January 28th, 2018

So, this morning I began to transcribe my notes from Cornel West’s Race Matters (matters of race, not race is important). Written in 1993, the book remains relevant and possibly prophetic in 2018. I came to the book because of West’s dustup with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

I probably won’t finish the transcription until tomorrow, but I wanted to get my first note posted because I think West, in this new introduction, reminds us that Donald Trump, no matter how much we would wish it not so, is not an aberration. West writes:

The political triumph of Donald Trump is a symbol and symptom—not cause or origin—of our imperial meltdown. Trump is neither alien nor extraneous to American culture and history. In fact he is as American as apple pie. Yet he is a sign of our spiritual bankruptcy—all spectacle and no substance, all narcissism and no empathy, all appetite and greed and no wisdom and maturity. p. xviii.

From Race Matters by Cornel West


Found in my electronic chapbook.

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