Prof. Cornel West is easy to mock. His self-conscious gesticulations, his extravagant verbalizations... and that neck scarf. What’s up with that look?
But he’s not stupid. And he’s not boring. A half-hour spent listening to Cornel West isn’t a half-hour wasted.
So I’ve embedded below Prof. West’s appearance this week on Al Jazeera English (split into two parts for YouTube).
During this interview, West spoke much about Barack Obama. West supports Obama for president... while hastening to add that he considers Obama fundamentally a politician who, like all successful politicians, is controlled to some extent by “elites.”
Prof. West went on to provide a full-throated endorsement of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... the best defense of Wright’s rhetoric that I’ve seen.
This interview also touches on the Iraq war, hip-hop music and Islam.