Earlier today, Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith announced on Twitter that video researcher Andrew Kaczynski had released “the mysterious Harvard/Obama/race video that the Breitbart folks have been talking about.”
The video, which Kaczynski says was “licensed from a Boston television station,” shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright--about whom we will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.
However, the video has been selectively edited--either by the Boston television station or by Buzzfeed itself. Over the course of the day, Breitbart.com will be releasing additional footage that has been hidden by Obama's allies in the mainstream media and academia.
Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro will appear on The Sean Hannity Show to discuss the tape. The full tape will be released tonight on Fox News' Hannity.
And this, a comment:
An interesting posted comment to the Breitbart story on the video of Obama at Harvard:
There isn't enough of the young Barack Obama in this clip to know much about what he was doing other than being caught up in the Harvard project of shaping America and the world to its own vision of what a future ought to be. Professor Bell was also more participant than leader of that ongoing project. After a cursory look into his writing style, it seems to this humble observer that he was in over his head as an academic, but since Harvard is more interested in social engineering than in pursuing purely intellectual goals, his social activism would seem to have been welcomed while his intellectual performance was tolerated. He seems to have used his blackness as a tool to extract favors from the Harvard establishment. Because his manner and style seemed to bring him success, youngsters including the future pretender to the presidency, admired and emulated him. From the perspective of this outsider who is given to the vice of envy--envy of the kind of objective distance that can respond to a question concerning the influence of the French Revolution on events in the modern world that "It is too soon to tell."--it seems that the failure to follow in spirit the advice of Rudyard Kipling to
“Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”’
and the failure to recognize that the spirit of that challenge had been perverted by a secularism that continues to transmogrify the nobly held civilizing mission of western civilization into a grotesque modernity is all at work here. Obama’s dreams from his father found harmonies in the words and actions of Professor Bell and of course Professor Bell found validation of his vision in the admiring words and gestures of the youngsters in this video. In a very real and dangerous way our whole nation and the world that Western Civilization abandoned before its mission was complete is teetering on the edge of an abyss that has opened amid the unintended consequences of Harvard’s leadership. The institutional ego of Harvard’s self evaluation as the best of the best carries over into the ego of its graduates. In an individual that attitude can be clinically diagnosed. In an institution, it is accepted and revered.
Walter Benjamin's dark vision
"The angel of history . . . turns his face to the past. Where we see a chain of events, he sees a single catastrophe which unremittingly piles ruins on ruins and hurls them at his feet. He wishes he could stay-to awaken the dead and to join together the fragments. But a wind blows from Paradise, gets caught in his wings and is so strong that the angel cannot close them. This wind drives him irresistibly into the future to which he turns his back, while the pile of ruins before him towers to the skies. What we call progress is this wind."