GreenDemSoc: Cornel West’s Epic Speech at the Green Party Convention

By GreenDemSoc, published earlier today at American Third Party Report (the author provides some quotes from Cornel West’s speech to the Green Party’s convention:

“Anytime I can be around freedom fighters who are willing to sacrifice, serve, cut against the grain, and change the world, that’s where I want to be.”

“We understand the difference between a neofascist catastrophe and a neoliberal disaster.”

“….if you’re committed to truth…and the condition of truth is always to allow suffering to speak…and it has to be the suffering of everybody, no matter what corner of the globe, no matter what neighborhood or hood you’re from.  That’s what we’re talking about.  It’s about truth!  And it’s about justice!  And I’m old school, I’m with John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” 

Justice is what love looks like in public!  Never confuse the connection between love and justice!”

“It’s not just a matter of those of us in the United States.  Yes we’re concerned about our fellow citizens.  But we want the world to know…….  That a baby in Somalia, or Yemen or Afghanistan…that a baby in a Tel Aviv or West Bank, a baby in Ethiopia or Guatemala, has exactly the same value and significance as a baby anywhere else in the world.  WE’RE INTERNATIONALISTS!…

“I’m not just concerned about the analysis.  Yes we gotta get our analysis right….  We got to understand big money and big banks and big corporations.  We got to understand the ways in which that big money colonizes government.  We got to understand the way the corporate media is oftentimes so thoroughly sycophantic when it comes to dealing with issues of truth and justice.   But we also have to ask questions about ourselves in terms of “what kinds of human beings do we want to be as we participate in this movement?”

“Do we have what it takes?  That is the question.

If we can conceive we can believe it.  If we can believe it then we can come together because you can’t do it by yourself.  It has to be collective.  It has to be organizing and mobilizing, it has to have leadership voices across the board…we don’t need 1 or 2 messiahs, no not at all.  No not at all.  This is like a jazz band!  All the voices are lifted.  LIFT EVERY VOICE!”

-Cornel West at Green Party Convention 8/6/16

“How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.”

3 thoughts on “GreenDemSoc: Cornel West’s Epic Speech at the Green Party Convention

  1. jstryder

    Almost as good as Feldman’s debate closer at the LP convention 😉
    Seriously, I wish Cornell West or somebody like him had addressed the LP delegates in Orlando. Everything Dr. West said to the Greens could have been comfortably said to the LP in Orlando. Worth a listen for aspiring orators in any party. Are you listening, Mr. Johnson?

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