As a transition from my previous series on Afrolantica Legacies to the next sequence of blogging on political books and their relation to current events, consider this excerpt from The Derrick Bell Reader in which the founder of Critical Race Theory defines the controversial term.
Just as important as what Bell says is how he says it. “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” is a familiar formulation, that intentionally inspires readers to imagine the ideology — and those who promote it — as a wolf.
From pages 78 and 79 (next page) with illustrations added by me:
Now that Bell is gone, his disciples have taken on his motto: one should “live to harass white folk”:
One of the next books I’ll discuss reinvents this instruction and repackages Critical Race Theory for the Hip-Hop generation.
In the coming weeks rather than just focusing on one book I’ll weave together relevant excerpts from three: MSNBC contributor Toure’s Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, investigative journalist Matthew Vadum’s Subversion, Inc: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, and PJ Columnist J. Christian Adams’ Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of The Obama Justice Department.
In Radical-in-Chief, I describe the “inside/outside” or “good cop/bad cop” strategy favored by Obama and his organizing mentors. The idea is that a seemingly moderate “good cop” politician works on the inside of government, while coordinating his moves with nasty Alinskyite “bad cops” on the outside. Reports that Obama’s own organizers helped put together the Madison protests fit the model. That coordination is necessary to achieve Obama’s real goal: kicking off a national grassroots movement of the left that he can quietly manage, while keeping his distance when necessary.