Cornel West

“The condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak. If you don’t talk about poverty… or working people being pushed against the wall with corporate profits high, you’re not telling the truth. If you’re not talking about the criminal activity on wall street and not one person gone to jail yet, you’re not telling the truth.”

Cornel West is an American philosopher, scholar of African American studies, and political activist. His influential book Race Matters (1993) lamented what he saw as the spiritual impoverishment of the African American underclass and critically examined the “crisis of black leadership” in the United States. He attended Harvard and received his graduate degree from Princeton. In 2001, Harvard president Laurence Summers admonished West for his political pursuits. Eventually West resigned his position and moved to Princeton.

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