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Melissa Harris-Perry A Fraud, says Cornel West.

February 9, 2012 by  
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( In a recent article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Professor Cornel Westwent HAM” on Tulane University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

In what might be his strongest public comments yet, Cornel West referred to Harris-Perry as a “fake” and a “fraud” for allowing herself to be used by the liberal establishment to shoot down his critiques over our nation’s decision to overlook racial inequality and poverty.

I was quoted in the article, but only as a supporter of Dr. Cornel West.  Anyone who evaluates Cornel West’s track record will see that he has consistently advocated for Black, Brown and poor people long before “hope” and “change” slogans were thrust on to our TV screens.  In fact, Dr. West and Pastor Jeremiah Wright serve as our strongest modern-day embodiments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Similar to King, both of these men must endure the public volatility that comes with not running in lockstep with any flashy political trend.

When I heard what Cornel West said about Melissa Harris-Perry, my neck snapped like Nene Leakes bumping into a bill collector at a night club.  I was both impressed and shocked that West had been so strong in his position on Melissa Harris-Perry, and I was glad to see that even millionaires aren’t afraid to tell the truth.

Sometimes when diplomacy fails and your people are being attacked, it’s time to go to war.  When Cornel West spoke up honestly about the challenges of poor, Black and Brown people, alarm bells went off in liberal elitist America.  As a professor at an elite university, West was supposed to do what the other elites have done:  consider the poor only as an afterthought to planning your next vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.

In the cute and contrived world of academia, poor people are only secondary theoretical constructs that you discuss during research symposiums; they aren’t real human beings that you should actually fight for in public.

West had run off the plantation by speaking freely, not as an enemy of the Obama Administration (he campaigned heavily for the president), but as someone who demanded that we give a voice to the voiceless.  But when you have 96 percent of the Black vote, there is almost no incentive to do anything for Black people, especially those who are poor or in prison.

It’s much easier to convince Black people to be quiet by using political goons to terrorize any voices of dissent.  I can just hear someone at a closed-door meeting making the statement, “The negroes are getting upset, what do we do?  Perhaps we should find one of our personal negroes to fight him.”

Well, in full overseer tradition, the Democrats have created well-paid African-American attack dogs willing to defend their actions at any cost.  Since Melissa Harris-Perry and her friends had no legitimate defense to the critiques of Dr. West, they presumed that it would be easier to simply discredit him.  You see, if you kill the messenger, you never have to deal with the message itself.

Melissa Harris-Perry allowed herself to be used by the liberal establishment and their media channels to paint Professor West as irrelevant, petty, and ignorant in his critiques.  She never actually addressed the issues that Dr. West brought to the table.  That’s like my doctor saying, “Boyce, you’re gaining weight” and me responding with, “You’re just a quack divorcee who doesn’t know how to raise his kids.”

If I want to honestly confront my doctor’s argument that I’ve gained weight, all I’d need to do is stand on a scale — unless I am afraid to do so. Melissa Harris-Perry knows that Cornel West was right about poverty and inequality.  But because she is a highly paid scholar who doesn’t have to confront the issues being brought forth by Dr. Cornel West, she likely sees poor Black families as an acceptable casualty to her own political ambitions.

Let’s be clear:  Disagreeing with Cornel West is not a crime.  Supporting the Obama Administration is just fine.  But avoiding the issues of racial inequality and poverty by simply discrediting anyone who brings the topics to the table is pathetically harmful to millions of Black families that are affected by economic inequality, poor educational systems, and mass incarceration.   Someone has to speak up for these people, even at the expense of their own career opportunities, and we should all be thankful that Cornel West has the integrity to lose important friends in order to do what is right.

His willingness to do that which is unpopular (as Dr. King did before his death) will put Cornel West in the history books as a visionary activist and scholar; Melissa Harris-Perry will simply be remembered as another talking head.

In the worst African dictatorships, European corporations seeking to drain a country’s resources realized this simple fact:   There is no need to compensate a country’s citizens for their resources if you can simply pay off greedy dictators and figureheads who control what the people think and do.  As a result, there are countries where billions of dollars in oil are extracted every year, yet the majority of the country’s citizens remain in poverty.

In the Black community, leading Democrats have learned the dictator lesson well: If we hijack a few figureheads in the Black community and convince them to always speak in support of our agenda, we don’t actually have to do very much for Black people themselves.

It’s much easier to take care of the Head N*gger In Charge (HNIC) than it is to take care of the people they represent – just give them big media guns and have them aim those guns at any of the field negroes who choose to participate in the rebellion. That’s what makes Melissa Harris-Perry so harmful.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit


12 Responses to “Melissa Harris-Perry A Fraud, says Cornel West.”
  1. jdgwisd says:

    Interesting article that presented a great juxaposition politically and socially. However, I’m weary of any black male or female who is verbally active but commerically, politically, and economically poor in providing helpful solutions. Being the top streetcorner preacher is nice but does it always help the surrounding community? I, like many of the responders to this blog would rather see a sermon from these so called leaders than to continue to hear one.

  2. jonathan.b says:

    Look up boule ..the true uncle toms..what majes the enemy so deceiving is he or she could be the person you think is looking out for u..why u think dr king,malcomx,are dead,the people they thought had their back turned on then in the panthers leading us the truth about ourselves .what happens the feds put snithces in the organization to help them destroy our chance to be unified.them same snitches are high ranking in the feds now.stop always blaming white people,cause they got help from their black gaurd dogs(sellouts) to keep the agenda(to make all poor people black or white slaves).it aint about just race its about power over life ,mind,well being.

  3. Larry Schwartz says:

    Of course many might not want to hear what a white
    person has to say but Cornell West is correct. He may not be
    correct on white liberals motivation but he is correct that
    white liberals have no practical plan for poverty.
    A practical plan is a million African-Americans
    will be admitted into the labor unions not we will
    fix the schools and one will become the president
    of Harvard University and we will all feel better
    about the plight of the poor.

  4. Shawn says:

    Who is paying this man to be so critical of his own people? He wasn’t this outspoken during the Bush years.

  5. Orlando S. Boykin says:

    all this man seems to do is low-rate his own MHP should divest herself of those gains she has made to support his narrow-minded agenda? truthfully this woman, within the frame work of her employment has become an inspiration to countless black americans, by her mere presence and policies of pro-black intellectualism. im late to this party as this controversy has just come to my attention but from the vantage point of the london olympics i’d say this ranks down there with the smack being talked about Gabby Douglas’ ponytail!

  6. Bob says:

    Wow… Great article and i see it went over a few people’s head. It’s sad that the black community will defend Obama to the death when they are just an after thought to him.

  7. Erik says:

    Honestly, this just reads like “Melissa Harris-Perry is not acting black enough.” I don’t think she’s even responded publicly. Where has she gone to try and discredit Dr. West?

  8. Nicholas says:

    What can The President specifically do for black people, that would satisfy his critics in the black community. If there is something those critics wants done, they need to make that case to the black community and give the president something to push for, as long as its resonable and doable, considering the hostile House of Representatives and Supreme Court.

  9. Monica says:

    West lost his mind ….. Tavis smiley washed his brains … What a moron… Melissa, I know u r not a fake nor a sell out … them how strong and intelligent u r ….I’ll b watching .West just a jealous clown. Dr Harris perry supports Obama and west can’t stand that … Sad!!!!!

  10. Monica says:

    West is just jealous …. What happened yo him ???? Tavis smiley corrupted his mind … What a shame … Go Melissa … Show them how strong and intelligent u r … We know u r not fake nor a sell out … I’ll. E watching ….

  11. Tariq Bey says:

    +1 I could not agree with you more Blue Dove.This is the same brother that tried to debate our beloved Dr.Clark. If you really want to see the system of racism white supremacy at work here it is. (REPLACE RACISM WHITE SUPREMACY WITH JUSTICE)

  12. Blue Dove says:

    Wow, for the first time in a long time, I really disagree with you. I read some of her critique of Cornel West in The Nation (mostly it was his unwavering support of Tavis Smiley, who, through his sponsorships has benefitted so much from the corporations he criticizez in the Poverty Tour (McDonalds, Wells Fargo, etc). I felt like she was balanced and fair. Lord knows I have my criticisms of President Obama, but Cornel’s attacks seem really personal (not getting a ticket to inauguration) and assumptive (Obama identifies with jewish and white men more than “real brothers”). Yes, the poor need to be on the forefront of our minds, but like Melissa points out, Obama is accountable to everyone in this country. As an elected official he can be voted out, censored or impeached for what he does or says. As tenured professors, Melissa and Cornel have much more freedom to do or say whatever they want.

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