Cornel West's public battle with Al Sharpton is nothing more than a continuation of a relatively healthy tradition, but we must be sure to take the energy from this debate and translate it into productive activity.
For the Obama presidency, moral collapse has taken on the appearance of craven clockwork, establishing a concentric pattern of immense damage to economic security at home while ratcheting up warfare overseas.
Is Cornel West's Obama unhappiness a reflection of the Black Community's sentiments generally, or the indulgences of an academic with the trappings of the Ivy League providing a parlor room for his political musings.
I hope the President nominates Cornel West. Yes, the guy with the Don King hairstyle. Yes, the Dr. Cornell West with the 2 Ivy League degrees, the ton of books and essays. The Dr. Cornel West grounded in Christianity.
It's perfectly acceptable for groups of Americans to push the government to deal with their causes, so black leaders who want to go easy on this president because he is black are failing their constituents.
Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West, a professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton, about Obama's presidency and the marginalization of the Black political agenda.