President Obama placed his hand upon a Bible used by Martin Luther King Jr. during his second inauguration. In a passionate speech, watch as philosopher and professor Cornel West says how this simple act glossed over Dr. King’s incredible message of peace.
At 0:44, he boils down why this seemingly harmless act bothered him, think of this as his thesis for the next few minutes.
At 1:10, learn about the three crimes against humanity MLK wrestled with, two of which you might not know as much about.
At 2:10, West talks about why this is personal for him.
At 2:38, he wants to know what MLK would say about “the new Jim Crow laws.”
At 2:48, he talks about who he thinks should be jailed.
At 3:25, he says how Obama is taming MLK’s message and challenge.
In case you think he doesn’t like the President, at 3:48, he talks about being glad that Obama won the election.
At 4:00, he discusses what it means to use (and abuse) tradition.
And don’t stop until you reach 4:55, so you can see how he makes Newt Gingrich uncomfortable.