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Don't Use His Fire: Why Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King's Bible

by Abby Zimet

An impassioned Cornel West objects to Obama's use of MLK's Bible as "a moment of political calculation" without also acknowledging "the challenge (King) presents to all those in power, no matter what color." Citing the black tradition that gave birth to the fiercely anti-war King, West insists it not be "sanitized, deodorized, sterilized."

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