Righteous Thought, by Tiara K. Williams Last week has been such a beautiful Obama filled week. My life has been enthralled in a frenzy of inspirational speeches, beautiful gowns and elegant eye rolls. Of course, I’m speaking of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration celebration. This week, Americans witnessed Barack Obama, the first African American President ordained into his second term as POTUS. The scene reminded me of four years ago when I stood in the National Mall freezing with hundreds of thousands of people commemorating the monumental occasion. For many people the inauguration has sparked conversations of healthcare, gun control, and policy but for Dr. Cornel West this inauguration brought a different repartee. West has been very vocal of his qualms for President Obama and has certainly been frank about the president’s “inadequacies.” In his latest saga, Dr. West had an issue with President Obama being sworn into presidency with Dr. Martin Luther King’s bible. Dr. West, reportedly accused Obama of being a “Republican in Black Face,” and declared that the inauguration was “a moment of presidential pageantry.” Pageantry? I respect Dr. Cornel West. He is an extraordinary intellectual, leader and role model. His contributions to our community have been incomparable. He’s worked feverishly to end racial inequality, black injustice, while never feeling apprehensive to speak candidly. I appreciate him. My opposition lies in his delivery. In my opinion, there is an arrogance, belittling and condescending disposition that occurs when his beliefs are challenged or uncelebrated. With Dr. West, it almost feels like nothing is good enough and the community is beneath his feet. If President Obama is this shady, coward why would Christine King-Farris, Martin Luther King’s eldest sister participate in the proceedings. She probably brought the bible! If it was a moment of “pageantry” wouldn’t she be the first to protest? President Obama is not the only person that Dr. Cornel West has had an issue with in the past. He attacked Jay Z about his stake in the NBA Brooklyn Nets, and publicly criticize community leader Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry and Michael Eric Dyson commentators for MSNBC claiming “they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage.” What does any of this have to do with changing the face of the black community? Young black men are perishing by the second but our leaders are worried about Jay Z ownership stake in the Nets? It feels like a petty game of “Don’t forget about me.” If I could use this last paragraph as an open letter to Dr. Cornel West I would say this. You are smarter, wiser than perhaps I’ll ever be. But, I was once told that if you fail to evolve you’ll dissolve, and your appeal is dissolving. But, this has nothing to do with your intellectual capacity or your career. It’s you. You are standing in your way. Though your legacy is unprecedented and its impact can never be taken away, you are failing to evolve with your community, and this is creating a barrier between you and us. Dr. Cornel West if you truly have an issue with the legacy that President Obama is creating, stop being so combative and just fill the void. You will revitalize your relevance while being constructive while making our community a better place.