Cornel West (or) Kanye West…a pop quiz




Best Experienced With:       Kanye West             Jesus Walks


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We’ve not had a pop quiz here for months:  please pull out your Sharpie markers and let’s get busy.     Below are random quotes from Kanye West and Cornel West.    If you believe the quote is a quote from Cornel West, please annotate the following on your computer screen with your Sharpie:  “brilliant Princeton & Harvard professor author”.  If you believe the quote is a Kanye West quote, please annotate the following on your computer screen with your Sharpie: “Autotune, poser jackass”.

Thank you for visiting.    God speed and good luck.   On your mark, get set………………………go.

“The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

“A trunk full of coke, rental car from Avis.   My mama used to say only Jesus can save us.”


“You know what the Midwest is?  Young and restless.”

“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”

“I want to talk to God, but I’m afraid because we ain’t spoke in so long”

“White supremacist ideology is based first and foremost on the degradation of black bodies in order to control them. One of the best ways to instill fear in people is to terrorize them. Yet this fear is best sustained by convincing them that their bodies are ugly, their intellect is inherently underdeveloped, their culture is less civilized, and their future warrants less concern than that of other peoples.”

“Even the strippers”

“They be asking us questions, harrass and arrest us”

“I remind young people everywhere I go, one of the worst things the older generation did was tell them for twenty-five years:  “Be successful, be successful, be successful” as opposed to “Be great, be great, be great”.

“My vision of democracy is each person unleashing the Socratic energies in their hearts and minds.”

“Define your own voice rather than imitating others. Cut against the forces of conformity. The forces of conformity are market-driven, driven by titillation and temptation, as opposed to decency and dignity.”

“Aesthetics have substantial political consequences. How one views oneself as beautiful or not beautiful or desirable or not desirable has deep consequences in terms of one’s feelings of self-worth and one’s capacity to be a political agent.”

“Next time I’m in the club, everyone is screaming out”.

“We’re here to convert atheists into believers”.

“The only thing I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now”.

“Hip-hop came from the killing fields of chocolate cities. Hip-hop artists constituted tremendous power, before they were ripped off by the record industry, and it all became about money. We went from MLK’s ‘let freedom ring’ to the bling-bling.”


“Who wants to be well adjusted to injustice?   What kind of human being do you want to be?”






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