Cornel West reconsiders Obama on NPR . . . thank God!
Read the transcript or listen to the interview here.
This isn’t new. He’s been saying this sort of thing among other black philosophers and other Marxist philosophers since before Obama was even elected. I’ve been at several APA events with him in the audience or on a panel where the general tone was that Obama was not even close to what they wanted in a president, especially in the first black president, but you go to politics with the candidates you’ve got, and most of them have reluctantly supported him because of who the alternative is, even if some of them couldn’t bring themselves to hold their nose and vote for him.
But it’s been with great skepticism about Obama’s mainstream liberal politics and significant hesitation about how Obama’s election disguises the real racial issues (something I agree with them fully on) and actually might perpetuate the more hidden racisms, as any kind of racial progress has done.