Cornel West: Obama’s King Anniversary Speech ‘Pretty Words That Hide Ugly Deeds’

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Reflecting on addresses at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech, Professor Cornel West lamented how the event was marked by “the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Barack Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton.”

West described “the Clinton plantation” as “very similar” to the Obama plantation. He then said the difference would have been that Jesse Jackson was willing to step out from under Clintons, whereas “Sharpton is not.”

West went on to say Martin Luther King Jr. “would just shed tears” if he could see black leadership personified by Sharpton at this point in time.

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