Dr. Cornel West, a notable scholar and activist, in a June 5th video announcement on Twitter, aid he has decided to join the 2024 presidential race on the People’s Party ticket. An intrepid, perceptive visionary, West must have known this bid would be met with charges he’s ego-tripping, and providing the opposition with fuel with a futile third-party entry.
“I have decided to run for truth and justice, which takes the form of running for president of the United States as a candidate for the People’s Party,” West said in his video. “I enter for the quest for truth. I enter for the quest of justice. And the presidency is just one vehicle we pursue that truth and justice.”
To some extent, he has anticipated some of the naysaying, noting at the end of his announcement that “Democracy creates disruption. It creates an eruption. It creates an interruption.” Well, his candidacy is sure to be a key disruption and that is in keeping with a philosopher known for being a thorn in the side of mainstream political parties and neo-liberals.
Twitter was buzzing with responses, almost split down the middle from those ready to support and those taking umbrage with the action. Taking shots from the left and right has never dismayed West, who turned 70 on June 2. Whether on the lectern or in his books, including the phenomenally successful “Race Matters,” he has often expressed a “take no prisoners” attitude and at the same time conveyed an unwavering Christian compassion.
Currently ensconced at Union Theological Seminary, West has held prominent positions at Princeton and Harvard, and has been on the ramparts against police brutality, often in conjunction with Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Community Party.
West said he is running to end poverty, mass incarceration, to end wars, and provide ecological balance, affordable housing, and health care for all because “Neither political party wants to tell the truth about Wall Street, about Ukraine, about the Pentagon, about big tech,” West said. “Do we have what it takes? We shall see.”
Yep, we shall see.