The Root spent an hour speaking to Cornel West on Dec. 8 on a wide range of issues, including former President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism, President Donald Trump and, of course, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch an edited version of our conversation above.

Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior reporter at The Root. He is currently writing a book proposal that analyzes US-Russia relations from a black perspective.

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