Dr. Cornel West referred to President Obama as a "Rockefeller Republican in blackface" during a recent interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. How would the mainstream media respond if this same statement was made by a conservative?
Why, they would say he is "racist," of course.
President Obama was not the only target of West's criticism. He also "reserved very harsh words for Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry and frequent MSNBC guest host Michael Eric Dyson," as reported by the Huffington Post.
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley joined with West to promote their new book, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." Dr. West is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, an avid Occupy Wall Street fan...and a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University, teaching the future leaders of America.
During the interview, which can be seen here, West does not hide his disdain for President Obama. He launches a fair criticism on the billions of dollars spent during the President's reelection bid and the "drones dropping bombs on innocent people", but then goes off on the typical and tired rant against the wealthy.
How much does a Princeton professor make these days?
He laments, in part, that "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..." He continues to talk about "...ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming..." Well, which one is it? Global warming or climate change?
And then West expresses relief that there was not "a right-wing takeover," however, he continues, "but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies."
Dr. Cornel West would probably approve of President Obama's stance that the wealthy need to "pay their fair share". However, the author contends that the rhetoric surrounding the so-called "One Percent" is nothing short of class warfare and is bad for America.
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