Video: Does O’Brien know what “Critical Race Theory” is?

posted at 8:19 pm on March 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Dan Riehl and Ace, this almost too good to check. Go read Rebel Pundit’s post for an explanation, then skip to 2:00 below. (If you missed Ed’s post this morning, by all means watch the whole thing.) After sneering at Joel Pollak for supposedly mischaracterizing the discipline and then refusing to define it herself, she finally demonstrates her grasp of Critical Race Theory by uncorking a definition that’s curiously similar to … the opening of Wikipedia’s intro on CRT, replete with the noncolloquial use of “intersection” to describe an interdisciplinary study. Could be a coincidence — the definition she gives is generic — but the thought of her taking this much of a tone with him over his alleged ignorance while she’s got some intern reading Wiki entries to her in her earpiece is irresistible.

But is that what happened? Turns out O’Brien does know who Derrick Bell is. Go look at this page at Michelle’s new site Twitchy compiling some of her tweets about him. She marked his passing last October, retweeted Charles Ogletree’s tribute to him, and mentioned that she was “re-reading” one of his books, so she’s familiar with his work. Could be they were even acquainted (she was a Harvard undergrad), although in that case, she maybe should have mentioned it to the viewers as a prelude to the ritual savaging of Pollak as a racist, huh? Bottom line: Yeah, evidently she does know what Critical Race Theory is, and yet somehow, despite that fact, the formulation she came up with here is vague to the point of meaninglessness. Pollak’s definition is much closer to the mark: CRT is all about how American law is used to disempower blacks and preserve white privilege. To get a sense of the academic environment in which it flourished, read this short, depressing memoir of Harvard Law in the early 1990s by NRO’s David French. I think his read on Obama is basically correct. The One is happy to go along with whoever the leading liberal lights are in whichever left-wing community he’s inhabiting at any given time, sans judgment. For more on that, go read this ABC feature about some of the more, shall we say, eccentric liberals that he’s palled around with over the years. And note the tone: ABC plays it off as essentially a joke and much ado about nothing, but try to imagine a similar right-wing rogues’ gallery for Mitt Romney and how they’d cover that. Hacktastic.

Update: A reader e-mails with another possibility: Maybe O’Brien came up with something off the top of her head and someone edited the Wiki entry for CRT afterwards to reflect that. Could be. Like I said above, she obviously does know the subject. She’s just poorer at defining it than Pollak is. In fact, Rebel Pundit notes in an update that CRT’s critique of “white supremacy” — the term mentioned by Pollak to which O’Brien objected — apparently was part of Wiki’s entry originally but was removed today.


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VorDaj on March 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I hope he gets better. He asked us to pray for his mom, but I never heard more. I sincerely hope she is doing well, regardless.

Christien on March 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I was honestly pretty surprised at how these CNN hacks were so losing it over this video. I’m looking at this video and pretty much yawning myself… but their outrageous outrage? It makes me think there is something else going on here. Are they afraid of some other future videos?

Their responses are so over the top. If this video is so much nothing, (which to me it was) why then go off over it? Why go ballistic? I’ve seldom seen such rage on the MSN over what is suppose to be a non-story.

JellyToast on March 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I think Rational Thought had it nailed earlier today: They’ve known all along that he was a radical/racialist, and that they covered it up in 2008, and if they don’t squash this thing right off the bat, it’ll all come unraveled.

WisRich on March 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Allahbear, I hope you’re still following the comments here, because this one is priceless:

Charles had an awakening I hope all of you have someday. AP is already too smart and compassionate to be a republican I hope he is just doing this blog for the money.

DBear on March 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

DBear, you forgot to mention that Allah also does this for the fame and the chicks.

cynccook on March 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Fresh Face, please have your caregiver administer to you a 10 mg dose of Haloperidol IV bolus STAT and call me in the morning.

Sigmund on March 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Actually, what Charles Johnson did was go through his archives and delete a lot of really vile and racist stuff he wrote about Arabs.

tetriskid on March 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Not deleted, just locked away, but the Boiler Room Crew keeps finding them LOL!!!

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

JellyToast on March 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Because they, the media, knew about it and suppressed it. The cat was actually let out of the bag when Obama honestly answered Joe the Plumber. The media had to be sure none of the supporting evidence was available, we didn’t hear about Wright or Ayers and Bell among others because it would have scared off the independents.

The media freak-out is exactly what Breitbart is exposing here. Media manipulation got Obama elected.

batterup on March 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Charles had an awakening I hope all of you have someday. AP is already too smart and compassionate to be a republican I hope he is just doing this blog for the money.

DBear on March 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Holy mother of God…..

BigWyo on March 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

DBear, you forgot to mention that Allah also does this for the fame and the chicks.

cynccook on March 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And Chuckles couldn’t get a chick if he paid for one.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

So for people here to say the guy can’t have a thing against black people because his wife are black, are simple wrong.

freshface on March 8, 2012 at 9:05 PM

You really are just stupid. Aside from this practically incoherent statement, I mean.

Night Owl on March 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Pollak keeping cool under fire made Soledad and Jay’s freak outs even more noticeable and bizarre. Heck, and this is just the beginning of the vetting.

Christien on March 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I already know who Obama is. Video’s like this only affirm me. Unfortunately, for our liberal counterparts facts and evidence have nothing to do with deciding who they will vote for. In the end, liberals will still line up to vote Obama in hopes of gaining their share of the government dole. This will be alot of effort on our behalf for little gain.

mtucker5695 on March 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

An important thing I think this video highlights is that Republican Presidential nominees need to run their campaigns different from Democratic ones. Democrats like Obama can count on the MSM media to dig into their Republican opponent and then turn it into a 24/7 circus. They can have research done and just pass it onto the MSM media which well then run with it.

But Republicans are limited in this ability. The media will try to bury, minimize and even defend against stories that will hurt Obama or the Democrats. It would basically take the Republican candidate himself talking about it on the campaign trail which hurts them from getting their own message out and also being accused of focusing on small things or going negative against his opponent. Meanwhile, someone like Obama can just sit back and while the media does all the work and Obama stands their looking “Presidential” while the media savages his opponent. And when asked to comment, Obama will just say “that’s for the American people to decide. I’m just going to focus on the big issues”. This is a media problem I hope sites like Breitbart.com can challenge this coming election.

gumble on March 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

very interesting post.

Does O’Brien know what “Critical Race Theory” is?

questions like this just hit you at random, and you suddenly realize how staggeringly important they are!

and here i thought that she was just an inconsequential moron on cnn. little did i know that she just joined the pantheon of monsters in the wingnut edda.

sesquipedalian on March 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Too bad, the IDIOTS at CNN didn’t do their research.

He is AFRICAN. A true “African-American’ and his wife is also an African American whose mother once received an award from Nelson Mendela.

The idiot “has-been” actor who disgracefully pulled the race card during the CNN interview is a TOOL.

Meet the wonderful, beautiful and gracious Mrs. Pollack (here when she was helping Joel with his run for Congress)

Opposite Day on March 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’m not certain Soledad knows what her own birthday is.

Mr Galt on March 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

This election cycle has the chance to destroy the Left if they keep playing stupid.

Tater Salad on March 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Soledad is solesad.

Take a breath CNN libtard and let the guy talk. She interrupts more than Barney Frank.

Why doesn’t she just wear an Obama t-shirt during the “interview”?

fogw on March 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

So according to our visiting Little Green F*cktard, Pollak’s wife isn’t “really” black because one of her parents is white. Interesting new spin on the “one drop rule”. Be sure and run that one by Obama. And Soledad O’Brian.

BuzzCrutcher on March 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I’m not certain Soledad knows what her own birthday is.

Mr Galt on March 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Then she has something else in common with Obama. Three weeks before his 50th birthday he said he had a birthday in a week.

VorDaj on March 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

It is what it is and it’s based on the idea of white supremacy. That is the whole theory. The privileged white folks are keeping the people of color down.

ButterflyDragon on March 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Not sure if anyone else has said this yet, but:

No, I don’t have a definition for Critical Race Theory, I just know that I don’t like yours. – Soledad O’Brien to Joel Pollak

Left Coast Right Mind on March 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Since when is Wikipedia considered the ultimate authority? Those edits today prove that it’s just a tool for dishonest people. Pravda of the internet.

disa on March 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

gumble on March 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

well said

cmsinaz on March 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM

So, the media “suppressed” a boring videotape a law student introducing one of his professors? Because…they wanted to report news or at something of interest or note?

Apparently Breitbart was becoming Geraldo and Obama’s introduction was his Al Capone’s vault. I now assume he faked his death in order to drive ratings this otherwise pointless video.

urban elitist on March 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

blink on March 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Yep. A theory which cannot be discussed or debated…wait, someone was talking in my ear…if the debate goes in a direction that could possibly reflect poorly on Obama.

Christien on March 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Soledad makes rocks appear intelligent. She only has an equal in Mika.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM

If you’re on a major cable news network and having Wikipedia read to you, you might be uninformed.

Where do you think that the WH staff locates much of its “in-depth research”?

onlineanalyst on March 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

It doesn’t matter what Obama may or may not have said or done as a 30 year old … according to the same people who want to make damn sure you know that Marco Rubio went to a Mormon church as a pre-teen.

BuzzCrutcher on March 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Charles had an awakening I hope all of you have someday. AP is already too smart and compassionate to be a republican I hope he is just doing this blog for the money.

DBear on March 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

AP is too independent and intelligent to be a slave like you and all the lefties, except your Looters, your masters of the plantations.

You’re all sheeple, gnats, plankton, no more. The looters like you that way. They live like billionaires because you are so foolish.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

First the Kony post and now a chance to talk about Critical Race Theory? Who knew that Hot Air was going to become a repeat of graduate coursework again today.

OK so I watched this clip and I was *SUPER* embarassed for Soledad. Why? Because she was like 3/4 of the way there, but the last 1/4 was a doozy. Dear Soledad, Critical Race Theory is about white supremacy in a way, its not advocating *for* white supremacy and it doesn’t advocate against the Civil Rights Movement. It argues that white supremacy infiltrates the very structure of American law and that seeking redress through liberal reforms like the 1964-1965 CR legislation could not actually unmake white supremacy. And really, Bell and other theorists have been proven exactly right. Within ten years of the passage of the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Act nearly every state had passed some version of the Rockefeller drug laws which have exploded incarceration rates amongst African American males and reduced them to second class citizens as a result of felony convictions. Its a theory about the malleability and perserverence of white supremacy in American society. So sorry Soledad, not so well dones.

libfreeordie on March 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

She marked his passing last October, retweeted Charles Ogletree’s tribute to him, and mentioned that she was “re-reading” one of his books, so she’s familiar with his work.

That’s assuming she writes her own tweets and isn’t just a book title name-dropping liberal looking for lefty head nods.

Me, I think she’s a fake.

Dusty on March 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

History is what happened not what people wish would have happened.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The term “intersection” was added on October 8th, 2011 by someone who has a fondness for Bill Murray and ESPN.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Critical_race_theory&direction=prev&oldid=454585067

Vincenzo on March 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Also whomever added that point to the page is from Cypress, CA and probably goes to, or went to CSU Fullerton. That is all from the investigations department.

Vincenzo on March 8, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Just a couple of quick points:

1) There were actually twenty-seven (27) edits to the Wikipedia entry on “critical race theory” over the last two days. The CNN Cleanup Crew has been busy I guess!

2) To repeat something that I’m sure has been said by others, none of this is a surprise to the Left media. We’re not going to be able to “educate” them out of their views because they are not ignorant, they are biased. The old meme was that left thinks the right is evil, whereas the right thinks the left is merely stupid. I think it’s time we admitted (to the extent we haven’t already) that the left is genuinely evil. Full-on, Stalin-grade evil if they get a chance. Time to realize that.

Gearbox on March 8, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Think I’ll go with, and point people towards, this blog entry by the UCLA School of Public Affairs: Critical Race Studies on what critical race theory is. Though perhaps a screenshot is in order in case parts disappear. Like:

CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society. The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT uses in examining existing power structures. CRT identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color.

Rip Ford on March 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

She needs new kneepads after that slobberin performance.

KirknBurker on March 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Remember CNN and ABC have upped the ante over NBC and MSNBC in catering for about the last 6 months. CNN is nothing like it was previously.

Soledad has also gotten more in touch with the blackness publicly thru CNN. She does the Black in America specials. I forget what else, but I used to like her, I remember her on MSNBC way back. She’s become a clear partisan with CNN’s blessing recently. Unfortunate.

John Kettlewell on March 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Obviously, the word “proven” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

blink on March 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Don’t bust their meme.

You know how long it’s taken to get that government-sells-drugs-to-black-people-to-fill-prison-quotas conspiracy firmly entrenched?

ButterflyDragon on March 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Rip Ford on March 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

word! my brotha

John Kettlewell on March 8, 2012 at 10:50 PM

nearly every state had passed some version of the Rockefeller drug laws which have exploded incarceration rates amongst African American males and reduced them to second class citizens as a result of felony convictions.

libfreeordie on March 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Right on, brother. Speak the gospel! Damn the Man for putting those drugs in our hands and having his “laws” that necessitate we serve time for possession. Drugs are the only reason our brothers our in prison, man. Gun possession? Murder? Theft? Beating up random people in subways for no good reason? Food fights in Denny’s?? Black people don’t do that. Nuh-uh. It’s all lies

And speak the truth libfreeordie! It’s so unfair that The Man keeps us down by using our criminal record to keep us from getting a job.

Stay off the grid, brother. Power to the sheeple!

shannon76 on March 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This is just pieces but did you know that Charles Ogletree, Obama’s mentor who said they kept the tape hidden in 2008 became the lawyer for Henry Gates after his arrest which led to the beer summit? That’s interesting to me…

UnderstandingisPower on March 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

No. She is brown, read Hindu, not black.

I know it might be hard to understand the difference.

Look to Trinidad and South Africa if you want to see examples where brown people make a big, if somewhat problematic, distinction.

freshface on March 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Hindu is a race? What do Trinidad and South Africa have to do with it?

Are you seriously this stupid?

JannyMae on March 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Maybe O’Brien came up with something off the top of her head and someone edited the Wiki entry for CRT afterwards to reflect that. Could be.

That is exceedingly easy to check. Here’s the version from when her show was on and here’s the previous version, which had been the version for months. You make the call.

By the way, using law to keep down those not privileged could describe a lot of “academic theories,” and is pretty mainstream at universities. I frankly don’t see the hubbub: Black student supports first black professor teaching nothing out of the ordinary. You want Obama to protest? I doubt he was even aware of the professor’s work on anything but the most superficial level; Obama was a law student. I’m underwhelmed, though if some in the public were ignorant as to what’s “mainstream” at universities, I suppose this opens a few eyes.

calbear on March 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Um, no. She is brown. Not Black.

Brown people in both places I mentioned go out of there way to make sure people know what the difference is.

So for people here to say the guy can’t have a thing against black people because his wife are black, are simple wrong.

freshface on March 8, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Dirty little secret, of which you are obviously not aware. Black people judge others of their race by the degree of their blackness, too. Many blacks are prejudiced toward other blacks who have darker skin than they do.

We’re not supposed to talk about this, though. White people aren’t supposed to know about it, so don’t tell anybody I told you, okay?

JannyMae on March 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Critical Race Theory????

I thought that went out with phrenology.

JohnGalt23 on March 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

calbear on March 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You know ole Jugears was learning to kiss a$$ (and maybe other things, too) to get what he wanted early on.
It didn’t matter if it was his Pockyston benefactor or a Prof.

And, you are dead on. This race crap was prevalent all over the campus at UCB back in ’69-’70. “Unite the Workers!” and “Black Power!” thanks to Huey Newton, et al.

Sad that it moved this far into the future from there.
But, that’s how dedicated (and deluded) it’s adherents are.

OkieDoc on March 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Within ten years of the passage of the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Act nearly every state had passed some version of the Rockefeller drug laws which have exploded incarceration rates amongst African American males and reduced them to second class citizens as a result of felony convictions. Its a theory about the malleability and perserverence of white supremacy in American society. So sorry Soledad, not so well dones.

libfreeordie on March 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Actually, the father of the Welfare Act, LBJ, probably had most to do with that. You know, black males growing up without fathers and all that. And, we all have read LBJ’s famous quote, using the *n* word about why he was really doing it, haven’t we?

a capella on March 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

What did Obama have to talk about with the Anti-Semite Derrick Bell when Bell visited the White House?

If a racist Anti-Semite had visited the WH when Bush was in office we would have heard about it each & every time and for the rest of all time…

Breitbart is right it’s the media, stupid.

batterup on March 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Advice on how to deal with Israel and Netanyahu?

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Actually, the father of the Welfare Act, LBJ, probably had most to do with that. You know, black males growing up without fathers and all that. And, we all have read LBJ’s famous quote, using the *n* word about why he was really doing it, haven’t we?

a capella on March 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Yep. That was LBJ’s ‘Southern strategy’.

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2012 at 11:52 PM

A reader e-mails with another possibility: Maybe O’Brien came up with something off the top of her head and someone edited the Wiki Ministry of Truth entry for CRT afterwards to reflect that.

FIFY

Knott Buyinit on March 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

We’re not supposed to talk about this, though. White people aren’t supposed to know about it, so don’t tell anybody I told you, okay?

Indeed. I was thinking about this even before your comment.

I remember working with a young man from Nigeria, and watching the reaction of the American born “African”-Americans. They were relentless with their comments about jungles, spears, lions and the darkness of his skin, etc…

In this particular case, it may have been because could outwork 3 of them put together.

reaganaut on March 8, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Charles is a SCOAMF.

4k78 on March 9, 2012 at 12:02 AM

No. She is brown, read Hindu, not black.

I know it might be hard to understand the difference.

Look to Trinidad and South Africa if you want to see examples where brown people make a big, if somewhat problematic, distinction.

freshface on March 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Hindu is not a race. It’s a religion.

I know it might be hard to understand the difference.

Gelsomina on March 9, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Bravo to Amy Holmes!

Amy caught my attention about a year ago when she was the Co-Host on the early morning syndicated radio show “America’s Morning News.”

Even at that early hour (3:00 am to 5:00 am in my time zone), Amy frequently caught my attention with really brilliant points.

Amy Holmes is Star that is getting ready to soar!

wren on March 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

She caught mine during the 2008 elections at CNN. She’s one of the reasons I didn’t shoot my TV.

Gelsomina on March 9, 2012 at 12:06 AM

blink on March 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Julia Pollak-like Zero-is mixed.
I know this because I spent a few minutes chatting with Mrs. Bertelsmann(Julia’s mother) @ the April 2010 Chicago Tea Party.
Mrs. Bertelsmann was a very nice lady-who was very white.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM

I like how FreshFace drops in, distorts facts to make a point, then when he’s caught, runs off to another thread.

budfox on March 9, 2012 at 12:12 AM

“Charles Johnson”, he says…

Bwahahahahahaha…..

Don’t know how lgf works these days but you might still find me registered there.

But when I saw Charles start to go into stationary orbit over the back side of the moon a few years back, I bailed faster than Kramer bailed out of Frank Costanza’s Festivus Dinner.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Is Pollak’s wife black? She looks Indian to me. And from a couple of videos featuring her, I could swear that’s a Hindu accent. She sure is cute though.

Either way, the race or nationality of Pollak’s wife is completely irrelevant to this. As if the only way a white person could absolve themself of the charge of racism is to be married to a non-white. This presupposes that all whites are by default racist, and it’s incumbent upon them to either marry outside of their race or agitate for far Left causes that they might be ritually absolved. It is Critical Race Theory that has actually engendered this sick mentality.

Pollak defends himself just fine without anyone having to drag his wife into it.

sartana on March 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

sartana on March 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

She’s mixed-see my other comment-and from SA. She’s also in the USNR.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 9, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Sanctimonious Condescension, thy name is Airhead O’Brien

infidel4life on March 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Okay, I get it now. The goon on the CNN panel accused Pollak of being afraid of black people. So someone linked to a photo of his wife. Got it now. But she looks and sounds Hindu to me. Lots of them in South Africa. And “Hindu” is a perfectly fine way to refer to people from the Indian Subcontinent as a means of distinguishing from Native American Indian.

sartana on March 9, 2012 at 2:07 AM

In regards to the theory that the page was edited after O’Brien spoke, it doesn’t seem likely. A revised version is stored by Wikipedia after each edit. This is what the CRT page said on March 7th:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Critical_race_theory&direction=next&oldid=474146737

The whole edit history can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Critical_race_theory&action=history

blammm on March 9, 2012 at 2:09 AM

That was difficult to watch. I’m trying to think if there is another TV host with a more annoying personality than O’Brien. Obly and Maher are annoying but halfway entertaining in their own way, and I feel like I’m losing brain cells every time I waste more than 5 seconds watching Ed Schultz. But this O’Brien lady is like Rachel Maddow times 10. She made my skin crawl about 4 different times in the video. And the “white guy” on the panel was about as bright as a moonless night. Where does CNN find these people, and why do they put them on the air??

Props to Pollack for being steady-Eddy. First time I’d seen him in an interview, and he was really good.

willamettevalley on March 9, 2012 at 4:03 AM

If Soledad thought yesterday was a bad day, it’s just starting. I’m going to pick that clip apart like the Zapruder film. It’s everything that’s wrong with the media today: Arrogance. Obama worship. Fraudulence. Lack of media transparency. Race-baiting. Shoddy research. Brazen partisanship. Blind, sputtering panic. Z-list un-pundits. And most of all, the assumption that you’re even dumber than they are. That’s a lot to pack into 13 minutes.

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 AM

Okay, I get it now. The goon on the CNN panel accused Pollak of being afraid of black people. So someone linked to a photo of his wife. Got it now. But she looks and sounds Hindu to me.

sartana on March 9, 2012 at 2:07 AM

So?

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 AM

So, the media “suppressed” a boring videotape a law student introducing one of his professors? Because…they wanted to report news or at something of interest or note?

Apparently Breitbart was becoming Geraldo and Obama’s introduction was his Al Capone’s vault. I now assume he faked his death in order to drive ratings this otherwise pointless video.

urban elitist on March 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Then you have nothing to worry about. That might be why you sound so relaxed.

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2012 at 5:24 AM

And Chuckles couldn’t get a chick if he paid for one.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Chuckles reminds me of the “Two and a Half Men” episode when Charlie paid for a hooker for his brother. Allen was so neurotic the hooker became frustrated and just gave him his money back.

BigAlSouth on March 9, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Apparently, Jim, if some white guy did not marry a direct descendant from the slave ship Amistad, you’re still a racist, whether she is Hindu, brown, black or high yellow.

BigAlSouth on March 9, 2012 at 5:57 AM

RIDDLE SOLVED !!!

“Critical Race Theory” = “I hate whitey”

BigSven on March 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Charles had an awakening I hope all of you have someday. AP is already too smart and compassionate to be a republican I hope he is just doing this blog for the money.

DBear on March 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Stereotyping…are you a bigot?

zoyclem on March 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

did you know that Charles Ogletree, Obama’s mentor who said they kept the tape hidden in 2008 became the lawyer for Henry Gates after his arrest which led to the beer summit? That’s interesting to me…

UnderstandingisPower on March 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Ogletree is also the guy who recommended the class-action lawyer who turned the Pigford lawsuit from a legitimate lawsuit on behalf of some ripped-off (by the USDA) black (and white) farmers into a multi-billion-dollar “reparations” scam for black plaintiffs who submitted affidavits (after attending seminars about how to lie convincingly in the affidavits) about how they “attempted to farm” but were dissuaded from going forward by the racist USDA.

AZCoyote on March 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Allah omits the possibility that O’Brien read about Derrick Bell (or some of his works) yet failed to comprehend the substance of what she read. O’Brien may have been familiar with Bell and acquainted with the topics he addressed and still have missed the gravamen of his work, which does not speak well for her at all. She may also just failed to have retained the information – again, a prospect that does not speak well for her intellect. The most likely possibility is that she’s simply intellectually dishonest: She recalls CRT, but fails to accept that objectively, CRT constitutes a racist perspective of law. Wishcasting and all that, you know? “Think positively, and the tin man will be real!” Doesn’t seem to be working out so well….

Jazz on March 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Allah omits the possibility that O’Brien read about Derrick Bell (or some of his works) yet failed to comprehend the substance of what she read.

You misspelled “Obama.”…

calbear on March 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Now Ogletree is saying he was just joking about having hidden the video in 2008. Don’t ya’ just luuuvvvv revisionist history?

stukinIL4now on March 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Fresh Face, please have your caregiver administer to you a 10 mg dose of Haloperidol IV bolus STAT and call me in the morning.

Sigmund on March 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

And if they get dystonic, hide the Benadryl and Cogentin!!!

rotorjoe on March 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

No, but she almost knows how to correctly spell “especially stupid affirmative action jobholder”

TexasJew on March 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Well, that explains the mystery of why the picture of Ms. O’Brien is next to the “lying dips**t” entry in the dictionary.

M. Scott Eiland on March 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Everything on the internet is forever. This is the Critical Race Theory entry from July 18, 2011:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110718005601/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_race_theory

From that entry:

Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has “label[ed] critical race theorists and postmodernists the ‘lunatic core’ of ‘radical legal egalitarianism.’”[9] He writes,

What is most arresting about critical race theory is that…it turns its back on the Western tradition of rational inquiry, forswearing analysis for narrative. Rather than marshal logical arguments and empirical data, critical race theorists tell stories — fictional, science-fictional, quasi-fictional, autobiographical, anecdotal — designed to expose the pervasive and debilitating racism of America today. By repudiating reasoned argumentation, the storytellers reinforce stereotypes about the intellectual capacities of nonwhites.[10]

Judge Alex Kozinski, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, writes that Critical Race Theorists have constructed a philosophy which makes a valid exchange of ideas between the various disciplines unattainable.

The radical multiculturalists’ views raise insuperable barriers to mutual understanding. Consider the Space Traders story. How does one have a meaningful dialogue with Derrick Bell? Because his thesis is utterly untestable, one quickly reaches a dead end after either accepting or rejecting his assertion that white Americans would cheerfully sell all blacks to the aliens. The story is also a poke in the eye of American Jews, particularly those who risked life and limb by actively participating in the civil rights protests of the 1960s. Bell clearly implies that this was done out of tawdry self-interest. Perhaps most galling is Bell’s insensitivity in making the symbol of Jewish hypocrisy the little girl who perished in the Holocaust — as close to a saint as Jews have. A Jewish professor who invoked the name of Rosa Parks so derisively would be bitterly condemned — and rightly so.

CPL 310 on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Just wait for a troll to explain his wife is not technically “black” in South Africa…..

Ben Hur on March 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Wow, what took you so long?

No. She is brown, read Hindu, not black.

I know it might be hard to understand the difference.

Look to Trinidad and South Africa if you want to see examples where brown people make a big, if somewhat problematic, distinction.

freshface on March 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Ben Hur on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I dunno. If someone is a white supremacist, there’s zero chance they’re gonna marry a non-white of any shade.
Just sayin’

Allahs vulva on March 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Fire one!

MCGIRV on March 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Okay, I get it now. The goon on the CNN panel accused Pollak of being afraid of black people. So someone linked to a photo of his wife. Got it now. But she looks and sounds Hindu to me. Lots of them in South Africa. And “Hindu” is a perfectly fine way to refer to people from the Indian Subcontinent as a means of distinguishing from Native American Indian.

Its amazing how portable ventilators can keep people alive who are too dumb to breathe, and even allow them to post on the internet. We have come so far in medical technology.

(psst: “South Asian”. Try it! As someone pointed out, not a lot of white racists are going to be terrified of blacks but marry a South Asian……)

zensunni on March 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

soledad o’brien was making a fallacious argument. she kept emphasizing that this derick bell was a harvard professor. the fallacy was an appeal to authority. she was suggesting that it was ridiculous that a harvard professor would have a theory that the laws of the usa were purposefully keeping whites in power, bc he’s a “harvard professor”…. and i thought i saw somewhere that bell was upset that more black professors did not have tenure.

she was making the case, without proof, that it was laughable that a “harvard professor” could have such a theory….

soledad’s style seemed to be trying to bully pollak into submission, hardly impressive, she looked feckless.

Dr. Demento on March 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

(psst: “South Asian”. Try it! As someone pointed out, not a lot of white racists are going to be terrified of blacks but marry a South Asian……)

zensunni on March 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Hey, poopeyhead- why type “South Asian” which is a term that’s meaningless to me, when I can type “Hindu” and be understood immediately. I also prefer the term “Oriental” over “Asian”. Sue me for it.

And if you’d read my first comment above, you’d see I pointed out that the race of Pollak’s wife is completely irrelevant. The CNN goon was attacking Pollak as a racist not for who he was married to, but for the argument he was putting forward. It’s a complete waste of time for Conservatives to continue to defend themselves against charges of racism when those charges are completely spurious and made simply to bully into silence. Which is what the CNN goon was doing to Pollak. You’ll notice that Pollak himself pushed back on the merits of his argument, not by referring to the race of his wife.

sartana on March 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The One is happy to go along with whoever the leading liberal lights are in whichever left-wing community he’s inhabiting at any given time, sans judgment.

His choice of left wing communities is telling. Radical Marxist race-baiters are a key component of the motif.

I don’t believe Obama simply fell into these crowds.

RightKlik on March 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM

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