Dr. Cornel West on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. I love this guy!
He’s been arrested so many times for expressing his views and for standing up for the people who cannot stand up for themselves.
It’s compelling to hear the clip of Obama’s speech (in the video above) at the Martin Luther King Dr. Memorial Dedication… his voice is so shaky, as if he knows he is encouraging the people at all of the Occupy protests. He talks about staying strong and enduring the brutality the system will throw at them. He is referring of course to the civil rights movement, but I’m sure he knows his words will resonate with those who are protesting right now… something that he may or may not be able to benefit from. If he’s smart (which I’m hoping for), he will actually listen to the people at these protests and even attend one or more of their General Assemblies. If Obama is smart, he could go down in history as one of the most innovative and productive presidents of this blossoming century. Of course, when you’re tied to corporate money like our president is, you’re less concerned with making positive historical changes and more concerned with the dollar bills.
Dr. Cornel West speaks about the importance of infusing love into our systems. Our system are immoral because they do not love EVERYONE. They only benefit the “leaders” that are running the show. Educational system, healthcare system, government system, electoral system, systems of food and water access and more all rigged to benefit the same people and to leave out the majority of people.
Some people get little tastes of the benefits of these systems, which helps them live in an isolated bubble and easily ignore the struggles of others. Some people still to this day believe that the systems work if you WORK HARD and if you STOP BEING LAZY. The truth of the matter is that the people protesting are not lazy, they have been working hard and it has gotten them nowhere. They do not want handouts, they want to be guaranteed that all of the money they’ve paid into Social Security will come back to them when they need it. They want to make sure that their hard work pays off because so far, it hasn’t.
Truth: The systems are broken and more people are becoming aware of it. The more people it affects, the closer we are all linked to the problem, and the angrier the populous will become. Creating awareness of these immoral and broken systems is the first step to changing them.
Amy Goodman and Dr. Cornel West are true patriots.