It seems like this moment with Cornel West and Barack Obama hugging and sharing the same stage was so long ago!!!!
After reading the Chris Hedges’ article on Monday (May 16th) it will be a long time before these 2 are even in the same building. Dr Cornel West is a respected soldier in the fight for Civil Rights and I mean Civil Rights for more than just Blacks; Dr West is a fighter for the poor. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are poor Dr West has fought for you. He is the voice for a group that has no voice and I have ALWAYS loved and supported Dr West for his work.
After reading ‘The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic’, I have no words for Dr West. Now, I wasn’t completely shocked when I heard that Dr West was criticizing President Obama; actually my 1st reaction was here we go again…
It is no secret that Dr West has had issues with the president (WTF/WTH – Dr. Cornel West and President Obama), but this latest attack is the most vicious attack of them all. I have no issue with anyone criticizing the president’s policies but West has stepped over the line with the following statements.
Dr West refers to Obama as…
“a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”
“I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,” West says. “It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He is just as human as I am, but that is his cultural formation. When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening. And that’s true for a white brother. When you get a white brother who meets a free, independent black man, they got to be mature to really embrace fully what the brother is saying to them. It’s a tension, given the history. It can be overcome. Obama, coming out of Kansas influence, white, loving grandparents, coming out of Hawaii and Indonesia, when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow and so on, he is very apprehensive.”
WOW…. Saying President Obama “has a certain fear of free black men…” is insane to me. You have to ask yourself how is Dr West coming to this conclusion?
What would make someone say that Obama fears free black men?
Who are these free black men that Obama is fearful of??
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West????
Hmmmmm…… Maybe the picture is a little clearer now; Dr West and Tavis Smiley are close friends and as Melissa Harris-Perry points out in her rebuttal to Hedges’ article ‘Cornel West v. Barack Obama’; Dr West seems to have taken up for his good friend Tavis in carry a grudge against Obama (Tavis widely criticized Obama during the 2008 campaign for not attending his event “State of Black America’).
Dr West would like you to believe these are only criticisms of Barack Obama and that he has the right to do that; and because Obama is Black it doesn’t mean he can be excused from criticism from Blacks folks. The problem here is that West is not launching criticisms against President Obama’s policies, this is a personal attack against Obama. Dr West loves to talk about fighting for the poor and under-privileged and he will say the president has not done anything for those people. Except for….
- The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; equalizing pay for men and women
- Signed an act that reforms how criminal justice system goes after drug related crimes slanted towards minorities
- Reformed the student loan process at the federal level; easing the burden off of the students who take out the loans
- The Affordable Care Act; that will insure more people
As Melissa Harris-Perry stated on Ed Schultz show on MSNBC, Dr West is not being genuine in his critics; and that is disturbing! Dr Cornel West has been there and done that when it comes to fighting for what’s right…
Unfortunately Dr West is on the wrong side of the fight this time!!!
Here is a link of Dr West and Melissa Harris-Perry on ‘The Ed Show’; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43071536#43071386
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!
I whole heartedly agree with Melissa Harris-Perry in saying that Dr West comes off as being very petty; calling the 1st Black president a “Black Puppet” is just as