Cornel West

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Help me.

Where should I start, what's required reading, etc etc etc.

I'm particularly interested in his focus on popular rather than "high" or "low" culture, and his idea that the 20th century has been defined by the destruction of European High Culture's hegemony.

Any help is appreciated


djdee2005, Sunday, 15 August 2004 01:40 (sixteen years ago) link


djdee2005, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 06:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I myself haven't read any Cornel West, but you can try browsing through some Amazon Listmania!.

Fred (Fred), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 10:18 (sixteen years ago) link

For something serious and scholarly by him (as opposed to lots[!] of what he's done) read Race Matters, which also covers pretty much his whole shtick. There's also a reader, which I've browsed.

His field is as a pragmatist philsopher and religious studies professor, so that's where he's actually a richer writer than on cultstud where I think he's a bit of a wash -- he articulates some decent sentiment about popular culture tho it tinges even by my standards on a sort of kneejerk populism meets nationalism, but then he doesn't follow through on the analysis since its not his area.

(this q. might be better on ILE by the way)

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Sunday, 22 August 2004 02:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I think he likes rap records.

the westfox, Sunday, 22 August 2004 19:39 (sixteen years ago) link

he made a rap record, didn't he?

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 22 August 2004 20:00 (sixteen years ago) link

you can download some songs here:

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 22 August 2004 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I didn't know things were that bad.

the eastfox, Sunday, 22 August 2004 22:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Scott, maybe you meant "he "makes" "rap" "records""

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 23 August 2004 03:24 (sixteen years ago) link

how is he on god

anthony, Monday, 23 August 2004 22:03 (sixteen years ago) link

did I say "Race Matters"!? oops, I meant "Keeping Faith."

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 16:58 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

We mustn't forget about the pain that all our right-wing brothers and sisters across america are feeling right now.

bloody Health and Safety (admrl), Monday, 4 October 2010 02:02 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

This is a well-written piece, but it is kind of hard to ascribe whole credibility to an argument that essentially reads as "I defend him up until the point that he turned on me, personally."

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:49 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

How Cornel West went from liberal media darling to pariah.

We live in an era in which Clinton — who proudly supported mass incarceration and the obliteration of welfare — declares that a social-democratic program of financial reform and single-payer health insurance “won’t end racism.” A recent WikiLeaks publication of internal Clinton campaign emails reveals another line they were testing out against Sanders: “Wall Street is not gunning down young African Americans or denying immigrants a path to citizenship.”

It’s a sentiment that would’ve bewildered civil rights veterans like A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr, John P. Davis, Bayard Rustin, and Lester Granger, all of whom were committed to social-democratic politics as a crucial means of putting racism on a path towards ultimate extinction. The tragedy of West isn’t that he’s “full of bitterness,” as his liberal detractors claim. It’s that the politics of West’s “black prophetic tradition,” try as he might to wield them for socialist ends, will today find their strongest, clearest articulation in the same old quest of “interpreting the drums” for a mostly white ruling class.

Earlier in the primary season, during an interview on the Real News Network, West directly called out the black elite — whom he calls “the lumpenbourgeoisie” — for abandoning “the black prophetic tradition” for “individual upward mobility” and the “formation of the black professional class.” As he put it, “Black folk for the most part became just extensions of a milquetoast neoliberal Democratic Party. But Adolph Reed and a host of others told this story many years ago. It’s becoming much more crystallized. We have to be willing to tell the truth no matter how unpopular it is.”

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:39 (four years ago) link

I thought everyone hated Cornel West for doing the Matrix movies instead of any academic work, then lambasting anyone who criticized him for trying to be famous instead of doing any work

¶ (DJP), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 18:37 (four years ago) link

White people doing that would just be profiled in People magazine.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 18:48 (four years ago) link

I see this guy all the time. He comes into the store I work in and goes to the Starbucks I go to. Nice guy.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 18:49 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

enjoyed the joe rogan podcast

all kinds of mayhem on fox news this week tho

anvil, Friday, 12 June 2020 20:39 (ten months ago) link

seven months pass...

"It is a new day," says @CornelWest of the beginning of the Biden presidency. "I’m just now suspicious of the capitulation to the neoliberal greed and lies and hatred, now that we’ve pushed back the neofascist forms of greed and lies and hatred."

— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) January 21, 2021

love this guy

calzino, Thursday, 21 January 2021 22:14 (two months ago) link

he's a cool guy

superdeep borehole (harbl), Thursday, 21 January 2021 22:22 (two months ago) link

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