Dr. Cornel West Shines with Warmth and Solidarity at Standing Rock
Immediately upon arriving at the Standing Rock encampment last night, Dr. Cornel West was engaged in speaking to a group gathered in greeting.
“So much of that solidarity has to do with the fact that we are expressing our genuine love for Indigenous People! Deep love, and when you have the love you hate the fact that they are being treated unfairly. You loathe the fact that they are being treated unjustly… and if we don't do something, the rocks are going to cry out.”
Dr. West was active in the Civil Rights movement during his youth, and works diligently to keep environmental injustice, global warming and corporatism in the spotlight. He participated in the Occupy movement, and protested the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. At Standing Rock he has been received with joy and appreciation, as he brings shining solidarity to every room, every tent, and every crowd he enters—the man has a hug for everyone.
From his bio:
“He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.” Dr. Cornel West
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