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January 26, 2013

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Rev. Alan Jackson

Rev. Billy, I agree with your understanding of the situation and I too think that this is nothing new for West. But, there does come a point where his/their critical remarks can, in military terms,aid and abet the enemy. The truth of the matter is Smiley/West words may have some debatable meaning among the African-American Academic Bourgeoisie, but for those of us who are on the front lines...(fighting for the least and the lost) their words sound just like something Rich Scott and those like him would say...

Billy Michael Honor

Rev. Alan, I agree that their consistent personal attacks are counterproductive. But I don't think their critiques will ad the conservatives. If anyone, it will fire up dissention among progressives who dislike some of Obama's centrist policies.

Rev. Alan Jackson

Are these the same progressives who were getting out the vote during the last mid-term elections....or the ones that allowed so many State Houses to stay with the GOP. While I agree that more needs to been done as far progressive issues are concerned....but Smiley/West words cause many to think they are trying to undermine the President. It just feels like the self-appointed heirs to the civil rights movement are fighting the wrong battle. I just wish they would use their clout (did I write that) to fight things that will mute our voices ...like Voter suppression,gerrymandering,urban gun violence(Chicago). I am not sure how folks understand them in other parts of the county...but I can tell you the shakers and movers of the African American community here on the West Coast of Florida think they have lost their minds...But then again, we know first hand that the Florida Cracker is not an endangered species.

Billy Michael Honor


Re. Alan...Well, I'm certainly not advocating for Smiley/West's angry outsider strategy and I'm not disagreeing that they could be more helpful by addressing some of the social issues you mentioned.

The point of my article is to simply suggest that West is basically doing what he's always done and that is sternly criticize high ranking elected officials who don't line up to his self imposed progressive litmus test.

Personally, I wish he would abandon his current position and get back to the work he was doing two decades ago, before he left Union. During that time he was writing about the prophetic history and future of Christianity and he was paving the way forward for progressive Christianity and public theology.

But perhaps this is just a selfish desire of mine.


RobIsRight

Cornel is the same intellectual heck he's always been. Period and end of story.

Billy Michael Honor

Thank you RobIsRight...you've added a lot to the conversation......Smh

Reginald D. Walton

Great insight as usual Rev. billy Michael Honor. For me, West is speaking along the same lines of how he always has. he is speaking against what he feels is wrong. Ok I will give him that. This critique however, feels nasty and personal. While there is nothing wrong with a critique, their comes a time when you offer constructive criticism and unfortunately, I haven't seen anything of the sort from him. I too wish for the old prophetic West! Yes he is telling some truth but at a certain point is sounds like his anger has blinded him.

Billy Michael Honor

Reginald D. Walton...I completely agree. I hope he will get back to doing the things that made him a beloved figure in our community.

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