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IS CORNEL WEST RECKLESS WITH HIS COMMENTS?

IS CORNEL WEST RECKLESS WITH HIS COMMENTS?

For many African-Americans, Cornel West crossed the line when he not-so-subtly referred to President Barack Obama as an Uncle Tom.

"I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men," West, a scholar and professor at Princeton University, said in an interview last week with TruthDigs.com.

"It's understandable,” West concluded. “As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he's always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He is as human as I am, but that is his cultural formation.”

"When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening,” West added. “And that's true for a white brother ... Obama, coming out of Kansas influence, white, loving grandparents, coming out of Hawaii and Indonesia, when he meets these independent black folks who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow and so on, he is very apprehensive. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination. It is understandable."

West, with all of his intellectual, Ivy-league psychoanalysis, is essentially saying to the world that Obama is not a legitimate black man – and certainly not black enough to be America's first black president. (more)

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Article by MICHAEL H. COTTMAN, Black America Web | Read full article here