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Cornell West Shares Hope And Wisdom

by Kim (writer), Los Angeles, November 10, 2008


Unarmed truth and Unconditional Love spread through the city

An invigorating discourse was given by Dr. Cornell West, author, activist, intellectual, and tenure professor at Princeton University spoke to a standing room only crowd at Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park, Los Angeles on a rainy night November 1, 2008. Just 3 days prior to Americans going to the polls. Cornell gave a luminescent message with the aroma of insight he is well known to express.

His shared bits of wisdom, perceptive thoughts, and words that would move even the most cynical soul to an awakening. This discussion was couple with what he referred to as, "unarmed truth and unconditional love."

Cornell shared; "We are all someone because someone loved us" It is by that love our lives are movitvate. Dr. West's talk was merely made to inspire all Americans seek ways we can look at the past and present and use our individual life experiences to stir change for the future. He did caution everyone that we had to do more than express a jubilant attitude now.

We would all have to make a contribution for change. He noted that "leaders are made by people that get behind them”. This is a candid fact and one to keep in mind as we move from post-election into a new year and inaugurate a new President.

One of the most crucial points made by Dr. West was that some of us are "well adjusted to injustice and the same old social roles" It is easy to become complacent and forget the cries surrounding you for hope, a new light, and positive, meaningful change that affects all of us. However it remains true that many of us do not handle change in a positive light. The ground work laid by many political leaders has left a bitter taste in our mouths and cynicism in our thoughts....Yet; we should consider what Cornel's words ..."we must all dig deep in our souls".

And, whatever we find, hopefully we can become individually people that seek solidarity with others and are willing to give support and love.

Dr. West's new book, “Hope on a Tightrope" addresses "cold greed, blind hatred", as well as critical issues at home and globally, and a refreshing collective of perspectives on hope for the future.

A stimulating and insightfully engaging read that incorporates the arts, social consciousness, academia, prose, wisdom for us all.

Check it out for yourself by picking up a copy at your local bookstore.

Also, check out his website:

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4 comments on Cornell West Shares Hope And Wisdom

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By Lady D on November 10, 2008 at 04:59 pm

Thanks Kim,

We need to seriously spead the message, we can be better humans.

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By CCNY on November 10, 2008 at 06:32 pm

This is the same Cornel West who advised none other than Al Sharpton during Al's 2004 Presidential bid???  The same guy who used 9/11 to play the following ridiculous race card:

"The September 11th attacks gave white Americans a glimpse of what it means to be a black person in the United States—feeling "unsafe, unprotected, subject to random violence, and hated" for who they are."

Oh, I get it. "Thanks, hateful Muslim terrorists, for putting me in touch with my own selfish feelings about race.  And all this time, I thought you just hated America."  When was the last time 3000 black people were killed in one day by their own government?  How does he justify a comparison like that?

And how exactly do you ADVISE Al Sharpton anyway?  'Wear the blue track suit today, sir' --- 'less hair goo today, Al' ---  'how about another march today?'  Sounds like a good gig, but did West really have to teach at Princeton to land this plum assignment?

Just because there's Kool-Aid on the table doesn't mean you have to drink it...

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By Kim on November 10, 2008 at 07:55 pm

Hi Julian - Yes, Cornel quite often speaks on a variety of topics. Literature, music and art correlating those with many areas. Take care! ~Kim

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By CCNY on November 11, 2008 at 11:55 am

El G: That was possibly your funniest riff ever, YOU need to be teaching common sense at an Ivy League university.  Maybe Cornel?  Or Pen?  How about Dartmyth?  Harvid?

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