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  • Why is Dr. Cornel West Allowed to Say This?

    And now for your “there’s no way a white Republican would ever get away with that” moment of the day. Princeton professor and full time race-hustler Dr. Cornel West was among the protesters in Ferguson this week, marching in an event they called “Moral Monday,” which somehow was supposed to bring attention to Michael Brown and police brutality. As Dr. West and his fellow marchers called for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen, things started to get out of hand. The protesters refused to clear a roadway, began blocking traffic, and some even started protesting inside of a Wal-Mart. It didn’t take long for the arrests to begin.

    Dr. West was arrested, along with 48 others. He was later released, but it was what he said afterwards that raised some eyebrows.

    I pray that it is the start of a new movement and we can shatter the sleepwalking and have some people come awake morally, spiritually, politically — concern about poor people, concern about poor people on the chocolate side of town.”

    The “chocolate side of town”? Has this man learned nothing from former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin?

    Not that it was related to that remark, but Nagin is now in jail. Just some food for thought.

    But why is it that people like Cornel West can make these kinds of racially-tinged remarks without any sort of impunity? It’s not the first time he’s done it, either. On multiple occasions, West has complained that America has been “n***erized” after 9/11, whatever that means. His words, not mine:

    What the Cornel Wests and Michael Eric Dysons and Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world fail to realize is that the first step towards moving into a truly post-racial society is a mass rejection of all the race-hustlers like themselves. But of course, none of them would have any sense of purpose anymore if not to stoke racial tensions in the country by uttering divisive phrases like “the chocolate side of town.”

    These guys love to whine about racism, inequality, and hate. But their greatest fear is actually that someday, those things might perhaps be eradicated. And then, without polarizing books to write and schismatic speeches to deliver, what would they possibly do with their lives?


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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