Saturday, April 5, 2008
Are You Kidding Me?
This comes from Cornel West by way of Huffington Post.
I want to say that I'm deeply disappointed that my dear brother Barack Obama decided not to go pay tribute and lay his wreath for the great Martin Luther King, Jr. That brother Martin's profound love and deep sacrifice for black people, America and humanity is in no way reducible to political calculations, even for the campaign for presidency. That Martin Luther King Jr.'s deep commitment to unarmed truth and unconditional love can in no way be subject to strategies for access to political power. Hence, I have a very deep disagreement with my dear brother, Barack Obama -- in this case, commitment to truth is in tension with the quest for power.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. A virtuoso performance by a leading black intellectual which confirms bankruptcy of useful ideas. Laying a wreath and paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. has become a marker for "commitment to truth." These old heads just crack me up.