Sharpton vs West
As we draw closer to the election year, the topic of a Black Agenda, or lack thereof, remains at the center of much heated discourse amongst public intellectuals and political pundits. Recently Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton – two of America’s most respected Black leaders – engaged in such a debate on MSNBC with Ed Schutlz. Although the conversation was torrid, the subject of a Black Agenda is gaining more attention.
Tune in to Smiley & West this weekend as I reflect more on the subject.
For Dr. West's Full Statement, visit www.CornelWest.com
I like what you said brother John. Hopelessly, waiting hat in had for the Democrats for the peanuts and crumbs they may hand out is such a fruitless pursuit. If you want real change.
We have to do it ourselves and we have such a process. www.americaninstituteofhumanrights.com
Byard Pidgeon, Please try and follow my logic without prejudice and in the spirit of love because I am not a person who hates anybody because of the color of their skin. I have grown past that years ago.
The questions are;
Have your family name been stripped from you?
Have your parents and grandparent be denied an education?
Have your family been separated by forced?
Why do you think that there are more Black men in prison or jail, on probation or parole than any other ethnic group in America. Is it by accident or by design?
you can not get a job if you have a felony. How do we address that? Would that be on your agenda?
Growing crime rates over the past 30 years don’t explain the skyrocketing numbers of black — and increasingly brown — men caught in America’s prison system, according to Alexander, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun after attending Stanford Law. “In fact, crime rates have fluctuated over the years and are now at historical lows.”
“Most of that increase is due to the War on Drugs, a war waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color,” she said, even though studies have shown that whites use and sell illegal drugs at rates equal to or above blacks. In some black inner-city communities, four of five black youth can expect to be caught up in the criminal justice system during their lifetimes.
Would the war on crime be on your agenda?
Can you articulate the Black agenda so that it fits in your agenda.
If we can sit and carve out a plan for the legislators to cover the Blacks concerns as well as others would be step in the right direction.