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Wikipedia Summary for Cornel West

Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor, and public intellectual.

The grandson of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness". A socialist, West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the Black church, Marxism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism. Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004).

West is an outspoken voice in left-wing politics in the United States. He has held professorships and fellowships at Harvard University, Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Pepperdine University, and the University of Paris during his career. He is also a frequent commentator on politics and social issues in many media outlets.

From 2010 through 2013, West co-hosted a radio program with Tavis Smiley, called Smiley and West. He has also been featured in several documentaries, and made appearances in Hollywood films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, providing commentary for both films. West has also made several spoken word and hip hop albums, and due to his work, has been named MTV's Artist of the Week. West co-hosts a podcast, The Tight Rope, with Tricia Rose. He is additionally a frequent conversation partner with his friend Robert P. George, a prominent conservative intellectual, with the two often speaking together at colleges and universities on the meaning of liberal arts education, free speech, and civil dialogue. In 2020, he was listed by Prospect as the fourth-greatest thinker for the COVID-19 era.

Quote: If they think they have issues with the president not doing enough for the poor now, wait and see what happens if the opposition takes office. Then they would really need a poverty tour. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If they think they have issues with the president not doing enough for the poor now, wait and see what happens if the opposition takes office. Then they would really need a poverty tour.


Quote: Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture or civilization ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture or civilization ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature.


Quote: You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth.


Quote: Rage is fine as long as it doesn't deteriorate into bitterness. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Rage is fine as long as it doesn't deteriorate into bitterness.


Quote: There is always a very delicate interplay between individual actions and institutional conditions. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There is always a very delicate interplay between individual actions and institutional conditions.


Quote: Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.


Quote: It is very difficult to sustain a high-quality relationship that has the kind of mutual intensity, that has a kind of mutual respect, without putting in time. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It is very difficult to sustain a high-quality relationship that has the kind of mutual intensity, that has a kind of mutual respect, without putting in time.


Quote: Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness.


Quote: To be human you must bear witness to justice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

To be human you must bear witness to justice.


Quote: When you are fundamentally committed to something that is right, you just decide to go down fighting. Period. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When you are fundamentally committed to something that is right, you just decide to go down fighting. Period.


Quote: None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.


Quote: This market way of life promotes addictions to stimulation and obsessions with comfort and convenience. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

This market way of life promotes addictions to stimulation and obsessions with comfort and convenience.


Quote: There are three dominant tendencies in a neoliberal society: financialized, privatized, militarized. And when it comes to black poor people, we get all three. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There are three dominant tendencies in a neoliberal society: financialized, privatized, militarized. And when it comes to black poor people, we get all three.


Quote: If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go.


Quote: Fire really means a certain kind of burning in the soul that one can no longer tolerate when one is pushed against a wall. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Fire really means a certain kind of burning in the soul that one can no longer tolerate when one is pushed against a wall.


Quote: It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.




Quote: We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.




Quote: I have nothing against rich brothers and sisters. Pray for 'em every day. But callousness and indifference, greed and avarice is something that's shot through all of us. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I have nothing against rich brothers and sisters. Pray for 'em every day. But callousness and indifference, greed and avarice is something that's shot through all of us.


Quote: If we can't get back to principles and integrity and it's reduced just the interest of calculation and Machiavellian manipulation, we are in deep trouble. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If we can't get back to principles and integrity and it's reduced just the interest of calculation and Machiavellian manipulation, we are in deep trouble.






Quote: Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity-connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity-connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness.


Quote: None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. (p. 109). by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. (p. 109).






Quote: It's fashionable to be indifferent to other people's suffering. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It's fashionable to be indifferent to other people's suffering.


Quote: In situations of sparse resources along with degraded self-images and depoliticized sensibilities, one avenue for poor people is in existential rebellion and anarchic expression. The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

In situations of sparse resources along with degraded self-images and depoliticized sensibilities, one avenue for poor people is in existential rebellion and anarchic expression. The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people.


Quote: We can't have a freedom struggle without free choice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We can't have a freedom struggle without free choice.


Quote: Poor people can be greedy, too. It's just that they don't have any material resources. We need shaping of the souls as well as shaping of our institutions. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Poor people can be greedy, too. It's just that they don't have any material resources. We need shaping of the souls as well as shaping of our institutions.


Quote: I am not optimistic, but I've never been optimistic about humankind or America. The evidence never looks good in terms of forces for good actually becoming prominent. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I am not optimistic, but I've never been optimistic about humankind or America. The evidence never looks good in terms of forces for good actually becoming prominent.


Quote: All individuals have the same value, not to be determined by market price. They're made in the image and likeness of God. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

All individuals have the same value, not to be determined by market price. They're made in the image and likeness of God.




Quote: It's true that you might be socially isolated because you're reading in the library, at home and so on, but you're intensely alive. In fact you're much more alive than these folk walking the streets of New York in crowds, with no intellectual interrogation and questioning going at all. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: It's true that you might be socially isolated because you're reading in the library, at home and so on, but you're intensely alive. In fact you're much more alive than these folk walking the streets of New York in crowds, with no intellectual interrogation and questioning going at all.- black text on quotes background

It's true that you might be socially isolated because you're reading in the library, at home and so on, but you're intensely alive. In fact you're much more alive than these folk walking the streets of New York in crowds, with no intellectual interrogation and questioning going at all.


Quote: We live in a world where people are fearful of extremism, but Martin Luther King would say he was always trying to keep the flow of love in place. In that sense, he turned the world on its head. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We live in a world where people are fearful of extremism, but Martin Luther King would say he was always trying to keep the flow of love in place. In that sense, he turned the world on its head.


Quote: Martin Luther King was an extremist of love. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King was an extremist of love.


Quote: Certainly Martin Luther King, in the mainstream perception of him, had a dream. Yes, he did. But the question becomes, what was that dream? It wasn't the American Dream. It was a dream that all human beings, especially poor and working people, be treated with dignity. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

Certainly Martin Luther King, in the mainstream perception of him, had a dream. Yes, he did. But the question becomes, what was that dream? It wasn't the American Dream. It was a dream that all human beings, especially poor and working people, be treated with dignity.


Quote: The question is really how do we think seriously about this mechanism called a market. It ought to be determining not values but prices. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The question is really how do we think seriously about this mechanism called a market. It ought to be determining not values but prices.




Quote: I like to be multi-contextual, which is much more important than being multicultural. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I like to be multi-contextual, which is much more important than being multicultural.




Quote: The only countervailing force against organized money at the top, is organized people at the bottom. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The only countervailing force against organized money at the top, is organized people at the bottom.


Quote: I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That's why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don't get out of hand. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That's why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don't get out of hand.- black text on quotes background

I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That's why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don't get out of hand.


Quote: I must feel the fire of my soul so my intellectual blues can set others on fire. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I must feel the fire of my soul so my intellectual blues can set others on fire.


Quote: Now, myself, I'm not a pacifist at all. I believe in just war. I would have joined the spirit of the nation to fight against apartheid. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Now, myself, I'm not a pacifist at all. I believe in just war. I would have joined the spirit of the nation to fight against apartheid.


Quote: The blues aren't pessimistic. We're prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The blues aren't pessimistic. We're prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark.


Quote: I think, Tom Friedman is right, and I think that we have to -- we have to have a serious public dialogue to try to shift public policy in that regard. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think, Tom Friedman is right, and I think that we have to -- we have to have a serious public dialogue to try to shift public policy in that regard.






Quote: We have to be militants for kindness, subversive for sweetness and radicals for tenderness. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We have to be militants for kindness, subversive for sweetness and radicals for tenderness.


Quote: It's never a question of skin pigmentation. It's never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It's what kind of human being you're going to choose to be from your mama's womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It's never a question of skin pigmentation. It's never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It's what kind of human being you're going to choose to be from your mama's womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave.


Quote: The challenge artists face today is whether to be an underground, unheard genius, or to dilute their art for the marketplace. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The challenge artists face today is whether to be an underground, unheard genius, or to dilute their art for the marketplace.


Quote: I was blessed to be part of a commercial, pushing for this energy bill, but we've been unsuccessful. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I was blessed to be part of a commercial, pushing for this energy bill, but we've been unsuccessful.


Quote: Like King, we need to put on our cemetery clothes and be coffin-ready for the next great democratic battle. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Like King, we need to put on our cemetery clothes and be coffin-ready for the next great democratic battle.




Quote: The problem is not just affirmative action, though. The problem is poor people, working people and their children, and affirmative action for the most part doesn't even apply to them. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The problem is not just affirmative action, though. The problem is poor people, working people and their children, and affirmative action for the most part doesn't even apply to them.


Quote: This is what it is for Asians to be part of -- support affirmative action, even though it may be against their interest, but they feel it's a matter of justice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

This is what it is for Asians to be part of -- support affirmative action, even though it may be against their interest, but they feel it's a matter of justice.


Quote: Affirmative action is something that I think is very crucial and necessary. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Affirmative action is something that I think is very crucial and necessary.


Quote: For most of the history of the American empire, government has been a tool for preserving and furthering the power and might of white male corporate elites. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

For most of the history of the American empire, government has been a tool for preserving and furthering the power and might of white male corporate elites.


Quote: The courage to be is the most difficult thing for any human being. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The courage to be is the most difficult thing for any human being.




Quote: It would just be nice if we had leaders in Washington who could unequivocally take a stand on behalf of democratic movements in other parts of the world. And even this is true for even Brother Barack Obama. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It would just be nice if we had leaders in Washington who could unequivocally take a stand on behalf of democratic movements in other parts of the world. And even this is true for even Brother Barack Obama.


Quote: When black America is on the move, America is on the move. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When black America is on the move, America is on the move.


Quote: Music is the very cement that has not just held the black community together but holds black selves together in a fundamental sense. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Music is the very cement that has not just held the black community together but holds black selves together in a fundamental sense.


Quote: If you view life as a gold rush, you're going to end up worshiping a golden calf. And when you call for help, and that golden calf can't respond, you go under. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If you view life as a gold rush, you're going to end up worshiping a golden calf. And when you call for help, and that golden calf can't respond, you go under.


Quote: I'm an old Coltrane disciple just like I'm a Christian. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm an old Coltrane disciple just like I'm a Christian.






Quote: We are intent on building a movement. The next step is grassroots town meetings. We must keep alive the dialogue around the covenants. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We are intent on building a movement. The next step is grassroots town meetings. We must keep alive the dialogue around the covenants.




Quote: The rage is still there but I found the right kind of channel, because it's tied to a love, it's tied to a struggle for justice. And most importantly, for me, it's tied to a recognition that I am a cracked vessel. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The rage is still there but I found the right kind of channel, because it's tied to a love, it's tied to a struggle for justice. And most importantly, for me, it's tied to a recognition that I am a cracked vessel.


Quote: I don't believe in the elimination of evil. But I believe in fightin' against evil. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I don't believe in the elimination of evil. But I believe in fightin' against evil.


Quote: Part of the popularity with Louis Farrakhan has less to do with the content of his message and more to do with the form that he portrays himself -- as being a free black person who speaks what is on his mind with boldness and fearlessness. Who is willing to pay the consequences. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

Part of the popularity with Louis Farrakhan has less to do with the content of his message and more to do with the form that he portrays himself -- as being a free black person who speaks what is on his mind with boldness and fearlessness. Who is willing to pay the consequences.


Quote: Success is such a relative thing for me. I'm fundamentally a Christian which means that ultimately all of the penultimate titles and things you just had to wear with a loose garment. Really. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Success is such a relative thing for me. I'm fundamentally a Christian which means that ultimately all of the penultimate titles and things you just had to wear with a loose garment. Really.


Quote: I don't know of a great artist who did not sacrifice and thereby have to wrestle with the depths of loneliness and sadness. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I don't know of a great artist who did not sacrifice and thereby have to wrestle with the depths of loneliness and sadness.


Quote: If you are always trying to do something for a cause bigger than you -- connected with serving others -- then it is hard to be guilty. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If you are always trying to do something for a cause bigger than you -- connected with serving others -- then it is hard to be guilty.




Quote: It's just that the churches have been sleeping for a long time. A lot of people argue that the churches are even dead. I don't believe they're dead, but they've been sleeping, but they, I hope, will wake up, and that's one of my tasks is to make sure they wake up as much as they do before I die. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: It's just that the churches have been sleeping for a long time. A lot of people argue that the churches are even dead. I don't believe they're dead, but they've been sleeping, but they, I hope, will wake up, and that's one of my tasks is to make sure they wake up as much as they do before I die.- black text on quotes background

It's just that the churches have been sleeping for a long time. A lot of people argue that the churches are even dead. I don't believe they're dead, but they've been sleeping, but they, I hope, will wake up, and that's one of my tasks is to make sure they wake up as much as they do before I die.


Quote: If the churches don't move, much of the community won't move. We've got a situation in which a black church is still a major institution in the black community where 55 percent of the black folk attend and over 75 pass through its doors. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If the churches don't move, much of the community won't move. We've got a situation in which a black church is still a major institution in the black community where 55 percent of the black folk attend and over 75 pass through its doors.


Quote: The wonderful thing about the black church for me is that it forces you to come to terms with the centrality of love in the world. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The wonderful thing about the black church for me is that it forces you to come to terms with the centrality of love in the world.


Quote: In the practice of radical love, you are embracing human beings across the board, but you do give a preference -- very much like Jesus -- to the least of these, to the weak, to the vulnerable. That includes poor whites and poor browns, as well as the poor in black ghettos. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

In the practice of radical love, you are embracing human beings across the board, but you do give a preference -- very much like Jesus -- to the least of these, to the weak, to the vulnerable. That includes poor whites and poor browns, as well as the poor in black ghettos.


Quote: The black church often has reinforced certain self images that are damaging to black peoples' beauty, black peoples' confidence. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The black church often has reinforced certain self images that are damaging to black peoples' beauty, black peoples' confidence.


Quote: The condition of truth, is to allow suffering to speak. Which means attend to suffering of the least of these, of the orphan, the widow, the poor, the working people, the gay brother, the lesbian sister, the transgender, the black people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The condition of truth, is to allow suffering to speak. Which means attend to suffering of the least of these, of the orphan, the widow, the poor, the working people, the gay brother, the lesbian sister, the transgender, the black people.


Quote: Part of the popularity with Louis Farrakhan has less to do with the content of his message and more to do with the form that he portrays himself -- as being a free, black person who speaks what is on his mind with boldness and fearlessness. Who is willing to pay the consequences. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

Part of the popularity with Louis Farrakhan has less to do with the content of his message and more to do with the form that he portrays himself -- as being a free, black person who speaks what is on his mind with boldness and fearlessness. Who is willing to pay the consequences.






Quote: Every empire suffers from hubris, arrogance and condescension, and therefore a moral blindness. That's true of the American empire, it was true of the British Empireearlier, and it will certainly be true of the Chinese Empire in the future. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Every empire suffers from hubris, arrogance and condescension, and therefore a moral blindness. That's true of the American empire, it was true of the British Empireearlier, and it will certainly be true of the Chinese Empire in the future.




Quote: You don't begin by dehumanizing those who are dehumanizing you, because it contributes to the cycle of dehumanization in the world. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You don't begin by dehumanizing those who are dehumanizing you, because it contributes to the cycle of dehumanization in the world.




Quote: Does he have a double standard for black critics as opposed to white critics? by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Does he have a double standard for black critics as opposed to white critics?


Quote: I think that when we talk about education I was also blessed to talk with my dear brother Arne Duncan. I had never met him, the secretary of Education. We had a wonderful talk. And I had told him quite explicitly education is a right, it's not a race to the top. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think that when we talk about education I was also blessed to talk with my dear brother Arne Duncan. I had never met him, the secretary of Education. We had a wonderful talk. And I had told him quite explicitly education is a right, it's not a race to the top.


Quote: Courage is the enabling virtue for any philosopher -- for any human being, I think, in the end. Courage to think, courage to love, courage to hope. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Courage is the enabling virtue for any philosopher -- for any human being, I think, in the end. Courage to think, courage to love, courage to hope.


Quote: The condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak -- that gives it an existential emphasis. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak -- that gives it an existential emphasis.


Quote: It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield.


Quote: John Coltrane was an addict; Billie Holiday was an addict; Eugene O'Neill was an addict. What would America be without addicts and post-addicts who make such grand contributions to our society? by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

John Coltrane was an addict; Billie Holiday was an addict; Eugene O'Neill was an addict. What would America be without addicts and post-addicts who make such grand contributions to our society?


Quote: I certainly support the right of the gay brothers and sisters to come together. I believe true love can take a number of different forms. If they choose to be married that's fine, but the important thing is I hope they find love. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I certainly support the right of the gay brothers and sisters to come together. I believe true love can take a number of different forms. If they choose to be married that's fine, but the important thing is I hope they find love.


Quote: Frederick Douglas's agenda was an agenda, not for black people to get out of slavery. It was for America to become a better democracy. And it's spilt over for women's rights; it's split over for worker's rights and so forth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Frederick Douglas's agenda was an agenda, not for black people to get out of slavery. It was for America to become a better democracy. And it's spilt over for women's rights; it's split over for worker's rights and so forth.


Quote: The black agenda, from Frederick Douglas to Ida B. Wells to Martin King, has always been the most broad, deep, inclusive, embracing agenda of the nation. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The black agenda, from Frederick Douglas to Ida B. Wells to Martin King, has always been the most broad, deep, inclusive, embracing agenda of the nation.


Quote: If you view life as a gold rush, you're going to end up worshiping a golden calf. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If you view life as a gold rush, you're going to end up worshiping a golden calf.


Quote: There used to be corporations that produced products. Now there are just banks that produce deals, hedge-fund-driven banks and derivatives and those things. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There used to be corporations that produced products. Now there are just banks that produce deals, hedge-fund-driven banks and derivatives and those things.


Quote: Part of the problem is we had so far to go, given the deep homophobia in our society. But, the movement is very real. The movement is very real. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Part of the problem is we had so far to go, given the deep homophobia in our society. But, the movement is very real. The movement is very real.


Quote: Homophobia is very, very difficult to root out, to extricate. That's why we have to bear witness. That's why we have to be so public about it, and that's why we can't just play footsie with it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Homophobia is very, very difficult to root out, to extricate. That's why we have to bear witness. That's why we have to be so public about it, and that's why we can't just play footsie with it.


Quote: If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If the Kingdom of God is in you, you should leave a little bit of heaven wherever you go.


Quote: Jesus loves a free black man. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Jesus loves a free black man.


Quote: Justice is what love looks like in public. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Justice is what love looks like in public.


Quote: There is no organizations and institutions that are worthwhile in terms of fighting for and dying for unless there is some individual integrity and character and virtue that is at work within various individuals in those institutions especially their leaders. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There is no organizations and institutions that are worthwhile in terms of fighting for and dying for unless there is some individual integrity and character and virtue that is at work within various individuals in those institutions especially their leaders.


Quote: We're learning lessons from Africa. And the lesson that we need to learn is, how do we straighten our backs up in the face of these oligarchs and plutocrats who are trying to snatch the best of our democracy away? by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We're learning lessons from Africa. And the lesson that we need to learn is, how do we straighten our backs up in the face of these oligarchs and plutocrats who are trying to snatch the best of our democracy away?


Quote: The interesting thing for me is, if that had been a left-wing person raising questions, President Obama probably would have expressed his anger. Because Obama really does get upset about progressives. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The interesting thing for me is, if that had been a left-wing person raising questions, President Obama probably would have expressed his anger. Because Obama really does get upset about progressives.




Quote: I had a passion and love of learning and wisdom that was inseparable from a love of music and the arts. I've never viewed them in any way as being separable. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I had a passion and love of learning and wisdom that was inseparable from a love of music and the arts. I've never viewed them in any way as being separable.








Quote: A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue.




Quote: Life is such a mysterious thing that you are up one day; you are down the next day. A lot of the homeless brothers and sisters who were a success ten years ago, they are now on the street. Maybe ten years later they will be a success, but the crucial question is what is the quality of their life. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: Life is such a mysterious thing that you are up one day; you are down the next day. A lot of the homeless brothers and sisters who were a success ten years ago, they are now on the street. Maybe ten years later they will be a success, but the crucial question is what is the quality of their life.- black text on quotes background

Life is such a mysterious thing that you are up one day; you are down the next day. A lot of the homeless brothers and sisters who were a success ten years ago, they are now on the street. Maybe ten years later they will be a success, but the crucial question is what is the quality of their life.


Quote: I would want to conceive of philosophy as grounded in the very long humanist tradition that is the best of the West, which is open to the East and North and South. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I would want to conceive of philosophy as grounded in the very long humanist tradition that is the best of the West, which is open to the East and North and South.


Quote: I'm sure I've had my phone tapped for years, I don't think it's a crime against humanity they just ought to quit doing it, god damn it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm sure I've had my phone tapped for years, I don't think it's a crime against humanity they just ought to quit doing it, god damn it.




Quote: I'm a Christian, but I'm not a puritan. I believe in pleasure and orgiastic pleasure has its place, intellectual pleasure has its place, social pleasure has its place, televisual pleasure has its place in life. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm a Christian, but I'm not a puritan. I believe in pleasure and orgiastic pleasure has its place, intellectual pleasure has its place, social pleasure has its place, televisual pleasure has its place in life.


Quote: The most important assets we have are our bodies and our energy which can be put to good use as resources in political activism for poor and working people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The most important assets we have are our bodies and our energy which can be put to good use as resources in political activism for poor and working people.


Quote: When it comes to our precious poor children of all colors, maybe disproportionally in percentage black and white and red, but all colors, yellow as well as white, we need to push toward integrated schools. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When it comes to our precious poor children of all colors, maybe disproportionally in percentage black and white and red, but all colors, yellow as well as white, we need to push toward integrated schools.


Quote: I'm a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration -- joy and pain -- sit side by side. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration -- joy and pain -- sit side by side.




Quote: You keep folks so intimidated. You can give them money, access, but they're still scared. And as long as you're scared, you're on the plantation. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You keep folks so intimidated. You can give them money, access, but they're still scared. And as long as you're scared, you're on the plantation.


Quote: The conversation with the dead is one of the great pleasures of life. Somebody who is sitting reading Chekhov, Beckett, reading Toni Morrison -- you are not in any way dead, in many ways you are intensely alive. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The conversation with the dead is one of the great pleasures of life. Somebody who is sitting reading Chekhov, Beckett, reading Toni Morrison -- you are not in any way dead, in many ways you are intensely alive.


Quote: There's a certain pleasure of the life of the mind that cannot be denied. There's a certain pleasure about being around people who enact a playfulness when it comes to the world of ideas. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There's a certain pleasure of the life of the mind that cannot be denied. There's a certain pleasure about being around people who enact a playfulness when it comes to the world of ideas.


Quote: Martin Luther King Jr's agenda was not to help Negroes overcome American apartheid in the south. It was to make America democracy a better place, where everyday people, from poor people who were white and red and yellow and black and brown, would be able to live lives in decency and dignity. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: Martin Luther King Jr's agenda was not to help Negroes overcome American apartheid in the south. It was to make America democracy a better place, where everyday people, from poor people who were white and red and yellow and black and brown, would be able to live lives in decency and dignity.- black text on quotes background

Martin Luther King Jr's agenda was not to help Negroes overcome American apartheid in the south. It was to make America democracy a better place, where everyday people, from poor people who were white and red and yellow and black and brown, would be able to live lives in decency and dignity.


Quote: The paradox of race in America is that our common destiny is more pronounced and imperiled precisely when our divisions are deeper. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The paradox of race in America is that our common destiny is more pronounced and imperiled precisely when our divisions are deeper.






Quote: Greatness is telling the truth and being courageous in pursuit of justice. The worst thing you could tell young people is to be successful but become well-adjusted to an unjust status quo as opposed to being great and being maladjusted to an unjust status quo. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Greatness is telling the truth and being courageous in pursuit of justice. The worst thing you could tell young people is to be successful but become well-adjusted to an unjust status quo as opposed to being great and being maladjusted to an unjust status quo.




Quote: Anger can be a bitterness that devours your soul while righteous indignation is morally driven, it's ethically driven. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Anger can be a bitterness that devours your soul while righteous indignation is morally driven, it's ethically driven.


Quote: I'm not a pacifist at all; I think there is a notion of just war that can be persuasively argued. I think in the face of Nazis, in the face of apartheid, that I would have joined those armies. But that's the last, last resort. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm not a pacifist at all; I think there is a notion of just war that can be persuasively argued. I think in the face of Nazis, in the face of apartheid, that I would have joined those armies. But that's the last, last resort.


Quote: When you love people, you give them a priority. You have a sense of urgency about their pain. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When you love people, you give them a priority. You have a sense of urgency about their pain.


Quote: The most dangerous thing in American society is a self-respecting and self-loving black person, because they're on the road to freedom and that means they're gonna run up against the powers that be. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The most dangerous thing in American society is a self-respecting and self-loving black person, because they're on the road to freedom and that means they're gonna run up against the powers that be.


Quote: It's no accident that most of the great black spokespersons and leaders understood the centrality of self-affirmation, self-respect and self-love. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It's no accident that most of the great black spokespersons and leaders understood the centrality of self-affirmation, self-respect and self-love.


Quote: I always felt called to serve, to empower and ennoble as many people as I could, teaching, truth-telling, exposing lies, bearing witness, and being willing to live and die for something bigger than yourself. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I always felt called to serve, to empower and ennoble as many people as I could, teaching, truth-telling, exposing lies, bearing witness, and being willing to live and die for something bigger than yourself.


Quote: Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature.


Quote: I try to, in my own fallible way, speak the truth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I try to, in my own fallible way, speak the truth.


Quote: There is a price to pay for speaking the truth. There is a bigger price for living a lie. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There is a price to pay for speaking the truth. There is a bigger price for living a lie.


Quote: Martin Luther King wanted to be morally consistent and speak out against various things that were wrong, not just racism. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King wanted to be morally consistent and speak out against various things that were wrong, not just racism.


Quote: Fantasies are real. They have effects on your soul, even though, as I was too young to really step forward. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Fantasies are real. They have effects on your soul, even though, as I was too young to really step forward.




Quote: I think philosophy is all about lived experience, which is to say life in the streets, life in a variety of different contexts. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think philosophy is all about lived experience, which is to say life in the streets, life in a variety of different contexts.


Quote: Wall Street is stronger than ever. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Wall Street is stronger than ever.


Quote: This book is the best treatment of the best American Marxist philosopher-and the best philosopher to emerge from American slums. Young Sidney Hook is essential reading for anyone interested in democratic theory and practice in America. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

This book is the best treatment of the best American Marxist philosopher-and the best philosopher to emerge from American slums. Young Sidney Hook is essential reading for anyone interested in democratic theory and practice in America.


Quote: Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, a whole host of brilliant, courageous critics say all kinds of things, and he Barack Obama treats them with respect. They get invited to the White House. I say the same thing, he talks to me like I'm a Cub Scout. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, a whole host of brilliant, courageous critics say all kinds of things, and he Barack Obama treats them with respect. They get invited to the White House. I say the same thing, he talks to me like I'm a Cub Scout.


Quote: One of the things I love most about Martin Luther King is that he was willing to sacrifice his popularity in favor of his integrity. He was an honest man, and he would tell the truth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

One of the things I love most about Martin Luther King is that he was willing to sacrifice his popularity in favor of his integrity. He was an honest man, and he would tell the truth.


Quote: It takes tremendous discipline, takes tremendous courage, to think for yourself, to examine yourself. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It takes tremendous discipline, takes tremendous courage, to think for yourself, to examine yourself.


Quote: When you place a high value on truth, you have to think for yourself. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When you place a high value on truth, you have to think for yourself.


Quote: For me music is central, so when one's talking about poetry, for the most part Plato's talking primarily about words, where I talk about notes, I talk about tone, I talk about timbre, I talk about rhythms. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

For me music is central, so when one's talking about poetry, for the most part Plato's talking primarily about words, where I talk about notes, I talk about tone, I talk about timbre, I talk about rhythms.


Quote: I loathe nationalism. It is a form of tribalism -- the idolatry of the 20th century. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I loathe nationalism. It is a form of tribalism -- the idolatry of the 20th century.




Quote: Profound music leads us beyond language...to the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Profound music leads us beyond language...to the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence.


Quote: Courage is being true to yourself, true to a sense of integrity. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Courage is being true to yourself, true to a sense of integrity.


Quote: I love my gay brothers. I love my lesbian sisters. I love my transvestite, my gender-bending folk. For me, it's a matter of embracing their humanity, allowing them to choose in such a way that they are in the driver's seat regarding their lives. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I love my gay brothers. I love my lesbian sisters. I love my transvestite, my gender-bending folk. For me, it's a matter of embracing their humanity, allowing them to choose in such a way that they are in the driver's seat regarding their lives.


Quote: Reelection ought not to be the primary preoccupation of any politician. It ought to be standing up for truth and justice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Reelection ought not to be the primary preoccupation of any politician. It ought to be standing up for truth and justice.


Quote: Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.


Quote: Wealth inequality has increased. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Wealth inequality has increased.


Quote: Once you begin to talk about wealth inequality, especially as it relates to corporations and big banks, or engage in an indictment of U.S. foreign policy, you are really getting at the center of a society that is very fearful of that kind of critique. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Once you begin to talk about wealth inequality, especially as it relates to corporations and big banks, or engage in an indictment of U.S. foreign policy, you are really getting at the center of a society that is very fearful of that kind of critique.


Quote: Martin Luther King was a radical democrat, by which I mean someone who is a foe of wealth inequality. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King was a radical democrat, by which I mean someone who is a foe of wealth inequality.


Quote: There is something about boldness and fearlessness and being free enough to speak what is on one's mind that warrants freedom. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There is something about boldness and fearlessness and being free enough to speak what is on one's mind that warrants freedom.


Quote: Be willing to learn, because none of us know the truth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of fawn pug on bed

Be willing to learn, because none of us know the truth.




Quote: You can't have a high-quality relationship without time and without trust. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You can't have a high-quality relationship without time and without trust.


Quote: If you can't have a good time and smile and relate to people across race and class, then the success that you have ultimately is just sounding brass and tinkling symbol. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

If you can't have a good time and smile and relate to people across race and class, then the success that you have ultimately is just sounding brass and tinkling symbol.


Quote: Confining life to an eternal present is an insidious form of soul murder. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Confining life to an eternal present is an insidious form of soul murder.


Quote: Sometime you just need to be silent, have a drink and crack a smile or somethin', because the human condition, in general, is just overwhelming in so many ways. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Sometime you just need to be silent, have a drink and crack a smile or somethin', because the human condition, in general, is just overwhelming in so many ways.




Quote: It's a spiritual malnutrition tied to a moral constipation, where people have a sense of what's right and what's good. It's just stuck, and they can't get it out because there's too much greed. There's too much obsession with reputation and addiction to narrow conceptions of success. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: It's a spiritual malnutrition tied to a moral constipation, where people have a sense of what's right and what's good. It's just stuck, and they can't get it out because there's too much greed. There's too much obsession with reputation and addiction to narrow conceptions of success.- black text on quotes background

It's a spiritual malnutrition tied to a moral constipation, where people have a sense of what's right and what's good. It's just stuck, and they can't get it out because there's too much greed. There's too much obsession with reputation and addiction to narrow conceptions of success.




Quote: Liberty, which means resisting all forms of cultural authoritarianism, be it from the right wing church, black ideologues, black nationalists, or mainstream white media. We have to accent liberty and freedom of expression and thought in all their forms. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Liberty, which means resisting all forms of cultural authoritarianism, be it from the right wing church, black ideologues, black nationalists, or mainstream white media. We have to accent liberty and freedom of expression and thought in all their forms.






Quote: To be great in our times too often means to have great prosperity and no moral magnanimity at all. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

To be great in our times too often means to have great prosperity and no moral magnanimity at all.






Quote: I think nonviolence and the mediation of conflict by means of respecting civility must be promoted. But being the kind of beings we peoplep are -- wrestling with greed, and wrestling with fears and security, anxieties, wrestling with hatred that's shot through all of us -- wars are here to stay. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: I think nonviolence and the mediation of conflict by means of respecting civility must be promoted. But being the kind of beings we peoplep are -- wrestling with greed, and wrestling with fears and security, anxieties, wrestling with hatred that's shot through all of us -- wars are here to stay.- black text on quotes background

I think nonviolence and the mediation of conflict by means of respecting civility must be promoted. But being the kind of beings we peoplep are -- wrestling with greed, and wrestling with fears and security, anxieties, wrestling with hatred that's shot through all of us -- wars are here to stay.








Quote: Martin Luther King's legacy is never to be measured by bricks and mortar, but rather by the kind of lives that we live, and the kind of love and service that we render. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King's legacy is never to be measured by bricks and mortar, but rather by the kind of lives that we live, and the kind of love and service that we render.


Quote: I've never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that's true even with one church as a Christian. I'm committed to truth and justice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I've never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that's true even with one church as a Christian. I'm committed to truth and justice.


Quote: To be human, at the most profound level, is to encounter honestly the inescapable circumstances that constrain us, yet muster the courage to struggle compassionately for our own unique individualities and for more democratic and free societies. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

To be human, at the most profound level, is to encounter honestly the inescapable circumstances that constrain us, yet muster the courage to struggle compassionately for our own unique individualities and for more democratic and free societies.




Quote: Those who have never despaired have neither lived nor loved. Hope is inseparable from despair. Those of us who truly hope make despair a constant companion whom we out-wrestle every day

 owing to our commitment to justice, love, and hope. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Those who have never despaired have neither lived nor loved. Hope is inseparable from despair. Those of us who truly hope make despair a constant companion whom we out-wrestle every day

owing to our commitment to justice, love, and hope.




Quote: Love is fundamentally a death of an old self that was isolated and the emergence of a new self now entangled with another self, the self that you fall in love with. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Love is fundamentally a death of an old self that was isolated and the emergence of a new self now entangled with another self, the self that you fall in love with.


Quote: You can't talk about truth without talking about learning how to die because it's precisely by learning how to die, examining yourself and transforming your old self into a better self, that you actually live more intensely and critically and abundantly. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You can't talk about truth without talking about learning how to die because it's precisely by learning how to die, examining yourself and transforming your old self into a better self, that you actually live more intensely and critically and abundantly.


Quote: Part of the challenge of the Barack Obama campaign was to try to neutralize that white backlash, and of course, he was masterful in doing that. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Part of the challenge of the Barack Obama campaign was to try to neutralize that white backlash, and of course, he was masterful in doing that.


Quote: Playboy has a long history of high-quality interviews along with the objectification of women, and so I think she does have a point there. I don't think that the words are necessarily nullified. It's just that that context is something you ought to be suspicious of. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

Playboy has a long history of high-quality interviews along with the objectification of women, and so I think she does have a point there. I don't think that the words are necessarily nullified. It's just that that context is something you ought to be suspicious of.


Quote: The evil is so ubiquitous in terms of objectification of all of us, that one can say that almost about any TV and even radio show. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The evil is so ubiquitous in terms of objectification of all of us, that one can say that almost about any TV and even radio show.


Quote: I remind young people everywhere I go, one of the worst things the older generation did was to tell them for twenty-five years Be successful, be successful, be successful as opposed to Be great, be great, be great. There's a qualitative difference. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I remind young people everywhere I go, one of the worst things the older generation did was to tell them for twenty-five years Be successful, be successful, be successful as opposed to Be great, be great, be great. There's a qualitative difference.


Quote: It takes unbelievable spiritual courage, moral fortitude, to engage in militant nonviolence. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It takes unbelievable spiritual courage, moral fortitude, to engage in militant nonviolence.


Quote: We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.


Quote: There's a number of hip-hop artists who are highly talented but politically retrograde. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There's a number of hip-hop artists who are highly talented but politically retrograde.


Quote: The white backlash has been at work for a long time. It's been part and parcel of the Republican Party for the last 25 years or so, and it's been highly successful up until Barack Obama was ingeniously able to come up with strategies to deal with it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The white backlash has been at work for a long time. It's been part and parcel of the Republican Party for the last 25 years or so, and it's been highly successful up until Barack Obama was ingeniously able to come up with strategies to deal with it.




Quote: The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration.






Quote: We live in a predatory capitalist society in which everything is for sale. Everybody is for sale, so there is ubiquitous commodification -- be it of music, food, people, or parking meters. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We live in a predatory capitalist society in which everything is for sale. Everybody is for sale, so there is ubiquitous commodification -- be it of music, food, people, or parking meters.


Quote: You see it even in our educational systems, where the market model becomes central. It's a matter of just gaining a skill or gaining access to a job to live in some vanilla suburb, as opposed to becoming a critical citizen concerned with public interest and common good. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

You see it even in our educational systems, where the market model becomes central. It's a matter of just gaining a skill or gaining access to a job to live in some vanilla suburb, as opposed to becoming a critical citizen concerned with public interest and common good.




Quote: Drew Dellinger is one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic poets of his generation. I love his spirit. Don't miss him! by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Drew Dellinger is one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic poets of his generation. I love his spirit. Don't miss him!


Quote: Prophetic pragmatism attempts to keep alive the sense of alternative ways of life and of struggle based on the best of the past. In this sense, the praxis of prophetic pragmatism is tragic action with revolutionary intent, usually reformist consequences and always visionary outlook. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: Prophetic pragmatism attempts to keep alive the sense of alternative ways of life and of struggle based on the best of the past. In this sense, the praxis of prophetic pragmatism is tragic action with revolutionary intent, usually reformist consequences and always visionary outlook.- black text on quotes background

Prophetic pragmatism attempts to keep alive the sense of alternative ways of life and of struggle based on the best of the past. In this sense, the praxis of prophetic pragmatism is tragic action with revolutionary intent, usually reformist consequences and always visionary outlook.


Quote: I think hip-hop can be prophetic and progressive, and at the same time, the dominant forms tend to be homophobic, misogynistic and something that we need to critically call into question. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think hip-hop can be prophetic and progressive, and at the same time, the dominant forms tend to be homophobic, misogynistic and something that we need to critically call into question.


Quote: We've got the wrong vision, the wrong values, the wrong priority, and as the great prophetic figure Marian Edelman Wright puts it, we have been AWOL when it comes to poor people and poor children. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We've got the wrong vision, the wrong values, the wrong priority, and as the great prophetic figure Marian Edelman Wright puts it, we have been AWOL when it comes to poor people and poor children.




Quote: For me the prophetic has to do with mustering the courage to love, to empathize, to exercise compassion, and to be committed to justice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

For me the prophetic has to do with mustering the courage to love, to empathize, to exercise compassion, and to be committed to justice.




Quote: The condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak, it means then that if you have a prophetic sensibility, you are committed to loving others and if you love others, you hate injustice. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak, it means then that if you have a prophetic sensibility, you are committed to loving others and if you love others, you hate injustice.


Quote: Black prophetic fire is the hypersensitivity to the suffering of others that generates a righteous indignation that results in the willingness to live and die for freedom. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Black prophetic fire is the hypersensitivity to the suffering of others that generates a righteous indignation that results in the willingness to live and die for freedom.


Quote: Without the presence of black people in America, European-Americans would not be white -- they would be Irish, Italians, Poles, Welsh, and other engaged in class, ethnic, and gender struggles over resources and identity. (p. 107-108). by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Without the presence of black people in America, European-Americans would not be white -- they would be Irish, Italians, Poles, Welsh, and other engaged in class, ethnic, and gender struggles over resources and identity. (p. 107-108).






Quote: A rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

A rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it.


Quote: I think those who choose to find joy in serving others, those who choose to find their voice, to pursue their vocation and to act on their vision oftentimes have to sacrifice much.It's almost like a crucifixion in terms of the cross you have to bear. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think those who choose to find joy in serving others, those who choose to find their voice, to pursue their vocation and to act on their vision oftentimes have to sacrifice much.It's almost like a crucifixion in terms of the cross you have to bear.


Quote: The important thing for me as an educator is how to -- how do we unsettle the minds and touch the souls of significant numbers of young people who don't read texts or don't read my texts. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The important thing for me as an educator is how to -- how do we unsettle the minds and touch the souls of significant numbers of young people who don't read texts or don't read my texts.


Quote: There ought to be a robust, uninhibited conversation in black America with different black ideological perspectives. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There ought to be a robust, uninhibited conversation in black America with different black ideological perspectives.


Quote: Going all the way back to Jeremiah Wright and Tavis Smiley and Van Jones and even Shirley Sherrod and maybe even Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel. We're going to see what his Barack Obama response is. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Going all the way back to Jeremiah Wright and Tavis Smiley and Van Jones and even Shirley Sherrod and maybe even Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel. We're going to see what his Barack Obama response is.


Quote: Our politicians have sacrificed their principles on the altar of special interests; our corporate leaders have sacrificed their integrity on the altar of profits; and our media watchdogs have sacrificed the voice of dissent on the altar of audience competition. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Our politicians have sacrificed their principles on the altar of special interests; our corporate leaders have sacrificed their integrity on the altar of profits; and our media watchdogs have sacrificed the voice of dissent on the altar of audience competition.




Quote: It's so easy to begin to demonize someone you think is so far removed and as the demonization begins to expand, it ends up being everybody but your friends. After a while everybody else but you. That is a slippery slope that is so easy to slide down, and that's what is dangerous. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

It's so easy to begin to demonize someone you think is so far removed and as the demonization begins to expand, it ends up being everybody but your friends. After a while everybody else but you. That is a slippery slope that is so easy to slide down, and that's what is dangerous.


Quote: It is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice… there is no greater joy than inspiring and empowering others -- -- especially the least of these, the precious and priceless wretched of the earth! by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

It is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice… there is no greater joy than inspiring and empowering others -- -- especially the least of these, the precious and priceless wretched of the earth!


Quote: Pleasure, no matter how desirable, is never innocent: it's always presupposing and assuming a certain kind of social order, one usually shot through structures of domination. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Pleasure, no matter how desirable, is never innocent: it's always presupposing and assuming a certain kind of social order, one usually shot through structures of domination.


Quote: I still have a righteous indignation at injustice, no matter what form it takes. It could be homophobia, it could be white supremacy, male supremacy, imperial arrogance, class subordination or whatever. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I still have a righteous indignation at injustice, no matter what form it takes. It could be homophobia, it could be white supremacy, male supremacy, imperial arrogance, class subordination or whatever.






Quote: White supremacy is so deep-seated that it's hard to see it eliminated. But we could definitely push it back. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

White supremacy is so deep-seated that it's hard to see it eliminated. But we could definitely push it back.


Quote: I love the academy in terms of the life of the mind and the world of ideas. I also love the streets. I love the churches and mosques and synagogues. I love the trade union centers. I love the community centers. I speak regularly at prisons and so forth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I love the academy in terms of the life of the mind and the world of ideas. I also love the streets. I love the churches and mosques and synagogues. I love the trade union centers. I love the community centers. I speak regularly at prisons and so forth.


Quote: I do believe that not just the churches but strong communities, strong trade unions, strong families can make a difference in terms of producing persons much more virtuous than what one usually finds in a gangster culture. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I do believe that not just the churches but strong communities, strong trade unions, strong families can make a difference in terms of producing persons much more virtuous than what one usually finds in a gangster culture.


Quote: For me, musicians are poets. Beethoven describes himself as a poet of tones, just like Coltrane's a poet of tempo. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

For me, musicians are poets. Beethoven describes himself as a poet of tones, just like Coltrane's a poet of tempo.


Quote: The capitalist culture of consumption... does not provide meaningful sustenance for large numbers of people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The capitalist culture of consumption... does not provide meaningful sustenance for large numbers of people.


Quote: There has certainly been ugly, right-wing hatred targeting Barack Obama. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There has certainly been ugly, right-wing hatred targeting Barack Obama.


Quote: I think anytime we talk about transforming in capitalist society, we are talking about a process not a particular event so you can't talk about a socialist revolution. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I think anytime we talk about transforming in capitalist society, we are talking about a process not a particular event so you can't talk about a socialist revolution.


Quote: There's no doubt that many of the mainstream white institutions tend to be cosmetic and symbolic when it comes to including African-Americans, whereas we black folk tend to be much more sensitive about embracing others, and we have a long history of that. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

There's no doubt that many of the mainstream white institutions tend to be cosmetic and symbolic when it comes to including African-Americans, whereas we black folk tend to be much more sensitive about embracing others, and we have a long history of that.




Quote: Martin Luther King would celebrate the symbolic status (of having a black president), but he would examine what the real substance was. And if he saw that poor and working people were not at the center of public policy, he would be deeply, deeply upset. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King would celebrate the symbolic status (of having a black president), but he would examine what the real substance was. And if he saw that poor and working people were not at the center of public policy, he would be deeply, deeply upset.


Quote: I don't draw any distinctions between forms of bigotry or forms of ideology that lose sight of the humanity of people. I can't stand white supremacy. I can't stand male supremacy. I can't stand imperial subjugation. I can't stand homophobia. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I don't draw any distinctions between forms of bigotry or forms of ideology that lose sight of the humanity of people. I can't stand white supremacy. I can't stand male supremacy. I can't stand imperial subjugation. I can't stand homophobia.


Quote: When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. They can't get away with their abuse. They can't get away with subjection. They can't get away with subjugation. They can't get away with exploitation. They can't get away with domination. It takes courage for folk to stand up. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. They can't get away with their abuse. They can't get away with subjection. They can't get away with subjugation. They can't get away with exploitation. They can't get away with domination. It takes courage for folk to stand up.- black text on quotes background

When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. They can't get away with their abuse. They can't get away with subjection. They can't get away with subjugation. They can't get away with exploitation. They can't get away with domination. It takes courage for folk to stand up.


Quote: When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots.


Quote: We're talking about a prison-industrial complex. We're talking about a war on drugs that's generating unprecedented levels of incarcerated folk. We're talking about dilapidated housing. We're talking about joblessness and underemployment. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We're talking about a prison-industrial complex. We're talking about a war on drugs that's generating unprecedented levels of incarcerated folk. We're talking about dilapidated housing. We're talking about joblessness and underemployment.


Quote: The problem is that in America is that the nation state has been so weak when it comes to the history of big markets the history of big business in a way so we have a very weak welfare state compared to European nation states. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The problem is that in America is that the nation state has been so weak when it comes to the history of big markets the history of big business in a way so we have a very weak welfare state compared to European nation states.


Quote: When you socially neglect a people, when you economically abandon a people, when you transfer wealth from them to the well-to-do, what are a people going to do? They're going to respond with very sad forms of despair, and that's true for everybody -- I don't care what color you are. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: When you socially neglect a people, when you economically abandon a people, when you transfer wealth from them to the well-to-do, what are a people going to do? They're going to respond with very sad forms of despair, and that's true for everybody -- I don't care what color you are.- black text on quotes background

When you socially neglect a people, when you economically abandon a people, when you transfer wealth from them to the well-to-do, what are a people going to do? They're going to respond with very sad forms of despair, and that's true for everybody -- I don't care what color you are.


Quote: I couldn't live without the genius of Stephen Sondheim, be it not just West Side Story,but Follies,Company,Sweeney Todd,Passion.You can go on and on. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I couldn't live without the genius of Stephen Sondheim, be it not just West Side Story,but Follies,Company,Sweeney Todd,Passion.You can go on and on.


Quote: We're all vanishing organisms and disappearing creatures in space and time -- that death sentence in space in time that Kafka talked about with such profundity. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We're all vanishing organisms and disappearing creatures in space and time -- that death sentence in space in time that Kafka talked about with such profundity.




Quote: He who learns death unlearns slavery. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

He who learns death unlearns slavery.


Quote: There are various forms of weaponry, intellectual weaponry, spiritual weaponry, political weaponry, economic weaponry. Because we are on the battlefield, and there are bullets flying, some symbolic, some literal and the life of the mind is a crucial place where the battle goes on. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote: There are various forms of weaponry, intellectual weaponry, spiritual weaponry, political weaponry, economic weaponry. Because we are on the battlefield, and there are bullets flying, some symbolic, some literal and the life of the mind is a crucial place where the battle goes on.- black text on quotes background

There are various forms of weaponry, intellectual weaponry, spiritual weaponry, political weaponry, economic weaponry. Because we are on the battlefield, and there are bullets flying, some symbolic, some literal and the life of the mind is a crucial place where the battle goes on.






Quote: The black church is dormant, much of the community is dormant. If the black church is leaning toward the right, much of the community is leaning toward the right. If it is leaning in the left wing direction having repercussions. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The black church is dormant, much of the community is dormant. If the black church is leaning toward the right, much of the community is leaning toward the right. If it is leaning in the left wing direction having repercussions.








Quote: American citizens have been killed abroad by drones with no due process, no accountability, no judicial review. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

American citizens have been killed abroad by drones with no due process, no accountability, no judicial review.


Quote: We've been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people. It's been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We've been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people. It's been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.


Quote: That which fundamentally motivates one still dictates the terms of what one thinks and does--… one's eyes should be on the prize, not on the perpetrator of one's oppression. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

That which fundamentally motivates one still dictates the terms of what one thinks and does--… one's eyes should be on the prize, not on the perpetrator of one's oppression.


Quote: I tend to be one who just speaks from my soul, and so what comes out sometimes is rather harsh. In that sense, I'm very much a part of the tradition of a Frederick Douglass or a Malcolm X who used hyperbolic language at times to bring attention to the state of emergency. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

I tend to be one who just speaks from my soul, and so what comes out sometimes is rather harsh. In that sense, I'm very much a part of the tradition of a Frederick Douglass or a Malcolm X who used hyperbolic language at times to bring attention to the state of emergency.


Quote: I'm black, so, you know, I'm again with black folk, but it's a love that spills over to vanilla suburbs and red reservations and brown barrios and yellow slices. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm black, so, you know, I'm again with black folk, but it's a love that spills over to vanilla suburbs and red reservations and brown barrios and yellow slices.


Quote: I have tried to be a man of letters in love with ideas in order to be a wiser and more loving person, hoping to leave the world just a little better than I found it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I have tried to be a man of letters in love with ideas in order to be a wiser and more loving person, hoping to leave the world just a little better than I found it.


Quote: Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.


Quote: We are a democracy and we don't believe in just hunting down gangsters and killing them. We believe in trying to find the gangsters and bring them back for trial, and give them a trial under rule of law. That's what democracies do. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We are a democracy and we don't believe in just hunting down gangsters and killing them. We believe in trying to find the gangsters and bring them back for trial, and give them a trial under rule of law. That's what democracies do.


Quote: I have a whole lot of fun in trying to serve others and just keeping it funky, trying to keep it real, trying to ensure that we are able to be ourselves and get beyond these deodorized discourses and deodorized spaces that put on masks. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I have a whole lot of fun in trying to serve others and just keeping it funky, trying to keep it real, trying to ensure that we are able to be ourselves and get beyond these deodorized discourses and deodorized spaces that put on masks.


Quote: I feel as if I have been blessed to undergo a transformation from 'gangster' to 'redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities.' by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I feel as if I have been blessed to undergo a transformation from 'gangster' to 'redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities.'


Quote: Patriarchy is a disease and we are in perennial recovery and relapse. So you have to get up every morning and struggle against it. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Patriarchy is a disease and we are in perennial recovery and relapse. So you have to get up every morning and struggle against it.








Quote: We must never so thoroughly disrespect someone that they are beyond the pale and, therefore, have no possibility of being changed. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We must never so thoroughly disrespect someone that they are beyond the pale and, therefore, have no possibility of being changed.




Quote: Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.


Quote: I'm against genocide. I'm against fascism. I'm willing to fight against them so that, in that sense, I think one can still be committed to justice and committed to peace but recognize the circumstances under which one does have to fight. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm against genocide. I'm against fascism. I'm willing to fight against them so that, in that sense, I think one can still be committed to justice and committed to peace but recognize the circumstances under which one does have to fight.


Quote: Michael Jackson was part of that tremendous wave in the ocean of human expression and it happened to be located first and foremost in Gary, Indiana, working class. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Michael Jackson was part of that tremendous wave in the ocean of human expression and it happened to be located first and foremost in Gary, Indiana, working class.


Quote: You're going to end up with a government in Egypt that is concerned about the precious Palestinians, the same way we ought to be concerned about both precious Palestinians and precious Jews. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

You're going to end up with a government in Egypt that is concerned about the precious Palestinians, the same way we ought to be concerned about both precious Palestinians and precious Jews.


Quote: A neoliberal disaster is one who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of Cornel West quote; white text on black background

A neoliberal disaster is one who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth.








Quote: To get up in the morning and do the monumental tasks that face us, our labor is best fueled by love. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

To get up in the morning and do the monumental tasks that face us, our labor is best fueled by love.


Quote: Of course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. (p. 102). by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Of course, the aim of a constitutional democracy is to safeguard the rights of the minority and avoid the tyranny of the majority. (p. 102).




Quote: Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.


Quote: Barack Obama commits war crimes -- Somalia, Yemen. He commits war crimes in Pakistan, Afghanistan. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to keep a spotlight on war crimes, to keep track of the innocents killed... There is a major clash. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Barack Obama commits war crimes -- Somalia, Yemen. He commits war crimes in Pakistan, Afghanistan. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to keep a spotlight on war crimes, to keep track of the innocents killed... There is a major clash.


Quote: Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man of peace. He was a radical pacifist, and so he was against war across the board. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man of peace. He was a radical pacifist, and so he was against war across the board.


Quote: American mainstream is obsessed with black creative genius -- be it music, walk, style -- but at the same time puts a low priority on the black social misery which is the very context out of which that creativity flows. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

American mainstream is obsessed with black creative genius -- be it music, walk, style -- but at the same time puts a low priority on the black social misery which is the very context out of which that creativity flows.


Quote: Aesthetics have substantial political consequences. How one views oneself as beautiful or not beautiful or desirable or not desirable has deep consequences in terms of one's feelings of self-worth and one's capacity to be a political agent. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Aesthetics have substantial political consequences. How one views oneself as beautiful or not beautiful or desirable or not desirable has deep consequences in terms of one's feelings of self-worth and one's capacity to be a political agent.


Quote: We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.




Quote: Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is.


Quote: I'm not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I'm not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions.


Quote: Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people's culture and working people's culture and so forth.


Quote: The problem is we need much more moral content. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

The problem is we need much more moral content.


Quote: I am excited to have a black president because white supremacy is real and it needs to be shattered. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

I am excited to have a black president because white supremacy is real and it needs to be shattered.


Quote: Hey, you got something going here. I think we've got a chance for some progressive policy that actually focuses on poor and working people. by author Cornel West overlaid on photo of photo of author Cornel West with quote

Hey, you got something going here. I think we've got a chance for some progressive policy that actually focuses on poor and working people.


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