Al Sharpton vs. Cornel West (Clash of the Black Agenda)

In the course of Black Life there have been epic beefs:


Vs Nas


vs Tupac

El- Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X)

vs Martin Luther King Jr.


Nicki Minaj

vs Lil’ Kim

NYC Breakerz vs Rock Steady Crew


West vs Sharpton?

No not the Kanye West, although it would be interesting to have Sharpton’s and Yeezy’s egos go at it blow for blow. The feud I’m referring to is none other than Cornel West vs Al Sharpton. The two got into it the other day on a show, moderated ironically by a white man, called the “Black Agenda.” Brother Al and Prof. West were on the show to talk about the economic situation of black folk and inevitably the conversation turned to the President and his role or lack thereof in the uplift of people that share his skin color. The arguments on both sides are pretty solid with Sharpton playing Obama’s defense attorney and West playing lead prosecutor in the court of “WTF have you been doing to take care of your own” court. Lets go to the tale of the tape: (pardon my formatting but, it’s well worth whatever style-points are deducted…)

Rev. Al “Be sure to protect my Pres.” Sharpton

Prof. Cornel “Imma let you finish Sharpton, but Obama ain’t nothin but a B-ish” West


Fried, dyed with grey on the side

I let my soul blow from my Afro…

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James Brown

Albert Einstein/Huey Newton/ Karl Lagerfield

Public Speaking

Old school tried and true Reverential speechifying

Mix between performance poetry and Academic lecture

Published Works

2 and a possible

19 books and 2 albums

Political Aspirations

NY State Senate, US Senate, NYC Mayor, US Presidential campaign

I’d rather critique them than be ’em .


Da Street! Ordained minster by age 9. Went to college for a hot minute. Managed James Brown. Worked with Jesse Jackson in Dr. King’s Operation Breadbasket.

BA Harvard, MA & PhD Princeton

Good Point in Debate

Obama can’t do this shit by himself

Obama should be held accountable by black folks especially given the shit his opponents are throwing his way. Gotta keep ‘em honest!

Memorable Quotes

“George Bush giving tax cuts is like Jim Jones giving Kool-Aid. It tastes good but it’ll kill you.”

What does it really mean to be human?
What does it really mean to be featherless two-legged linguistically conscious creatures
Born between urine and feces
Whose bodies will soon be the culinary delight of terrestrial worms, my brother?

Claim to fame

Can put together a race rally faster than Busy Bone can spit a verse

Can speak on almost any damn topic

Stance on Obama

Obama is my homeboy

I’m weary of any politician

Personally, I don’t think Sharpton wants it with West in a straight out academic debate, but on cable TV? Anything goes, even your foes.

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