Harvard professor Cornel West had some pointed words for Fox News earlier today. The Divinity School scholar said that demonstrations in response to George Floyd’s death signal “the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership.”
As he stated on “Fox News Sunday” that, “What we’re seeing here is the ways in which the vicious legacy of white supremacy manifests in organized hatred, greed and corruption.” West argued, “We’re witnessing the collapse of the legitimacy of leadership, the political class, the economic class, the professional class, that’s the deeper crisis.”
Plus he announced, “The beautiful thing is we’re seeing citizens who are caring and concerned hitting the streets. The problem is we have a system that’s not responding and seems to be unable to respond.”
The Hill reported:
Floyd, a black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him on the pavement despite Floyd’s repeated protests that he was unable to breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He and three other officers at the scene were also fired.
“I’m not saying there hasn’t been progress,” West told as he invoked the Malcolm X quote: “If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress.” Then declared, “I don’t measure black progress in terms of black elites … I’m concerned about the least of these. That’s the tradition of Martin Luther King.”
He added most “of my fellow citizens are there peaceful or are there marching.” And expressed, “Looting is wrong, [but] legalized looting is wrong too … I look at the wickedness in high places first and then keep track of the least of these.”
West concluded saying, “if we’re more concerned about the property and spillover than the poverty, decrepit school systems, dilapidated housing, massive unemployment and underemployment, we’re going to be doing this every five, every 10, every 20 years.” The country is clearly in a state of chaos.