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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cornel West: I've Some News for You

Weasel Zippers cites to a talk given by Cornel West in which West criticizes the elevated attention being given to gay rights. West says:
The irony of the age of Obama in which black folks found themselves pushed to the back our gay brothers and lesbian sisters more and more pushed to the center.
At a time Blacks have reached a critical stage in the breakdown of the family, Obama attacks the very foundations of family. At a time when there are limited employment opportunities, Obama plans on bringing in millions of Hispanic voters to compete for jobs, housing, and welfare, as well as the attention of Congress. Obama decided to help women over providing an economic stimulus that would have helped men, although men have been hardest hit by the economic downturn. Obama coddles Wall Street. Obama spies on you. Obama continues the same policies that have led to massive imprisonment and crime among Black men. Mr. West, you need to face up to the fact that Obama has not pushed Blacks to the back of the bus--he has pushed Blacks under the bus. You got him reelected and your usefulness to him has largely ended.

I would also suggest that you begin looking beyond the melanin content of your skin. "African Americans" are Americans. Other than a common ancestry hundreds of years ago most Blacks have nothing in common with Africa or Africans. You might as well have grown up on a different planet form people living in Nigeria, or Kenya, or the Congo. It's time to begin living Marten Luther King's dream, and forego identity politics.

Maybe you should listen to Allen West for once--someone that is not drunk on the Obama/Liberal Democratic Kool-Aid and recognizes that there are some things more important than where your ancestors came from and how they got here:
This week we’ll celebrate the 237th anniversary of our independence. But are we a free people? ... The time draws near to teach this usurper and charlatan the lesson our forefathers taught King George III. We will not be ruled by arrogance and edict.

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