Cornel West Hits Leaders: 'Wall Street Criminality'

The controversial scholar says the mindset illustrates how money has corrupted American culture. 

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Professor Cornel West speaks at an event. (Getty Images)

Controversial scholar Cornel West has taken aim at civil rights leaders again. This time he hits them for ignoring "Wall Street criminality," saying that money has corrupted American culture, according to the Raw Story.

At book launching event on August 24 following the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, West condemned mainstream civil rights leaders for ignoring many the deeper issues affecting poor and minority communities.

"The fundamental difference between 1963 and 2013 is these days everything and everybody is up for sale," he said. "It's a market-driven culture. Just dangle enough money, dangle enough possessions, dangle enough assets, and folks will come running — which means we don't get too much integrity, honesty, decency, and virtue. You get folks obsessed with having assets, folks obsessed with having wealth and position."

Civil rights leaders like Ella Baker, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X "would never sell out," West added. "Never. They had integrity, they had decency, they had virtue, they had honesty. And that is what we've got to teach our young folk, because our young folk these days are exposed to all of this culture of superficial spectacle."

Read more at the Raw Story.

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