Cornel West, American Educator ( June 2, 1953 - )

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Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.~Cornel West

Disappointment Focus Me

My dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. 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 has a certain rootlessness, a deracination.~Cornel West

Father Fear Brother

We had a much deeper sense of community in '67 than we do in '97. This is important to say that not in a nostalgic way because it's not as if '67 was a time when things were so good.~Cornel West

Time Good Community

Hey, you got something going here. I think we've got a chance for some progressive policy that actually focuses on poor and working people.~Cornel West

People Chance You

Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse.~Cornel West

Racism Police Black

King's response to our crisis can be put in one word: revolution. A revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.~Cornel West

Life Power Thinking

We want an economic team, Paul Krugman and Robert Kuttner, Joseph Steiglitz's people and others, who say, you know what? We're sophisticated economists but we're concerned about poor and working people.~Cornel West

Team People Want

A black agenda is jobs, jobs, jobs, quality education, investment in infrastructure and strong democratic regulation of corporations. The black agenda, at its best, looks at America from the vantage point of the least of these and asks what's best for all.~Cornel West

Education Best Strong

And when I talk about love, I'm talking about something that's great, though, brother. I'm talking about something that will sustain you.~Cornel West

Love Brother Great

We will not allow this day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to go without somebody going to jail.~Cornel West

Day King Go

Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.~Cornel West

Clever Cheap Distraction

Love and trust and justice, concern for the poor, that's being pushed to the margins, and you can see it.~Cornel West

Love Trust Justice

We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property.~Cornel West

Power Society Property

You've got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it.~Cornel West

Opinion You Climate

I am excited to have a black president because white supremacy is real and it needs to be shattered.~Cornel West

I Am Black White

I feel as if I have been blessed to undergo a transformation from 'gangster' to 'redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities.'~Cornel West

Blessed Transformation

The problem is we need much more moral content.~Cornel West

Problem Moral Content

Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth.~Cornel West

History Culture Ignorance

I'm not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions.~Cornel West

Black Believe I Believe

Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is.~Cornel West

Color Care Look

If they think they have issues with the president not doing enough for the poor now, wait and see what happens if the opposition takes office. Then they would really need a poverty tour.~Cornel West

Poverty Doing Think

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.~Cornel West

Greed Impossible Street

Black people have been working hard for decades.~Cornel West

Working Hard People Black

We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions.~Cornel West

Today Decisions Greed

Every president needs to deal with the permanent government of the country, and the permanent government of the country is Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats and the questions becomes what is the relationship between that president and Wall Street.~Cornel West

Relationship Government

We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.~Cornel West

Strong People Name