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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

College writing

This morning a friend sent this article from Princeton Alumni Weekly about the fallout from Professor Cornell West's criticism of President Obama:

West, who evidently felt miffed that Obama had not invited him to the inauguration despite his having campaigned for him, is quoted as saying that Obama had been "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats."

In response, Princeton professor of African-American studies Melissa Harris-Perry (who recently left for Tulane) responded, "In a self-aggrandizing victimology sermon deceptively wrapped in the discourse of prophetic witness, Professor West offers thin criticism of President Obama and stunning insight into the delicate ego of the self-appointed black leadership class that has been largely supplanted in recent years."

My friend characterized  the sentence as perfect, and said, "I guess you go to college to be able to write like that."

It was a well-written sentence. But actually, white people go to college to learn that they're not allowed to say things like that.


Anonymous said...


I'm down here in Tennessee working on a job and while watching the O'Riley Factor tonight on Fox he reads your comments !!! I almost crapped my pants, way to go John !

Mad Dog

John Craig said...

Mad Dog --
My comment was actually briefer, but they expanded it to explain the reference to yesterday's show. At least he laughed when he read it though.