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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

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.

Comments

  1. The Three Evils

  2. Black Perspectives …

  3. C.West And his interviewer both think like President Obama should only be the president for black people…..sorry guys, President Obama is and should be……..PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE!

  4. How he know what a DR KING JR wants to talk about, C. West you kill me.

  5. We have to help ourselves before we can expect help from others. That being said, we seem to all forget where we came from once we have so called made it. To help ourselves is not meant to just help oneself individually. It means each one teach one, but that's what we have lost today. We have become eack one is for themselves.

  6. NEPOTISM is a privilege that all preceding presidents have used and will continue to do so. Politics = its the American way. One day it may change, but now is not the time.

  7. Pasha Golliday:
    "The bootstrap experiment has failed miserably…" because it was not the process and program laid down by either, Noble Drew Ali (AS), the Honourable, Marcus M. Garvey(AS), or the Honourable Elijah Muhammad. Instead, our leaders at that time, and even today, are still following the prescriptions of the dominant classes. And this why we, as a strong and viable Community, are not going to achieve A1 World-Class Success in countries where Africans are viewed as a guest, minority and subservient class.

  8. THE BLACK AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARE BEHIND. YOU ARE NOT CONTEMPORARY IN YOUR THINKING, ARE NOT FORWARD IN YOUR THINKING AS IT RELATES TO NATIONAL COMRADERY; YOU ARE NOT CONTEMPORARY OR FORWARD AND PROGRESSIVE IF YOU ARE NOT SEEKING TO REGAIN THE AFRICAN ISLAMIC MIND-SET. AND THIS IS WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING AMONG AFRICANS IN AMERICA/ MOORS–TODAY.

  9. IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THE CAUCASIANS AS YOUR MODEL OF HUMANITY, AND HAVE REFUSED TO COME TO TERMS WITH THIS HEINOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THAT WAS PERPETRATED ON OUR ANCESTORS, AND YOU EVEN REFUSE TO EVEN LOOK INTO THIS PHENOMENA SO THAT YOU MIGHT RELINGUISH THEM, THEN YOU ARE NOT MERELY "LAGGING BEHIND…". YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM "COWARD ITIS".

  10. It strikes me that Dr. West as well as others are dispersing an imbalanced amount of energy to criticize the President as well as others that made speeches in this event. In light of the position it appears taken, that Dr. King would be appalled at some of the statements made. One of my personal admirations of Dr. King is that he not only illuminated the problems of his day but he gave far grater effort to work towards solution. Humanity cannot evolve simply by shinning a light of critique on its short comings. Dr. West and his interviewer displayed uncanny skill of complaining and identifying problematic issues but offer no solutions. It is not my endeavor to disagree with the conclusions but rather express that the context leaves me in a place of lack and incompleteness. I would rather Dr. West offer a suggestion as to what could or should have been said or done . Just to say what was done was wrong…… at least they took the shot even if they missed the goal.

  11. When would we learn to come together?

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