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Dr. Cornel West on Racism, Inequality, the American Empire - May Day

World  (tags: Dr Cornel West, Racism, Inequality, Trade Unions, May Day, Labour, American Empire, Human Rights, MLK, Nelson Mandela )

- 1814 days ago -
Abby Martin talks to activist, author and Princeton professor, Dr. Cornel West, about class warfare, race issues, corporate greed, and the American empire. He points out how Govt. Leaders said Trade Unionist are the enemy within and must be crushed.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:11 am

Justice begins not with an arrest but with a concentrated effort for education and child care in poor communities. These are the mothers that need some out side help to be able to work and feed their children. Americans have a laser like focus on the Afro-American communities and magnify any slight within the community as being criminal. Truancy is treated like a crime punishable by Juvenile detention, in some cases even Juvenile Jail. We begin with very young teens and condition them to a life plagued by jails and imprisonment. Does any one really wonder why there is a lack of trust? Thanks Dandelion.

Suggestion: PBS - Frontline: Who is locked up in America?

Elle B (81)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:57 am
Ty Dandelion . . .

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The U.S. has been systemically racist since it's founding. . .that doesn't auto-erase all merits and good encompassed in it's history. . .it does present a deep rooted systemic societal ill--a cancer-- that must be fully contemplated and recognized to be healed.

“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.” ― John F. Kennedy

"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck." ― Frederick Douglass


Brad H (21)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:51 am

Justin Vale (13)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:15 am
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggle
karl marx
this struggle will be fuel by the information era. the rich are forgetting the teaching of alexander pope, his ideas on the alimentary imperative should be gospel to them. and it isn't, food stamps are being cut, welfare programs canceled or made unattainable. justice is best served on a full stomach. in court studies in rulings just before lunchtime when the judges and juries are hungry the rulings are by a high percentage much harsher for the defendants than the rulings after lunch. hunger fuels anger, it fueled a revolution in 1917. if i was among the rich or a koch brother i would be pushing washington for more social programs.thomas piketty wrote a lot about this in his book that is sweeping across the world.

Arlene C (28)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:37 am
merci Dandelion

Mandi T (366)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:12 am
Thank you Sheryl

Birgit W (160)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:38 am
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 12:32 pm
I wish we lived in a nation where a real progressive like Dr. West could become President.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 1:04 pm
Excellent quotes Elle. Spammer flagged.

I'm glad you mentioned the Frontline program on PBS Kit; I had just watched it myself, well worth the viewing.


Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 1:15 pm
I as well Brian. But he wasn't even asked to speak at the unveiling of Martin Luther King Jr's Statue. He joined a few others at the Poets Corner and did a speaking engagement which I had posted onto C2.

Martin Luther King, Jr. would of warmly embraced his brother, Dr. West, but those in power right now, don't want that message that Dr. West would of given being heard by too many, therefore he was excluded.

Elle B (81)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:09 pm
Ty once more Dandelion...Brian's comment is heartfelt as is your response.

“How 'bout a shot of truth in that denial cocktail.” ― Jennifer Salaiz

"People don't want the truth anymore, Matt. It's too messy. Keeps them up nights." ―Harlan Whitford (Sam Shepard in Safe House)

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ―Aldous Huxley

"Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained." ―Mohandas K. Ghandi


Rose Becke (141)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:41 pm
Another great post Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 4:13 pm
Excellent post! Thank you

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:12 pm
Great post!
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Marija Mohoric (25)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:29 am
Thank you Dandelion

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:31 am
I don't believe in the American way but I do believe in the Scandinavian way of redistributing the Countries wealth allthough Denmark is falling a little bit away lately.
Thanks for the post Sheryl.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Friday May 2, 2014, 6:50 am
Noted and shared

Spammers flagged

Natalie Away J (125)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:16 am
Noted, thank you Sheryl.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:30 pm
I just came across this, which is pertinent I think:
'Direct slavery is just as much the pivot of bourgeois industry as machinery, credits, etc. Without slavery you have no cotton; without cotton you have no modern industry. It is slavery that has given the colonies their value; it is the colonies that have created world trade, and it is world trade that is the pre-condition of large-scale industry. Thus slavery is an economic category of the greatest importance..... Cause slavery to disappear and you will have wiped America off the map of nations."
Karl Marx's letter to Pavel Vasilyevich Annenkov, December 28, 1846.
The treatment of American workers, of all colors now, is to DRIVE THEM BACK INTO SLAVERY, or as close to that as possible... have them totally dependent on "Jobs" handed out at the whim of employers, whom it's too dangerous to antagonize in any way...

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 11:40 am
Thank you BMutiny for both insights.

Bryan S (105)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 8:49 pm
Thanks Sheryl, that is a great talk. I love the part where Dr. West says "It's a joke," when replying to the statement about Obama being called a Marxist or socialist. This delusion about Obama speaks volumes about the ignorance in the US and the desire of many to cling to comforting fantasies instead of having even curiosity about the events harming their own lives. But there are enough who know what's going on and are willing to organize for change.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday May 5, 2014, 5:42 am
Thanks Bryan for finding the time to watch, I always learn so much from Dr. West.
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