ATLANTA, March 9,
2012, 5:30 a.m.
- An expert in Derrick Bell's
"Critical Race Theory" says that the way of thinking is not racist
and is in line with Martin Luther King.
Texas A&M's Dr. Tommy J. Curry said that Harvard professor's
"Critical Race Theory", which examines racism as a structural
barrier, is not racist in response to assertions by some
conservative journalists trying to make President Obama appear to be
extreme for his affiliation with Bell.
Curry, who wrote his dissertation in "Critical
Race Theory", with the help of Bell, and regularly speaks on the
subject, says that Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak is
wrong to imply that Bell was racist.
Pollak yesterday got into a verbal tussle with
CNN's Soledad O'Brien.
Pollak said: "Derrick Bell is the Jeremiah Wright
of academia. He passed away last year, but during his lifetime he
developed a theory called 'Critical Race Theory'b which holds that the
civil rights movement was a sham and that white supremacy is the
order and it must be overthrown."
"There is no literature," that indicates that the
theory is racist," Curry told the Redding News Review radio program. "I
challenge him to point to any scholarship that has been written in
the last 30 years."
Pollack continued: "'Critical Race Theory' holds
that civil rights laws are ineffective, that racial equality is
impossible, because the legal and Constitutional in America is white
supremacist...At every point in his life when he could have followed
the path of Martin Luther King, he threw in his lot with the
Jeremiah Wrights and the Derrick Bells of the world.”
Still, Curry said that Bell's philosophy was in
line with King's views.
"That's not critical race theory," Curry said.
"Derrick Bell certainly did not write that. He was a staunch
supporter of nonviolence."
"King gives a similar definition," he said.
"Saying, 'white supremacy' doesn't make some one a black supremacist."