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Cornell West On Sandy Hook: ‘We Can’t Just Shed Tears For Those On The Vanilla Side Of Town’
Mediaite.com ^ | 5:30 pm, December 27th, 2012 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 12/27/2012 5:30:28 PM PST by drewh

Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut.

West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America’s cities where the victims are primarily minorities.

“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said.” They are precious, but they are no less or more precious than our poor brothers and sisters on Indian reservations — who are killing each other — or be they black or brown or what have you.”

“But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control. Not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot,” West added.

“But now, Newtown, Connecticut, vanilla side — low and behold we got a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious, but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: classless; connecticut; cornelwest; guncontrol; hate; idiot; newjersey; racism; secondamendment; tavissmiley
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1 posted on 12/27/2012 5:30:35 PM PST by drewh
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it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.

Rest assured, asshat, when it comes to you, I'm not deferential at all.

2 posted on 12/27/2012 5:32:15 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: drewh

Well, I never hear Cornell West talking about the culture of crime and death in the GET-TOE. If anything, he sweeps it under the rug.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 5:32:15 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: drewh

Racist, lowlife, dirtbag asshole.


4 posted on 12/27/2012 5:33:27 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: drewh

And if we demand more of law enforcement in certain communities this disgusting gutter trash would damn us for that too. Look no farther than your household mirror to see the real racist culprit here West.

I care a great deal about the death and destruction in areas you address here, you expletive deleted.

Those communities would be much better off if you and your ilk, fellow travelers were to have a fatal coronary this very night.


5 posted on 12/27/2012 5:34:59 PM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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To: drewh

F this racist, poverty pimpin piece of crap. Oh, and Cornell too....


6 posted on 12/27/2012 5:35:31 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: drewh

I admit it crossed my mind when this happened that would I have cried if it was black children murdered?


7 posted on 12/27/2012 5:36:28 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: drewh
Not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot,” West added.

The fool wasn't listening to the thunderous roar of complaints about Trayvon getting shot? (Even though the punk deserved it.)

8 posted on 12/27/2012 5:37:05 PM PST by roadcat
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To: drewh

That might be because this was a mad man, killing out of the blue, not a career criminal who anyone could see was going to kill someone. Apples and oranges, professor.


9 posted on 12/27/2012 5:37:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: drewh

These vicious racists would be permanently unemployed if they were lacking a little more melanin.


10 posted on 12/27/2012 5:39:22 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: drewh

Actually, they probably are a little more precious in one area than the other if we measure by potential contribution to society. I’m sure you could use some sort of historical data and extrapolate into the likely future. I’m no college professor, though.


11 posted on 12/27/2012 5:40:22 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: drewh

I wonder if Allen West was trying to bring the whole “Gun free Chicago” thing into the conversation....


12 posted on 12/27/2012 5:41:23 PM PST by GraceG
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To: drewh

So why isn’t he speaking out about his BROTHERS killing each other and innocent children in the hood. We can’t waist sympathy on some vanilla children (I never did see a racial breakdown of the victims, like it matters), but we certainly can’t have a dialogue on the black on black crime because that would call attention to it. Unlike this educated, racist, MORON, I don’t have to know the color of a child to grieve for it’s loss. Please tell me again how only WHITE people can be racist.


13 posted on 12/27/2012 5:41:41 PM PST by Mastador1
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Dumb ass.

There is a difference. A big one. In the case of all those dead individuals (who happen to be black) the trigger is being pulled by...a person who rhymes with “trigger.”

We can’t go around illuminating black-on-black murder. It’s just not polite.


14 posted on 12/27/2012 5:41:51 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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That might be because this was a mad man, killing out of the blue, not a career criminal who anyone could see was going to kill someone. Apples and oranges, professor.

There's a difference between someone who kills because they're insane (and possibly born that way), and someone who kills because they're just plain mean because they were raised that way.

Is Mr. West ready to have that conversation, or does he just want to talk about the guns?

15 posted on 12/27/2012 5:42:20 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I admit it crossed my mind when this happened that would I have cried if it was black children murdered?

_________________________________

Were you horrified at Jonestown? They were all black too.

I would have, if I cried at all, which I didnt. Sad? Yes. Manipulated into crying by the media? No


16 posted on 12/27/2012 5:43:04 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: drewh
it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control

So we can once again show why it hasn't, won't and never will work. Criminals are exactly that because they don't comply with society's values and laws. Passing more laws will not stop or deter criminals.

17 posted on 12/27/2012 5:43:37 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: drewh

I once remember hearing a speech about content of character. I must have been dreaming.


18 posted on 12/27/2012 5:44:44 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Chickensoup

The people in Jonestown went willingly. These children went to school one day and didn’t come home. I don’t remember crying over the Atlanta child murders, although I felt saddened by them.


19 posted on 12/27/2012 5:46:15 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: drewh

I’m sure NPR/NYTimes will report this black hate speech. /not


20 posted on 12/27/2012 5:46:42 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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