Friday, June 10, 2016

Cornel West on 'The Radical King'




Dr. Cornel West, I once had a dream, too, but it's clear to me now, that most people in America don't want a colorless, genderless* (see below) society, but a segregationist one that uses "intersectionality" to divide people into very specifically colored, gendered groups. I have always found it artificial and insulting to be told to only play with other girls or stick with my "own kind," so for me, it was refreshing and hopeful to see Martin Luther King's dream come alive for a few months during Bernie Sanders' campaign.

That said, it's also understandable that turning a spiritual fight into a fight for economic justice is too radical for a capitalist country where we have individual rights and liberty. Perhaps our best hope is to do what we can to ignore the stereotypical barriers and prove those divisions wrong in each our own lives. I feel in my own life growing up here, that I have aspired to do so.

In Dr. West's words are found every reason Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was both loved and despised in his day, the same way Cornel West is a divisive character in today's world where the ironic acceptance of overt racism and sexism is the new cultural norm.

Cornel West: "King's dream was fundamentally Christian. His commitment to radical love had everything to do with his commitment to Jesus of Nazareth, and his dream had everything to do with community, with a "we" consciousness that included poor and working people around the world, not just black people. (...)

"King was about militant nonviolence. It goes back to radical love: You don't begin by dehumanizing those who are dehumanizing you, because it contributes to the cycle of dehumanization in the world. And you're right: It takes unbelievable spiritual courage, moral fortitude, to engage in militant nonviolence. To put it another way, Martin King was an extremist of love. We live in a world where people are fearful of extremism, but King would say he was always trying to keep the flow of love in place. In that sense, he turned the world on its head." Cornel West on 'The Radical King' by Kevin Nance, Jan. 15, 2015 Chicago Tribune

Dr. Cornel West spoke his mind about the presumptive Presidential nominees at Bernie Sanders' DC rally, and taught us some new words -- shall we take a look at how he sees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump up close?

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*Genderless does not mean ignoring obvious differences in biological sex. I shouldn't even have to explain this, but some people, like the lawmakers that want to draft girls off to combat, are hell bent on making equality about equating what men and women are physically capable of, which is irrational. We need to value each other for our biological differences. It also goes without saying that forcing anyone is immoral.