Cornel West has never been one to mince his words. The professor’s latest verbal attack focuses on President Obama’s policies. During an appearance on “Democracy Now with Amy Goodman,” West criticized Obama’s election campaign, specifically the billions spent to put him back in office. Cornel also claimed Obama avoided discussing key issues like poverty and the use of drones on innocent people.
Here’s an excerpt:
I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion — poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems — ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
While some of his arguments are valid, West’s comment that Obama is a “Republican in blackface” didn’t sit well with most viewers.