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Professor Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are planning to hold a symposium on poverty on January 17th, right before President Obama’s inauguration.  During an interview with Democracy Now, West says that the black prophetic tradition has reawakened, and that there is a growing resurgence of the black prophetic tradition that doesn’t look at politics solely through the lens of race or in the interests of the black elite.. President Obama’s victory in the last election was met with intense celebration, particularly in the African American community.  Dr. West says that Obama’s presidency offers a unique opportunity for black Americans to have the political voice they are seeking. AMY GOODMAN:  This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. And our guests are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Professor Cornel West now teaches Union Theological Seminary in New York. He taught, before that, at Princeton University and, before that, at Harvard University. Tavis Smiley broadcasts on PBS and NPR. He has several shows, The Tavis Smiley Show, and he does a show together with Dr. Cornel West called Smiley & West, as well as his own NPR show, The Tavis Smiley Show. I’m Amy Goodman. And we’re talking about poverty. Now, this should not be revolutionary to talk about poverty. It shouldn’t be radical at all to deal with a critical issue in this country. But if you look at the last months of this political campaign, of the presidential campaign, poverty was almost mentioned—well, almost not at all. Yet, a new report is warning global inequality has reached a 20-year high. According to the group Save the Children, poverty, that had previously been concentrated in the world’s lowest-income countries, is now on the rise in middle-income countries, which account for 70 percent of the world’s poor. Let’s talk about that, Dr. West. CORNEL WEST:  Well, it’s sad. In America, we are 34 out of 35 of the top industrial countries when it comes to child poverty, ahead only of Romania. AMY GOODMAN:  Thirty-four of 35. CORNEL WEST:  Thirty-four of 35. Twenty-two percent of our precious children of all colors live in poverty in the richest nation in the history of the world. That’s obscene and profane. No serious talk about it. Now, in the black community, it’s nearly 40 percent; in red, 40 percent; brown, nearly 40 percent of the children. AMY GOODMAN:  How have we come to this point? CORNEL WEST:  Shameful silence on behalf of leaders who do not want to tell the truth about the suffering of poor people. TAVIS SMILEY:  On top of that, corporate greed. CORNEL WEST:  Yes, yes. TAVIS SMILEY:  On top of that, political indifference. CORNEL WEST:  That’s right. READ MORE 

Cornel West Says Black Prophetic Tradition Has Reawakened for Obama’s Second Term

Professor Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are planning to hold a symposium on poverty on January 17th, right before President Obama’s inauguration.  During an interview with Democracy Now, West says that the black prophetic tradition has reawakened, and that there is a growing resurgence of the black prophetic tradition that doesn’t look at politics solely through the lens of race or in the interests of the black elite..

President Obama’s victory in the last election was met with intense celebration, particularly in the African American community.  Dr. West says that Obama’s presidency offers a unique opportunity for black Americans to have the political voice they are seeking.

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