Stevie Wonder You bought the album, you read the book, now go to the concert I kept expecting the energy level to flag, but the band just moved from strength to strength for about nintely minutes until I could barely stand up, and I headed back to the hotel while the band was still wailing. In my defense, the sound at Casa de la Musica was painfully loud, and navigating the densely packed, extremely outgoing crowd was draining - the only two drawbacks of a magnificent experience.
Cornel West has attracted not a small amount of controversy over his message vs. He has been attacked from both the far right and the far left for preaching his message of equality while sitting amongst the towers of the Ivy League.
West is worth discarding simply because he has done well financially. It is only relatively recently that I myself have seriously read the work of Dr.
It started 3 years ago when I first made my way through the dense prose of The Cornel West Reader which included his philosophical musings on the Marxist tradition alongside American Pragmatism and some of his more academic writings.
It was certainly a stimulating read, and, for an Ivy League professor, somewhat of a radical worldview. In the past month, I have read the two most popular books of Dr.
West, Race Matters and Democracy Matters. Reading these two back to back was particularly rewarding as West himself considers Democracy Matters to be a sequel to Race Matters. They are both eloquent and articulate as one might expect from such a great orator.
However, they are accessible to a wide audience. West addresses some of the common charges thrown against African Americans in Race Matters. In listening to or reading Dr. West you will find yourself coming across his description of arriving from a blues tradition.
West encourages us to NOT look at a color blind world. That would be a mistake that discards the unique and sometimes painful traditions from which we have arrived.
Instead, he exhorts us to EMBRACE the rich cultures of the different ethnicities, religions, cultures and countries that make up our world. It is only through appreciating the equality yet uniqueness of the other that we can develop the proper respect and love for humanity.
West would subscribe to the belief that the very nature of Capitalism leads to racism. The idea of competition, of survival of the fittest, of being the better man naturally incorporates nihilistic elements of race and class.
At the same time, West also has a deep hope for America. Democracy Matters acknowledges the democratic traditions that are underneath the surface. The book was quite prophetic in this sense by the reaction we saw to the election of Obama.
West is that he publicly voices a little too much confidence in our current President. As a Socialist, Dr. West should realize that it will require much more than a new face in the White House to change the rule of the plutocrats in America.
I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Christianity from Democracy Matters in which Dr. West broke down modern day American Christianity into two main strains: That of the Prophetic Christians vs. One of the main identifying factors between the two is separation of church and state. This is hubris in its purest form, and is blindness from the nihilism of American politics in the sense that the Constantinians are playing right into the imperialistic government agenda.
Prophetic Christianity is the blues tradition of which Dr. It calls out injustice. It speaks truth to power.
It follows in the great traditions of the Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah and ultimately Jesus who condemned authority for being drunk with power. It preaches equality in health care, employment and civil rights. It calls for a respectful attitude towards the sovereignty of other nations and the immigrant looking to come to OUR nation.
It is the true spirit of Socialism that is inherent in the very message of Christ. West is on a mission of hope.Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond [Marc Lamont Hill, Todd Brewster] on skybox2008.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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The quality of education is going down while the price keeps going up. Cornel West’s critique is part and parcel of a grand tradition of fiery prophetic rhetoric that must be connected to social movements.
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Jan 01, · In recent years, the distinguished Dr. Cornel West has attracted not a small amount of controversy over his message vs.
his lifestyle. He has been attacked from both the far right and the far left for preaching his message of equality while sitting amongst the towers of the Ivy League/5.