Cornel West: Blacks 'Being Pushed to the Back of the Bus'

He praised the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage but said that "we black folk are being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility." 

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West at the National Press Club in 2012 (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

While speaking on Smiley & West, his radio show with co-host Tavis Smiley, Cornel West praised the Supreme Court's ruling last week on gay marriage but complained that "we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility," the Washington Times reports.

“We’re living in an age where we black folk are just being pushed to the back of the bus in terms of our visibility,” Mr. West said, “of our suffering in terms of the intensity of our exclusion, especially our poor black youth, especially with the new Jim Crow and so on. And we have to be honest about that. Again this has something to do of course with what history books will say.

“The irony of the age of Obama in which black folks found themselves pushed to the back, our gay brothers and lesbian sisters more and more pushed to the center,” he added.

Read more at the Washington Times.

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