I was no fan of the late Andrew Breitbart. Still, a man’s death should not go unmarked by his friends, and there’s no more fitting tribute than to continue his work. So I’m glad Breitbart’s associates chose to honor him after his demise as he would have wished to be honored: by making a stupidly false and racially-tinged charge.
No, the already-known fact that Barack Obama, as a law student, had something nice to say about one of his professors isn’t earth-shattering news. And the claim that the professor twice visited the White House turns out to be a mere case of name’s-the-same.
Remember this – and the fact that the Heritage website continues to headline the charge in the face of its demonstrated falsity – the next time you read something from the Heritage Foundation. And please note how few of the supposedly respectable right-wing voices will bother to disclaim this, any more than they disclaimed Breitbart’s own departures from the truth.
Footnote “Critical race theory” doesn’t much appeal to me; like other movements with “critical” in their titles, it suffers from a surfeit of uncritical advocates and a paucity of careful evidence-weighing. But the claim that the late Derrick Bell was some sort of black racist seems to be discredited by his resignation from a law school deanship when the school failed to hire an Asian-American faculty member.