Cornel West: MLK 50 Was ‘Coronation of Bonafide House Negro of Obama Plantation

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On the “Smiley and West” radio show on August 30, 2013, Dr. Cornel West issued a blistering commentary about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington along with harsh criticism for Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.   Dr. West said:

“Brother Martin himself, I think, would’ve been turning over in his grave,” West said of the event. “[King would have wanted] people to talk about Wall Street criminality, he wants people to talk about war crimes, or drones dropping bombs on innocent people,” he asserted.

“Instead,” he lamented, “we saw the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Barack Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton.” West then declared that Sharpton’s decline was “supported by [MSNBC analyst] Michael Dyson and others who’ve prostituted themselves in a very ugly and vicious way.”

Further, West said, the event was unremarkable because black leaders are too fearful to speak out against the nation’s first black president. “Our leadership now is so sold out,” he said. “It’s so bought out. It’s so deferential. It is so subservient that I think Martin Luther King Jr. would just shed tears and turn over in his grave.”



2 Responses to “Cornel West: MLK 50 Was ‘Coronation of Bonafide House Negro of Obama Plantation”

  1. Dr. West is truly entitled to his opinion, everybody has at least one, but is it significant enough to be shared? I fail to see the news worthiness of his disdain for others. How long is he going to remain the crab that continue to pull others down to his level and how long are we going to accept his behavior. Time to change channels. Dr. West, you of all people, should know you can’t force yourself into leadership positions. You missed your opportunity, your ship has come and gone, without you!

  2. Purnell Pinkney Says:

    Drvhaddix has just committed the very offense for which he/she has condemned Dr. West. No refutation of ideology…no alternative political view…no addition to the body of thought concerning the ideas of our African American political theorists…just another ad hominem attack. Not new to adversarial politics, it comes from all sides and nearly all political parties with the anonymity of the internet providing the perfect entre. Its a sad state of affairs for our people and the nation. Perhaps the great crisis in the black community, and by extension in America, is not the credibility of individual partisan personalities. On the contrary, it is most likely the value and implication of national policies. Inconsequential noise drowns out that conversation.

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