CORNEL WEST: Brother Martin himself, I think, wouldâ€™ve been turning over in his grave. He wants people to talk about Wall Street criminality, he wants people to talk about war crimes, or drones dropping bombs on innocent people. He wants people talking about the new Jim Crow and the privatization of education, and the various ways in which the well to do, the oligarchs and plutocrats are getting away with murder. You didnâ€™t hear that whatsoever.
You not only got a tame Martin Luther King Jr., but a real sense in which who he really was at the end of his life hardly surfaced at all. And we saw of course the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton supported by the Michael Dysons and others whoâ€™ve really prostituted themselves intellectually in a very ugly and vicious way. (The Smiley & West Show, August 30, 2013)