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  • Cornel West On Obama: ‘We Live In An Age Of The Sellout’

    Former Princeton professor Cornel West and Barack Obama have many things in common.

    They are both black. They both love the limelight. They both believe that they are the smartest person in the room.

    They are both committed liberal ideologues.

    And that’s where it gets a bit dicey.

    Barack Obama is, in fact, an evangelist for the far-left. But for Cornel West, it’s weird that Obama is “a war president with a peace prize.”

    Cornel West also has said that Obama is “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.”

    West also noted in November 2012, that Obama is nothing more than a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”

    It seems like every time he gets a chance, Cornel West is hitting Obama over the head for not being liberal enough.

    On Monday night’s The Late Show with David LettermanWest was back with another round of criticism for The One and how he and Eric Holder aren’t doing enough.

    “On the one hand, it’s a magnificent achievement at the symbolic level in terms of both having access to the most powerful office in the world and, secondly, the impact it has on our precious young people of all colors so that you actually see a charismatic black man there wielding power,” West said. “But there’s a difference between substance and symbol.”

    According to West, every 28 hours a black or brown youth is shot by the police.

    “We’ve had a black president, black attorney general, not one federal prosecution of the policemen of murdering those folks,” West said. “So young people are raising the question: We have black faces in high places, but it doesn’t deliver when it comes to justice . . . what’s going on?”

    “Then it’s a question of what kind of persons do you have, not just the black faces,” West added. Black leaders aren’t “keeping track of those stuck in the basement, and it’s more and more all the time. It’s not just black. It’s white, it’s brown, it’s the structure of the system that needs to change.”

    At this point, Cornel West was just getting started.

    “Right now we live in an age of the sellouts,” West said. “We have too many folk who are simply in love with money and access and power. And this is true when it comes to mainstream leadership; it is true when it comes to our president.”

    “Political calculation. Not moral conviction. The same is true in terms of poor people,” he said. “You’ve got 40 percent of children of color living in poverty in the richest nation in the history of the world. That’s a moral abomination.”

    West asserts that Obama may be silent on the plight of the poor because he’s afraid of being criticized by cable news hosts.

    “Where are the voices? Well, the president says, ‘No, Fox News is going to get me, right wing is going to get me, the neo-liberal opportunists. Where’s your integrity? We don’t have enough folk of integrity and that’s true across the board, whatever color.”

    Watch the entire interview above.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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