King’s Revolution, Now as Ever


Greatness from Cornel West commenting in the New York Times commemorating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The age of Obama has fallen tragically short of fulfilling King’s prophetic legacy. Instead of articulating a radical democratic vision and fighting for homeowners, workers and poor people in the form of mortgage relief, jobs and investment in education, infrastructure and housing, the administration gave us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable.

Couldn’t hope to say it better if I tried all day long. And the gorgeous conclusion:

King’s response to our crisis can be put in one word: revolution. A revolution in our priorities, a re-evaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.

Well, the actual conclusion disappointingly advises us to support progressive politicians, which is a weird way to get the above… where I wish I’d stopped reading.