Editor’s note: See updates below, including reaction from video publisher BuzzFeed to Breitbart.com’s claims the video has been “selectively edited.”
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The video of a young Barack Obama addressing a Harvard Law School protest emerged Wednesday, showing the future president speaking out in support of one professor’s protest for racial diversity.
The 1991 video, posted by BuzzFeed, shows Obama — then the president of the Harvard Law Review — speaking glowingly of Professor Derrick Bell, who had vowed to take a leave of absence until a black woman was given tenure at the law school.
Watch below (transcript follows):
Obama: “And I remember that the black law students had organized an orientation for the first-year students. And one of the — persons who spoke at that orientation was Professor Bell. And I remember him sauntering up to the front and not giving us a lecture, but engaging us in a conversation and speaking the truth and telling us that he [inaudible] to learn at this place that I’ve carried with me ever since. Now how did this one man do all this? How has he accomplished all this? He hasn’t done it simply by his good looks and easy charm — although he has both in ample measure. He hasn’t done it simply because of the excellence of his scholarship, although his scholarship has opened up new vistas and new horizons and changed the standards of what legal writing is about. Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”
According to BuzzFeed — which licensed the footage from Boston public broadcasting station WGBH — this is the first time this particular video has been available online.
There is no indication it is one of the college videos Andrew Breitbart had promised would be released.
Update: Joel Pollak, editor in chief of Breitbart.com, said Wednesday afternoon the tape is one of the Obama college videos, though charged the footage posted by BuzzFeed has been “selectively edited”:
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.
The full video will be unveiled Wednesday night during Fox News’ “Hannity,” Pollak said.
Update II: Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed Politics, said in an email to The Blaze he was “puzzled” that Pollak didn’t reach out to him with the accusations:
We had seen a tiny snippet of the clip in a documentary, and tracked it to WGBH, the Boston public television station. We licensed and published every second they had of Obama talking. If Breitbart.com has more, we’re eager to see it — it’s fascinating footage.
The Blaze reached out to WGBH about the charge that the footage was edited but did not immediately get a response.
Update III: Pollak and Breitbart.com editor at large Ben Shapiro called in to Hannity’s radio program Wednesday afternoon to discuss the footage and to preview what the full video will show Wednesday night.
“It’s not just going to be about Barack Obama and his views, although that’s a big part of it,” Pollak said. “You are going to see information tonight on Hannity that proves the cover-up between the mainstream media, between academia and between Obama’s supporters everywhere to make sure that this information never made it to the public, never made it into the campaign, never made it to the American consciousness.”
Bell, Pollak said, “was the Jeremiah Wright of academia and would have been proud to say he was the Jeremiah Wright of academia, because the ties between Jeremiah Wright and Derrick Bell are very, very close indeed.”
“Derrick Bell was the originator of a school of thought called critical race theory, and he said that the civil rights laws were bad for black people because it encouraged black people to believe that there could be racial equality. In his view, the entire system, the entire United States of America was white supremacist to its core and therefore you have to bring the entire system down. This is what he taught, this is what he wrote, and these are the ideas that Obama says on tape are inspiring him and causing everyone to open their eyes,” Pollak said.
Update IV: Breitbart.com has posted part of its version of the footage of Obama speaking. Though the image quality is grainy, the footage shows Obama appear to hug Bell following his speech.
Here’s a screen shot:
And here’s the video: