Obama Letter to Bell to Blurb ‘Dreams From My Father’

Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart, April 26, 2012

Barack Obama’s association with radical Critical Race Theory professor Derrick Bell did not end after Harvard Law School—and certainly not at the April 24, 1990 rally at which Obama embraced Bell, literally and figuratively. Breitbart News has discovered a letter sent by Obama to Bell in February 1995 in which Obama asks Bell to review—and to blurb—an early version of Obama’s autobiography, then entitled Dreams of My Father.

The letter is preserved in the archives of New York University, to which Bell donated his papers. {snip}

The letter, dated February 3, 1995, is on a letterhead from Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, the civil rights law firm that hired Obama. Over two pages, Obama brings Bell up to date on his career in Chicago, mentions that he is using Bell’s textbook with his own students, and asks him for help in reviewing, and promoting, Dreams:

As for me, I’m keeping busy in Chicago. I’m currently working at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland here in Chicago, a small firm specializing in employment discrimination and voting rights/civil rights cases. I’m also teaching a seminar on race and the law at the University of Chicago law school—your casebook has been an invaluable reference guide for that.

The main reason I’m writing to you, though, has to do with a book that I’ve been writing, on again, off again, for the past two years. Originally, the book (called Dreams of My Father) was going to be a series of essays on issues of race and class, but as it has evolved it’s become a memoir of my family and my experiences as an organizer in Chicago . . .

Your name came to mind as somebody whose insight I’ve always appreciated, so I’ve enclosed an advanced reader’s edition of the book. If you have time to read it and think it’s worth of a plug, I’d be thrilled . . .

If you own a copy of Dreams from My Father, you will not find a blurb from Bell on the back cover. That is because when Obama ascended to the national stage in 2004, and the book was reprinted, the publishers chose not to include it. But Bell did provide a blurb for the book’s first edition, which is a rare collectible today. The blurb reads:

Dreams from My Father is a beautifully written chronicle of a gifted young man marked and molded by a family whose love for him was as deep as its diversity was daunting. We hear in Barack Obama’s soaring book that survival demands resilience in the face of frustrated expectations, and that one’s committed opposition to the destructive tides of America’s obsession with color cultivates a vision of life that is nourished by struggle.

– Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well

By the time Obama reached out to him, Bell’s radicalism was well and widely known. He had just blurbed Louis Farrakhan’s book on black self-reliance, A Torchlight for America, and praised the Nation of Islam’s community education programs.

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  • Ian

    This is news?

  • JackKrak

    I guess the media missed this during the ’08 election because they were still too busy trying to find a meteorologist who could prove George Bush caused Katrina

  • Oil Can Harry

    “Shows where Obama’s interests were in the 90s.”

    And in the 80s. And in the 70s. And in the year 2012…

  • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

    One benefit of Obama’s reelection will come from his lack of restraint in open hostility to White Humanity.  He’s been very careful, with only two slip ups in 3 years.  But 2013-2016 will be wide open hate Whitey.  America needs to see it.  Vote Obama.

  • No

    Our first Kenyan-born president certainly does seem to be a man of mystery. 

    You know, I don’t care what your politics are.  To put someone WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT in charge of soldiers and the awesome power of the US military is such a violation of comon sense, decency and integrity that it boggles the mind.

    Libs claim that whites oppose Obama on the basis of race.  You’re darn right we do.  He was selected and then elected on the basis of race to end white racial domination in America.

    The only whites who support Obama are either fools or are themselves committed to white genocide. 

    I used to think the gods were against us . . . now I’m wondering if they haven’t handed us the keys to total victory . . . 

  • Typical

  • anarchyst

    The o’bama’s father is actually the communist Frank Marshall Davis.  The resemblance is uncanny. 
    Bill Ayres is the “ghostwriter” that actually penned the o’bama’s book. 
    The o’bama is a “plant” that was put in place to destroy the United States of America as we know it.
    His birth certificate is a fake.
    His presently claimed social security number is from a dead man.  This person collected no social security benefits and as such, the number remained valid and was taken by the o’bama.

  • Not only is Our Leader Obama
    a butt kisser
    he’s a LOYAL black racist but kisser

  • I like how Obama praises his father, yet he, like most blacks, abandon the child in rearing after it is born.   Today, in the US, somethiong like 72-77%  of all newborn blacks are born out of wedlock, most of these with no father to healp in rearing. Like all the great apes and monkees, the female has the sole custody in rearing the offspring.  the males mate, squabble in social dominace and hold the clan together.

  • SLCain

    “Dreams from My Father is a beautifully written
    chronicle of a gifted young man marked and molded by a family whose love
    for him was as deep as its diversity was daunting. We hear in Barack
    Obama’s soaring book that survival demands resilience in the face of
    frustrated expectations, and that one’s committed opposition to the
    destructive tides of America’s obsession with color cultivates a vision
    of life that is nourished by struggle.
    – Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well”The usual over-blown, empty pastiche of words with no meaning that is the stock-and-trade of most academics today.   Let’s actually examine what proffesor Bell wrote here, shall we:”….a family whose love
    for him was as deep as its diversity was daunting.”  Yes, Barack Obama Senior’s love for his son was so great that he abandoned both him and his mother, almost as soon as he was born and had virtually nothing to do with him ever again.  And there’s that indispensible word “diversity” again.  Here diversity is “daunting”.  If diversity is such an unalloyed advantage – the strength of our society we are told – then why is it “daunting”?”…and that one’s committed opposition to the
    destructive tides of America’s obsession with color cultivates a vision
    of life that is nourished by struggle.”This man has not an ounce of self-reflection, has he?  If anyone is “obsessed with color” it is Barack Obama and Derrick Bell themselves.