Tuesday, May 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Cornel West v. Barack Obama

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Cornel West v. Barack Obama

Cornel West v. Barack Obama

Published on The Nation (http://www.thenation.com)

Melissa Harris-Perry | May 17, 2011

Professor Cornel West is President Obama’s silenced, disregarded, disrespected moral conscience, according to Chris Hedges’s recent column, “The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West went Ballistic.” [1] In a self-aggrandizing, victimology sermon deceptively wrapped in the discourse of prophetic witness, Professor West offers thin criticism of President Obama and stunning insight into the delicate ego of the self-appointed black leadership class that has been largely supplanted in recent years.

West begins with a bit of historical revision. West suggests that the President discarded him without provocation after he offered the

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