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Dr. Cornel West is one of the most prominent and admired figures on the left today, Philosopher, academic, activist, and author. Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is activist, author. Gary Younge author of several books on race and racism. Speakers not to miss.

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Sheryl G (363)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:10 pm
These are the Speakers that I know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would of enjoyed having at his 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. But unfortunately, the speak of Truth too loudly, so were not invited. A must see for all activist and anyone that cares about their Country and other fellow human beings.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:15 pm
Not sure why this news got placed into Offbeat, I had clicked it onto Society and Culture.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:32 pm
I haven't had time to watch the video yet, but have shared it because I know the message is a good and just one. I'll watch it later. Thanks for posting it. Noted.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:36 pm
Thank you Susan. The video moved me greatly and it certainly explains a lot. I just wish it hadn't landed on the Offbeat section for there is nothing offbeat about this. It is rather right on!

Nicole W (646)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:01 pm
ty Dandelion and AniMaeChi

christine s (340)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:21 pm
Also shared ,thanks for sharing ,

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:26 pm
Every time that I think we are making progress, as a nation, I see more RACISM.
It is so depressing. It is so depressing, to see how little progress we have made, in terms of our population gaining self-confidence, because, in fact, it is about that.
You can't look at racism as one particular issue. It is a symptom of a low self-esteem personality trait, that permeates our society. It tells us that we are raising children, without 'that' self-esteem, due to hatred being taught from generation to generation. When hatred is taught, it creates self-loathing.

Terry V (30)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:24 pm
Saved to watch later when I have the time.
Many thanks

Birgit W (160)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:36 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 8:22 pm
Bless you Dandelion! Thank you!!!!!!

Deb E (63)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 8:25 pm
Thank you, Sheryl!! I watched some, but will be back to watch all tomorrow when I have time. It seems to be very good!!

Robert O (12)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:25 pm
Thanks Dandelion!

Maureen C (4)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:31 pm
This does look like it's worth watching -- but, dang! 1 hr 23min.? I think a lot of us will have to come back to see the whole thing.

I was interested to see Trayvon Martin in a conversation about racism, because race had nothing to do with his death: I did dig deeper into the story online, and even the Justice Department determined that it was a non-starter as a hate crime based on race.

But, thanks for this, Dandelion. I'll be back to finish watching.


Rose Becke (141)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:37 pm
I have bookmarked this Dandelion thank you so much

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:03 pm
Pretty long video for this site....

Devon Leonar (54)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:04 pm
Dandelion, when you wrote that you were moved greatly by this film I knew it was an important one to watch........I'll be watching it in about 20 minutes with my dinner... I also shared it here and there...
Thats one thing I love about your name: Dandelion.....that you scatter the seeds of clarity, truth and foresight to the 4 corners of the world...!

Nena G (39)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:04 pm
Thanks, Dandelion! Wonderful speakers. I love to hear Cornell West whenever I get the chance.

Jerry B (128)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:05 pm
Noted what an eye opener thank you for this Dandelion!

Judy C (97)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:24 pm
Noted, and will watch ASAP. Thank you for posting this. I always listen to what Dr. West has to say.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:44 pm
Anyone who believes that we've become a "post-racial" society need only pay attention to the way our President is treated to know this isn't true. Be honest. Has any other president been treated with such disrespect within and outside the halls of Congress? It's beyond shameful. America has a long way to go accepting diversity--and it certainly doesn't help that our elected officials set such a poor example. They couldn't make him a one-term president, so now they're trying to make sure that none of his policies are enacted. I hope that history books will teach future generations that he was a good president who had the misfortune of having to bargain with bigots and fools --and that he did so with grace and dignity.

MmAway M (505)
Friday October 11, 2013, 12:27 am
Oh Sheryl...There would never ever be enough words to express what I feel for YOU! Your news when I catch it is good for me.

This President has shamed the USA IMO, and I feel so disrespected that he is represented the United States, I feel ashamed to have this goof in office!! No GRACE!!! USA is considered nowadays the JOKE and for anyone that thinks this Guy is great...Good F. Grief!

MmAway M (505)
Friday October 11, 2013, 12:30 am
OK...My comment was removed, but Race?!?!? All I said was that I don't care for Obama!

Ruth M (235)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:19 am
noted - thanks Ani & Dandelion

kate K (481)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:48 am
noted also beautiful video thank you AniMae :-)

Arild G (174)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:59 am
Will watch asap,thanks Sheryl.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:15 am
Thank you for either watching the video or will watch the video later. Yes, Devon this video did move me because sometimes TRUTH is not always easy to hear, but I'm grateful that some of the Leaders within the Community are Speaking Truth to Power.

Robert I don't know why this video is too long for this site. I know many people want the short 2 to 5 minutes, but our Country is in crisis now, look all around you. Sometimes it requires of us to sit back and watch a film that is a little longer to learn. This is a video by 3 important people within the Black Community, they are well respected and two of them have their Doctorial papers. This isn't just some random video, it has a lot to offer. That you and others simply dismiss it due to length or something you don't normally watch is very sad and is why we are in the messes we are today.

Although President Obama hasn't done a lot of things that I wish he had, I think he is also in a very difficult spot. At no other time, barring the Civil War, has Congress been so broken. President Obama can only sign what comes before him so we can't lay everything at his feet. However, there are places I feel he has failed us and this is what some of the leaders of the Black Community speak about on here. I also did not like the fact he signed into policy the NDAA, to me that was inexcusable and he lost a lot of his supporters on that sole act alone.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday October 11, 2013, 7:19 am
This video is based off on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's 50th Anniversary March to Washington, DC

To those who get my behind the scenes message, the whole Corporate Media event left me rather flat.

Although I felt the event should of been honored these are the Speakers on this video I thought MLK would of been most pleased by.

These speakers were NOT invited to the CORPORATE MEDIA SHOW.



They spoke that day, but they had to do so at the grassroots level, where we live, they spoke to our reality or to a great many people's reality.

I thought it IMPORTANT to get THEIR voices out there.......

Don't expect Corporate Media to present their speeches. This is what I believe that C2 should be about for a venue to give Activist a place to present ideas. So I offer it from that place.

IN SOLIDARITY....................TRUTH TO POWER.........


Terrie Williams (798)
Friday October 11, 2013, 7:53 am
Although this President has not done the things most of us Progressives wanted or still want, he has not had an easy cakewalk of a job.....and he far FAR surpasses what we had for the last President bar none! He is no MLK, but he could have been and that is what is saddest to me. He could have been.

Love me some Dr. Cornell. He's right. Might be hard to stomach by some but it is the TRUTH.

Sheila D (194)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:21 pm
When you have such an obstructionist Congress it's extremely difficult to get anything accomplished. Obama has done a bit of good, but he has also dropped the ball. You're ight, he's no MLK, but he never represented himself as that. I think some people believed he would be - based solely on the color of his skin. It's sad to think he will be going out of office without the people being able to see what Could have been if he'd had the right kind of advisors. If nothing else, I believe he's chosen poorly when it came to the very people who should help him through ups and downs. thank you for the video - like others it will be my dinner time watch.

john byrne (50)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:45 pm

As one from outside the U.S. it comes as no surprise to me that the mighty U.S. would find itself in the state it is in for too long business has run the country for the good of its own needs which will always be put ahead of the country & its citizens. Senators who are wrapped up in deals & the lobbyists who poison the minds of the elected over the will of the common good, Washington you reap what you sow you have failed to listen to the citizens for generations too many broken promises to too many. Remember you cant fool all of the people all of the time. Take care of your greatest asset your people too many have been lost too easily.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:50 pm
These speakers didn't just speak about President Obama, they took in society in general, and the Plutocrats and the Oligarchy that has stolen the wealth from this Nation and placed it in their hands alone. That the gap between the rich and poor is worse today than it was when MLK marched over 50 years ago.

So I hope that people will actually watch this video, these speakers are powerful and take in a lot more than the President. These are things we need to be aware of and work on together as a society in order to raise all ships so to speak. A society that doesn't cater for just the few. Again, a well worth video to watch. I was so glad I did, as I said, the Corporate Speeches on TV that day left me rather flat.

SuSanne P (193)
Friday October 11, 2013, 5:09 pm
What a Powerful TRIBUTE to the March on Washington 1963 Dandelion. I have now watched it twice and still can't believe the HATE and Greed that has ruled our country. This country continues to disgust me as I feel we are becoming more EVIL than making progress. I've said many times before I don't believe we've made as much progress as I was tricked into believing. When "the Black man" became our President the verbiage felt like the KKK hoods revealing the TRUTH. I'm too saddened (flat) to continue...
I never miss an opportunity to watch/listen to Dr. Cornell either. I fell in LOVE with him many years ago on Bill Mahar and am glad he is regularly on the panel.

SuSanne P (193)
Friday October 11, 2013, 5:13 pm
Dandelion I have to agree with your words...
"""Don't expect Corporate Media to present their speeches. This is what I believe that C2 should be about for a venue to give Activist a place to present ideas. So I offer it from that place.

IN SOLIDARITY....................TRUTH TO POWER........."""

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this video with us. That was remarkably powerful. Now I need to sit and let it all sink in. Excellent post Ms. Dandelion!

Lisa W (143)
Friday October 11, 2013, 8:52 pm
TY so much AniMaeChi and Dandelion! Wonderful!!

Laurie H (817)
Friday October 11, 2013, 10:59 pm
This was truly a wonderful & powerful share/video!!! It speaks loud & clear about the sorry state of affairs our country has had to deal with. Thank you so much Sheryl & AniMae for sending over!!!~I'm gonna see it again!!!~

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Sheryl G (363)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 6:08 am
I as well have watched it over again Laurie, this really pulls in a lot of information historical but also how things are today. As MLK was always trying to say, the struggle for the rights of the black man and woman was the struggle of the poor of all colors and heritages.

There is a lot to take in Tamara, but it IS a powerful video, and I'm glad some have actually viewed it. It opens a big window, in an hours times one receives a lot. All powerful speakers with clear concise views on what is and has taken place. It gives a better understanding as to what is going on today as well to all of us.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 12:27 pm
Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion. I, too, have seen Dr. West speak on many venues, including Bill Maher & Stephen Colbert's shows....he always gets to the heart of the matter and pulls no punches. His comments are a breath of fresh air and speak truth to power. It's beyond despicable that a tiny fragment has boosted hatred through the media in the past several years. The America that used to be the "shining beacon" has become covered in absolute garbage-spewing hatred.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:26 pm
The other two speakers; Gary Younge and Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor were just as well spoken. Gary a lot more reserved in his approach but his words bit down deeply upon the Truth. Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta was the female version of Dr. West....powerful speaker. It is worth watching just to become familiarized with their voices.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:51 pm
Very Powerful.
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 12:38 pm
Lois Jordan ~ You are absolutely, correct.
The hatred and selfishness coming out of the GOP, especially the Tea Party, is despicable
Do they not have any intellectuals within your party, that comprehend psychology? Don't they realize that HATE, destroys the HATER, and SELFISHNESS follows suit?
Negative vibes are self-destructive. Obviously, I was mistaken, when I thought all knowledgeable people knew that. Perhaps, they know it, but, refuse to accept.

Many people have a problem saying, which, obviously, I do not, that this whole 'hatred' thing is about _racism_, nothing more and nothing less.

As I have said before (in a shorter version), Republicans are about, .......finding a moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbreith

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Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:21 pm

Irene S (69)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:32 am
Thank you for sharing Dandelion!

Nancy C (806)
Monday February 10, 2014, 10:29 am
bookmarked my friend...very familiar with Mr West
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