Cornel West Biography and Wikipedia
Born in Tulisa, Oklahoma, Cornel West is an American philosopher, author, social critic, political activist, and public intellectual. West who is the son of a Baptist minister focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their “complete conditionedness.”
West is a democrat and democratic socialist who draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, that include Marxism, Christianity, neopragmatism, the black church, and transcendentalism. The books ‘Race Matters’ (1994) and ‘Democracy Matters’ (2004) are among his most influential books.
Cornel West Age and Birthday, How Old is Cornel West?
Cornel West is 67 years old as of 2020, He was born on June 2, 1953, in Tulisa, Oklahoma. Cornel celebrates his birthday on June 2.
Cornel West Family
He was born as Cornel Ronald West to Clifton Louis West Jr., a general contractor for the Defense Department, and Irene B. West, a teacher and principal. The school known as Irene B. West Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, is named after his mother. He has one brother, Clifton West.
Cornel West Education and College
Growing up in Sacramento, California, The Matrix Reloaded commentator attended John F. Kennedy High School until he graduated from the school. After high school in 1970, West enrolled at Harvard College and took classes from philosophers Robert Nozick and Stanley Cavell.
He graduated from the college in 1973 in Near Eastern languages and civilization. He then joined Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in 1980. This made him the first African American to graduate from Princeton with a Ph.D. in philosophy.
At Princeton, West was heavily influenced by Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism and the two remained friends for many years even after West’s graduation. His title of the dissertation was Ethics, historicism and the Marxist tradition, later revised to be The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought.
Cornel West Wife and Wives
Conel has been married three times and divorced the same number of times. He got married to his first wife Hilda Holloman, in 1977, and together they have one son, Clifton Louis. He later married a second wife in 1981. Her name, Romona Santiago but it also ended in divorce. His third wife was Elleni Gebre Amlak, to whom he still pays alimony. He has a daughter, Zeytun who lives in Bonn, Germany.
Cornel West Children
West is a father of two. Clifton Louis born in 1977 is West’s first child and only son. He is a result of West’s marriage to his first wife, Holloman. He has a daughter too named Dilan Zeytun West born on 11th November 2000. She was born of a “love relationship,” as he calls it, with a Kurdish journalist who was at Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship. Currently, Zeytun lives in Germany and the West supports her.
Cornel West Net Worth
Cornel West has an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of 2020. West is a democrat and democratic socialist who draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, that include Marxism, Christianity, neopragmatism, the black church, and transcendentalism. The books ‘Race Matters’ (1994) and ‘Democracy Matters’ (2004) are among his most influential books.
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Cornel West Wikipedia
West has been critical of the members of the Democratic Party, and this includes former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, being outspoken in left-wing politics. Apart from commenting on politics, West co-hosted a radio program with Tavis Smiley from 2010 to 2013. The program was called Smiley and West.
He has as well featured in several documentaries and made appearances in Hollywood films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, for which he provided commentary. He was once named MTV’s Artist of the Week for his spoken word work as well as hip hop albums.
He has also been a professor at the following universities: Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Pepperdine University, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Paris. You can also find his various media outlets as a commentator on politics and social issues.
Cornel West Obama
West publicly supported the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, the then-Senator Barack Obama. He even addressed over 1,000 of his supporters at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on November 29, 2007. However, West criticized the former President when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, saying that it would be difficult for Obama to be “a war president with a peace prize”.
West further withdrew his support for Obama in an April 2011 interview referring to Obama as a Black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats and now because he has become head of the American killing machine he is proud of it. West said in an interview that he considered Obama a Rockefeller Republican in blackface.
West referred to Obama’s speech in 2013 at the 50th-anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a dream’ as contradictory and as pretty words that hide ugly deeds. West stated that Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream while Obama got drones while Martin Luther King Jr. had prophetic missions Barack Obama got deadly missiles that he’s ready to use.
West in 2014, he gave an interview slamming Obama, referring to him as a counterfeit who posed as a progressive. He went further to define Obama’s presidency as a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency.
Cornel West Hillary Clinton
For the United States 2016 presidential election, West had shown support for Democratic contender Bernie Sanders and after Sanders exit from the presidential race, he endorsed Jill Stein, a Green Party nominee, and her running mate Ajamu Baraka. He referred to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as a “neoliberal disaster,” and accused Clinton of posing as a progressive.
Cornel West Race Matters
Race Matters is a social sciences book by philosopher Cornel West. The book was first published on April 1, 1993, by Beacon Press. It analyzes moral authority and racial debates concerning skin color in the United States.
Cornel West Matrix
The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by The Wachowskis. It is about heroes who fight a desperate war against machine overlords that have enslaved humanity in an extremely sophisticated virtual reality system.
It was released in 1999 as the series feature film and continued with two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), both written and directed by The Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver.
In the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the professor appears as Councillor West and provides the voice for this character in the video game Enter the Matrix. He also provides philosophical commentary on all three Matrix films in The Ultimate Matrix Collection, together with integral theorist Ken Wilber.
Cornel West Books
1979 – Black Theology and Marxist Thought
1982 – Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity
1985 – Post-Analytic Philosophy, edited with John Rajchman
1988 – Prophetic Fragments
1989 – The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism
1991 – Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (with bell hooks)
1991 – The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought
1993 – Prophetic Thought in Postmodern Times: Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism
1994 – Race Matters
1994 – Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America
1995 – Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America (with rabbi Michael Lerner)
1996 – The Future of the Race (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
1997 – Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America
1998 – The War Against Parents: What We Can Do For America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads (with Sylvia Ann Hewlett)
1998 – The Future of American Progressivism (with Roberto Unger)
2000 – The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
2004 – Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
2004 – Commentary on The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; see The Ultimate Matrix Collection (with Ken Wilber)
2008 – Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom
2009 – Brother West: Living & Loving Out Loud
2012 – The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto (with Tavis Smiley)
2012 – Pro+Agonist: The Art of Opposition
2014 – Black Prophetic Fire
Cornel West Movies
2015 – #Bars4Justice
2012 – What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year? (TV show)
2009 – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
2008 – Examined Life
2003 – The Matrix Revolutions
2003 – The Matrix Reloaded
2005 – Street Fight
Cornel West Quotes
Above the many quotes by Cornel West, below are some of them:
We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is a commitment unless there is loyalty
- Unless there is love, patience, persistence.
- Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
- You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people.
- You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.
- I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.
- I have tried to be a man of letters in love with ideas in order to be a wiser and more loving person, hoping to leave the world just a little better than I found it.
- Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.
- To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.