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1 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, May 19, 2011 6:51:11am

Updinged and recommended!

2 Ericus58  Thu, May 19, 2011 6:58:07am

The convergence is growing.....
The President can't catch a break it seems.

3 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:00:42am

Wrenchwench did a page yesterday on Adam Serwer's take on this:

In response to perceived social slights, West severs Obama from any individual claim to blackness while inviting him to accept the terms of an implicit contract by which his lost negritude might be restored. For mixed people, blackness is not accepted as a fact of existence but something negotiable, a question of membership to which those whom are Truly Black may grant you access. This gives the game away of course, the reality of race as an invention, if one we have no choice but to live with.

4 Randall Gross  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:03:01am

West has always amused me: he wants to be a revolutionary direct action sort of socialist but really doesn't have the fire in his belly for it, so instead he's the occasional poseur for an angry young socialist. His associations with Farrakhan and some radical pro Palestinian groups makes me not trust anything he says. Of course he would point at that statement and say "See! I told you so".

5 Decatur Deb  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:09:44am

re: #3 iceweasel

The whole "True Black" concept is BS. There aren't many people, whose ancestors were in the US before 1900, who do not share their family tree with Europeans.

"Dr. Stern figures from their blood-group makeup that about two-thirds of their genetic material (heredity) comes from Africa, about one-third from Europe. More than 78% of American Negroes have some non-African genes; by 1980 there will be hardly a single U.S. Negro of pure African descent."

Read more: [Link: www.time.com...]

6 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:11:10am

re: #5 Decatur Deb

Of course it's BS. It's all about The Other and getting to label people.

7 BARACK THE VOTE  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:11:35am

re: #4 Thanos

West has always amused me: he wants to be a revolutionary direct action sort of socialist but really doesn't have the fire in his belly for it, so instead he's the occasional poseur for an angry young socialist. His associations with Farrakhan and some radical pro Palestinian groups makes me not trust anything he says. Of course he would point at that statement and say "See! I told you so".

That's my take on him as well.

8 leftynyc  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:27:53am

Another take on this:

[Link: www.thenation.com...]

Ms. Harris-Perry is a somewhat frequent guest on Rachel Maddow's show and is (along with Mr. West) a professor at Princeton.

An excerpt:

Furthermore, West’s sense of betrayal is clearly more personal than ideological. In Hedges's article West claims that a true progressive would always put love of the people above concern with the elite and privileged. Then he complains, “I couldn’t get a ticket [to the inauguration] with my mother and my brother. I said this is very strange. We drive into the hotel and the guy who picks up my bags from the hotel has a ticket to the inauguration... We had to watch the thing in the hotel.” Let me get this straight—the tenured, Princeton professor who collects five figures for public lectures was relegated to a hotel television while an anonymous hotel worker got tickets to the inauguration! What kind of crazy, mixed up class politics are these? Wait a minute…

9 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:41:12am

Oh man Cornel West here we go again hahahaha

it's all very Jesse Jackson, what was it he called Obama?

10 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:41:40am

re: #4 Thanos

West has always amused me: he wants to be a revolutionary direct action sort of socialist but really doesn't have the fire in his belly for it, so instead he's the occasional poseur for an angry young socialist. His associations with Farrakhan and some radical pro Palestinian groups makes me not trust anything he says. Of course he would point at that statement and say "See! I told you so".


We call it "theater" :D

11 Randall Gross  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:54:08am

For the record I'm fully in favor of deracination: as an Army brat we moved every 2-3 years and I am the definition of "rootless" -- it made me a better, more confident person.

12 wrenchwench  Thu, May 19, 2011 7:55:57am

re: #3 iceweasel

Wrenchwench did a page yesterday on Adam Serwer's take on this:

Thanks, I can go back to bed work.

13 Tiny Alien Kitties are Watching You  Thu, May 19, 2011 8:03:17am
"When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.”

Yes it certainly fucking is, if by independent you mean someone walking around with a chip on their shoulder the size of Georgia and the belief that past injustice gives them a free pass to be as rude and anti-social as they wish to be to anyone who is not black.

Congratulations Mr. West, between the few people who think like you and the tiny minority of idiots on the other side like those over at Stormfront I bet you will manage to keep racial hatred alive while making money off of it for at least another century.

14 Ogami Itto  Thu, May 19, 2011 11:04:43am
“Obama has a predilection much more toward upper-middle-class white brothers and Jewish brothers.”

Of course he worked in an unnecessary reference to Jews in his critique; I should be used to this by now. /sigh

15 Laughing Gas  Sun, May 22, 2011 7:10:26am

I don't know why everyone is paying this troll so much attention.


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