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  1. Jim Updegraff July 15, 2016

    Does any sensible person care about Cornell West?

    • LouisBedrock July 23, 2016

      The psychobabbling bromides that elevate recognition and celebration of black agency rest on an ideological perspective that in practical terms rejects effective black political action in favor of expressive display. It is the worldview of an element of the contemporary black professional stratum anchored in the academy, blogosphere, and the world of mass media chat whose standing in public life is bound up with establishing a professional authority in speaking for the race. This is the occupational niche of the so-called black public intellectuals.

      The torrent of faddish chattering-class blather and trivial debate sparked by Michael Eric Dyson’s recent attack on Cornel West in the New Republic illustrates the utter fatuity of this domain, as if there were any reason to care about a squabble between two freelance Racial Voices with no constituency or links to radical institutions between them.

      Adolph Reed

  2. Joan Hansen July 22, 2016

    Black lives matter but the organization representing this name is violent. With terrorist tactics they do not help their race, but exhibit radical hatred. This only adds fire to the unrest of the races today and is disrespectful to all races.

  3. Pierre LeJean July 22, 2016

    Joan, tell me, thoughtful writer, have you spent any time working in urban areas with BLM? Have you been personal witness to the relentless harassment and crimes against the poor perpetrated by arbitrary, racist law enforcement? Do you not think that racial profiling is a fact in many law enforcement agencies across this country? Can you irrefutably tie isolated “violent” incidents to BLM’s fundamental philosophy and goals to stop police repression and violence? What exactly is radical hatred? It seems to me that your words reflect that of a very ignorant, biased, bigoted individual who is quick to condemn others without a trace of factual information. This behavior is precisely what’s bringing this nation to inevitable violence, not the calls for justice on behalf of black and brown people who’ve suffered 240 years of bigotry, racism, and violence.

    Jim U., I’m a very sensible person, and while I don’t hang on West’s every word, I believe he’s offered far more insight and passion to the cause of justice and an end to law enforcement repression and violence than you can even imagine. You are such a tool of ignorance!

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