West Questions Obama’s Commitment to Truth

By Jonathan Adams Apr 08, 2008

Originally published on Huffington Post, Cornel West finds fault in Barack Obama’s decision to stay in Indiana to campaign instead of going to Memphis to commemorate King.

I want to say that I’m deeply disappointed that my dear brother Barack Obama decided not to go pay tribute and lay his wreath for the great Martin Luther King, Jr. That brother Martin’s profound love and deep sacrifice for black people, America and humanity is in no way reducible to political calculations, even for the campaign for presidency. That Martin Luther King Jr.’s deep commitment to unarmed truth and unconditional love can in no way be subject to strategies for access to political power. Hence, I have a very deep disagreement with my dear brother, Barack Obama — in this case, commitment to truth is in tension with the quest for power.