Unit VII Scholarly Activity
UnitVII Scholarly Activity
Cornelwest is a late 20thcentury as well as 21stcentury civil rights activist. He was born in 1953 and is currentlyamong the top rated civil rights activist in America. Professionally, he is an author, philosopher and prominently knownfor his membership in democratic socialists of America (DSA). Hisefforts in fighting for human rights and social justice is recognizedall over America.
Americanhistory in civil rights dates back many years ago where individualssuch as martin Luther king Jr, W.E.B Dubois among other activists whoinitiated and brought reforms in America. Most of these civil rightsleaders died but America is always known to give rise to newreplacements. Cornel west dedicates his career in criticizingviolation of rights of minority in America as well as democraticrights. He has published many books pointing out various socialinjustices some of which are outlined below.
Inhis book “race matters’, cornel reviews the present situation inAmerica and analyzes what he calls “scars of racism”. He baseshis arguments on Los Angeles riots pointing out the effects ofnihilism to the black Americans, political instability and blackpresidency. He argues out that black people have been in quest forfreedom and have been exploited for years just because of theircolor. Obama’s presidency have been facing many challenges andunacceptance from other contemporary leaders who happen to be whites.Cornel strongly criticizes political attacks in Los Angeles whichinvolves the killing of black people. He has preached the gospel ofmartin Luther king Jr to embrace love, justice and democracy whichpromotes leadership for social justice as Larson(2002) argues it.
Corneladvocates for democratic rights in America and some parts of MiddleEast and Africa. America is viewed as the central point indemocratization. Cornel argues out that America should be the pacesetter to all other nations of the world in embracing democracy.Corruption in some states of America has affected democracy. Hefurther argues out that each and every American has the right toexercise their democratic rights regardless of race, gender orethnicity (Gilyard(2008).
Mattersof religion are reviewed in his book “AfricanAmerican Religious Thought”.Although a significant percentage of Americans have agreed on rightsto belief and religion, African American religion belief has not beenyet harmonized. The expression “black religion” seems to causeseparation between blacks and whites. This separation has led todiscrimination based on race, sexual orientation and other vices thatchallenges democracy.
Cornelwest’s activism is also demonstrated in many other ways other thanjust publishing books. He has recently hosted a radio program whichrebukes various injustices in America and discrimination of theminority. In July 2016, cornel attacked president barrack Obamapointing out that he has done little in eliminating racism and policebrutality.
Inconclusion, west’s career as a civil right activist is highlyrecognized by Americans and he has been featured in a variety offilms and documentaries. Among the top selling books, cornel isranked first as his art is seen as a contributing factor in buildinga better America. He has brought massive reforms in social settingsespecially ending racial discrimination to the blacks. His work hasalso given guidelines to elimination of poverty, corruption and badgovernance.
Gilyard,K. (2008). Compositionand Cornel West: Notes toward a deep democracy.SIU Press.
Larson,C. L., & Murtadha, K. (2002). Leadership for social justice.Yearbookof the National Society for the Study of Education,101(1),134-161.
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