West goes behind the scenes of his heated debate with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC this week.
West: Al Sharpton doesn’t have the kind of influence Tim Geithner has, who comes right out of the Wall St. oligarchic world. Brother Al & I go back 30 years so he knows it’s not a personal thing. He’s in a tough space and I’m deeply concerned about him.
Al is very defensive regarding protecting President Obama. It appears Sharpton provides an objective critique of President Obama and his adminstration, it is an affront to the Black community. It needs to be understood that any President, regardless of race, color, gender, region, etc., is a protector of the financial interests that keep this nation where it is. I applaud Dr. West for trying to bring an objective analysis of the Obama administration, however painful it may be.
damn social work degree -street smart too and can't get a job in the racist state of missouri was fired from my last job for comparing myself to dred scott...cryptofascist humor really hurt sometimes
PEOPLE AREN'T HAPPY WITH THEIR FINANCIAL CONDITION!!! I think the issue we all have is that we all know Obama knows our condition and the proper things that need to be done aren't being done. We all know we are supporting several wars and war-like campaigns presently and we know our tax dollars are going to support those efforts. The problem is we do not choose to trade food, clothing, shelter, etc. for war. The average American would rather put those efforts into running this country so that we can all finally "HAVE" and be financially stable; self-sufficient & independent. We thought we'd get that with Obama, and we realize there are underlining factors making it difficult for him to do, or at least that's what we tell ourselves. Nontheless, we still stand here in need and looking to this man, Pres. Obama, to do right by us all. I believe there's much we don't know. I believe Al-Sharpton has the best of intentions re: Obama. But Rev., it is what it is, we are in need; you know this.
I believe that Brother West as well as Tavis just don't want to put on blinders and act like everything is ok because Obama is black/African American, etc. The issues MUST be dealt with. We need to get our affairs in order, especially with the World Bank saying millions will be in poverty. What is to become of the minority?
Author Andrea Clinton
I agree with all of the commenters above. As one who watched the MSNBC program in question, I was appalled that Dr. West was removed from that program so quickly for not agreeing with the traditional pap, though not completely surprised. Don't forget that MSNBC is now owned by the right wing Comcast, and no one there has the right to free speech any more. Case in point is the censoring of Keith Olbermann, who was fired, (or quit) because of it, and Ed Shultz, who told us he was forced to stop his "psycho talk" segment. Hopefully, the whole truth will be able to come out on a whole host of issues in May on Current TV, Al Gore's network, when Keith Olbermann returns to TV there and becomes director of their news department.
When Al Sharpton uses the word " US " ~ is he talking about " Blacks " or " everyone " ( Blacks/ Whites / Asians etc) ? Does someone believe now that we have a African American President ~ blacks should have a upper hand ?