Radical public intellectual and outspoken activist Cornel West discussed his new book, “Black Prophetic Fire,” for over an hour with black liberation theologian James H. Cone in Princeton, N.J., in November. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges introduced the speakers.
Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.
Missing from the media hullabaloo surrounding the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.‘s now-infamous sermon (a particular sample of which is still playing in heavy rotation on countless broadcast stations) were some key contextual details about Wright’s church, black Christianity and Barack Obama’s personal history.