a Nation of Islam supporter: The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan.

92 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:28:22pm

re: #88 Creeping Diversity

If anyone wants to research Bell/Farrakhan issue in depth, there's a book called The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The chapter by Derrick Bell is "Farrakhan fever: defining the divide between blacks and Jews".

[Link: books.google.com...]

93 zora  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:28:51pm

re: #49 Gus

I picked up a copy from one of the Nation of Islam guys once on the corner of Colfax. Does that count?

it depends. did you eat the bean pie? //

94 recusancy  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:29:10pm

re: #92 recusancy

[Link: books.google.com...]

Prof Gates is in there too!

95 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:34:39pm

re: #91 Charles Johnson

Here's the book at Amazon - I guess this means Amazon is a Nation of Islam supporter: The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan.

I hear you can buy the Turner Diaries there too.
/

96 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:35:13pm

That's quite a leap. Trying to connect Obama to Farrakhan because Derrick Bell was asked to comment on Farrakhan in 1992 who by then was teaching constitutional law in Chicago and married to Michelle.

97 dragonfire1981  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:38:23pm

I really don't mean to overpimp my own page here, but this is a seriously messed up new front on the GOP War on Women. We need to get the word out on this and put these people through a public shaming the likes of which has never been seen before.

It's inhuman, it's atrocious, it's barbaric, it's...well see for yourself:

Georgia GOP wants women to carry dead babies

Yes, REALLY.

98 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:38:30pm
99 Digital Display  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:38:38pm

re: #96 Gus

That's quite a leap. Trying to connect Obama to Farrakhan because Derrick Bell was asked to comment on Farrakhan in 1992 who by then was teaching constitutional law in Chicago and married to Michelle.

There is no leap to tall or bridge to far with the 2012 GOP.

100 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:39:20pm

re: #94 recusancy

From what shreds found at GB I can find he is critical of F's antisemitism, though I don't know if he speaks about the social side too.

101 Obdicut  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:40:20pm

Farrakahn is pretty fucked up, and I don't like even Bell's quasi-defense of him.

But that's Farrakhan, and not Bell. And definitely not Obama, who hugged Bell once, and then appears to have had no contact with him.

Farrakhan is, to me, a shithead for a variety of reasons, but one of them is his antisemitism. Bigotry towards an entire group of people is an awful thing.

Which is why the right-wing, which endorses bigotry towards gay people, attacking Farrakhan is always funny to me. Eye/beam/mote and all that.

Farrakhan doesn't have any access to Obama. Neither did Bell. Obama's views on race are clearly not that of critical race theory.

The GOP continues to actively promote discrimination against gays.

102 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:42:51pm

re: #99 HoosierHoops

There is no leap to tall or bridge to far with the 2012 GOP.

Looks like a replay of the 2008 campaign, which turned out pretty well. These guys have nothing on the President, and they are going to come seriously unhinged when he wins reelection.

103 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:43:34pm

re: #101 Obdicut

Sure, but you're missing the point. Obama is concealing his secret angry black radical side, with help from the media, Harvard University, George Soros, and Louis Farrakhan. They're clearly all in on the plot together - it couldn't work any other way.

104 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:44:13pm

GOP back up to their old tricks

Signs mounted Thursday that House Republican leaders, under pressure from their conservative members, will submit a budget that calls for cutting federal programs beneath the levels they agreed to in the bipartisan August debt limit law. Democrats warned that violating the agreement could spark a government shutdown fight later this year.

Echoing Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD), the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, told TPM that the House GOP must not go down that road.

“Look, an agreement is agreement, and they should stick to the agreement,” Van Hollen said in a brief interview. “And not otherwise risk ultimately messing up the entire process, with a worst case scenario of a government shutdown. They should recognize what the risks are in violating an agreement.”

You can't give those backstabbing fuckers an inch.

105 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:44:23pm

How about some real extremist-on-extremist hugging action for a change?

First:
[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]
[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]
[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]
[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]
Etc, etc, etc.

Then:
Image: breitbartgellerspencer-lg.jpg

Hmm, I guess Breitbart loved terrorists.

106 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:46:18pm

re: #103 Charles Johnson

Sure, but you're missing the point. Obama is concealing his secret angry black radical side, with help from the media, Harvard University, George Soros, and Louis Farrakhan. They're clearly all in on the plot together - it couldn't work any other way.

Correct. And part of that plat includes "Obama will confiscate all guns and take over America with Islamic-Communist-Sharia and become emperor for life and putting all Christians that do not adhere to the New Law into internment camps."

107 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:47:41pm

re: #103 Charles Johnson

Sure, but you're missing the point. Obama is concealing his secret angry black radical side, with help from the media, Harvard University, George Soros, and Louis Farrakhan. They're clearly all in on the plot together - it couldn't work any other way.

How frustrated will Hannity get as his screeches of "Alinsky, Ayers, Wright, Soros, Bell, Farrakhan!" continue to fall on deaf ears? Or does he just not care so long as he keeps his audience upset and listening?

108 simoom  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:49:38pm

BTW w/ respect to Farrakhan, it probably is relatively fertile ground for the Right if the Media allows the ridiculous frame of the President being responsible for all future statements and future writings of Bell's. My understanding is Bell had a visceral & tactical objection to public denunciations of minority leaders as he saw it as a destructive way of gaining standing for your future arguments from the general white majority audiences. This lead to a number of cringe-worthy writings & statements in the mid-90s when he was challenged on Farrakhan, as well as at least one ridiculous & convoluted defense of one of Farrakhan's indefensible statements.

109 Gus  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:50:03pm

Errands. BBL.

110 Renaissance_Man  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:50:27pm

re: #107 Weareallslutsnow

How frustrated will Hannity get as his screeches of "Alinsky, Ayers, Wright, Soros, Bell, Farrakhan!" continue to fall on deaf ears? Or does he just not care so long as he keeps his audience upset and listening?

I hate to worry about this, but I'm not totally sure it does fall on deaf ears. Clearly this rubbish works to keep cultists angry, which is the main goal. But I think it also works to shift the opinions of the average American through 'common knowledge'.

111 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:50:53pm

re: #103 Charles Johnson

Sure, but you're missing the point. Obama is concealing his secret angry black radical side, with help from the media, Harvard University, George Soros, and Louis Farrakhan. They're clearly all in on the plot together - it couldn't work any other way.

You ever notice that every major "revelation" about Obama relies upon a long chain of persons being in on the cover-up? That people whose very jobs could be forfeit if their complicity was discovered are often named as members of the various conspiracies?

112 Interesting Times  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:53:37pm

Bwahaha:

113 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:53:40pm

re: #108 simoom

That is true, I pointed to one passage in his book where he seems to be apologetic of LF's statements. So, yes, some of the stuff DB wrote bothers me. It is, of course, beyond ridiculous when Pat Buchanan's party tries to use this non-link to smear Obama.

114 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:53:43pm

re: #110 Renaissance_Man

I hate to worry about this, but I'm not totally sure it does fall on deaf ears. Clearly this rubbish works to keep cultists angry, which is the main goal. But I think it also works to shift the opinions of the average American Fox-viewing idiot through 'common knowledge'.

115 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:54:14pm

re: #111 Targetpractice

You ever notice that every major "revelation" about Obama relies upon a long chain of persons being in on the cover-up? That people whose very jobs could be forfeit if their complicity was discovered are often named as members of the various conspiracies?

They're the same people who rigged up the explosives that brought down the WTC towers.
/

116 Targetpractice  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:54:17pm

re: #104 Kragar

GOP back up to their old tricks

You can't give those backstabbing fuckers an inch.

GOP's backed themselves into a corner, embracing the crazy under the belief that they could control it. Now the crazy's demanding they fall on their swords, which they will no doubt will, blaming Obama the whole way down to the hilt.

117 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:54:46pm

re: #110 Renaissance_Man

I hate to worry about this, but I'm not totally sure it does fall on deaf ears. Clearly this rubbish works to keep cultists angry, which is the main goal. But I think it also works to shift the opinions of the average American through 'common knowledge'.

I don't think so, since most people have never heard of any of these people, and don't care if Obama ever hugged them or not. Their approval of him is closely related to how they perceive the economy is doing, and right now he is close to his highest approval levels since the Bin Laden bump faded as improving economic reports come in.

118 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:55:11pm

re: #112 Interesting Times

Bwahaha:

[Embedded content]

Damnit I had a similar joke: Romney is the cowardly lion, Newt is the tinman, and Santorum is the scarecrow. And Ron Paul is the wizard.

119 Charles Johnson  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:56:13pm

re: #108 simoom

I'm pretty aware of Louis Farrakhan's long history of extreme statements and associations with bad people, and definitely not a fan of the guy.

But I've also known more than a few African American musicians who had a great deal of respect for him, and it wasn't because of the antisemitism or the extremism, it's because Farrakhan does have a positive, empowering component to his message. I've seen it, and discussed it with these friends many times.

I might feel otherwise -- the bigotry and antisemitism I find inexcusable, in fact. But it's just a reality that many black people see him as a positive force in the community, and in some ways he is.

120 aagcobb  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:56:26pm

re: #118 HappyWarrior

Damnit I had a similar joke: Romney is the cowardly lion, Newt is the tinman, and Santorum is the scarecrow. And Ron Paul is the wizard.

I think of Ron Paul more like Toto.

121 dragonfire1981  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:56:31pm

re: #118 HappyWarrior

Damnit I had a similar joke: Romney is the cowardly lion, Newt is the tinman, and Santorum is the scarecrow. And Ron Paul is the wizard.

So the means Dorothy is...Sarah Palin?

122 dragonfire1981  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:56:48pm

Oh and Michelle Obama as the Wicked Witch of course.

123 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:58:49pm

re: #120 Weareallslutsnow

I think of Ron Paul more like Toto.

I don't know. Here's why I like Paul as the wizard. He's seen as this great hope but he's actually a shallow guy behind the curtain.

124 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:59:18pm

re: #121 dragonfire1981

So the means Dorothy is...Sarah Palin?

Sarah would be Glinda the Good, the real villain in the movie.

125 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:59:28pm

re: #119 Charles Johnson

I remember when Farrakahn got up and addressed the Million Man March: He told black men to get off the drugs, get jobs and start taking responsibility for their lives and families.

What GOP politician could disagree with that?

Well, they might have disagreed with the follow-up, namely that if black men are not prepared to take responsibility for their lives, there are plenty of other people willing to step in and do it for them...

126 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 12:59:57pm

re: #124 Kragar

Sarah would be Glinda the Good, the real villain in the movie.

She is kind of evil when you think about it- Glinda this is.

127 Kragar  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:01:53pm

re: #126 HappyWarrior

She is kind of evil when you think about it- Glinda this is.


5 Reasons The Greatest Movie Villain Ever is a 'Good' Witch

128 HappyWarrior  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:04:10pm

re: #127 Kragar


5 Reasons The Greatest Movie Villain Ever is a 'Good' Witch

Yeah I read this when they published it. Valid points. Speaking of the Wizard of Oz, have any of you heard the theory that Baum wrote it as an allegory for populism vs corporatism in the turn of the century. My understanding is the wizard is symbolic of William Jennings Bryan.

129 dragonfire1981  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:05:56pm

OT: Charles, thanks for bumping my page back up to the top.

130 Lidane  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:08:44pm

OT but I just saw an amazing, funny keynote by Baratunde Thurston. He's a sharp guy. Loved it.

131 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:13:16pm

re: #130 Lidane

OT but I just saw an amazing, funny keynote by Baratunde Thurston. He's a sharp guy. Loved it.

YOU ARE SO LUCKY!

132 wrenchwench  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:15:55pm

How about a break for some guacamole?

133 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:19:41pm
United Press International

October 22, 1981, Thursday, PM cycle

FBI can't recruit on campus because it discriminates against gays

The University of Oregon Law School canceled a recruiting visit from the FBI because of the agency's policy against hiring homosexuals.
The University's affirmative action policy prohibits the use of school facilities for recruitment by employers who discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion and ''other considerations (not) directly or substantially related to effective job performance.''

A law student filed a grievance against FBI interviews with six seniors scheduled for Wednesday, claiming that the agency discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.
Derrick Bell, dean of the law school, said he asked the FBI to stop recruiting until the agency's policy is explained.
An agent in the FBI's Washington office confirmed the agency does not hire homosexuals because they are ''more vulnerable to compromise.''

134 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:22:54pm

re: #132 wrenchwench

How about a break for some guacamole?

[Embedded content]

That was great.

135 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:23:34pm
United Press International

February 8, 1985, Friday, PM cycle

University of Oregon Law Dean Derrick Bell has resigned his job because of a dispute over the hiring of an Asian woman.
Bell, 54, a former federal civil rights official who previously taught at Harvard, joined the Oregon faculty as dean in 1981.

The dean said Thursday he and most other faculty members agreed an Asian applicant was right for an available job, but ''substantial objections'' of a few led to a decision not to hire the woman.
''I was faced with a very serious dilemma,'' Bell said, and ''could not remain on as dean in a situation where that kind of thing had happened to a minority candidate.'

136 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:23:53pm

re: #133 Creeping Diversity

Doesn't the FBI know about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

137 Killgore Trout  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:37:17pm

re: #136 Ministry of Fairness and Balance

Doesn't the FBI know about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

It has to do with security clearances. Having personal secrets (extramarital affairs, drug addiction, homosexuality, etc) makes people more vulnerable to blackmail and extortion attempts and can effect their ability to get and hold a security clearance. I'm not sure if there is an attempt to change the rules on that.

138 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:37:24pm

An excerpt from Bell's article on Farrakhan:

[Link: books.google.ru...]

139 Killgore Trout  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:38:51pm

re: #137 Killgore Trout

It has to do with security clearances. Having personal secrets (extramarital affairs, drug addiction, homosexuality, etc) makes people more vulnerable to blackmail and extortion attempts and can effect their ability to get and hold a security clearance. I'm not sure if there is an attempt to change the rules on that.

I would think that someone who is openly gay wouldn't be a problem.

140 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:39:33pm

re: #137 Killgore Trout

It has to do with security clearances. Having personal secrets (extramarital affairs, drug addiction, homosexuality, etc) makes people more vulnerable to blackmail and extortion attempts and can effect their ability to get and hold a security clearance. I'm not sure if there is an attempt to change the rules on that.

I understand that argument fully when it comes to illegal activity, or clandestine romances, but how is an out-of-the-closet gay more easily compromised?

141 Killgore Trout  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:41:05pm

re: #140 Ministry of Fairness and Balance

I understand that argument fully when it comes to illegal activity, or clandestine romances, but how is an out-of-the-closet gay more easily compromised?

I don't think that should be a problem. It wasn't that long ago that pretty much all homosexuals were closeted. I think it's time to update the rules on open homosexuality.

142 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:45:32pm

You guys realize you are reading news from 1981 and Professor Bell rite?

re the fbi

143 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:46:12pm

re: #141 Killgore Trout

I don't think that should be a problem. It wasn't that long ago that pretty much all homosexuals were closeted. I think it's time to update the rules on open homosexuality.

Which organizations like the FBI have no incentive to do without outside pressure, say, from campuses that refuse to let them recruit until they change their hiring practices...

144 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:48:48pm

re: #142 Stanley Sea for a while, till someone screws up

You guys realize you are reading news from 1981 and Professor Bell rite?

re the fbi

missed the date on the FBI thing. No idea what current practice is.

But Rick Santorum certainly does not want women in the military or gays in any sort of government job...

145 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:49:42pm

He's been a socialist all along!

I can't wait to see what the Breitbart crew does with this damning evidence of our President's complicity in radicalness!

146 AK-47%  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:50:43pm

re: #145 jaunte

He's been a socialist all along!

we know their talent for establishing "links"...

147 jaunte  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 1:52:33pm

re: #146 Ministry of Fairness and Balance

Union thugs with striking signage!

148 engineer cat  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 2:04:47pm

re: #132 wrenchwench

How about a break for some guacamole?

[Embedded content]

ignatz cat brought me a mole, so i am making mole-y sauce

149 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 2:11:23pm

re: #138 Creeping Diversity

An excerpt from Bell's article on Farrakhan:

[Link: books.google.ru...]

VERY interesting read.

150 SanFranciscoZionist  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 2:23:15pm

re: #3 Charleston Chew

The problem here is this 6 Degrees Of Damnation game. Just because the President said some nice things about Derrick Bell, that doesn't mean he is directly responsible for every nice thing Derrick Bell ever said about anyone else in the world.

This.

I'm not going to make any excuses for Bell's words on Farrakhan. Farrakhan is an asshole, and I would call out parallel words toward an asshole on the right as being wishy-washing and excusing language, which this seems to me to be as well.

But that's actually got nothing to do with Barack Obama.

Consider this a general invocation of the MBF: I can see this argument going a whole bunch of different ways with a whole bunch of different people, depending on whose ox was being gored.

151 SanFranciscoZionist  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 2:26:07pm

re: #36 recusancy

Or I guess I should change that to IS a bigot. He's not dead yet is he?

No, he's still a bigot. Speaking at UC Berkeley this weekend.

Some recent quotes:

“Do you know Jewish people were not the origin of Hollywood, but they took it over?”
Saviours' Day, Chicago, Illinois, 2/26/12

“In 100 years, they control movies, television, recording, publishing, commerce, radio, they own it all. Magazines. Why do you want all, everything?”
Saviours' Day, Chicago, Illinois, 2/26/12

“Did you know that the Koran says that Jews are the most violent of people. I didn’t write it, but I’m living to see it.”
Saviours' Day, Chicago, Illinois, 2/26/12

"And the Christian right, with your blindness to that wicked state of Israel…can that be the holy land, and you have gay parades, and want to permit to have a gay parade in Jerusalem when no prophet ever sanctioned that behavior. HOW CAN THAT BE THE ISRAEL, how can that be Jerusalem with secular people running the holy land when it should be the holy people running the holy land. That land is gonna be cleansed with BLOOD!"
Saviours' Day, Chicago, Illinois, 2/26/06

“I call them the so-called Jews because to be a Jew you have to adhere to the statutes and laws that create the special relationship. How can you be a Jew and promote homosexual marriage?”
National Black Agenda Convention, Boston, 3/18/04

"But all of a sudden in the night clubs, they started having transvestite shows, drag queens… Scripture say no liar, no adulterer, no effeminate will get in the Kingdom."
Saviours' Day Speech, Chicago, 2/23/03

152 Ming  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 2:49:27pm

re: #151 SanFranciscoZionist

Very good point.

I agree with others on this thread that it's dishonest to play the "6 degrees of damnation" game. But no matter how bad the mini-Breitbarts (dimbarts?) are, I think we should all be very cautious about saying anything nice about Professor Bell's neutral-to-positive reference to Farrakhan. Imagine if Ron Paul had said that a well-known white supremacist (I'd supply a name, but I don't know of any) was a "hero to the people". Would we be so quick to dismiss that as "nothing"?

None of this has anything to do with Barack Obama. But it has everything to do with Derrick Bell. From the little I've read about him (what's been in the news recently), Professor Bell was a good person and an impressive scholar. But it would seem that in this instance, in his warm reference to Farrakhan, he did make an important mistake - important because it pertains to what's right and what's wrong.

153 labman57  Sat, Mar 10, 2012 4:05:08pm

Once again, Obama-hating conservatives are using a 6 degrees of separation approach in an effort to establish guilt by association.

154 TheSwedish  Sun, Mar 11, 2012 5:31:50pm

When I think of the late Prof. Bell, I feel only sadness because I imagine a man whose soul was broken, in many places, by forces no human being should have to face alone. In her defense of him, Sally Kohn, a former student of Bell's who's now a Time magazine writer,gave one example of what Bell was up against:

""In the 1950s, Derrick Bell was a young lieutenant in the Air Force stationed in a small town in Louisiana. Bell was a devout Presbyterian, but the only Presbyterian church in town was for whites only. Lieutenant Bell put on his military uniform and showed up at the church, asking to be allowed to worship. Reluctantly, the white parishioners granted him a pew alone by himself in the balcony."

I'm a thirtysomething white guy with a young relative in today's military. I love the institution and cried when, in my early twenties, I was rejected because of a physical handicap. Given all this, my heart aches-as any decent American's would-for all those who serve, or have served, this country in uniform despite the fact that they were not or are not seen as fully American, be they the black soldiers of Bell's time or the transgendered soldiers of mine (yes, they exist).

My point is not simply that Bell faced this and so many other injustices; my point, rather, is that he so often faced them alone, whether he was forced to pray alone as an airman or forced to hold his own as the only black voice on a law school's faculty.

Professor Bell praised Louis Farrakhan and tried to wiggle around the man's anti-Semitism by doing a kind of "yes, but..." comparison with Pat Robertson. These are facts. It's also true, however, that there is no evidence of personal anti - semitism on the part of Prof. Bell. Therefore, I think one can draw the following reasonable conclusions about the late professor: 1)Like many people who are constant targets of bigotry, Bell never fully healed, and his open wounds 2)attracted Bell to the RAGE, but not the bigotry, of a Louis Farrakhan.

I'm not excusing the above. In fact, I wish Prof. Bell had let himself be fully healed by the warmth of all those - black and not, Jewish and not - who loved and respected him. That didn't happen, and although I think so much of the bitterness in his words-as well as his willingness to put up with a pissed off hater like Farrakhan - had more than a little to do with the fact that the Professor had before confronted so much adversity WITHOUT others' company, I think his myopia is still a mark on his character. Bell was a strong man, and he should've taken that leap of faith. This is not, mind, a disqualifying mark on Bell's character, but still a mark.

This was a smart, complicated fellow, and the one big thing I've been reminded of when reading about him thus far is that we all have a responsibility to heal each other before it is too late. Everything's not lost, and I hope Professor Bell found in death the peace he didn't find here.


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