Cornel West “Barack Obama Is NOT The Fulfillment Of Martin Luther King’s Dream!”

Here is an awesome clip of Cornel West:

It’s rare that I’m this impressed. My mind is so used to lies and propaganda that when I hear so much well stated truth it’s like a slap to the face.

Fulfillment of MLK’s Dream? Yep, we are far from such a fulfillment. I doubt that MLK’s Dream is anywhere on the radar of Obama’s agenda. Those in power will never care about any Dream that involves helping the poor and disenfranchised. That is just a sad fact of life.

If you want to watch the full show, here are the two parts:

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3 thoughts on “Cornel West “Barack Obama Is NOT The Fulfillment Of Martin Luther King’s Dream!”

  1. West has a good new editorial:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/14/america-is-spiritually-bankrupt-we-must-fight-back-together

    The painful truth is there is no Donald Trump without Barack Obama, no neofascist stirrings without neoliberal policies – all within the imperial zone. Obama was the brilliant black smiling face of the American empire. Trump is the know-nothing white cruel face of the American empire.

    Obama did not produce Trump, but his Wall Street–friendly policies helped facilitate Trump’s pseudo-populist victory. Obama’s reluctance to confront race matters in a serious and substantive manner did not cause the ugly white backlash, but Obama’s hesitancy did not help the opposition to white-supremacist practices.

    And, more pointedly, both Obama and Trump – two different faces of the imperial meltdown – supported military buildups, wars against Muslim-majority countries, drone strikes, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and people, illegal imprisonments of innocent people, night raids on poor Muslim families, and inhumane detention camps. These war policies and war crimes have come back to devour what is left of America’s democratic soul.

    So few people are willing to address this problem.

    • That is a good read. More people are beginning to take seriously this message. In the past, those like Cornel West were seen as merely complaining, as one of the losers. I get the sense that it is more than simply his message getting heard. What he says resonates deeply with the public mood. That was my fear about Clinton being elected, as the American public would too easily have fallen back to sleep. Trump has done us the service to help us see clearly the tragedy of both parties and the entire system.

      • If Clinton had won, she would not have been any better than Trump.

        You are right though about the possibility that people would get complacent. Worse the Democratic Establishment and its partisans would likely suppress all criticism of Clinton as sexism.

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