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Dr Cornel West
Dr Cornel West Dr Cornel West


(born June 2, 1953, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US) 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 West's father was a civilian US Air Force administrator and his mother an elementary school teacher and eventually a principal During West's childhood the family settled in an African American working-class neighbourhood in Sacramento, California There West regularly attended services at the local Baptist church, where he listened to moving testimonials of privation, struggle, and faith from parishioners whose grandparents had been slaves Another influence on West during this time was the Black Panther Party, whose Sacramento offices were near the church he attended.

The Panthers impressed upon him the importance of political activism at the local level and introduced him to the writings of Karl Marx In 1970, at age 17, West entered Harvard University on a scholarship He graduated magna cum laude three years later with a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern languages and literature He attended graduate school in philosophy at Princeton University, where he was influenced by the American pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty (West briefly abandoned work on his dissertation to write a novel, which was never published) After receiving his doctoral degree in 1980, West taught philosophy, religion, and African American studies at several colleges and universities, including Union Theological Seminary, Yale University (including the Yale Divinity School), the University of Paris, Princeton University, and Harvard University, where he was appointed Alphonse Fletcher, Jr, University Professor in 1998 He returned to Princeton in 2002 West's work was characteristically wide-ranging, eclectic, original, and provocative His several books analyzing issues of race, class, and justice or tracing the history of philosophy typically combined a political perspective based on democratic socialism ( social democracy), a Christian moral sensibility, and a philosophical orientation informed by the tradition of American pragmatism.

His best-known work, Race Matters, a collection of essays, was published exactly one year after the start of riots in Los Angeles that were sparked by the acquittal of four white policemen on charges of aggravated assault in the beating of Rodney King, an African American motorist The book discussed the pervasive despair and “nihilism” of African Americans in poverty and criticized African American leaders for pursuing strategies that West believed were shortsighted, narrow-minded, or self-serving West also considered issues such as black-Jewish relations, the renewed popularity of Malcolm X, and the significance of the Los Angeles riots themselves West was always a political activist as well as an academic, and he did not hesitate to participate in demonstrations or to lend his name or presence to causes he felt were just At times his activism created tensions with the administrations of the universities where he taught In 2001 the new Harvard University president, Laurence Summers, reportedly admonished West in private for devoting too much time to political activity and other extracurricular pursuits Their dispute was soon joined by supporters and detractors of West both inside and outside the academy, who debated not only the merits of West's scholarship but also the commitment of Summers and Harvard to affirmative action programs Eventually West resigned his position at Harvard and moved to Princeton West's other works include The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989), The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991), Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism (1993), and Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2004) In 2001 he recorded a raplike spoken-word CD entitled Sketches of My Culture.

In 2003 he appeared as the character Councillor West in the popular movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Askwith Forum: Cornel West – Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback
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Dr. Cornel West - Intellectual Vocation and Political Struggle in the Trump Moment
Dr. Cornel West Intellectual Vocation and Political Struggle in the Trump Moment Recoded April 27, 2017 at Dartmouth College Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Associate Dean...
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Cornel West: The Difference Between Justice and Revenge
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WHY YOU GOTTA DEFEND A LIAR, MAN?! Philosopher Cornel West DESTROYS Trump Lackey Paris Dennard
During a CNN panel debate on "Anderson Cooper 360," philosopher Cornel West brilliantly destroys Trump lackey & former Bush staffer Paris Dennard for defending Donald Trump's lies! FREE TRIAL...
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Dr. Cornel West: The Profound Desire for Justice (Excellence Through Diversity Series)
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Chris Hedges and Cornel West in Conversation - Wages of Rebellion
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Dr. West: WHY ARE YOU LYING? Defend TRUMP to Keep A JOB?
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Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis - We continue our roundtable discussion on violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend as thousands of neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white...
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Slavoj Zizek - Talk At Princeton With Cornel West
The Ignorance Of Chicken - A Talk at Princeton (10/10/05) Zizek talks and Cornel West listens and responds a little. A short Q+A follows. 10th November 2005.
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Cornel West and Robert George 77 Hold Collection on Campus
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Cornel West Dominates CNN Panel
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Bill Maher And Cornel West BRAWL Over Hillary Clinton
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Dr. Cornel West - Mental Health Association Oklahoma - Zarrow Mental Health Symposium
Check out Dr. Cornel West's closing keynote at the 2017 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma! To learn more about the Symposium, visit
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Rally for Racial Justice featuring Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West speaking in Cincinnati at the Black Agenda Cincinnati Rally for Racial Justice on September 23rd, 2017.
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Why Cornel West Beat up His Third Grade Teacher
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Bill Maher VS. Cornel West on Obama Being a War Criminal - Real Time July 12, 2013
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HDS Convocation 2017: Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback
HDS Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel West delivered the 2017 Convocation address "Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback," on August 29, 2017. Learn...
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