FAS 2014 Speaker Cornel West Takes on Obama Presidency

Cornel West giving an animated speech during our 2014 Symposium

Cornel West giving an animated speech during our 2014 Symposium

Philosopher Cornel West, a speaker in the 2014 Symposium, criticizes President Obama in a section of his new book, "Black Prophetic Fire," which was published in Salon earlier this week.

"In other words, the Obama presidency has been primarily a Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, mass surveillance presidency unwilling to concretely target the new Jim Crow, massive unemployment, and other forms of poor and Black social misery. His major effort to focus on poor Black men was charity and philanthropy—not justice or public policy."

Read the full excerpt from Salon