Was Derrick Bell a radical when Barack Obama told us all to open our hearts and minds? Thomas Sowell was asked about Bell at the time. Here’s what he said:

SOWELL: Oh, political purposes. I just a couple of days ago was told by someone from Wellesley that there’s a divestment campaign at Wellesley, demonstrations, the whole thing, and that those black girls who did not want to participate in that were threatened with violence — and that’s not unique.

At Stanford the Hispanic students, some Hispanic students, have complained that the Hispanic establishment has threatened them if they don’t want to go along with what’s being said and done, and they claim that only 15% of the Hispanic students at Stanford have ever attended a single event sponsored by the Hispanic establishment, which speaks boldly in their name. Ah, and so you have this kind of thing going on at these schools across the country. Again, notice, that once, once you let in the students who cannot make, meet the academic standards, you’re going to end up having to let in professors who can’t meet the academic standards. You’re going to have to create courses that don’t meet the academic standards.

LAMB: Correct me on the, on the names and everything. Derrick Bell?

SOWELL: Yes.

LAMB: Harvard Law School, black man.

SOWELL: Yes.

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