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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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

I am excited to have a black president because white supremacy is real and it needs to be shattered. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Black people have been working hard for decades. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

The problem is we need much more moral content. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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. ---->>>

Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is. ---->>>

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-02, 1953
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
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Occupation: Educator
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Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. West is an outspoken voice in American leftist politics, and as such has been critical of many center-left figures, including President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (wikipedia)