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Dr. Cornel West Says President Obama, Politicians Are ‘Cowards’ for Lack of Response to Gun Violence In the Black Community

Dr. Cornel West referred to President Obama as a coward for not standing up for African american children affected by gun violence.

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The Black Community has been up in arms regarding the ongoing debate about President Obama’s swift response to implementing stricter gun laws following the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

World-renowned scholar and radio co-host, Dr. Cornel West discussed the topic on the controversial “Smiley and West” radio show, saying that Father Michael Pfleger and other community leaders in Chicago have been asking the White House to create stricter gun laws for decades in response to the staggering number of African American children who have been killed via gun shot wound, but no one responded to their requests. He said he is pleased that the conversation is finally taking place, but he’s disappointed that it is taking place only after a mass shooting occurred on the “vanilla” side of town.

The discussion is transcribed below:

…But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control. But think of Father Pfleger, Rev. Hatchett, others in Chicago tried to get the White House to talk about gun control. Not a peep. Not a mumbling word when the black folk getting shot. But now Newtown, CT, vanilla side, low and behold… We have a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious, but it just upsets me when we’re so differential. 

Tavis asked Dr. West why he believes President Obama remained silent on gun slayings during his first term:

It’s a crucial question. And I think it’s not just Barack Obama, it’s our politicians across the board, across color, across class. They’re either cowards or hypocrites when it comes to this issue of our precious children. By cowards I mean they care but they don’t have the courage to move forward and act. Or they’re hypocrites which is to say they say they care but deep down they don’t care especially when it relates to South Side of Chicago, Harlem, children across the board…

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  2. Be it an assault weapon or a handgun, neither can harm anyone unless someone arms the weapon and pulls the trigger.

    President Barack Obama and company can outlaw guns today, and there would still be senseless killings in the “inner-city” of U.S. born black men and women with other weapons, droves of black men and women going to prison, whether they committed the crime or not, droves of black men and women abusing their bodies with illicit drugs, black families being broken up and destroyed for profit by unethical individuals, over dependency on Food Stamps/Social Welfare, etc., etc., etc.

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    Other more important issues that need solving would give black men and women a chance to be a part of the “American Dream, by making it possible for black men and women to be gainfully employed (it takes money or its equivalent to provide food, clothing and shelter), having competent representation in the courts so that he or she can keep what he or she has lawfully earned, making elected officials function as mandated by the “oath of office” or removing any misfit from office who refuses to respect the “oath of office”, improving the quality of life in the inner-city to reduce criminal activity will reduce a lot of the self destructive behavior, keep illegal aliens from around the world from taking over the black community, strengthen the “Black family”, gainful employment will definitely help to keep black men and women out of prison, and opportunities to succeed will reduce self hatred/destruction to curtail genocide and reverse a bad environment of conditions that lead to extinction of the black community.

  3. If a black man hadn’t slept with a white woman, Obama would not have been born!.

    Get over yourselves, this is the new reality!

  4. Okay, Dr. West makes a valid point and I agree with him in theory but i’m concerned that he merely overstates the obvious. What about some constructive ideas to correct the problems?

    His tone is very disrespectful and I fear that once again, we are being divided and controlled by the status quo, AKA Willie Lynch. Trump and the tea baggers are probably grinning in their beer! “N*****s can’t get along worth a damn and if you leave them to their own devices they will destroy each other.”

    His points are valid and important but just as important is the need to show unity and love within our race. President Obama represents the very best our race has to offer and should be appreciated and respected for that reason alone. These problems existed long before Obama took office and we should not hold him over the fire while his predecessors get a pass.

    I agree that he should be held accountable, but every elected official, black, white, purple should be tasked w doing the job they were elected to do! Dr. West, Tavis, I love and respect you guys not because you’re these great black leaders, but because you’re my brothers.

    I’m just an average black Joe, I’m not degreed and people don’t hang on to my every word, but I had to comment. Let’s come together as a race (human), so we can move forward. Remember, the very tenant of the Word is LOVE.

    Gd bless you!

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  6. I agree with Cornel West and I might add, the mainstream media too, are "cowards." They are so "phony" it's sad. I think it's ridiculous to think that teachers need to be armed. The obvious solution is to get rid of the guns, but they'll bow down to the gun advocates. The weapons being used in these mass shootings are designed for just what they're being used for, to kill people. Why do we need these kind of weapons in our society? Are we being led into a war with each other?

    Do these people really think that they could possibly take on the Federal Government's Military with the 21st Century technology that the Military has now? This distorted view of the 2nd Amendment will keep gun advocates in power. They have too many people convinced that we need to have guns! Violence is how we resolve our conflicts. We're being coerced into solving our conflicts by using violence and disrespecting others.

  7. I have no respect for a black man who talks black and what we need to do but sleeps with a white woman. Cornell West looks like a crazy man, acts like an educated fool, and is seriously confused about who and what he is.

  8. I have no respect for a black man who talks black and what we need to do but sleeps with a white woman. Cornell West looks like a crazy man, acts like an educated fool, and is seriously confused about who and what he is.

  9. Dr. Cornel West and other's are correct in speaking on this matter. It's been and still is a tragedy in many communities, especially the Black community, which has been largely ignored while the death toll continues to rise.

  10. Cornel West is a distinguished and respected scholar. Mr West is as wrong as two left shoes on this one. In reagrds to the action of PRESIDENT Obama in the wake of the Newtown shootings the typical introduction of race is a diversionary argument. ALL people were moved by the swift and massive taking of life from mere babies. It is not my intent to compare numbers because we all know that many more brothers and sisters die in our communities than 26 but most of the time it is not all at once.
    To call the PRESIDENT a coward is not productive or accurate. What is interesting is that West and some otherso called leaders, when speaking in communities where some of the worse violence takes place seems to find culpability in everyplace except his audience. In the midst on 1000 chocolate people challenge the father who walks away from child after child, challenge the mother who lets their teenage son or daughter sit at home and play video games instead of going to school, challenge the head of household who accepts the money and wide screen TV from the teenager who has no means to have paid for these items. I am not calling anyone a coward however that would be corageous and perhaps productive. I challenged Dr West to a discussion on that. My abridged and humble opinion.

  11. I agree 100% with Dr. West.
    David Duckett

  12. While I agree with what Dr. West is saying, if the pres. were to attempt to do swifter gun laws because of Black violence, they would have laughted in his face. Do you see how they treated him when he made the statement about Trayvon Martin. He did this at the right moment. If there is a change, it will trickle down to us. Unfortunately, that is the way it is, until we put in polilticians will "Balls."
    Be patient. G*D is is control.

  13. Snitching" doesn't have anything to do with poverty and black poverty in America. You need to stop and get off that Obama kool aid, and letting these vanilla folks tell you how to think and speak when it comes to black issues. Dr. Cornell West, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Boyce Watkins are a champion for black issues, not Obama. So, stop telling me that nonsense on bashing the puppet or telling me that I'm twisted. What have you done for your community? Do you like black folks? What's the name of your civil rights foundation? How come Clifford, and C Alexander isn't well known? Are you doing anything to help poor and black people?

  14. I don't understand why black folks against Dr. Cornell West, and Tavis Smiley for standing up for poor and black agenda. Obama isn't concering with these agenda. If Obama was a real hero for the people that help put him in office, he would have been fighting all the way, and the black unemployed rate wouldn't be twice as high as vanilla folks. Blacks are suffering more during his leadership than in the past 20+ years. Dr. Cornell West, Tavis Smiley, and Dr. Watkins is telling the truth. These haters needs to wake up, and stop drinking Obama's kool aid because he's taking care of the vanilla, gay, and immigration community. He doesn't care about the poor and black community. So, stop attacking these brothers for standing up and telling the truth when it comes to poor and black people.

  15. President Obama might have many faults, but sitting on his azz and expecting the other fellow to do it-is not one of them. Hint. Hint.

    We as a people are so used to tearing down each other that we are entirely comfortable with tearing down OUR President of the United States of America.
    Those of us who are tearing him down are mostly our so called educated ones. However, none of the blacks that know could have pulled off what he has done twice. More, they have not tried, with the exception of Shirley Chilsom, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, good tries that they were.

    I pity those of you who are unable to appreciate your victory, especially, one of this magnitude and since you have so few victories of this type. Your last one was Martin Luther King. You should have picked up the ball and ran. Obviously, you didn’t. Barack H. Obama did.

    You are going to have to wait longer time than the time between Martin and Barack to get another victory or another black president for that matter. Better enjoy this one, unless, you’re waiting for West, Smiley and Watkins to run for President with all of their answers. Pun intended.

  16. Michael rowland….you sound like an idiot. its a black problem..it's just a problem fool….PROBLEM doesn't have a color…

  17. thanks Dr. west for keeping it real, unlike the puppets who seem to be a lost tribe. anytime a strong black brotha criticize Obama, the puppets who voted for him, get all sensitive, because they cant handle the truth. west criticized bush, reagan and clinton, and rightfully so. his motive is beyond the average persons comprehension. no one has been able to prove him wrong..because he is RIGHT. JUST LIKE HE SAID…..where was Obama crying ass when those chicago babies were killed by the hundreds…Black people need to wake up.and shut up, and listen to Dr. west, you might just learn something….

  18. Obama is, in my opinion, not a coward. Just a politician and a Chicago politician to boot. Yes, he has responded to vanilla white killings and ignored the mass killings of black and brown children in our urban ghettoes. Obama is first and foremost a politician who wants to retain the favor of the Wall Street Vanilla monied elite who financed and supported his campaign. Obama, as a politician, caters to the USA vanilla majority. Obama is not a bad man. He’s a hell of a lot better than Butcher Bu$h. But to think he’s in any way, shape or form the president of the poor, the middle class Blacks or Browns just because he is dark skinned is not only naive, it’ racist. A person is not determined by the color of his or her skin. Ideology determines a politician. Obama sends drones to kill children in Pakistan. He sends more Drones than Butcher Bu$h ever did. Obama ia not scared to do what he has to do to retain the majority of people on his side. He must ignore the poor, the massacre of poor Black children and respond to the massacre of white kids. He is first and foremost the president of the most racist and warlike country in the world. That he is black is irrevalent. Again, better than Bu$h? Yes. So was Clinton, who is lili white. Are we so racist that we believe that a dark skinned person is necessarily better, will protect our interests more based on the color of his skin? My candidate was and remains Cynthia MacKinny who hasn’t one chance in a million of becoming president as things stand today. Why? Not because she’s black or even because she’s a woman.
    She is for the poor, the middle class and AGAINST the monied elite that dictates who is president. Obama is a Black Man lackey running the country for a monied, white, mostly male, elite. He runs the country in the interests of the 1% who own most of the wealth. The massacre of black children in the ghettoes is not Obama’s. Never was. Probably never will be.

  19. Gun control? How? Everybody already have the guns! Black people from Saturday night knifings of each other in the past, to killing each with guns have been killing each other since our freedom from slavery. These blacks filled with self hatred are most likely to be the ones to turn on each other in anger and do bodily harm. Nothing new here except that they have speeded up the hate in the last 50 years.

    Thinking black people who have not succumbed into the abyss of this recent sub-culture know that we have to change ourselves–now. No other race of people are killing themselves like we continue to do year after year. We need to examine our culture because the problem lies in the sub-culture developed among blacks during the pseudo integration of the past 50 years.

    Blacks' social engineering during and after slavery has taught us us to disrespect and hate each other. Until we learn to respect black life and learn our history –not just that concept that "we came from kings and queens"–we are going to continue to hate each other.

    We should note that black people, as a whole, are not going into schools and malls killing people–yet! We mostly kill each other –friends and relatives, people we know–that should be instructive. It speaks to self-hate, poverty, not being able to express frustration in a positive conflict resolution manner, so we use a gun for 'being dissed' about any little thing.

    So, it seems that we are going to have to make a concerted effort to teach and others to learn our history. Attending a Kwanzaa celebration this year and black history programs in February would be a great start.

    Marcus Garvey reminded us that a "man without knowledge of history is like a tree without its roots.

    President Obama being President of the United States of America speaks volumes for our issues of race pride. Quiet as his distractors, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are on his contributions to blacks. There are many ways that these distractors could come into the black communities and build on his position and his contributions to black people. Because he value his life–I suspect–he cannot do a shout out on the things he has already done to benefit blacks.
    I find it amazing that Watkins, Smiley and West do not know better. If this was Dr. Claud Anderson pointing out some particulars I would be inclined to listen. But them–no way!

  20. West is so full of himself that his ego has blinded him. It has already been stated, paraphrased, “where was West during the White presidential administration?

    West touts off his mouth as though he has done something for the Black community as do other opportunist that is Black, THEY HAVE NOT. He wants Black to hear his unfounded rhetoric and buy his books.

    While in office Reagan had unemployment at 10.67%, this clown closed bases across this nation causing Black civil worker on these bases to lose their homes and jobs, what did West do, Nothing.

    When education was more than appalling for Black student’s k-college, what did West do Nothing? West says many negative things about Obama, which is his right; however, the Black condition started crumbling more following the thought that the 40-million Black are on an equal playing field, not.

    Mr. West, whenever he gets his head out of his butt, should research, read, and then respond. The concern West spews has been an issue for more than 147-years.

    He is a disgrace and losing respect from many laypersons and his scholar. Whites love this man because he says aloud what they think and say in private. I wonder how much Whites pay for this puppet.

    • It’s always funny to hear political neophites and the ride-or-die Obama supporters give their opinions. Whether it’s on purpose or just out of ignorance, they always seem to lack context. Dr. West has been an outspoken critic of every president from Reagan forward. And I’m starting at Reagan because no one knew who he was before him. When people ask “where was he before Obama” I always ask “where were you before Obama?” You can check Dr. West’s record. Just a few years ago he put out a whole CD that was a total rip of the Bush Administration. The man is always in a protest march or getting arrested for supporting a cause. Most of us were so busy partying and looking at Flavor of Love prior to 2008 that we didn’t pay attention to anything going on politically. Now that we’ve fallen head over hills for a black president, we want to all of a sudden become political pundants in defense of Obama. Please, do some research before you accuse others of political apathy.

  21. Some African-Americans are jealous that an African-American, not them, is President of US. Remember what Herman Cain said: “President Obama is African-American-I am a Black American and no label of African”. Look an African-American with a degree in Math (Cain) ever went in public with such a statement. Cornel West said: “President Obama thinks he is on top of mountain”. Did you hear Cornel say that when Clinton was president – No. It is jealous some former Black stars are having now. But they had no choice but to vote for their fellow Black person – President Obama. Otherwise they would be slaves now again. Let’s enjoy and work hard another 4 years with Obama as President.

  22. For everyone who has commented here I would like you to go here: (copy and paste this URL into your browser’s address space)… http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=9404.

    Watch and listen to Bill Black talk about “OBAMA’s Fiscal Cliff” and start understanding that our violence doesn’t just come from people having guns, though that doesn’t help, but from the VIOLENCE our own government does to its own people in order to make the Corporations and the Rich richer than ever while they use all of our (taxpayer) money to continue destroying the planet with “Wars for Empire” and “Subsidies to the Corporations” to continue RAPING the planet! We are now finding out that these same “Too-Big-To-Fail” Banks, i.e., the people who run them, are DIRECTLY responsible for the crashing of our economy in 2007 and the on-going purchasing of our planet for THEIR purposes. We are STILL giving away FREE money (now close to $40 TRILLION) to the banks, that will nevertheless show up as taxpayer debt, to these SAME banks that have robbed us all of our livelihoods, our savings, and our futures. AND they are NOT using that money to prop up the US but are using it to buy up more of the planet for their own uses! Such corruption could ONLY happen under the corrupt Administrations we’ve had for the last 3-4 decades! It didn’t just happen at the end of the 20th century! And the Republicans are not to blame for the “Fiscal Cliff!” or really any of the rest of it, because WE, The PEOPLE, put these people in power. I voted GREEN in November, voting for a “New Green Deal”. A plan that came right out of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in 2007, and which OBAMA refused to run on! If we had all had more sense and not fallen for this, stupid “vote for OBAMA because he is the lesser of two evils”, and instead voted GREEN we would be looking at the construction of a new economy built on millions of new GREEN GROWING jobs building the green infrastructure and economy we will never have the chance at now that OBAMA is continuing to shovel all the wealth to the CORPORATIONS who will continue to rape our planet! And if the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Treaty passes (so far we have managed to stop it with our activism), the Corporations will be stronger than any government on the planet and the game will then certainly be over!

    Ask Dr. West who he voted for in the election. I am pretty sure he voted GREEN also!

  23. Dr. Watkins,
    I also find it fascinating as well that people take Cornel West side or his statements about the President. However, this gun control did not just started controlling guns has been a subject ever since the Carters, Reagans, Two Bushes, and two Clintons terms. Now why do Mr. West always seem to point the finger at President Obama all of the time? It appears to me that just because this President is a black man everyone under the sun wants to take advantage of him and that is not right. I am sure that the President and other political leaders will get to that position of doing something about the guns in America. But in the mean time why don’t you all who are taking Cornel West side in everthing do something youselves and quit sitting back looking at what needs to be done and do it yourself. This is a shame that you wait this long to put the pressure on a black man and never saying a god d***m thing to the President(s) who was before him, just a shame. You have made me angry because you are not thinking critically or critical thinking.

  24. The sight of the hundred of nightime funerals in Iraq are still fresh in my mind. This is the gold standard by which all other such crimes must be measured!

  25. Some African-Americans are jealous that an African-American, not them, is President of US. Remember what Herman Cain said: "President Obama is African-American-I am a Black American and no label of African". Look an African-American with a degree in Math (Cain) ever went in public with such a statement. Cornel West said: "President Obama thinks he is on top of mountain". Did you hear Cornel say that when Clinton was president – No. It is jealous some former Black stars are having now. But they had no choice but to vote for their fellow Black person – President Obama. Otherwise they would be slaves now again. Let’s enjoy and work hard another 4 years with Obama as President.

  26. I'm sure the gang bangers will be the first to adhere to stricter gun control laws if enacted. The care they have demonstrated over the years in their neighborhoods for children and law abiding folks alike, make the issue a no brainer. Obama being a black man sure isn't going to fix things. It goes a whole lot deeper than that. Just an old white boys opinion.

  27. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION.Don"t overload the President. Put your plan together while he is busy working on taxes. Why do it when he won't have time to notice what is happening.

  28. If I was white, I would come to conclusion upon reading most of these responses is… We have those Negroes equally divided and quite well conquered. Politicians sell out for the assurance of that next re-election, whether Republican or Democrat. When Father Michael Pfleger gathered in 2011 to remember the gun violence victims in Chicago one of the epicenters of gun violence in America no national news coverage on that.

    I have no hope that he has the will to make any significant gun law changes. He wouldn’t even stand up for Susan Rice. I was watching MSNBC, and one of my favorite “Old School” journalist was on.

    He made this statement(some of you may have watched this also). The word on the street is that you could roll Obama for his wallet and take his watch. He would a little resistance, but it would not stop you. The journalist stated that he was reserving at this present time, there is concern. You can make your own determination as to what this is.

    The fact of the matter is that black life is precious too, and I think that as a people we have a problem when we demonize anyone that stands up for people of color. My divided people truly hurts me.I may have some errors, but you get the thought .

  29. The problem with Mr West and Tavis, is that they sit in the shadows looking at all the mistakes that Obama makes. Never giving credit for doing anything positive. Obama is not the savior of the black race. They are raging against Obama while the NRA is pumping guns and ammo into major cities. The black community has a problem in the inner cities. Guess what? There are people in those communities that know who is packing, who is killing and who is riding dirty. Parents know and members of the community know. Obama is dealing with a Republican party that hates his guts, soldiers are being killed in the middle east and the economy is in slow recovery. Tavis and West need to throw their hats in the ring in 2016, problem solved.

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  31. I think that most black people love the fact that we have a black president, that we don't care what he does. We didn't say anything about the drone attacks, the polices rights to arrest you, the Africa attacks, and now this. We don't care what he does. He's black and that's all that counts! So hey, just add this to it! He's not for us, not one of us, and definitely not gonna specifically help us! So lets go black people! We have to get this done ourselves!

  32. Obama is beneath a coward & i will be happy when his last term in office is over & we never get another minority puppet in the white house…..

  33. C Alexander Forrest

    Cornell West and Tavis Smiley evaluation of President Obama has become racist, obsolete and simply nonsensical. During the presidencies of George Bush I & II and Ronald Reagan, where where Smiley and West? I wonder WHY they keep on hounding President Obama with misrepresentation of facts. Being a PhD and a TV commentator should not qualify anyone to be an educated fool. They need to get a life!

  34. I do not have to agree with Dr. West position, I have my own and made it known in the publication many time.
    I voted for Obama, just because of who he ran against, if there was any body who I believe would care about black people Obama, would not have gotten my vote.But as they say we vote for the lesser of two EVIL.That is still questionable in my mind.I have not seen or hear anything that Mr. Obama, said or done that impress me that he is a leader or even have leadership abilities.
    Maybe that is the problem, he is not a LEADER.He maybe good at following what he is told to do and say, but lacking in leadership ability.I would like to ask Dr. West, when was the last time he saw a black leader who give a dam about black people?.I express my opinion on black voices every time I get a chance, many may not like what I say, but these are my opinion and I am entitle to express them weather you like it or not.
    There is not black leader out there today petioning on behalf of black people. They are all there for themselves, including Dr. West, Travis Smiley, Jessie Jackson, father and son, Al Sharpton. They will all fall by the way side, because they are insincere.

  35. Hogon AmiriAmani Haki

    ABSOLUTELY…The truth is the truth…if you see a white sheep in the middle of the street, are you going to deceive your very own eyes by telling yourself there is no white sheep in the middle of the street? If so, it may be due to your hopes and visions of wanting to see a black sheep. However, the white sheep is the physical truth.

  36. Obama is in a CATCH 22….If he had not responded to the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy, the liberal anti-gun lobby of his political persuasions would have whined like a 62 year old baby about gun control. So he responded and gave the anti-gun lobby their desired angle so that they could attack the NRA ( By the way Blacks are members of the NRA ). But someone began to spout about the sympathy showed to the Sandy Hook tragedy, yet no calling out of the murder and killings in Chicago and many black communties…something that seem to have been avoided politically/intentionally since the high volume of death peaked this year in Chicago. Thus we have Cornel West making the charge. Go figure…And the dance continues with no pleasing music. PEACE

  37. LaVerne Hardin, J.D.

    Unfortunately, President Obama is the keeper of the White Man’s House. He is smart and worthy of the position, more so than anyone I have reviewed. However, Cornel West is right. Cornel is not ignorant, are anything negative, he is a brilliant man. He is more than entitled to his observation of what is happen. President Obama cannot, nor can any other president call the shots when it comes to BIG money NRA. Human beings have a price. NRA has money. It is beyond sad that black children are being shot down daily, and have been for years, and control was not on the front burner as it is now. I am very glad that it is. We are not treated equal. Only God can change this

    • Ricky Smiley, You told me to go fuck George Bush and to kill myself. First of all I’m blacker than Obama will ever be. I was born in this Country and my family has been here since 1836. Second of all, unlike you, I have a Master’s Degree, Computer Business, and purpose in life.

      Even though I so called made it, I don’t forget where I come from. I see my people dying in Chicago and Obama continue to ignore it. He stayed mute on Chicago for 5 years with 600 bodies alone this year. 26 white people die and he runs to Newton, crying and trying to change the gun law. Where was Obama when blacks were getting their heads blown off just the week before. Blacks and their kids are getting murdered by Illegal Mexicans gang members in LA that Obama is trying to give amnesty to. Obama yes sirs the Mexican groups and tells the black leaders to stop complaining. What’s that?

      You don’t see the poor families living in fear in Chicago. You don’t see the hurt of Mothers who have just lost their Children and husbands. I know because my mother was murdered by her second husband in 85. You don’t know what the man did to her. He burnt her with a hot butter knife after tying her up. He then forced a cucumber up her vagina. A few months before she went back to him and he killed her. She told me and my brother to always stay together no matter what. What 9 year old child can understand what that meant at that time. He strangled her with her bra.

      It’s been a cold case since 85. I had the case opened back up because I knew who killed her. The police tell me that they know too but its circumstancial evidence. After 30 years I found the man and I went to his home sitting in the parking lot trying to decide on if I should avenge my mother. The thoughts of my father who raised 7 boys on his on, my grandmother, brothers, and my women’s love made me leave it to god. I was in the army and I saw things that you would have never seen.

      So why are Newton’s white families different or more important than Chicago’s black families. Obama went to Chicago to start his political career so why can’t he help us after using us.

      My email was to thank u for your response but you responded like a dumb ass that you are. You wished death on me so I pray to God that your kids get murdered the way my mother did. I want you to feel the pain that I felt and the families in Chicago feel. You are a dumb ugly ass skinny punk. You are a trashy clown and that’s what you made your life doing. You are not funny like Chris Rock. You are the act of a dumb ass coon. Your act is silly and you look stupid. I bet you mother was a dumb ass coon such as yourself. Did you even know who your dad was? I don’t want you dead but I pray to God that you have a car wreck and become paralyzed. When your kids die or suffer. Remember what you said to me you dumb uneducated fool. I wish you were man enough to say what you said to me in person … even with your bodyguard because trust me; your skinny ass would need help.

      You rich niggas who cheerlead for Obama don’t need him but the many struggling families out there who can’t afford high price lawyers do. Blacks die, Obama stay focus on Immigration reform. Whites die, Obama gets on TV with fake tears and he forces his agenda for change.
      So you can go kill yourself, you dumb ass coon.
      Use your celebrity status to bring the attention to the niggas under Obama, you, and the whites in Newton who are being murdered.

      P.S. Death and pain to your mother

  38. It would always seem like Obama is helping one set of people because no matter what he does he cant win with people like West. How do you respond to ignorance you ignore it? So when people like West talk, black people should ignore him. It is a known fact that when a man is going over the hill he tries to grab on to any thing. Good bye West you have done enough don’t let history record you as a fool. It is time that you realise that it may be better to take a trim than to open you mouth. For it is noticeable that every-time you do your beard gets in the way.

  39. Obama is not a magic negro. Why don’t all the negro’s that think he does run for some political office and stop talking and do something instead of writing and talking! Do your part! Bring ICE T, DRE DRE, and ICE CUBE

  40. Kudos to Kerry Givens whose initial response is right on!! Dr. Cornel West has aligned himself with Tavis Smiley as “an Obama hater” whose motives are jealousy and revenge!! Both are showing how petty they are and that they will stoop to anything to get back at President Obama for his so-called “snubs”!!

    The two of them should answer the question of who financed their bus trip across the country which was designed to pull Black voters away from voting for Obama? Who is really behind these atacks on Obama? Have they become “house N…..s” for some right wing billionaires? No one has confronted West and Smiley with these questions. I’d like to hear their answres.

    The two of them need to join Rush Limbaugh and the FOX News crew. They would be right at home!!

    • @Dannyboy
      Smiley and West told you from the very beginning that AARP was the sponsor for their poverty tour. There’s no big secret there. As for your other comments, I’m totally coonfused by your lack of context. When has Dr. West or Tavis Smiley ever been right-wingers? You charge them with taking money from some right-wing billionaires but no secret right-wing financier would ever pay these guys to advocate for the poor. Rich conservatives could care less about the poor and wouldn’t pay a dime to have someone preach that message. And why would a staunch conservative news outfit like Fox ever have a show with these guys? Dr. West has always had a far left-wing ideology that has no place on Fox News.

      Smiley/West haters are so anxious to villify these two for having independent opinions that they will say anything whether it makes sense or not. Politics is a complex thing to understand and too many Obama zealots understanding of the science begins and ends with Obama. If you actually listened to Dr. West instead of trying to clown him for his honesty, you may find that you agree with him. And the only one I see taking checks from billionaire conservatives from Wall Street is Barack Obama in the form of campaign contributions. Does that make HIM a house n*g*a in your eyes?

  41. Kudos to Kerry Givens whose initial response is right on!! Dr. Cornel West has aligned himself with Tavis Smiley as “an Obama hater” whose motives are jealousy and revenge!! Both are showing how petty they are and that they will stoop to anything to get back at President Obama for his so-called “snubs”!!

    The two of them should answer the question of who financed their bus trip across the country which was designed to pull Black voters away from voting for Obama? Who is really behind these atacks on Obama? Have they become “house N…..s” for some right wing billionaires? No one has confronted West and Smiley with these questions. I’d like to hear their answres.

    The two of them need to join Rush Limbaugh and the FOX News crew. They would be right at home!!

  42. Kudos to Kerry Givens whose initial response is right on!! Dr. Cornel West has aligned himself with Tavis Smiley as “an Obama hater” whose motives are jealousy and revenge!! Both are showing how petty they are and that they will stoop to anything to get back at President Obama for his so-called “snubs”!!

    The two of them should answer the question of who financed their bus trip across the country which was designed to pull Black voters away from voting for Obama? Who is really behind these atacks on Obama? Have they become “house N…..s” for some right wing billionaires? No one has confronted West and Smiley with these questions. I’d like to hear their answres.

    The two of them need to join Rush Limbaugh and the FOX News crew. They would be right at home!!

  43. A lot of insightful perspectives have been shared. I have not read all of them. Those that I have read generated this pro-active response. My spirit is leading me to say many of us as a people continue to react to the conditions of our people vs being pro-active. I feel that the whole community should consider turning their attention more to the good things we are doing and spend more time making our positive contributions known by whatever means we have. In the town I live in Camden, NJ. it has been generated that it’s one of the worst cities in the country.Yet we have some powerful and I mean powerful grass-root work being done 24/7 that does not get the support of our leaders and media attention deserved. How many other cities like Camden is being used to keep our focus off of the awesome work that’s being done. Yes we need soldiers to deal with socials issues etc. Consider that we have been pawns in his-story long enough. I would like to see our leaders put their hearts together and share ways to grow the work we are doing into larger institutions, initiative, programs, conversations, etc. You want to see violence disappear. This is one of the ways it can be done…. Violence is nothing except for LOVE’s conversation about what happens when we don’t KEEP L.O.V.E. PRESENT(KLP) with ourselves. We are acting like we are mad at other people for doing what they do to us. Well, in a world made up and we don’t continue the work of our ancestors then what do we expect. Whoever you are, wherever you are, with those in your area and beyond, agree on ways to magnify your work and reclaim the POWER of our heritage. A action plan to consider. From the Keyper of KLP….

  44. Though I disagree with delivery, the logic/truth of his position is accurate. Obama answers every bell and call for caucasians, Asians, Jews, GLBT, but manages to give the African American community nothing when we ask for little. The truly sad part is we excuse his behavior as is its acceptable because he look like us! If every other caucasian president dealt with race and the black community how the hell can Obama get a pass? It seems to me we re too concerned with Basketball Wives, Love & Hip Hop, and Waka Flaka to give a damn…

    • Dude you better keep yo' head down… spreading this sort of information gonna get you on a list somewhere…

    • Mark Seals I didn't share the info I just gave my honest assessment. I don't wann be on nobody's list lol

  45. I am appauled at the comments made by our people against the President of the U.S. It is time for us to be quiet and find a way to make a contribution to make our world a better place. Stop the criticizing of Obama, what have you done lately? Make a contribution and close your mouth. For people like West, Smiley and others, why haven’t you joined with the President to further support needed programs? Since you haven’t and have chosen to sit on the sidelines and complain like spoiled children, BE QUIET.

  46. I am appauled at the comments made by our people against the President of the U.S. It is time for us to be quiet and find a way to make a contribution to make our world a better place. Stop the criticizing of Obama, what have you done lately? Make a contribution and close your mouth. For people like West, Smiley and others, why haven’t you joined with the President to further support needed programs? Since you haven’t and have chosen to sit on the sidelines and complain like spoiled children, BE QUIET.

  47. I have not problem with him speaking what he sees as truth but we do we the people of color decide to stop pointing figures. Every time some one gets into to power we want to use the Uncle Tom theology. President of the United States is a political position and did not guarantee black America anything. If yo want to succeed make your roadmap because society may have racism but education will still prove to be strong. It saddens me to see Smiley and West implement such words on a man whom is considered one of them. In reality Malcolm X seen this not so kind wording from his counter parts of his group. Its bad the man gets hell from the GOP but because he does not jump on your bandwagon he wrong…real black America spoke again if he was that bad to them the vote said it all.

    • Dr. Cornel West is upset for other reason that is so small, read up on it and your will know why. But I will say this just because you voted and supported for the president doesn't mean you have open tickets for everything.

    • Totally agree we talk about we know how to go hard so why we want a pass now.

  48. How stupid and misguided are we as a people. Scholars like Boyce, Smiley and West are blaming the president for the violence inflicted on black people by black people. These so called Leaders in the black community are asking the president to save us from self imposed hatred, lack of respect for our communities and those of us living in the communities.

    The bottom-line is that the solution to our problems are within us, and if we don’t change the way we perceive and react toward each other, we will continue killing our brothers and sisters. Our so called leaders should be focused on offering plausible solutions, not blaming the president for self-hatred and the residual effects. MOSES IS DEAD, AND NOTHING OR NO ONE WILL SAVE US FROM OURSELVES.

  49. We can throw stones and place blame all we want but the bottom line is that we as a black people have to take responsibility for our choices and can't not leave it up to the President to do so. What are you doing to make a difference in the lives of the next generation in your neighbor hood? the gang violence is due to a lack of identity and not understanding his or her value. The fact that President Obama became the first black president is so much bigger then him being the 1st black to do so but it is representative of us as a balck people understanding that we can succeed no matter who tries to stop us if you just don't give up. Some of your own people will do you in just as quick as another race so devils come in all colors shapes and sizes.

  50. Talk is cheap there is no soloution to Gang violence or any other killings these murders have been going on for decades and will continue the truth is that we are living in the last days Satan is in control of this world and he manipulate people to committ evil and vile things and there is nothing that any human can do to stop him it’s only by means of God’s Kingdom that evil and wicked people will be done away with and until that happens these killings will continue.

  51. Although I voted for the president it is obvious that he’s pleasing a certain group of people and poor, lower class folks don’t fit. He’s like all the other politicians. He like money, power and forget the people who put me there. This Country will never respect the black community as the white. Laws are formulated from the pains of white not form blacks. Look at the many years of abuse the man and woman have had to endure.

  52. Although I voted for the president it is obvious that he’s pleasing a certain group of people and poor, lower class folks don’t fit. He’s like all the other politicians. He like money, power and forget the people who put me there. This Country will never respect the black community as the white. Laws are formulated from the pains of white not form blacks. Look at the many years of abuse the man and woman have had to endure.

  53. So President Obama likes vanilla children, Dr. West has said earlier. What kind of children would he and his white wife have? I shun West, Smiley and Boyce. Moonhead is right.

  54. Sure, Cornell West loves Black people. He loves them so much, that he married a white woman. The same race of people that he claims to hate. West, Smiley, and Boyce are nothing but race hustlers, who make a living inciting Black people to concentrate on race, instead of economic growth, education, and empowering ourselves. The people that are responsible for the killing of our children, are our own people, and these race hustlers, that prey on these communities. West, Smiley, and Boyce, should be shunned in our communities, and have their public forums removed.

    • I too always wondered about those so-called Civil Rights “brothers” who “whoop and holler” about White dis and dat while married to Whites.

      Take that Van Johnson man (White wife) Civil Rights attorney. Who is he suppose to be fighting against—his White brother-in-law, White father-in-law?

      Vernon Jordon. Even though he was shot in the back by a White man years ago as he was supposedly having ‘tea’ with a White woman at her home to discuss Civil Rights; still he has gotten himself a present day White woman.

      Julian Bond–He has retired to his plantation with his White wife, after having dumped his Black wife.

      Rev. Lowery and his White wife. He managed to surface recently to spew out a Civil Rights comment.

      Who exactly are these clowns suppose to be leading? Are Black women suppose to line up behind “Ole Black Massa” and chant “git dat White man?” I don’t think so.

  55. Any person of color going against our President…Is asking for trouble…Gun violence has always been an issue…everywhere…Money talks and can pay for many deaf ears. Let for once unite and support our first black President who's been elected to serve a second term.

  56. TV Programs Program. The President is part of a Media Driven Society and most are to blind to see this. Chicago shootings get no press while Newtown Conn got international. Where was West during the Bush Years? He was getting no press. This president has a bully pulpit but refuses to use it because Massa put him there for a reason. So while most of you defend Obama and are proud of him, he is nothing more than part of an oppressive system that continues to step on the necks of the working class.

  57. I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. West, and I want Dennis Latham to listen long and hard to what I’m about to say: Dr. West has spent a lifetime speaking truth to power–eloquently and constructively–which, sir, is far more than you have done with your comments here.

    It is beyond time for our President to stare down the Republican Party, and to take strong action to ban any weapon capable of storing more than three rounds. Anything else still in public hands ought to be subject to mandatory surrender. After a grace period, there ought to be a 10-year sentence, without parole, for anyone found in possession of a non-conforming weapon. Any second offence should result in life imprisonment without parole.

    If we end the asinine “war on drugs”, and release those jailed for non-violent sale or possession, we will accomplish two things: first, end a huge injustice to this nation’s black community, and second, free up jail cells for every NRA “super patriot” who will feel obligated to violate this new law.

    It ought not to matter, but I want no ambiguity here: I am a white man, and I am advocating all of this; it is beyond time to act in this manner.

  58. west is a pimp – pimping the people’s emotions …. if he was about anything – or any of the other blacks who sit on their high thrones … like smiley, harvey, baisden, jackson and the rest – they would have come together to bring forth a “”BLACK OWNED MEDIA, RADIO and / or TV CHANNELS, NETWORKS AND STATIONS”” that pump out POSITIVENESS ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT – instead of what blacks have now.

    On those MEDIA, RADIO and / or TV FORMATS – PROVEN SOLUTIONS COULD COME FORWARD TO HELP BLACKS RISE ABOVE this oppression these uncle tom keeps blacks under.

    Don’t come back and tell me to do it – because I’m already doing it – and I get it done without asking for donations – the only donations I ask for is FACTS, PROOFS, TRUTHS and Personal Experiences from THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE A PART OF IT.

    @boyce ? you’ve turned a blind eye to what I’ve even tried to show you…
    I’ve shared PROVEN VIDEOS of elected officials and cops breaking the law ….
    but you ignored me – THUS ? I distanced myself from you on FaceBook

    Lastly ? There are blacks out there who have PROVEN SOLUTIONS – but they are not able to be heard – because of the current blacks who are leading.

    Dennis C. Latham of 1Latham Ministries, Inc.
    1Latham MEDIA, RADIO and TV
    1Latham FORENSICS, INVESTIGATIONS and LAW ENFORCEMENT ….
    Demanding EQUAL AND FAIR TREATMENT TO ALL
    DEMANDING ALL WHO GET PAID BY TAX DOLLARS DO THEIR JOB AND DO IT RIGHT.
    Stop lying to the tax payers and covering up crimes they have committed against us.

  59. I agree Obama you got your second term, Its time you helped us. No one is going to give you any smack and even if they do, what’s the worst that can happen. Do something about gun violence,in the inner city,oh yeah and here’s a hint. Gun violence is fueled by the drug trade, just thought that clue would be helpful.

  60. I agree Obama you got your second term, Its time you helped us. No one is going to give you any smack and even if they do, what’s the worst that can happen. Do something about gun violence,in the inner city,oh yeah and here’s a hint. Gun violence is fueled by the drug trade, just thought that clue would be helpful.

    • Dorian, who is we and what help do we want? A better job? A better Car? A better house? More food in the refrigerator? A better education? Reparations? 40 acres and a mule? Stop listening to these educated fools and start using some common-sense. It’s not the Presidents responsibility or anyone else’s to provide these things. It’s the Presidents responsibility to create an atmosphere and the opportunity for every American to get what they want and what they need. Cornel West and people like him don’t really give a damn about Black people as a whole; their only interest is to get some attention, feed their egos and keep Black people confused, divided and dependent.

      • So let me get this right… When you ignore black people, tell them I’m not the president of black folks, refuse to attend black political forums and can’t speak out against gun violence in black communities, you’re the one that cares about the people and deserves the support of black voters. On the other hand, if you spend your whole career speaking out on injustice, poverty, violence and being a champion for black causes and equality in education, you are a fool, an ego-maniac and you don’t give a damn about black folks…. Gotcha!

  61. Dr. West, keep up the good work. Somebody has to do it and thank God it’s you.

  62. Republicans and John Boehner are responsible for the death of recent 26 people and deaths in people in inner cities. They are racists and selfish. They are ones for years defunded having more police in schools and in inner cities. If there was a police officer at the school this hooligan would have thought twice how to enter the school. His plan would not have been the same. Same as in inner cities. If there are more police cars patrolling inner cities disarranged people with guns would have to think carefully before going to kill others. Remember people who kill others with guns are usually physically weak – they cannot fight physically. That is why they resort to guns. I have said more than once – please don’t vote republican in 2014. John Boehner should go back to run his restaurant and clean the floor once again. Maybe he can do his “Big Cry-BABY” stuff with people eating at his restaurant.

  63. I ole and resect our president but I do agree with Mr. West. Being that I am from Colorado where columbine took place I said back then that nothing is ever bought to the light until white kids are killed. It goes to show the value society places on children of color. As sad as this last shooting was, it isn't less painful forthe parents of children that were killed by stray bullets.

  64. Cornell west is one of the few people that has the guts to tell the truth , everyone who's holding Obama jock strap , ask yourself how many times have you heard him say the words , Black and poor .

  65. @Dianne: DAMN Good Point!! We (Black Folks) have to take some initiative as well, in order reduce the the violence among ourselves that is inflicted by our own.

  66. Keep in mind, the whole idea for Eugenicist is to get rid of all blacks. That's why no one is concerned about our black children. That's why no mention of gun control in black communities. In fact, the guns are so easily available in those communities so that the babies can kill themselves. Just when liquid stores are on every corner in black commmunites; just as they placed the drugs in those communities. ALL is to get rid of black people.

  67. Outlaw Guns, and Only the Outlaws will have Guns!! Meaning: The Law-Abiding Citizens will be continuously at the mercy of the criminal element in our society, whether unarmed or armed.

  68. in the black comunity you have gang bangers and drug dealers killing each other me personaly I don't care about them niggaz dying I only care about the children black white any color don't matter but as far as black on black crime if its criminals killing each other good.

  69. Hey, Cornell, the true cowards are the people in those neighborhoods that sit back and don't say a damn thing, rather than step up, speak out, and get rid of the idiots reeking havoc. Instead they sit back and whine about nobody doing a damn thing. And this has been going on for a long time. West and Smiley weren't this vociferous when the "vanilla" President's were in Office. All they have done since he's been in office is talk crap about the man. I'm beginning to believe they are closeted Republicans. And another thing, what the hell are these two doing to better the Black Community, other than running their mouths in front of microphones?

  70. I would not be surprised if the law enforcement somehow not involved in all the shootings in Chicago, and other Urban areas. Just like in Africa where very poor people can not get thier hands on food, clothing and shelter, but somehow seem to have no problem obtaining thousands dollar guns? Be real, guns is comming from somewhere, the flow and ease of guns in Africa and communities like Chicago seem suspect to me. Just like in Africa if you keep these people divided you have access to thier land, resouces and power to keep them down. Same here keep black men killing each other instead of working together than you keep entire race down. Yes sadly single parent homes raise young black men who weakly fall prey to those devices but does not justify the cruel intentions of the evil doers. Follow the justice system in chicago everytime a policy is brought forward to stop the killing they refuse it , such as bringing the National Gaurds or other swift and powerful ideas. They want to continue to fill the prisons and keep Police faternity and prison Gaurd Uniouins with jobs and the racist happy. Follow the SYSTEM…and thus the root of this INFECTION.

  71. I would not be surprised if the law enforcement somehow not involved in all the shootings in Chicago, and other Urban areas. Just like in Africa where very poor people can not get thier hands on food, clothing and shelter, but somehow seem to have no problem obtaining thousands dollar guns? Be real, guns is comming from somewhere, the flow and ease of guns in Africa and communities like Chicago seem suspect to me. Just like in Africa if you keep these people divided you have access to thier land, resouces and power to keep them down. Same here keep black men killing each other instead of working together than you keep entire race down. Yes sadly single parent homes raise young black men who weakly fall prey to those devices but does not justify the cruel intentions of the evil doers. Follow the justice system in chicago everytime a policy is brought forward to stop the killing they refuse it , such as bringing the National Gaurds or other swift and powerful ideas. They want to continue to fill the prisons and keep Police faternity and prison Gaurd Uniouins with jobs and the racist happy. Follow the SYSTEM…and thus the root of this INFECTION.

  72. Kanye West, oh I'm sorry, I meant Cornel West……if anyone is a coward, it is you. Scholar Dr. Cornel West stop talking; move forward and act. Oh, but I already know…..that is not what yo udo.

  73. We all have concerns about violence in the black community and we should have dialogue respectively, but not misguided blame of who is not doing more. Politically I don't agree with president Obama on some of his policy issues, but to say that he overlooked the violence in the black communities in favor of the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy is ridiculous. All tragedies and violence are cause for concerns, this tragedy was one that made even hard criminals say that it shouldn't be especially now knowing innocent school kids, teachers and their principle were victims of this senseless tragedy. What we need to address the violence in the black communities is boldness in disrupting the elements which factors much of the violence…street codes and the street game itself. Now is Mr. West, Father Pfleger and Rev. Hatchett REALLY ready to challenge and confront the issue by denouncing the REAL cause of violence in our community? Remember, guns don't kill people without help from the human element and criminal minds knows no boundaries…..PEACE MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY KWANZAA HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

  74. I would like people to take a look at this presidents record.He ranks as one of the worst and lyingest presidents we have ever had.Forget hes black, look at his record what amazes me is that he shows no balls at all.We know the bankers have him under the threat of death, but if he did not have a sincere commitment to the people he should not have said it and if he was scared, he knew these people and what they were capable of.He should not have taken the job.Hes black so what, look at the record, my prophet says to watch out for people like him because they are the very ones that will help enslave you.Check it out, and lets get busy making some demands.

  75. Dr. West is a consistent truth teller. We must have the courage of our convictions.

  76. I don't agree with Dr. West because in my opinion a critic has the simplest and easiest position of anyone. As the saying goes "If you're not a part of the solution then your a part of the problem" Dr. West is a hypocrite not to have offered a solution to the President Obama, but in the face of a variety of difficult decisions for the president Dr West has brought criticism not resolutions. How dare him! If you can't build a bridge don't tear one down.

  77. no not President Obama can wave a magic wave but he could have said what you said..that black have been being murder by the America guns for 30 years…by the thousands a year…and he could have gain a little respect…..I think west should come back and say Obama don't care about black people……and he work for the yale university skull and bones….and they are all around him in that white house….they own the news system so they tell what they want….

  78. People – Discipline and education starts at home. These youths were someone children prior to being labeled "gang members". Parents have a responsibility within the actions of their young. Proper guidance plays a key role in their choices as teens and young adults

  79. We MUST stop expecting others to do for us what we won't even do. After what our grandparent, great grand parents survived we can't deal with our own communities? Men, it's time to put down your guns, and come teach your sons not to KILL.

    • Dr. West is correct, there has been no outrage over the killing of children of color, but that only makes me wonder what really happened with these recent shootings, but not supposed to talk about that either, nothing makes sense anymore, total choas in the world!

    • Betty Tarkinton that's not at all true!! Black people have been up in arms about the killings of black children!! The problem is the culture in the black community of the "Stop Snitchin'" Bullshit!! Guess what? There wouldn't be so many killings of black children if the people would get rid fo that stupid mentality and report the foolishness that goes on in our community!!

    • I hear what you saying Betty, but I think it's the media and powers that be who are the ones that don't care. It's a vicious circle. The media assumes (in some places rightly, but not all) that the only people who care about missing Black children, are adult Black children. The lack of coverage in Amber Alerts, on milk cartons, the TV. But also, in our own distress, a pattern that originally started off as an intense distrust of the police, got turned and twisted into a "no snitch" culture. Don't trust the Cops, so don't tell them what happened, or who committed the crime. Everyone may know who fired the gun, but no one says a thing – snitches. WE have allowed it to become "open season on our own youth, children. Adults.

  80. Dr. Watkins, I have no problem with West's criticism of Obama's policies, I have a problem with his personal attacks. Those are uncalled for and reflect a personal spite. Why call an Obama a coward and say he is not a free man. Personally, I am tired of West and Tavis Smiley shennanigans. They talk a lot and never achieve much. If they have better ideas, why not run for office and try to achieve real change.

  81. Getting guns out of our community won't work. We were killing each other before guns came on the picture. We need to get the gun USERS out of our community. How well is "don't snitch" working for us? How well is it working for the thugs that get away with killing us because we are too scared to tell anyone what's going on. We are a very ethical and just people. When ethical people have to hold un-ethical secrets it effects them to their souls.

    All the time we spend in church, praying, paying, singing away the sin? We are NOT that bad of a people. It's trying to pray away OTHER peoples sin that makes us toxic and impotent. We don't take care of our own. And not being able to protect our own families tears us up. Not being able to protect our families means always being on guard. We are SO on guard, 24/7 that we have to spend our lives wearing a "pocker-face". How many of you don't smile in public? Know people that don't. Physiologically it effects us. And collectively it produces the kind of resentments and unrealistic expectations we are hearing from Dr. West.

  82. Getting guns out of our community won't work. We were killing each other before guns came on the picture. We need to get the gun USERS out of our community. How well is "don't snitch" working for us? How well is it working for the thugs that get away with killing us because we are too scared to tell anyone what's going on. We are a very ethical and just people. When ethical people have to hold un-ethical secrets it effects them to their souls.

    All the time we spend in church, praying, paying, singing away the sin? We are NOT that bad of a people. It's trying to pray away OTHER peoples sin that makes us toxic and impotent. We don't take care of our own. And not being able to protect our own families tears us up. Not being able to protect our families means always being on guard. We are SO on guard, 24/7 that we have to spend our lives wearing a "pocker-face". How many of you don't smile in public? Know people that don't. Physiologically it effects us. And collectively it produces the kind of resentments and unrealistic expectations we are hearing from Dr. West.

  83. I think it's telling that West did not use this type of language for white president's like Bush, who caused way more damage. It is evident he has a personal beef with Obama.

    • Remember to thank the GOP/NRA for the fact that any criminal, terrorist, or mentally ill person can walk into any gun show, and walk out with any amount of guns and ammo, at any time.

    • He clearly has a beef with Mr. O, this is true.

      But didn't he explicitly say that he was talking broadly about all politicians who failed to address the issue, and not only Obama?

    • "I think it’s not just Barack Obama, it’s our politicians across the board, across color, across class. They’re either cowards or hypocrites when it comes to this issue of our precious children. By cowards I mean they care but they don’t have the courage to move forward and act. Or they’re hypocrites which is to say they say they care but deep down they don’t care especially when it relates to South Side of Chicago, Harlem, children across the board…"

    • West has not gotten the respect from Obama he thought he deserved for being "black"

    • Monica Ross-Williams

      No offense but Dr. West is just a hater. I could see if he said this about President Obama prior to what happened in Newtown (i.e. After Aurora….prime example) but NOW? The President has called for a Commission to to look into gun violence and will likely…WHICH IS HE SAID during his presser last week.

    • Politics aside… one man should never call another man a coward… unless it's to his face. Lotta other words to use… coward… just disrespectful, fighting words.

    • Run for President, Dr. West. Let's see what you could do….because your so diplomatic!

    • Run for President, Dr. West. Let's see what you could do….because your so diplomatic!

    • Not feeling this one Cornel…WE NEED MORE ASSAULT WEAPONS TO PROTECT US FROM THE BANKSTERS!

    • I am afraid Cornel West has lost it.

  84. Hell yes I agree. Then our black President is crying when he haven't shed a tear or words about what's happening in the black neighborhood. Now I must say this he sold out badly. Now I see him in a different light and its not good. I guess he really doesn't care. We get it from them and our own who will we support. Wow crying really

  85. I find it very interesting that there are two concealed weapon advertisements on this site as I type this message. I respect Dr. West opinion because he is entitled to have one.

  86. Where have You Been? Are you from this country or another? You are asking President Obama, to be a Civil Rights President. I'm sure his heart goes out to the parents of these youth, but this country Has To Grieve Sandy Hook. It was Whites killing Whites.

  87. Won't the oresident's gun control laws help the children in Chicago, too

  88. This coming from a man who favors White women. Please. Cornell West marries a White woman and shares his wealth but attacke Obama because he empathizes with the massacre of 5-7 year old children who happen to be White. Get over yourself West.

    • Why is there a problem that he favors white women? I agree West is acting like an idiot, but statements about his racial preference for a mate simply further divides us.

    • Did not know that at all man what you don't know !!!!

    • Michael Rowland
      It means he's a hyprocrite! Black this and black that about Obama but when West shuts his bedroom door, he's sleeping with the enemy! He's pimping for a white woman!

  89. We need to stop blaming the President for everything, and educate our kids. The violence and shootings in the black communities, while tragic is not the same as someone mentally unstable, without a cause, walking into a school and trying to kill every child in it. In my old community there was gang violence and people fighting over which corner to sell drugs on (territory). If you were on a corner you had no business on, you were shot and killed. If you owed money and did not pay it fast enough, you were killed. If you became a member of a gang and wised up, wanting to get out of it, the leader considered you knew too much, and a contract was put out on you. If you messed with someone's family, wife or girlfriend, you were shot. If someone fought you, and you won, you were shot. If you argue with someone, and they did not like what you said, you were killed for it. You see what I'm talking about? Those people are the cowards because they could have resolved issues without killing. The kids from the past 2 decades have been very defiant, and out of control. They feel they can do what they want. Maybe all they grew up around is violence. Some think it's a way of life or survival. The genocide is the black on black crime. There are no white people coming into those neighborhoods and shooting African Americans. It is our own wiping out their own. While doing this, they end up killing innocent by standers, that had nothing to do with the issue. Our black leaders need to look at the real issues. Yes, if there were gun restrictions, we may not have had a lot of shootings, but you would still have the killings. In prison, you are shanked (still killed). A bat, knife rope, gasoline and other weapons can kill, but it reduces hitting an innocent bystander. The communities need to get together, that have that type of violence, and educate the ones with all this hate and evil in them, that killing their own is not the answer. A lot of this crime extend from someone with an unstable mind. This could come from the way he is raised, neglected, or abused. If we neglect to help and pay attention to our kids when they are young, they grow up with a criminal mind. I have seen it with over one third of my old community. For the past 30 years, our neighborhoods get together every year, and we have what you call Old Timers Day yearly. It is when all the kids from that neighborhood, (who are now grown), come back to their old neighborhoods with their families and meet, greet and have a celebration. When you ask about some of them, they are in jail, wanted, marked or dead. It is a shame. A lot of them have turned their life around, went to college, got a good job, and moved somewhere quiet, to start a positive and fresh life. Everyone can do that. There is no one holding you back. I am not putting my people down. I am saying the truth, and if we don't get control on this, there will not be anyone left. The President is trying, but everyone have to do their part. President Obama is President of The United states of America, not African America. The US is made up of all races and beliefs. We need to stop hating on one another. It seems like the African Americans are the main ones doing this to ourselves, for what merits? We look stupid doing it. Dr. Cornel West has a right to say what he wants or feels. However, he is not the President, and has no idea what he is going through in the WH. The President is smart, and I am sure he has a plan. See what it is before we criticize. Being President is not easy, especially when most of the republicans are not on your side.

  90. The massacre that occurred in the Newtown school has drawn attention to the ASSAULT weapon. Which is used in the MASS killings that have happen on to many occasions in recent years. The ban that was in place,expired during the BUSH administration. President Obama has been accused of not doing anything by black and white AMERICANS. The president spoke to this matter recently and was clear of his intent. He believes whatever happens in a positive directions will be for all AMERICANS. The NRA who pride themselves in the way they hold POLITICIANS hostages and use their clout to have them voted in or out,needed to be highlighted in this article. HOWEVER the people's SCHOLAR (whatever that self proclaim title means) wants people to prove WEST wrong,West is a educated FOOL and to waste time debating his back alley motives is not productive. This PRESIDENT,has great support in this country,we need to let the PEOPLES SCHOLAR and his entourage be miserable all by themselves…peace

    • You can't be serious. Such name-calling of people who are troubled by double racial standards you overlook or ignore simply because their approach may differ from yours says more about you than about them.

    • Bhakti Larry Hough —
      Larry isn't calling the president a coward name calling??

    • Your answer makes no sense and from a logical point of view bears no truth. Your argument is a fallacy based suppositions.

    • I agree with you Ron.. It's amazing how people loop life as if there are no changes in direction. Mr. West makes good points but in a hypocritic fashion as if a president can do whatever they want at any time.. The letters before or after a persons name have little meaning to me when it comes to real life matters.. How could so many forget about the Brady Bill and other bills that expired due to Republican control.. How many were protesting the expirations.. I didnt see a plan to correct any of these issues from Mr. West; or did I miss something?? Most people dont even know who to fight so they fight what they see.. Big Business in our country has corrupted our government to point of disfunction. The law-makers inable the corruption to exist since the beginning of laws and the end of de-regulation in order to allow the rich the power to control our destinys. I dont think these are black white issues but issues of the "haves" and the "have nots". BTW.. How can West call the president a coward and then try to change the meaning of the word "Coward"???? Tavis should've called him on it…

    • Virginia Crews .. I guess even the educated can sink to Shock Jockish tactics in order to get some face time..

    • @Ron Ransom-Thank you for your comment. These simpletons (Watkins, West, Smiley) make you want to move to higher ground. If they were poor black people who were saying these inane things about the President and did not understand that the manufacturing plants are gone overseas–we could understand. Because the main places they worked are gone. Those are the places that people without college or high school education worked. The clerical jobs were also shipped overseas. Note the accents of the people you speak with on your phone.
      You would think those three would have noticed the stepped up attack on the unions?
      Poor people might have missed these facts attending to poverty. But, these are 'western Eurocentric' educated scholars we are speaking of here. Maybe that the problem.

    • @Thelma sims dukes,thanks for your comment,these educated men and women who seem to relish in disrespect of President Obama,fail to realize their crediability,the route they have chosen (thru the alley) is not what we As a people need or deserve. The mayor in NJ,the governor of MASS,the mayor of Atlanta,Ms.Rice,these are intelligent high profile African American to name just a few of many. They are a among many African American who have no time to be involved with these self proclaimed leader or spoke persons…peace

  91. WHILE THERE'S VALIDITY TO WHAT DR. WEST HAS TO SAY, IT'S JUST THE "WAY" IN WHICH HE'S GOING ABOUT IT. SLINGING SLURS AND CALLING OUT THE PRESIDENT ISN'T THE PROPER WAY TO DO IT. A PERSON OF CORNELL WEST'S REPUTATION WOULD'VE BEEN BETTER SERVED TO MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT, A COUNCIL OR COMMITTEE TO BE INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING GUNS OFF THE STREETS. I CAN'T RECALL DR. WEST BEING THIS VOCAL WHEN THERE WERE OTHER PRESIDENTS IN OFFICE WHILE THIS GUN THING WAS ESCALATING. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CORNELL WEST COULD HAVE COME TOGETHER AND HAVE A MEETING OF THE MINDS HAD HE NOT LASHED OUT AT THE PRESIDENT THE WAY HE DID. I MEAN FOR A PERSON AS ESTABLISHED AS CORNELL WEST TO CARRY HIMSELF IN THIS MANNER IS SHOCKING AND IF I WERE IN THE PRESIDENTS SHOES I TOO WOULD IGNORE DR. HE'S SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT, NOW HE'S ACTING OUT LIKE AN ANGRY EDUCATED ADOLESCENT. I'M NOT ANGRY BECAUSE OF "WHAT" DR. WEST SAYS ABOUT THE ISSUE OF GUNS, IT'S "HOW" HE'S DOING IT. NO MATTER HOW PASSIONATE HE FEELS ABOUT IT, YOU JUST DON'T DO IT THAT WAY. HE PRESENTS HIMSELF AS AN "EDUCATED FOOL" WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

  92. Political, tactical timing is everything. The job of every 1st term president is to win A 2nd term.

  93. January 15, 2013 on Martin Luther King Jr, day we are calling for a NATIONAL MARCH AGAINST LYNCHINGS AND ATTEMPTED LYNCHINGS. THIS MARCH IS ALSO AGAINST THE MIS-TREATMENT OF BLACK STUDENTS AND/OR BLACK PROFESSORS AT DSU AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF DOVER, DEL.

    DOVER DELAWARE IS THE CITY AND DSU IS THE TARGET. PEOPLE AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS BLACK PEOPLE (POOR PEOPLE AND WORKING CLASS). THIS IS A LINE IN THE SAND. GOOD SALT OF THE EARTH PEOPLE WILL UNITE TO PROTEST, RALLEY AND MARCH AGAINST BLACK OPPRESSION IN THE COMMUNITY OF DOVER AND THE STATE OF DELAWARE. THERE WILL BE A CALLING FOR A NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR A NATIONAL ANTI-LYNCHING ACT. WE WILL ALSO CALL FOR THE CITY AND STATE FATHERS (CASINO GAMING GANGSTERS) TO USE REVENUES TO REBUILD AND CREAT JOBS FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY'S OF DELAWARE IMMEDIATELY!

  94. January 15, 2013 on Martin Luther King Jr, day we are calling for a NATIONAL MARCH AGAINST LYNCHINGS AND ATTEMPTED LYNCHINGS. THIS MARCH IS ALSO AGAINST THE MIS-TREATMENT OF BLACK STUDENTS AND/OR BLACK PROFESSORS AT DSU AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY OF DOVER, DEL.

    DOVER DELAWARE IS THE CITY AND DSU IS THE TARGET. PEOPLE AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS BLACK PEOPLE (POOR PEOPLE AND WORKING CLASS). THIS IS A LINE IN THE SAND. GOOD SALT OF THE EARTH PEOPLE WILL UNITE TO PROTEST, RALLEY AND MARCH AGAINST BLACK OPPRESSION IN THE COMMUNITY OF DOVER AND THE STATE OF DELAWARE. THERE WILL BE A CALLING FOR A NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR A NATIONAL ANTI-LYNCHING ACT. WE WILL ALSO CALL FOR THE CITY AND STATE FATHERS (CASINO GAMING GANGSTERS) TO USE REVENUES TO REBUILD AND CREAT JOBS FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY'S OF DELAWARE IMMEDIATELY!

  95. We as Black people don't have problems related to just Black People! RIGHT?

    Black unemployment rate is twice as high as whites and higher than others!

    Black drop-out from Hight School is higher than all people!

    Black Teenage pregnancy is higher than all others.

    HBCU'S are being made white by this adminstration.

    Black College graduates have a 50% unemployment rate.

    The first Black President has real moral courage for turning his back on Black People!
    Add up all the Black kid's killed by in Chicago alone and tell me the count?

  96. Billy Caldwell Jr.

    Fall back Dr. West! Those without sin…;

  97. Cornel West and Travis smiley both are nothing but uncle Tom they have not said anything about black on black killing so black people don't believe anything those uncle Tom have to say

  98. In the shadow of Americas first Presidency of color revel’s the ugly head of racism, colorism and classism. Why are so many so called Black intellectuals and media allowing the Obama administration to getaway with corruption and cronyism in its name? Harvard Law School Crony’s of the President and First Lady riddle this corrupt administration. Is this administration just a copy of the Grant presidencies? Where’s the accountable of the first President of color? Now we’re asked to re-elect a failed Presidency. Unemployment is out of control especially among people of color. Excuses made daily for the presidents lack of moral courage. We’re living a lie that Racism and colorism have vanished because of the election of a person of color who knows very little and/or has no experience of racial indifferences towards Blacks in America. The government is failing to insure the Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for Blacks. President of color and Attorney General of color are both ignoring gross discriminations based on Race covered by the Executive branch. Why other than the devil we know verses the devil we don’t know should anyone re-elect the failed presidency of the Obama’s?

  99. The day West actually does something other than run his mouth and make rap cd's is the day I'll take him seriously!

  100. Confusion in the Black Community.

    First we must identify the different social levels in the Black community.
    1. Black Poor
    2. Black working class.
    3. Black elitist and/or the former middle class.
    4. Black intellectuals
    Second we must identify Pan-Africa.
    1. Blacks from/born in Africa.
    2. Blacks from/born in south American and Caribbean.
    3. Blacks from/born in north American.
    The above shows just a few of the social economical differences among Black people. Some of the other dividing factors are age, color, mixture of white blood and language abilities. The most important issue in the Black community is social status, not Job’s, education and/or equal protection under the law. We have reached a point where titles and/or degree’s and position are our driving force in life. Some of US Black people were raised to be the best at what ever we aspired to be. Others among US have accepted to be just as corrupt as our oppressor. Today we hold positions of status not true power because power has corrupted US as it did our oppressor. Power in the hands of a child is dangerous as our oppressor believe. This is why today’s decisions are similar to our oppressors. Today we oppress ourselves out of fear of what our former and present oppressor may think. The laws of the country no longer apply to US Black people made clear by the lack of enforcement by the local, state and federal government. Today we fear to hold the president accountable for anything to avoid the criticism of the far right. What lies can we tell ourselves to believe this can lead to a prosperous future for our children and grand children.

  101. JamesWorldwide GreatHabu Britton

    First of all calling the President a Coward and other names is not professional (seeing that he is a Professor). This one of the reasons why the black community cannot come together. When you constantly showing hate towards one another. Calling the President a coward, what is that accomplishing. Why not have a personal meeting with the President to discuss his issues. Doesn't matter whether he is right or wrong PERIOD! And by the way. Black opponents of this President Obama need to know, He is the President of the United States. not the President of the Black States (which in case you haven't figured out, there is no such entitiy) Dr Boyce I have read many of your articals. Some I have found very interesting, some Jerry Springerish, but stuff like this that you are reporting is no better than the crap, filth and garbage that is reported on FAUX NEWS.

    • As much as I like Dr. West and what he stands for, I have to agree with you. I prefer to see arguments of substance (especially from those who have proven themselves more than capable) vice the ad hominem approach which is too common these days.

    • James there is no black america ha, man pull your cheerleader skirt down and pull your head out of Obamas arse.Saying there is no black america is like saying the us has no south.Research your history as long as thiere has been people of color on this continent there has been a black america.

    • Do you even know what you are talking about? Your so called black America only makes up 12.85% of this country. James is right there is no black America. Please pick up a book or at least read a statistic before making an uneducated rant.

    • Obviously you haven't read anything before you post ignorance.That census statistic that only counts those that are interviewed is not a hundred percent acurate.I wouldn't expect someone as ignorant to true history as you to know of BLACK WALL STREET in oklahoma.A stupid idiot like you doesn't even know that white america with it's white only segregated areas is what spawned black america.Micheal Roland if you spent as much time educating yourself as you did thinking you know everything, you wouldn't feel so pathetic and inadequate.

    • Martaz, No you are right, Its not one hundred percent accurate, give or take 5 points. Now what exactly are you talking about? Black Wall Street? Are you again assuming because Im white I must not know about that tragedy? You mean the bombing that pointed directly to the KKK that cost 3000 African American Lives, and somewhere around 350 business lost? Technically he worst bombing in American History? I can tell you I am very aware of it. The reason I am is because I went to college and for a while studied black history. I didn't stroll across the internet in a lame attempt to actually find out the history of black America.(Sound familiar?) You seem to be living in a past that was 70 years ago. I would encourage you to pick up a book and look forward towards the future instead of dwelling in the past. Yes am aware that white America for 200 plus years have kept black America down, However times are not the same my friend. Now you can achieve anything you want. Black,white,red,brown, etc. So stop feeling sorry for yourself and move FORWARD!

    • Thank you James.
      It's so refreshing to read opinions that see the Whole Picture and not only that, but can offer suggestions.
      <3

    • eVeRy sentence starts with a plural…..just blind lUcK I suppose….
      And I think it’s not just Barack Obama, it’s our politicians across the board, across color, across class. They’re either cowards or hypocrites when it comes to this issue of our precious children. By cowards I mean they care but they don’t have the courage to move forward and act. Or they’re hypocrites which is to say they say they care but deep down they don’t care especially when it relates to South Side of Chicago, Harlem, children across the board.

    • Micheal i know i am correct,let me tell you something pal, i didn't have to study it in college. I learned it from people who lived through our history, and past it on to the next generation,it was not a shaded distorted view projected from a text book designed to promote a criteria.You maybe stuck in the past assuming everything you learn is correct, the world is no longer round, join us here in the 21st century.You are misinformed if you think i feel sorry for myself you suffer from false assumptions.BTW in one post you say" i am a proponent for black america standing up for thier values" but here states there is no black america, at the least be consitant with your ignorance.

    • Martaz, So what you are telling me is that you are correct based on hearsay? Thats fine, that's what American history is built on. You are correct to ASSUME that books written post 1921 would not show a partisan view of "Black Wall Street" however writers and historians of today (21st century) are afforded no such luxury of denial any longer. These are the reference materials that I refer to. Another point is that I was referring to is I never said there was no Black America, you have to read thoroughly before you respond. I said there was no longer a white America. So I suggest you be more consistent with your obvious lack of thoroughness in your reading. Now assuming we are still talking about Black Wall Street in Oklahoma, What part was I wrong about? If you need me to do so, I would be happy to give you a history lesson on the whole event, and you can tell me where I am incorrect. Before you call someone ignorant again I suggest you get all the facts, or at very least point out how they are wrong. My assumption (yes I have them) is that you are personally offended somehow that a white man is commenting on African American history. If that's the case then just say so. Or maybe its the fact that a white man is married to a black woman? Anyway that would be an assumption on my part.

    • Martaz, So what you are telling me is that you are correct based on hearsay? Thats fine, that's what American history is built on. You are correct to ASSUME that books written post 1921 would not show a partisan view of "Black Wall Street" however writers and historians of today (21st century) are afforded no such luxury of denial any longer. These are the reference materials that I refer to. Another point is that I was referring to is I never said there was no Black America, you have to read thoroughly before you respond. I said there was no longer a white America. So I suggest you be more consistent with your obvious lack of thoroughness in your reading. Now assuming we are still talking about Black Wall Street in Oklahoma, What part was I wrong about? If you need me to do so, I would be happy to give you a history lesson on the whole event, and you can tell me where I am incorrect. Before you call someone ignorant again I suggest you get all the facts, or at very least point out how they are wrong. My assumption (yes I have them) is that you are personally offended somehow that a white man is commenting on African American history. If that's the case then just say so. Or maybe its the fact that a white man is married to a black woman? Anyway that would be an assumption on my part.

    • Micheal it looks like you need a history lesson before you can give anybody one.You said however there is no longer just a white america, you have been busted again liar.I know it is difficult for you to keep up with your lies, and even more difficult to explain your ignorance while claiming to know so much.Micheal you were wrong went you made the comment there is no black america, and then after that immediately reference black america several times.You are a joke or a hypocrite.Micheal once again your assumption is wrong, i have no problem with people with my caucasian brothers and sisters commenting on african history, long as it is factual.Here's a newsflash for you Michael history is not always the truth ,the world is not flat columbus didn't discover america.Michael stop trying to play the race and victim card crap with the i'm a white man being attacked by black people because i am white on a black site crap. No one is buying itAnd concerning you having a black wife doesn't bother me buddy i have multi- racial relatives.

    • @JamesWorldwide – Please take your tired argument of "why the Black community cannot come together" and retire it, would you? Maybe where you reside the Black community cannot come together, but do not try to make that generalization about us as a whole. There is NOTHING wrong with questioning Pres. Obama about his motives and non-attendance at vigils for victims of gun violence in communities of color. If the President had been White, I would still hold him to the same standard as the leader of this nation.

    • Ernestine Fletcher

      Now Mr. Rowland,lets do some fact checking,the 2012 census bureau stated that the first time in the history of this country,white america is the minority.I don't know how you missed that ,it was widely reported on all of the morning national news stations.I think the it may be that a few more blacks were born and the hispanics are on the rise and are destined to be in the majority in a few years,but is this that important,more important than control over assault rifles,not all guns.

  102. Dr. Boyce Watkins–it is time for African Americans to stop making negative comments about our President. He is president of the United States of America which encompasses many cultures to include mixed-cultures. People who are born to a different culture than what they sign their census are not responsbile for the parents who chose to give birth to their children. I began writing down at 12 yrs old about my Caucasian great-great grandfather and his bi-racial son, my African American great grandfather who did not choose his parents–it's history!

  103. When the "carnival barkers" speak – I shut down – I can't say it enough – screw the"carnival barkers".

  104. I would suggest that the President may think the right course of action should be more educational resources for the black community. Maybe if education appeared more attractive than becoming a criminal, or shooting each other the violence may go down. Its noit a white and black problem. Its a black problem.

    • Michael you're right, maybe Blacks should stop playing sports and concentrate on education, you make a good point

    • Stand your ground law should be implemented every where even in wealthy neighborhood where Black folks do live as well without the support of sports

    • Mr. Rowland: How can it not be a national problem when white people rule the nation. White people steer all races and ethnicties towards the vocations and occupations that they want folk to go into. For example, you guys aren't good at many positions in many mainstream sports. But in football, it has forever been the province of the whit man to play quarterback until just recently. Look at the composition of the Congress. how long did it take to elect a President who was not/is not Caucasian ? Who runs the banks that had to be bailed out due to malfeasance and misconduct ? Would a black man have been able to do what Bernie Madoff (made off) did and get away with it (keep the money) ? How many black folk do you see making the headlines for mass killings of school children, college kids, Congress people, etc. ? And where does the black community get the additional resources (top teachers, adequate dollars for classroom supplies, etc.) when our country is already behind the eight ball due to the idiocy of our past white presidents and other white leaders. You need to come out from behind the B.S. and face reality. Those formerly and to date in charge are largely if not totally responsible for the situation that faces our nation.

    • Really? based on what facts ?

    • Mr Wilson, I am a proponent of black America standing up for their values, however this is no longer just white America. In this country you can accomplish anything you want to if your black,white,women,Asian,immigrant, ect. There is no longer an excuse that because your black or come from poverty,that you don't have the same opportunities everyone else does. The fact that our president also grew up at the poverty level proves that. There are scholarships, no matter what bad school you go to that helps African Americans go to school, as well as any non-white persons. The so- called minority in this country has no excuses any longer. Its a simple as staying in school, trying hard, and you can go to college and make a better life for yourself. We live in a country where anyone of any ethnicity can become anything they want, to some extent even easier than a white person. So I believe all of this violent behavior starts within the home. If you pay attention and love, and encourage your children, no matter what race, and teach them right from wrong, and strive to educate, children will lift themselves out of poverty, rather than fall into the trappings of it.

    • michael rowland, you think you are entitled to this country. white people think they work hard for what they got, NO, it's given to them because they're white. if you don't get the big jobs, the best education and schools, you blame your hardships on the government giving to well deserved black people. then you start whining, blaming everyone because you don't have, feeling sorry for yourself, hollering you can't move up because of the black man, you then get with your racist crew, picking up guns, threaten race wars, saying "oh! it's reverse racism, obama don't like us. then to quiet you, they, again, give it to you freely because you are white, now, you forgot how hard you just had it, so that entitlement attitude comes out again, you state "i work hard for what i got, knowing you have not done a damn thing, but being borned white, you say why should i pay more taxes, why these black people get food stamps. you forget that you and your family recieved government assistance, but you did not call it food stamps, you called it "they are suppose to help your family. now you sitting on this blog blaming crime on black people. you disgust me.

    • Desiree, The problem with most people is that they assume, and you are no exception. In your post you have accused me of thinking im entitled to this country, that white people do not work hard for what they have, they I blame my hardships on the government, ect. So let me explain it to you in a way you wont assume something about me, since you don't know me at all. First of all my wife is African American, she was raised in Harlem to a prostitute mother, and a drug dealing father. She didn't want to become another statistic, she wanted a better life. She worked hard in school, was denounced by her fellow African Americans for not joining the seedy culture that surrounded her. She decided she wanted a better life despite the peer-pressures.She never blamed anyone, and worked hard to achieve, and eventually go to college, and earn a PHD in Biology. In your post I dont know who you are talking about in your post, but you presume a lot. I am not a rich man, and I do pay my taxes without complaint. I voted for Obama the first time, and this time as well. I grew up poor as well, all of my friends were black, and I ran with a gang when I was younger. I chose to go back to school, stop my ignorant ways, and live a better life. I never blamed crime on black people as you suggest. You seem to be mad about someone or something, but clearly cant express it the right way. In actuality you are sounding very stereotypical, and I suggest you take a moral inventory before coming to assumptive conclusions about someone else.

    • I agree to some degree on that as black people we need to stop hurting one another my mother told me as a people we are like crabs in a bucket when one is trying to get out the others pull him back down that is what it is with the black on black crime some of us need to stop gettin jelous if you see one trying and makin it they tend to want what they got insted of workin hard to try and get your own make your way on your own get a job STOP with the lazy ASS attude do it for your self and for your family…

    • i see the great white god mr rowland shut the f up,hey michael i think i hear your local chapter of the kkk calling you about tonite meeting also feel free to take some of your house nigga friends who agree with you on this pages also ps some black men are hooking up with your wife when your going to your klan get going fool

    • Well Don, You see,you are exactly the type of person that's pulling black America down. Its clear you are a hate monger. The tone to which you have, screams "self hating black" I see from your age you come from a bitter and destructive upbringing. Most people here are commenting in an intelligent and thoughtful way. You however are clearly devoid of such intelligence. When it comes to degrading women you sir are a professional. I wonder if you keep your wife in a closet, or actually allow her to speak her mind? Well I guess I would be as ugly as you are on the inside if I were to stoop to your level. The good thing however is judging by your age, the old way of thinking will die off soon enough. There is a new age of African Americans that are taking your place, and you archaic way of thinking is something of the past.

    • Thank you, Gary. Michael, typical whitemanspeak – stereotyping Black people and conviently ignoring the historical and contemporary cultural, social, economic, and political realities of this nation where race and color are concerned. I think it is you who needs to pick up a book.

    • Michael Rowland: You cannot POSSIBLY understand the dynamic of the black community. The statements you pose as fact could not be further from the truth. You should follow your own advice and do some serious homework before commenting. Delve into some TRUE history, not that propaganda they teach children in grade school. Your attitude only impedes unity in this country.

    • Linda White I beg to differ strongly…The whole world is watching the results and efforts of the black community. Michael Rowland is saying the same things that you or anyone slamming him should be telling their children, brother, sister even mother or father. He is saying the same things that is possible regardless of where you come from. To say that he can not relate to the black condition is an idiotic excuse use to ignore the truth and the fact that other ethnicities are watching the failure in the black community even after victories by way of the civil rights movement. The problem with some of us is that we want to stay in a rut even if our ancestors demands that we rise out of self pity and LISTEN to ANYONE regardless of ethnicity if they are speaking locic, facts and truth. Willingness to remain ignorant is unacceptable….PEACE

    • Don Patterson That is plain stupid my brother and you should know better. What is it that he is saying that you haven't said to some young brother or sister to encourage them to think and live above their current condition. We are in disarray as a people simply because many have had their eyes on the so-called " BLACK LEADERS " when we should have been leading ourselves and our families out of poverty, crime and the typical beat down of one another as we are doing now with this debate = Cornel West vs Obama.

    • Michael Rowland School 'em….Ignorance is like a raging river to a non swimmer my brother…Peace

    • Ms. White, I never clamied to understand the dynamic of the black community. As for my homework I am very educated in all types of history. The change that will need to take place is a true unity of all races, at least in this country. When we all look upon each other as equals we will truely establish a well being for all. The black, jewish,hispanic community, and yes the white community have all suffered pursecutions in history. However to claim that I can understand the trials and tribulations of a black man would be nieve at best. The same goes for you understading any other ethnic race. You dont understand any other race as well. However I have tried to learn the history of all ethnic groups out of a sense of respect to my fellow man. Maybe you should try the same, instead of getting upset that a white man is commenting on a black issue. Again putting up your wall is the problem wi understanding equality.

    • Bhakti Larry Hough No…I think the book is needed in your hands…Learn something my fellow South Carolinian and stop embarassing yourself with dumb comments.

    • Hold on Micheal you said there is no black america which is it you flip flop alot.

    • All of the problems in all black communities are the RESULTS of the racism used to control Black Americans. White American Republicans have very short memory. No ONE was smart enough to look at the END before using the current method. This isn't ROCKET SCIENCE.

    • I havent flip-flopped at all. Is there a black culture? Of course. However should we look at each other as different and separate( no).

    • Bobby Johnson NO! Stand your ground is another phrase for "Open Season on Blacks"! I thought the Civil War was over but no, it's gun-toting, prejudiced people like you that keep killing because you can! Bet you belong to the NRA too!

    • Mr. Rowland: you need to get a clue! Stop making broad statements making it seem like ALL Black Americans are criminals. That's just NOT statistically true. Additionally, education–despite what you may think–IS a valued commodity among many Black communities. The U.S. is no longer in top 10 when it comes to education among industrialized nations. Since White Americans are more than 50% of the U.S. populations, maybe it's time for White people to acknowledge their shortcomings when it comes to education and crime as well? Too, if Adam Lanza's mom had gotten herself MORE educated about his mental condition instead of taking him out of school to be home-schooled and then teaching him how to shoot the murder weapon that was used in her death, she might be alive today. Furthermore, education should appear more attractive to YOU since you OBVIOUSLY misinformed when it comes to Blacks in America. Perhaps you need to 'stop drinking the Kool-Aid' that corporate-owned news-media is pouring into your head.

  105. in my humble opinion no one has in Black Leadership with the exception of community organizers in Battle Zones and Nation of Islam FOI and Minister Farrakhan. I think your website/Politic365/Rollingout/Loop21/BlackAgendaReport were the only ones covering the weekly violence in Chicago. As your post about our “Celebs” not speaking out about Black Children Killing each other shows NO ONE in Black Leadership in LAW MEDICINE ENTERTAINMENT(exception COMMON, Kanye West Foundations POLITICS(exception local aldermans) spoke up. Why not say shame on us all? This always point their fingers just singularly makes them seem petty. No one deserves a pass period. Myself and the team i work with at Politic365.com ran a whole week on our site covering the Violence in Chicago we are tapped into DC Beltway did one Black Politician call us? or include us in their newsletters NOPE….crickets.

  106. What we are seeing here is a double standard of concern, and preferential governing. YES all lives are important. Yes it’s time the discussion occured, but think about how many lives could have been saved and tragedy intervened if political focus was truly concerned about gun control. Think of the fact that these children got their names immortalized by the president in his speech, but so many black babies gunned down go unnamed, and all we have to show are grieving parents, airbrushed t-shirts, murals on neighborhood stores, teddy bears, candles and liquor pouring. Why the difference?

  107. I agree, these puppets are a bunch of cowards. They care about problems when it happens in vanilla communities. They here black problems when it's election time. Other than the election,they don't care about black problems. Obama is the biggest sellout against blacks.

    • How 'bout instead of bashing the President, you bash the ignorant black folks with this stupid "Stop Snitching" bullshit!! Guess what? WE are the reason that nothing gets done in our neighborhoods and we allow these know nothing thugs to keep us silent!! Why don't you start there?

    • C Alexander Forrest

      Jackie Frederick, your twisted logic is simply nonsense. President Obama is a sellout??? When George Bush I & II and Ronald Reagan messed up the USA, what did you say???

    • I'm not twisted, you are twisted. I didn't vote for bush, I voteded for Obama in 2008 so, bush didn't owe the black community shit. It's a disgrace under Obama leadership that the blacks are hurting at a worse rate than in any other group. Obama cares about himself, his rich friends and how he's going to look in the history books. Do you care about black people?

    • I'm not twisted, and I don't live in the hood. "Stop Snitching" doesn't have anything to do with poverty and black poverty in America. You need to stop and get off that Obama kool aid, and letting these vanilla folks tell you how to think and speak when it comes to black issues. Dr. Cornell West, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Boyce Watkins are a champion for black issues, not Obama. So, stop telling me that nonsense on bashing the puppet or telling me that I'm twisted. What have you done for your community? Do you like black folks? What's the name of your civil rights foundation? How come Clifford, and C Alexander isn't well known? Are you doing anything to help poor and black people?

  108. Cornel West is a street nigga and a true legend in the black community. He has been against regean and both bushes. Reality obama and celebs especially blacks did not move Like This wen blacks we're killed. Now u Want to enact gun laws cause of this incident. That is weak by This administration, Obama used blacks fir votes but wen its time to help he doesn't want to Help black out. And all his uncle tom excuse makers who know he not attempting to do anything for. BBlacks. Want to come out with it Started before Obama or he pres if everbody not just black People. U said say he the pres of everybody but blacks that seems pretty accurate as we all see. Thank god for cornel boyce Yvette fir holding Obama accountable and bot worshipping at feet like other blacks. Cause he Got a Black wife or his kids cute. Gun control a nice step but They should of done this a long time ago.

    • Well he wasn't a legend black community, I live in L.A. when it was once the gang capital of the world. Where was he? He sure didn't advocate for me.

    • How about stop wanting Obama to help the black community, and further segregating us as black and white? How about Obama helping every part of this country as a whole.

    • I guess a lot of you'll just don't get it, he is the President of the United States of America for all the people and he is trying to help the whole country, but the last time I check their is a wall of peoples blocking his way each and every day. Take off those dark shade so the sun can come through so you can see the sun.

    • He can't pull dead flies to shit in the hood, in fact he will not come to the hood pushing his bullshit. If he was concern about black people, why is he not teaching in a historical BLACK COLLEGE ,or raising money to save them

    • West went to school, the son of 2 educators. In his defense, it's better than a gang banger! In the literary world, he's a good educator but he and Tavis have Pen^s envy when it comes to Barack Obama!

  109. I've heard a lot of just TALK! Take ACTION! As you CARE, please SIGN and SHARE! http://wh.gov/I7Y6

  110. Yes!

  111. What I find most amazing is that those who attack Cornel West for speaking the truth can't prove him wrong. Instead, they just say things like "I've lost all respect for him," or "he's just a hater." Why? Because he demands true equality? If you can't prove that Barack is doing more for black people than Cornel says he is, then you have nothing to say.

    • We question where was he at during the 2 Reagan Terms, 2 Clinton Terms, and 2 GW Bush Terms. His absence raises questions to his motives and conviction and yes his courage as well.

    • Agreed. And what does the Trilateral Commission,Bilderburg Group have to do with our future?

    • I'm so excited..I get to see this man speak at Portland State University on Jan 15th. It's going to be very interesting to see what he has to say.

    • I believe Obama isn't doing much for black people but he is putting his nose where it dsnt belong and killing babies in our home land aswell as putting us at risk for WW3.

    • @Kerry – during those terms, he was doing the EXACT SAME THING. But people expected him to change his tune when a black man was elected

    • Here is the problem is it about us or is it about him or are we being used as a prop dear doctor the last statement about haters really set this 1 up

    • No Dr. Watkins Dr.West has yet to advocate realistic legislation that would enact meaningful change. sitting from the radio belittling the POTUS while right wing activist organize is counter productive. It is easy to say what some one else is doing wrong when you yourself are not working in the real world with law makers to enact change. Thus the reason he has little support in our community or on the hill. I have disagreed President Obama on about 80% of his decisions . Some for being to liberal and others for pushing hard enough especially on the gun control but when you take in account the progress he has made then man has done a remarkable job. It is no this job to do favors for the African american community but for all communities . It is up to us to promote education over entertainment as means of success. Promote our scholars and entrepreneurs rather than celebrities as the blue print of black success. If disturbs me when I see him on Sean Hannity grinning with a man who stands 100% against his agenda then he criticizes the POTUS

    • Kerry it not Dr West it black people who follow nigger like PERM MAN SHARPTON and the rest who don't have a plan that the problem we as a people are going backward because we love white people to damn much and are scared of them as for Obama he nothing he just in office to finish off the poor people of this country and set him and his family up for life when he finish we will be worst off then when he came in office so don't blame Dr West for rhat he tring to tell us but we to damn dumb to she it

    • hey Dr. Watkins, here's your response to West's NONSENSE: "This is my problem with the banning of anything," TI said when speaking on the banning of firearms. "What that does is, that means only the criminals will be allowed to have this particular item. RIGHT NOW, THERE'S CRIMINALS THAT CAN'T HAVE ASSAULT RIFLES OR PISTOLS BUT THEY GOT THEM and they know they can't have them. So if they ban them, what it's gonna be double-illegal for me now? I'm still gon' carry mine. So if the illegals have them, I think the legals must have them."

      http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.22269/title.ti-on-gun-control-says-hes-never-snitched-explains-prison-paperwork-parties

    • OH, AND HERE'S SOME PROOF THAT YOU WERE ASKING FOR, Dr. Watkins:

      Since the gun ban in Australia, ARMED ROBBERIES are UP 69%, ASSAULTS with guns UP 28%, GUN MURDERS INCREASED 19%, and HOME INVASIONS JUMPED 21%.

      http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/08/australia-warns-america-don/

    • lastly, this is what a LAW-ABIDING PERSON WITH A GUN can do. what you and West want, Dr. Watkins, is for MORE people to be at the mercy of criminals who don't mind breaking the law to get/have/use a gun!

      http://www.policymic.com/articles/20958/james-holmes-part-2-shooting-at-the-hobbit-is-yet-another-call-for-gun-control

    • I agree. I live in L.A., born and raised and for a while, L.A. had a serious drive by shooing problem, in fact, one of my cousins were killed in a drive by shooting, I didn't see Mr. West speaking on this then. Where was Mr. West during the crack problem during the 80s? And you're so right, where was Mr. West then? I think he has a personal issue with Barack Obama.

    • Kerry Givens what absence? Dr. West has been actively speaking out during all of those terms. Secondly, you're trying to distract the conversation by bringing up other presidents just because he questions Obama's commitment to the issues we face, in light of the fact that he does pander to other communities. What does Dr. West's activism during previous president's terms have to do with President Obama NOW? What you have done is a classic strawman argument & black people have got to stop defending Obama at all costs & holding him accountable. Why are the lives of white children more valuable, or cause President Obama to act more rapidly to combat gun control? That's the question & we need to stick to answering THAT question. We have to hold him accountable just like we did when Bush entered Iraq in the name of imaginary WOMD. Black people were hollering then along with everyone else, so let's not get timid with Obama just because he is black.

    • Thank you Mr. Givens. Certain people want to drag is into a circular argument that does not address the seriousness of our situation in
      America.

    • I think Cornel West has a point, but Obama didn't do anything after the last shooting. This case is also different because many children were killed at one time. It's not identical to a child being killed in a drive by, but those things add up in various neighborhoods. Not all of the kids killed were white. That schooled seemed to have mostly white, Italian, Polish, English, and Asian kids. It's true people don't pay much attention to the violence in the schools in certain areas, but also many administrators from minority backgrounds don't want people to know too much about the violence, too. The black on black violence that often involves gangs is not equivalent to a dozen children shot at point blank range. All of them are lives. I think if we have more gun control then it would be easier to save lives, but Cornel is pointing at the wrong man. This problem predates Obama, and right wing types in America have been responsible for this, so to make it seem as if Obama doesn't care is ridiculous. How many white kids and teenagers also got shot over the years before we've had this discussion? This has been going on since the 1980s. We need to protect everyone. It's not Obama that doesn't care enough. America doesn't yet care enough to care enough for each other.

    • People can say whatever they want to say, just as he does and anyone else

    • Boyce Watkins, I not defending Obama nor am I disagreeing with West; however; the facts are: when it comes to health care most blacks didn't have health care coverage until Obama made it affordable, they do now; I'm from Detroit, a city that's 90% black nearly half of witch are dependent on the auto industry for employment; thanks to Obama they still have their jobs and counting new jobs; Wayne County Community College is a school where most black people in Detroit start their education and go on to advance degree Universities and get degrees; had not been for Obama pell grants would have been out of reach for poor blacks all across the country. It don't take a rocket scientist to know that these are the types of services that take bite out of violence with guns, drugs and other types of crimes being that most of it is the direct results of being poor. The question is and should be; what are you, Smiley and West doing besides finding fault with Obama? I think you, like West and Smiley are self serving and seeking only to enhance your own standings in the "I'm down with my people" cry of black America hoping for the chance to be recognized as the new spokesman for black people. Smiley and West should take their place in black history and be happy to have served and shut the hell up: like the old saying goes, "if you can't help, don't hurt."

    • I respectfully disagree. I am not saying that Obama cannot do more. He can. But I think Cornell West is doing nothing more than running his mouth for his own personal gain. I cannot take his seriously with his adamant and passionate argument for Black babies. It is as simple for me as him not being able to find a Black woman to love and marry. Where was West under the previous administrations. Give Obama some time. Policy he makes for all Americans impact Black Americans. Yes. He can do more, but I think West and Smiley are unduly harsh. Obama, alone, cannot make things happen. It takes us all working with him. So I pose the question to him…, what have you done lately other than point fingers and run your mouth?

    • Melvin Williams III

      Why should President BARACK Obama do MORE for black people? (I'm Black. I voted for him.) Why should I expect him to be doing more for me? This is a ridiculous notion. I expect him to do for me as I am an American. West may demand true equality, however he is willing to forsake his legacy and the potential impact of his life's work all because he wasn't and WON'T be recognized. He's a joke, now. This is why people have lost respect for the bottom dweller, Cornel West.

    • I want to adress all you Obama worshippers two questions.Where was Dr.West during the previous administrations?Well you all were probably busy making black people look stupid at the time or watching Flavor of love, Dr West was doing what he is doing now, he spoke against the patriot act and other bush sheninagens.The facts that you idiots even asks the question proves you have no facts to back anything you say.For the morons that say Dr.West has not indroduced legislation,proves you ignorant clowns speak before you think.Dr.West was a founder of STOP STOP AND FRISK.What have any of you critics done but be cheerleaders for the govt.

    • I can prove Cornel West wrong…..

      I listened to Cornel West’s radio interview with sister Kathleen Wells and what I heard was a chitterlings circuit liberal arts rhetorical loser, coward, traitor and whiner.. Here’s why:

      Cornel West is a loser for grandstanding for Tavis Smiley. He is a coward because he sat at the same table breaking bread with Minister Louis Farrakhan and never opened his mouth about what the honorable minister had to say about someone like him that chose what he chose.

      He is a whiner because during his radio interview he recommended to the radio host with authority as to what President Obama “should do” and “should be” doing while Cornel West does nothing but perpetrate and grandstand.

      He spoke with authority saying “What President Obama should do” in spite of the fact that Cornel West was very visible on the scene long before Obama hit the radar and even then Black America was fighting for survival, parity, justice and equality.

      If Cornel West knows today what Obama should do, why didn’t Cornel West apply his Religion and African American Studies degree to correct the conditions on the ground before Obama became president of The United States of America?

      It is because Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are cowards and President Obama is not a coward like them.

      President Obama arrived on the front-lines, accessed the conditions on the ground, accepted the challenge, knew the risk and knew the price he would pay in any attempt to correct the conditions on the ground. Barack Obama decided that the price was worth the risk.

      President Obama made his peace knowing that cowards die many deaths, the brave only one.

      Cornel West and Tavis Smiley don’t possess the courage of Obama to reconcile their mind with that type of courage therefore all they can do or all they will ever do is whine, conference and say with authority what someone else “should be doing.” FORGET ABOUT IT!

      Like the cowards of Rosewood, Cornel West and Tavis Smiley hide and grandstand behind rhetorical philosophical BS and contrived conferences. Meanwhile the weak, poor, uneducated, disabled and elderly men, women and children are being corporately gouged, economically raped and systematically eliminated.

      Tavis Smiley wait and watch in the shadows with drooling anticipation and excitement as Cornel West does radio interviews profiteering, protesting and professing with prophetic overtures about what’s going to happen to President Obama when the tea party reaches its climatic pitch or when us weak, poor, helpless, uneducated black people wake up.

      Cornel West says with morbid excitement in his voice that if Obama can’t displace the emerging negative energy arising from the tea party posse that President Obama is going to be left hanging in the wind.

      It never dawned on those two cowards to use their chitterlings circuit liberal arts rhetoric and philosophical BS degrees to rally and deputize black America as the army to the rescue coming to defend Obama against the anti-Obama sentiment emanating from the tea party posse.

      Instead of rallying black America to defend against the rising anti-Obama sentiment the treacherous coward via his radio interview is calling for black Americans to bring even more pressure to bear against President Obama.

      Consider this:
      Cornel West is a black man with an African American Studies degree in the era of a 21st century sitting black president and when given the choice to choose which president exemplifies to him the epitome of what represents his black American ideals he selects Lyndon Baines Johnson’s fanny to kiss.

      On my block that’s called treason and his radio interview pretty much evidences that Cornel West is a chitterlings circuit liberal arts rhetorical loser, coward, whiner and traitor.

      Cornel West’s view from Rosewood that black Americans view President Obama, as a symbolized black-faced gesture is an example of what a useless degree in African American Studies will do for you

      President Obama is not a symbolic president. President Obama has real power and he has the final say.

      President Obama is a viable and highly intelligent person. He has read Undercover Smart and he uses his presidential powers without reservation, supervision or permission.

      For dessert President Obama won the noble peace prize without even trying.

      Cornel West as Director of African American Studies at Princeton University on the other hand is under constant watch, monitoring and scrutiny by strict European supervision. Cornel West has no real power or authority and for dessert he serves as a lackey for Tavis Smiley.

      Cornel West’s African American Studies Degree, position and title at Princeton are as worthless and useless to black American interest as he is especially when integrated with real time applications and scenarios.

      In an address given in Toledo, Ohio by the honorable Louis Farrakhan here is what the honorable minister said more or less about anyone that would pursue such a degree.

      “Black people go to college and get a degree in African American Studies, What is that? It is a degree you will never use. You put the letters BS behind it and then you add PHD behind that and now you have a useless degree that is piled high and deep in BS.”
      Minister Louis Farrakhan
      Toledo, Ohio

      The Minister was correct in his assessment because Cornel West’s African American Studies degree does not recognize that being “prophetic” is clearly defined as “the foretelling or predictions of things to come.”

      When radio host sister Kathleen Wells used the word “prophetic” to describe and clarify her statement, Cornel West along with his useless African American Studies degree demonstrated his worthlessness by admonishing her with an ignorant and incoherent correction.

      She outsmarted Cornel West by readily accepting his layman explication of the word for the sake of not competing with his ego, false sense of security and fake accomplishments.

      Sister Kathleen Wells cut him short, out maneuvered him, out smarted him, and moved him right along.

      My name is Enoch Mubarak. I implore Cornel West and Tavis Smiley to stop perpetrating with worthless degrees, positions, titles and foundations.

      Stop waiting for the president to fall and please, Cornel West by “any means necessary” stop grandstanding for Tavis Smiley.

      Cornel West has a degree in religion but is not smart enough to jump ship on Tavis Smiley especially when the Nation of Islam refused to endorse THE COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA for lack of having any spiritual worth.

      When the black churches were being burned to the ground, 30 black preachers went running, screaming and crying to the Attorney General for protection but where was Cornel West with his degree in religion?

      As always he and Tavis Smiley are hiding in the forest of Rosewood while Cornel West professes to sister Kathleen Wells how President Barack Obama needs to visit the black church and be saved.

      The sun has set on you treason-ist backbiting cowards. ENOCH HAS RISEN!

      Sincerely, Enoch Mubarak
      President/CEO Mubarak Inter-prizes
      http://www.mubarakinter-prizes.com

    • Enoch, your comment is a fail. For 1, his PhD is in ethics, not divinity. 2ndly, you're apologizing for Obeezy. Love the man but hold him accountable for what he has & hasn't done. All this talk of jingoistic, unwavering support of Obeezy simply because he's a Blackman isn't going to work this time.

      Frame a better argument.

    • ENOCH MUBARAK…GET REAL!!!! You wasted almost two pages saying absolutely nothing, although you have the right to speak. But the question should be ask of Obama, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton…" Why the murder rates in the black community hasn't stop escalating since they all have been GRAND STANDING on this serious problem.." The blame game is easy to play while one COWARDLY look the other way. WHY? Because in all cases it's personal. The involvement of our family members in the very dangerous games of the " hood " calls for one to ignore and keep quiet by "NO SNITCH " rules of the streets, and it is the psychology designed to intimidate and force communities into the proverbial CATCH 22. WE as a people controls all aspects of the problems and the potential further demise unless we TAKE CONTROL of this problem head on without fear. It starts with us all being bold in confronting the evil just like we did and are doing against racism. And if not confronted…then we all are COWARDS….Peace

    • AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE THE WORST.

      African Americans have given up on reading, Cornel West and African American politicians dare to support a sitting black U.S. president out of fear of being called a ni@#er lover by white politicians.

      The New York Times refers to Barack Obama as the last black politician. White journalist asks each other out loud, “What’s going with progression, evolution and rehabilitation in the black community”?

      The reply is nothing happening in the black community. There is no movement of progression, evolution and rehabilitation in the black community.

      Unless a African American is speaking out loud complaining about the first black president then it is like Christmas Eve in the black community whereas….

      “all throughout the house, no creatures were stirring, not even a mouse. The black folks cowered on the plantation with despair hoping soon that the white people will be there.”

      By and by someone told the African Americans that reading books is the way to freedom, prosperity, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but the African Americans replied from their actions that…

      .”If waiting for the white people to come is wrong then I don’t want to be right because ain’t no book gonna save me!”

      …And so the white people came

      White people came and joined the African Americans in their civil rights struggle. White people did not have to support the African American struggle but they had respect for blacks that had the courage to stand up for the ideals, symbolism and dignity of the Red, Green and Black flag.

      White people came go to Africa to help with the black struggle. White people came into the inner city neighborhoods and schools to help teach African American children.

      The white people came and built housing to keep African Americans in their communities. The white people came and built banks so that African Americans can save money ………. but the African Americans will have none of it.

      Instead of civil rights, schools, Affordable housing, bank loans and libraries African Americans want President Obama to find or create for them a job or opportunity. African Americans want unlimited unemployment extensions and affordable housing only in white areas.

      African Americans want banks to make it easy and affordable through no interest charity loans to be able to shop in the white areas and eat in white restaurants.

      African Americas protest and keep their children out of African American schools because they want to raise and educate their children alongside white people’s children.

      It is not enough that the white people came into the African American inner city neighborhoods and areas bringing with them the avenues of opportunity for African Americans to do for self.

      Doing for self means supporting their own black businesses and reading how to books. African Americans treat reading books like weapons of mass destruction and supporting black business is a waste of time because African Americans don’t read enough to know the infinite benefits of supporting their own enterprises.

      ….so the African Americans wait for the white people to come again.

      The white people came again but this time they showed up with high powered rifles to shoot and kill any black person trying to escape uptown during the Katrina hurricane.

      The white people came on cruise ships to Haiti during the earthquake to swim, have sex, sip wine, eat caviar and drink champagne from their lavish cruise ships as they watched, pointed and rejoiced at the black dead bodies laying crushed, decapitated, mangled and twisted in the streets of Haiti.

      The white people came back into the inner city neighborhoods and areas to shut down your schools, cut off your welfare and suspend private funding

      The white people came and left taking with them their magnanimous gestures of African American opportunities and on the way out they let the Spanish players in.

      … and the Spanish players don’t take prisoners.

      The Spanish players as of this writing have the African Americans surrounded and engulfed as they cut off and deplete the African Americans residual resources of land, food and water.

      The African Americans sit idly by on the 21st century plantation watching their own destruction, demise, elimination, defeat and extinction hoping in their hearts that it will only happen to the other African American family and not them.

      When African Americans are asked about their condition and as long as African Americans refuse to open up and read a book then..….

      ….It is all Barak Obama’s fault.

      DEAR AFRICAN AMERICANS
      Reading is your only way to freedom and Undercover Smart is the book YOU MUST read. Read Undercover Smart and the life you save will be your own.

      http://store.mubarakinter-prizes.com/undercs.html

      Sincerely, Enoch Mubarak
      President/CEO Mubarak Inter-prizes
      http://www.mubarakinter-prizes.com

    • This is our future. When Black Power advocates in the 1960s sought an independent path we were shouted down by the NAACP, SCLC and NUL. Recall Malcolm's statement, "The chickens might have come home to roost." It is another way of saying that Harvard and Stanford were never authors of a destiny that had meaning for us.

    • Kerry,
      He opens his mouth and I can see Tavis Smiley's face! The 2 Cahoots Brothers shagging on the First Black President. Pres. Obama is on a short vacation after overwhelmingly whipping the Repugs! He is the only President who isn't constantly on vacation because of the mandate handed to him in 2008. Not once have I heard West or Smiley offer Mr. Obama a hand. They have their followers and detractors too but I'm sticking with Obama! On Reagan Pres. Obama was in college having graduated from high school in 1979! What the H^^l they think Mr. Obama is, Superman? Clinton and Bush can go pound salt for all I care.
      President Obama is the First President that gives a damn about us little people!

    • What is West plan?

    • We are in the process of a global paradigm shift and the Koch Brothers Tea Party really wants to control our government. President Obama, our nation is facing an economic collapse and crisis that our nation has never faced. My are we not uniting behind him to help fight the budget crisis and also help find a voice to fight back on the gun violence isses. There are a group of women " MOMS Against Guns" going to DC. Why not organize to go to DC to address one of these two issues and take action instead of acting out in intellectual insanity. This is immature and nonproductive.

    • Dr. Watkins: I, too, find that the attacks against Dr. West in this particular instance are unwarranted. Why? Because I heard over and over on so many DIFFERENT news reports that a tragedy of this magnitude "wasn't supposed to happen here". Without a doubt, I was angered by that! So, it's perfectly OKAY for these tragedies to occur in Black, Brown, Muslim, or poor communities, but not in "well-to-do, predominantly White enclaves"? And then I saw how swiftly Pres. Obama arrived there I did paused & wonder why he hadn't attended any of the vigils in his home state where parents had lost their Black or Brown 6 & 7 year olds to gun violence? I'm so pleased that Black leaders are putting Obama on alert & that they seem to be serious in holding him accountable to our community. If he fails to act, then we need to march on Washington in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to show him that our concern is not a fluke.

    • All people have a right to tweak their views from experience and GROW and be better.Why not Cornell.

    • I am not attacking West, but what I want to know from him is, what has he done for the black community??? He has been around way longer than Barack has…I don't recall him doing anything but running his damn mouth!!! He and Tavis had something going on a couple of years before Barack, what ever happened with that??? I bought the book, I saw one forum on TVOne, and that was it….West has been a professor at a Ivy League college for years, what type of scholarship progrmas has he presented to his leaders for black inner city kids???Barack ain't did nothing but West hasn't done anything either….Question is, what do we want from Barack???has anyone presented an agenda for him to speak to or for us??? I have a Black Agenda that I created when T.J. Holmes had his show on BET…Who do I submit this too??? I am probably doing more than West….

  112. Black on Black crimes and Gang violence and
    Innocent people losing their lives in this manner
    has been going on for decades before this
    Administration and long after President
    Obama is gone. Mr. West thinks that
    President Obama can wave a magic wave
    and all the guns in the Black community will
    disappear. That's not going to happen. We
    All have to do our part. Our President have
    to look out for America not just Black America.

    • Dr.West must be a coward too, what is his reponse ti gun controll

    • President Obama can wave a magic wave, statement over heard and play out. He need to respond to the united nation but also have concern about his own. In this case he moving only because the nation is crying over those who were white. Well Africans folks all over the US been crying out for all the violence in their urban community for some time.Since there were no African president nothing was really expected, now we do and the same results,what a shame. he need to wave something for his people other than the old white, red and blue. He should have concerns about Red, Black, and green too.

    • JamesWorldwide GreatHabu Britton

      Thank you my Sistah., Now thats kicking the truth.

    • Peron Kindred I don't think it's that simple. The gun lobby has a lot of power. And in the neighborhoods where there are African American children since when have a large number of children been killed at once and with most of them about less than 7 years old? It's not the same. You're just looking at the skin color and not all the facts.

    • thank you peron kindred. you said it all, now tell it to dianne flakes. i am so tired of hearing "obama is the president of all people- not just black people". dianne when will he act like a president to all and included in that "all" is black people too. 97% of black people stood in line to vote for him for over 7 hours, only 20% of white people voted for him, but he cries 100% for them. when, when, when, will he stand up for us. belive it or not bush was a little better for black people than obama, except-except for katrina. google it…..

    • Thank you beautiful lady that has been my whole point! why is it that some of us think that because our President is now black that he can just become PUFF THE MAJIC NEGRO and all our problems will be gone I don't give a damn about just the black agenda I care about the AMERICAN AGENDA becaue we are all Americans I want and need him to help get the country movin in the right direction that includes black white brown yellow all people all Faiths man woman strait gay no matter and there are certain people that always want to kick the president I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF IT ALL GROW UP HELP THE PRESIDENT DO IT FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE REMEMBER!!! If you don't like what I say then kick rocks move out of the united states of America we don't want or need you!!!!

    • Happy Kwanzaa Everyboday!

    • @Flakes, I am very surprised at the attitudes of West and Smiley, they don't seem to understand he can only do and say so much and it's not fair bit that is the way it is.

    • @Parker
      We as Black people have an obligation to always vote. Our ancestors pay a high price some with their lives to give us the freedoms that we enjoy today.
      I wonder how many times have
      Mr. C. West and Mr. T. Smiley attempted to contact President Obama and offer suggestions or so type of dialog on how we can as a nation, state, city, and community help resolve some of these issues. This is not a Black or a White problem. This is a problem for all Mankind. When we as America fail we all Fail. Let just stop all the criticizing and come to gather and offer our gifts and talents and see what we all can come up with to benefits ALL.
      Peace and Blessings to All

    • DEAR SISTER, SHOULD YOUR BABY GET KILLED DUE TO SENSELESS SHOOTING, WOULD YOU STILL FEEL THE WAY YOU DO, AND ANOTHER THING THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BLACK AMERICA, IT'S STILL AMERICA PRESIDENTS DON'T CARE ABOUT BLACKS IN AMERICA, CHECK YOU HISTORY, EVERY PRESIDENT HAD TO BE PUSHED IN ORDER TO CARE ABOUT BLACKS IN AMERICA, YOU FORGOT HOW THEY HAD TO BE PUSH TO GIVE BLACKS BETTER JOBS, EDUCATION, THE RIGHT TO VOTE, IT COMES WITH THE JOB OF BEING PRESIDENT, STOP MAKING THIS PRESIDENT SEEM LIKE A WHIMP, BY FINDING EXCUSES FOR HIM TO DO HIS JOB, HE'S UP TO IT, ALL HE HAS TO DO IS DO IT, CORNEL IS RIGHT, EVERYBODY THAT LIVE IN CHIRAQ KNOW IT TO BE TRUE, HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT CHICAGO DURING THE DEBATE, HELL HE TAPED A COMMERIAL TO BE PLAYED DURING BUD BILLIKEN DAY, THEY DIDN'T PLAY IT, AND THE MEDIA DIDN'T MENTION IT UNTIL 2 MAYBE 3 DAYS AFTER THE PARADE, Mayor RAHM DIDN'T SAY A WORD ABOUT THE PRESIDENT MESSAGE.

      The Truth is what it is, and it is LOUD. All the man has to do is ride through Englewood, Roseland, and North Lawndale stop get out the car and say from this day forward I will be using the full weight of my adminstation to go after those who engage in senseless shootings and killings, allow me to meet with him for 5 mins and I bet you it will make a difference, it right there in his face he can't see it because he got Rahm in his ear.

      Gun control is a part of the solution. Controling or giving the criminal mind something to think about is also a very important part of the solution, I know because I once was a criminal. http://www.unitedinpeaceinc.org

      The President know who I am, he know me better than he knows Rahm, he's known be longer than he knows Rahm. STOPTHE BS , THESE CHILDREN ARE DYING OR BEING SHOT AT A RATE OF MORE THAN 15-20 A WEEK.

      http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/14468075-452/president-obama-finally-addresses-violence-in-his-hometown.html#.UCqdoEGu3DQ.facebook

    • But when he looks out for hispanics,jews,gays,women rights group what do u say then? but when it come to blacks issues & concerns oh he not just BA pres but he got over 95% of the black vote & he shows his appreciation by ignoring us & telling us to pull up our boot straps…people like u r just happy with his title he don't have to do anything for the black tax paying citizens…."typicalobamabot"

    • Wallace Bradley
      You raised some validate points and a few good suggestions and that is what President Obama has been asking the American people for. I am quite sure if you would forward these comments and suggestions to President Obama he would read them and act accordingly if it would benefit America. As for me I know that it's one America always has and will be. I am a Civil Right Activist and fight for justice for Women, Children, Minority , LGBT, and all Human Rights issues, for the past 40 years. I just decided one day and ask myself 'How can I make this workplace (GM) safe and free of harassment '? I educated myself and run for Chairperson of the Civil Rights & Women's Department (UAW) and won. My committee and I pooled all various talents and took advantage educational opportunities and made a big difference.

    • Peron, even if he did wave a magic wand, it wouldn't be enough for Killjoy and his partner Tavis Frowny!

    • I'm sorry, but wholeheartedly disagree with the statement that Obama shouldn't be looking out for Black America. Black America is part of the America so WE COUNT. When we take our issues to him, he should listen and try to help in any way(s) that he possibly can. I think us simply letting West and Smiley for us isn't enough! We need to take our issues (Job and Justice) right to the FRONT GATE of the White House & let Obama know how we feel. When the gays community wanted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" they took it to him. When undocumented students forced Obama to put action behind his promises, he issed Deferred Action. For Black Americans to NOT engage with our President is VERY UN-American. In fact, he asked the Congressional Black Caucus to "put on their marching shoes" and "help" him. So, that's exactly what we NEED to do.

  113. Mass shooting of innocent random people are always seem as more tragic than gang violence. It's not about the color of skin, its about how the situation. Gangs fight and kill one another, innocent people who are out and about living their lives aren't. So to me that's the difference. And if you neighborhood it that violent, then move, I sure would.

    • Just move? Are you serious? And it's not just mere "gang violence".

    • Its not always about the color of ur skin but it damn sure plays a big part on how the government and everyone else operates…gang violence can be tragic it might be that they are fightn over sumthng dumb but familes lose loved ones and some INNOCENT people can gt caught in the cross fire…so i do not agree with u there. And just move not everyone can just pack up and move due to their own feelings and choices…the color of ur skin can go a long way if the color pink is detected in ur cheeks and no im not racist just sayn….i lost my brother behind some bullshit that wasnt even gang related so what can be said about that…

    • To bad we stopped talking too and listening to older people, to bad we weren't told about the horror's they faced and couldn't use a gun on a white person period, and back then more blacks had guns than we do now. Gangs was and still are about money. What happened in CT was about ego, white male ego. The position of Black People in this country was and is still at the bottom. The President can't do anything without the Ok of a white man, blacks still can't move when and where they want without RED TAPE, created by a white man. Every 20 yrs the white man votes to see if blacks should still have the RIGHT to VOTE. EQUALITY has always been the key, but because we have 100 black CEO's they say it's EQUAL….. Wonder why PRISON STOCK is being sold on the stock market, who benefit, who's in prison

    • Everyone can't move Christine. I also know plenty of innocent people who have been killed. 10x's more innocent people than in Newtown!

  114. The proof is in the pudding. No response simply means I don't care or it is not a priority, which means I don't care.

  115. The proof is in the pudding. No response simply means I don't care or it is not a priority, which means I don't care.

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