Ed Schultz spoke to the late Prof. Derrick Bell's widow, Janet Dewart Bell about the recent racist attacks on her husband and President Obama from the right wing and talking heads over at Fox. Schultz asked Bell what her reaction was to the treatment of her husband and if she was angry about all of it.
BELL: I am angry and I'm sad. I'm sad that they could be so dishonest and it's just really part of that radical right wing and the right wing media's patterns of distortion and misinformation. But you know, I'm smiling because I want to lift up the memory of Derrick Bell. Derrick Bell left a great legacy, ot just to me and our family, but my husband was... if he were here today, he would be standing up for Sandra Fluke. You know Gloria Steinem once named him an honorary woman, because he was a feminist before feminism was cool and that's the Derrick Bell that I know; a man of courage, of conviction and he was always standing up for justice. It didn't matter who it was, he accepted people as they were.
Bell expressed her concern over the “drumbeat” of negativity coming from Hannity and Bill O'Reilly and their ilk and asked when the Republicans were going to speak out about what they were doing. In response to the attempt to paint her husband as a radical and someone who didn't love America, Bell continued:
BELL: My husband was a war veteran and he was a patriot and what he tried to do was make this country stand up to the ideals that he believed in. He believed it with his whole heart. Derrick thought the ideal, fair play, social justice, equality, opportunity, those are things that should be shared. Everybody should get a shot at the American dream. That's what Derrick Bell was about.
I await Janet Bell being attacked on Fox in 10... 9.... 8....