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Cornel West: Obama A ‘Republican In Blackface,’ Black MSNBC Hosts Are ‘Selling Their Souls’

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From Mediaite

During an interview last week with Democracy Now, author and activist Cornel West offered harsh criticism of President Barack Obama, calling him a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface” and not someone who is actually looking out for the best interests of the impoverished. The prominent social critic also lashed out at black MSNBC personalities, accusing them of “selling their souls” in support of a president who has been anything but progressive.

“I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion,” West lamented to host Amy Goodman. “Poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people,” he continued.

He explained that the election season saw a “truncated” version of political discourse with climate change being overlooked.

West then took a stab at the president: “It’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies,” he said.

“That’s a pretty rough assessment of President Obama,” Goodman replied.

“Oh, that’s what we have. Richard Nixon is to the left of him on health care. Richard Nixon’s to the left of him on guaranteed income,” West followed up.

Later on in the interview, West was asked to comment on black MSNBC hosts like Michael Eric DysonMelissa Harris-Perry, and Rev. Al Sharpton who regularly praise President Obama. He offered up a similarly harsh critique:

I love Brother Mike Dyson … but we’re living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kind of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people.

He concluded by calling those MSNBC’ers “apologists” for the Obama administration despite having a rigorous background in progressive critical thought.

 

» 26 Comments

  1. Diann

    November 13th, 2012

    And we’re the extremists

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  2. Jarhead Cracka

    November 13th, 2012

    So Cornel West voted for Romney?

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  3. pat

    November 13th, 2012

    How does anyone account for the fact this idiot has a doctorate?

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  4. Callmelennie

    November 13th, 2012

    Odd that Cornell West should have such bizarre views … cause when you look at the guy he seems to be a paragon of normalcy

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  5. AbigailAdams

    November 13th, 2012

    MSNBC is only too willing to take the manufactured heat from someone like West in return for getting West’s communist tract on the air. We talk about people being thrown under the bus; well, the Left engineered the bus so that no one is actually hurt in the process — sort of like stunt men in a movie. Cynical? The Left’s approach to the world is based in cynicism. That’s how it works.

    The real wonderment about people like West is that they have been able, for a century, to convince others of the necessity of millions of ruined lives so that the yet to be born can experience Utopialand, a place that will never exist.

    I hate West and people like him. I hate the evil that animates them.

    See BadBlue today for a piece on this month’s Midwest Marxist Conference and the teachers who “flocked” to it. Try to find out if any teachers in your area schools attended and then comment at your PTSA and/or local school board meetings.

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  6. conservative cowgirl

    November 13th, 2012

    Huh. The Marxist-in-Chief isn’t Marxist enough for the Ultra Marxists. I hate them. I hate them all for dragging this beautiful, great country of ours down.

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  7. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 13th, 2012

    Hold the phone, Central!

    A communist/socialist/progressive like Cornel West is angry at 0bama because 0bama is not communist enough even though the communist party endorsed and voted for him.

    What did I miss?

    …trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages…

    As I recall, the unions were giddy over the 0bama victory. So West is just flapping his gums to try and remain relevant.

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  8. mkultra

    November 13th, 2012

    I actually love the idiocy of Cornel West. It’s a testament to the patronizing foolishness of affirmative action. It’s state-sponsored errorism. LOL.

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  9. Jarhead Cracka

    November 13th, 2012

    I find it amazing that college profs like West and Eliz Warren become such ‘heroes’ to the working man, unions, and hold such Communist views while pulling down 6 figure salaries.

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  10. RANDO

    November 13th, 2012

    Cornel West. Pffft.

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  11. Bad Brad

    November 13th, 2012

    AbigailAdams, That’s been my point about our educational system. Districts send teachers to these conferences so they can come back and pass along all those wonderful ideas. In order to fix this country one of the things that needs to be done is completely dismantle our current system and rebuild it from the ground up.

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  12. Birdie Num Num

    November 13th, 2012

    Kabuki theater.

    It’s a program of the hard left polemicists such as West to portray the hard left 0bama’s programs and ideas as mainstream and acceptable.

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  13. webby h

    November 13th, 2012

    @Bad Brad – sooooo, then you HAVE heard about bomb-throwing billie ayers and the whole common core corriculum that’s already spread across the couintry, well 45 of the 57/8 states

    a lot of ‘em just call it “the Core” now

    the feds offered the states a bunch of money to make education even better…[govt strings twisted up into nooses]

    seems simplistic to just suggest that everybody homeschool their kids

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  14. AbigailAdams

    November 13th, 2012

    @Bad Brad — I don’t think I’ve ever disagreed with your view of this. I think where our views have diverged is that I was thinking that it would be far easier to take back the institution through parent and other concerned adults’ understanding of what has happened and to become involved. Sadly, I now have to agree with your view 100%. I’m not a quitter, so this is very hard for me to admit.

    When the unions and their members own every brick, every computer, every brain cell of everyone who enters into their institution of “learning”, there’s no way to effectively change it. There’s not numbers enough who are even mildly dissatisfied with the status quo to make that happen.

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  15. grayscape

    November 13th, 2012

    Radicals like West won’t be happy until all crackers are picking cotton for their black masters.

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  16. Bad Brad

    November 13th, 2012

    webby h Yep, I pointed out out the other day virtually all the Weather Underground is in academia. Go figure.

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  17. Anonymous

    November 13th, 2012

    Pat,

    How does anyone account for the fact this idiot has a doctorate?

    AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

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  18. conservative cowgirl

    November 13th, 2012

    Just imagine the faux fury that would erupt if a white professor called Obamarxist “a Rockefeller Republican in blackface”. There would be mass redistribution of other people’s wealth and devaluation of other people’s property (riots).

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  19. Anonymous

    November 13th, 2012

    Watching these ‘folks’ reminds me of the card games in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

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  20. Billy Fuster

    November 13th, 2012

    I fart in his general direction…

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  21. webby h

    November 13th, 2012

    BB- I pointed out out the other day – yeah, i guess i missed that part, others too no doubt.

    *if i could get a handle on all the stuff streaming by my conciousness…*

    3-4 years ago, i was gonna start up a site and maybe a blogtalkradio called, “public schools cost too much” -i gotta few ideas on how to make them cheaper,.. less expensive, that is.

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  22. Bad Brad

    November 13th, 2012

    webby h

    ““public schools cost too much” -i gotta few ideas on how to make them cheaper”

    Me too, fire all the damn administrators, give controls to the PTA. At the college level, I have no idea how you would manage that swamp.

    I’d like to know when they starting quoting statistic on how much money each states spends per student if that figure is including admin cost, or if thats the actual dollars the class rooms see.

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  23. webby h

    November 13th, 2012

    BB-I have no idea how you would manage that swamp. overwhelm the system with — absence

    make a significant reduction in student attendance -teach the kids what they shoulda been taught – use longer days, more weeks, (nonunion teachers) – send them out to work in ‘honest’ small business – keep teh extended family thing going – whoever feels loayl to a big corporation

    find some good business mentors for them, the smarter, nore ambitious ones

    ya ever see those 8th grade graduation tests from the 1900′s – clearly college level for todays kiddies

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  24. webby h

    November 13th, 2012

    slimey O/T: (apologies if prev posted)

    i got this off of nameBM at ulsterman

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/11/How-to-Win-in-Blue-State-America-Lessons-from-South-Africa-s-Opposition

    Our success could offer lessons for the Republican Party as it seeks to refocus.

    1. Do not compromise basic principles; instead, show how they are relevant to all. You don’t gain trust from voters by becoming a “me, too” version of the majority party.

    2. Take the fight to the opposition’s turf. Rumor has it that Paul Ryan wanted to take the Republican argument to inner cities and make the argument for individual freedom–as his mentor, Jack Kemp, once did.
    -

    10. Prepare for the politics of the long haul. Selling conservative policies to a blue-state electorate, and to minority communities, is not going to yield instant results.

    PRINT IT OUT – MAKE SEVERAL COPIES

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  25. Commissar M

    November 13th, 2012

    I’ve been saying recently that the “Obama is a right-winger” meme is going to become the fall back position for the American left as it becomes apparent just how much damage he’s done. This isn’t entirely new as I’ve seen some of this crap spewed by lefty trolls for at least the last couple of years. Almost verbatim quotes to the effect that Obama is really as right-leaning moderate and Obamacare is actually a right-wing program. By 2016, this will have become the standard explaination for his failure.

    Remember, these are the same people who insist that the National Socialist German Workers Party was right wing and that none of those communist countries we’ve seen in the past century were actually communist because they all failed.

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  26. pissedpatriot30

    November 13th, 2012

    Right from the Chicago Socialist web page:

    Both for the production on a mass scale of this communist consciousness, and for the success of the cause itself, the alteration of men on a mass scale is necessary, an alteration which can only take place in a practical movement, a revolution; the revolution is necessary, therefore, not only because the ruling class cannot be overthrown in any other way, but also because the class overthrowing it can only in a revolution succeed in ridding itself of all the old crap and become fitted to found society anew.

    Why can’t we all start using words like “revolution” and overthrow? They will steal your republic right from under your noses while you all sit around and try to “fix” the Republican Party!!!!

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