Dr. Cornel West was recently interviewed By Michelle Martin for Tell Me More on NPR. I’ve never had a chance to hear Dr. West before, but I was fairly impressed by this interview. Here’s a piece of the transcript from the interview.
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President BARACK OBAMA: I have a special responsibility to look out for the interests of every American. That’s my job as president of the United States, and I wake up every morning trying to promote the kinds of policies which are going to make the biggest difference for the most number of people so that they can live out their American dream.
MARTIN: Is he wrong?
WEST: You see, he didn’t hit your first part, when you said black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs, that’s a different question than special responsibility for everybody. I’m saying that’s not true. He has not made poor people a priority. They had – the White House responded to Tavis Smiley and I, last week after Jesse Washington’s speech in AP, and said they have made poor people a priority in this administration. I say that’s a lie. I want to see the evidence. Let’s argue the case out. Not personal, let’s look at the evidence.