Cornel West, speaking at Brown University, urges resistance to ‘identity politics’

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The Harvard philosophy professor and author of 20 books, including the well-known “Race Matters” published in 1993, lectured at Brown as part of the university’s “Politics in the Humanities” lecture series.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — President Donald Trump is as American as cherry pie. Or apple pie.

He is an expression of “something deep in the history of this nation” and he “represents the worst,” too, but he “doesn’t have a monopoly on that role,” Cornel West told Brown University students Tuesday night, warning them that “the worst thing you can do is fetishize an individual like Trump.”

“He just happens to be running the empire as a know-nothing narcissist,” said the author, political activist and philosopher. “But there are lot of know-nothing narcissists. There’s a narcissism inside of us. All of us have learned ignorance. No matter how learned you are.”

West’s sizing up of Donald Trump came toward the middle of a lecture that challenged his Ivy League listeners to pay attention to their own faults and to resist “identity politics.”

The Harvard philosophy professor and author of 20 books, including the well-known “Race Matters” published in 1993, lectured at Brown as part of the university’s “Politics in the…

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