I am so conflicted right now. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are two men that one hand I respect heavily and on the other I despise. It’s as if these two ALWAYS have something to say. After a while, these public rants begin to come off disingenuous and as if they are in search of fame and acknowledgement. Their constant scrutiny and opposition of President Barack Obama seems to be the thing that is keeping these two relevant these days.
Sometime recently, Tavis Smiley held one of his televised forums that no one cared to watch and Cornel West stole the show with his “Barack Obama wrong for using MLK’s bible” diatribe. It’s a dang on shame that this is the only thing that has matriculated into the media from this forum. Another example of West and Smiley working together, dishing controversial remarks about the president in order to stay relevant. Check out what Papa Smurf had to say.
“Brother Martin Luther King, Jr., what you say about the New Jim Crow? What would say about the prison industrial complex? What would you say about the invisibility of so many of our prisoners, so many of our incarcerated — especially when 62 percent of them are there for soft drugs and not one executive of a Wall Street bank gone to jail,” ~ Cornel West
I guess Brother West. Let me be the first to say that Cornel West more times than not has very valid points. However, timing and delivery is EVERYTHING. Often times his message gets lost in his homeless appearance, drunken style rants, and overuse of words not commonly used. Dang Cornel, we know you smart, now use everyday English, not those words in the dictionary that we never had to learn while preparing for the S.A.T.