Cornel West is an American philosopher, author, critic, and activist. A professor at Princeton University in the Center for African-American Studies and the Department of Religion, West is one of the most famous public intellectuals in the United States and is known for his political, social, and moral insight and criticism. In his 2007 speech, “What It Means to Be a Leftist,” given at the 2007 Left Forum in New York, West discusses what “being a leftist” means in the twenty-first century, distinguishing it from political parties in the U.S. and tying it to a willingness to fight for social justice in radical ways. West's speech inspires discussion about what it means to make justice and equality “your calling” and whether radicalism is the best/only way to achieve justice and equality today.
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What is the value of disagreement and opposition? How should they be expressed?What is the world we dream of living in? Is it possible?What is the “status quo”? Does it need to be changed?What does it mean to have a “calling”?