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Harvard University professor, author, and thinker Cornel West joins to discuss the unrest that's broken out across America in the wake of George Floyd's fatal arrest and the response from Trump and law enforcement officials. Aired on 6/1/2020.
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79 Comments on "Cornel West: The Future Of America Depends On How We Respond | The 11th Hour | MSNBC"

  1. This was the best speech I have heard in a long time.

    • @alz123alz Because biology is hard. If you studied these sciences, you would know. Electricity and all the technologies based on it, is easy, it’s straightforward. Electrons move and generate current, which is very predictable: just induce a voltage and the electrons will move according to the resistances of the paths in front of them, you put other circuit elements in (store charge, release it). You can then generate electromagnetic waves with this current (I’ve built a radio antennae and receiver with a couple basic parts in like half an hour, after being taught the physics).

      Biology…is messy. The physics is similar – electrostatic interactions, etc – but there are a billion moving parts at the level of molecules. If you were to simulate the folding of a protein using the most powerful computers on Earth, and try all possible conformations to really predict the right folding pattern, it would take more time than the universe has existed. A SINGLE protein. As a biology student at a top university, my mind is blown almost every day by how clever others who study biology – and these are sometimes physicists, computer scientists, etc., who turn their focus towards the puzzles of biology – are in designing their experiments, finding workarounds, etc. That protein folding problem? We are getting closer and closer to being able to reliably simulate protein folding to a working degree within maybe hours.

      But the material is just so much harder. Did you ever take a physics class? Imagine you have a problem on a test that asks you to calculate how long it will take for two charged spheres to collide with each other in space. It’d probably take you like ten minutes, right? Now add in quantum mechanics, throwing off everything, because the spheres are suddenly on the same scale as atoms. Then calculate the interactions between thousands of them, and you’re simulating two tiny proteins in a cell. In order to study these in real life, you have to come up with very clever experiments to probe things that are invisibile to light microscopes, and your experiments will go wrong for reasons you cannot predict 90% of the time.

    • @alz123alz What are God’s solutions? Please let me know how God has showed you how to easily neutralize billions and billions of copies of virus in hundreds of millions of bodies. I see only the Bible. How did we fare in the middle ages against bubonic plague with only the Bible in our hands? What are these solutions God provides that American researchers are too arrogant to take? Enlighten us.

    • TOUCH ENGAGE MEDIA | June 4, 2020 at 4:03 PM | Reply

      When people talk about freedom, this is what they should think about.. Someone being able to say exactly what he said and he doesn’t have to go to exhile and hide. Can you say these things in China or Russia? That is America and America needs to show us how it is done. There will be rain and there is blood shed already, go the distance people.

    • TOUCH ENGAGE MEDIA | June 4, 2020 at 4:05 PM | Reply

      And to think, this was Putins main goal when he set up the Internet agency thing in St Petersburg. A race war was a golden flush. But use it to come out stronger, that’s how you win.

    • Billie Jean | June 4, 2020 at 6:59 PM | Reply

      @teefurtree The human race will be lost unless they stop perpetrating the holocaust every day of 8 billion sentient beings slaughtered as our food source. Man….who believes he is the all to be all in God’s creation, are the ones who are causing all the pain and suffering in the world. The blood of billions of slaughtered animals are on the hands of the human race and that shedding of blood is the direct underline cause of the violence between human to human. If we stopped the slaughter of these innocent beings who are without sin….then the violence between human to human to greatly diminish or stop all together. But I can talk all day long but no one will listen because people don’t want to give up their addiction to the flesh of animals! But mark my words…..the day of reckoning is here!

  2. No Calvinism | June 2, 2020 at 7:25 PM | Reply

    This man is incredibly BRILLIANT!


    • alz123alz maybe you could do better than them so step up and do something instead of ranting here.

    • @alz123alz actually, 90% of the countries handled covid-19 much better than the US. it’s not the methodology, it’s the incompetence of the Trump administration.

  3. We need more Cornel West.

  4. Wearemadrid | June 2, 2020 at 8:25 PM | Reply

    This man’s wisdom is out of this 🌎

    • 88Gibson LesPaul | June 3, 2020 at 6:52 AM | Reply

      @Bert Dahlman America and Americans have come to the point of “push comes to shove”, in other words, we’re either going to learn to love one another or we’re going to perish. Donald Trump….and 40% of this country that follows him… determined to have a divided America.

    • Patsy Sadowski | June 3, 2020 at 7:12 AM | Reply

      Bert Dahlman those protests were full of White people too. I’m not sure that colour is the divide. It’s tribal politics, Trump gives shelter to those who thrive on fear and division.

    • Dullard.

    • 88Gibson LesPaul | June 3, 2020 at 11:43 AM | Reply

      @Patsy Sadowski YES he does, Patsy. YES he does. The last thing Trump wants is a Unites America.

    • Eddy Hanson | June 4, 2020 at 9:17 AM | Reply

      If he would acknowledge that cop on black crime is going down (significantly) and black on black crime is rising significantly, then we would be making progress.

  5. “Gangsters come in all forms…” And the biggest of all is, of all places, in the White House….

    • Richard Stein | June 4, 2020 at 12:51 PM | Reply

      Nacculate Vassell – hi Nacculate – just fyi: the Congress is made up of two bodies, the House and the Senate

    • Alex I don’t like trump, and I wouldn’t call him a gangster by no means. He is no where near being a gangster. Now he just a wanted a be. He just to stupid. Look around him and guess where he is taking his orders from. The youngest of my grandsons have more common sense than trump does. Just look at his moves that he make. That fool taking orders from Putin. I would never forget the look on trump’s face when he went into a room that Putin was in. Putin didn’t say a word to him. And trump’s face told the whole story. The man is weak for real.

    • @John Hood he’s a gangster. You clearly have NO idea of his history. He’s been involved in a number of RICO cases, including money laundering. He’s been involved in Russian money laundering schemes for 20 years, actually. Google Felix Slater just for a quick start.

    • elissa f The man is weak, his heart pump cool-aid. I saw this video tape of trump coming into this building, I forgot what building it was. But Putin was in the place. Trump walk down like he was all that. And he seen Putin, and Putin didn’t say a word to him. And the look on trump face was like, when I ask my father could I use his car and he told me NO . That same look I had on my face, was the same look he had on his face.😥 And that look told me a lot about trump and Putin relationships. Little details tell you about the big picture.

    • elissa f One more thing about trump gangster life. If trump is, or was a gangster, just tell me how did he lose all 3 of his casino in Atlantic City. Real gangster run Atlantic City. Close down! All 3 of his casino!

  6. Stafford Scholar | June 2, 2020 at 9:37 PM | Reply

    “One of the lowest moments in America.” I agree.

    • Divine Seed | June 3, 2020 at 6:55 PM | Reply

      @kathy smith it is in their collective nature to oppress, destroy, manipulate, steal, colonize, afflict violence, and terrorize. history shows us that over and over. they have had PLENTY of time to correct their erring ways, but they chose instead, after all these centuries, to continue the oppression, or ignore it. white supremacy will collapse and the whole of the world will rejoice. you will soon see.

    • Divine Seed | June 3, 2020 at 7:03 PM | Reply

      @kathy smith you dont need to be a believer in the holy bible, but it is indeed written in Obadiah. Know that what we call the “white race” is the seed of Edom (Esau). the book of Obadiah outlines their judgement and destruction due to their recorded and present-day visible oppression of their “close relatives in Israel” (not to be confused w/ the false Israel we see today), but that of the Israelites. the writing is on the wall now. keep The Most High close in your heart, and rejoice at the end of this, for it is upon us now.

    • kathy smith | June 3, 2020 at 7:43 PM | Reply

      @Divine Seed i hope so but understand, my indigenous friends and my cousin,s black husband all said i am so white i glow in the dark. there is however a huge potential for indigenous blood in the family. it shows in some of my cousins but i got the blazing whiteness.

    • kathy smith | June 3, 2020 at 7:51 PM | Reply

      @Divine Seed and we are all the seed of the people of the Land of Nod. none of us are perfect and some are far less perfect than others.
      i would think it is far more likely that the descendants of Esau are the non-Hebrew middle easterners than white people, but it is all open to debate.

    • Saas Carlson | June 4, 2020 at 10:48 PM | Reply

      Patrick Raney no sir just racist hearts. We can replace the products looted but can we change and unite our people.

  7. Bryce Thompson | June 2, 2020 at 9:41 PM | Reply

    An American Treasure speaking the REAL with poetic cadence!

  8. There goes that educated man”
    Extremely well said

  9. I like the way he calls everyone “brother”.

  10. Dr. West is one of the greatest Americans ever.
    He is so brilliant, well spoken. He is a gentleman and just great.

    • oneraceonedestiny | June 4, 2020 at 6:11 AM | Reply

      @Brian Tyson no Tyson, going to art school just makes it even more likely that you are a fool. The man in this video is a buffoon.

    • @oneraceonedestiny You are the fool…more like one race one density! Thick as two short planks.

    • @Jamtommy1 Care to explain please?

    • Tiff'sTravels2012 | June 4, 2020 at 7:22 PM | Reply

      Do not engage with low frequency dwellers. It is a waste of time to dwell in depths of those frequencies. You accomplish nothing when you do so. Misery loves company. Do not live in that misery with those who chose to feed at the bottom.

    • oneraceonedestiny | June 4, 2020 at 7:34 PM | Reply

      @Tiff’sTravels2012 like you, you mean? You’re as low as a critter on the Marianas Trench.

  11. Felipe Arango | June 2, 2020 at 10:32 PM | Reply

    what a beautiful way that professor spoke. So educated so knowledgeable so spirit-full and so loving all at the same time

  12. “The meek will inherit the earth.” That sure isn’t talking about trump or his anti Christian followers. This has been brewing for decades, growing pains are never easy…

    • razumfrackle | June 4, 2020 at 7:16 PM | Reply

      @Buick Regal by “them” you’re mean one of “those sane people”.

      You enablers of looting, arson and vandalism are mentally ill.

    • Buick Regal | June 4, 2020 at 8:13 PM | Reply

      @razumfrackle Show me where I condoned the looting, arson and vandalism ….I’LL WAIT. You’re awful at trolling.

    • razumfrackle | June 4, 2020 at 8:25 PM | Reply

      @Buick Regal let me ask you. Do you denounce the massive looting, arson and vandalism that’s been rampant in about a dozen cities?

    • Buick Regal | June 4, 2020 at 8:53 PM | Reply

      @razumfrackle How is that helping the cause?????? I personally understand why the blacks are doing it but from what I’ve witnessed it’s majority whites doing it and also some cops have been caught ON VIDEO stealing. Also mysterious piles of bricks are popping up all of a sudden where no buildings have even been vandalized YET.🤔 SMH But yeah, how many marches for how many years the cries and shouting has fell on deaf ears about excessive force and police brutality dealing with minorities? Well they’ll pay attention to the issue when the cities on fire is the attitude of tired youngsters. Now, I want YOU to explain to me why a city has to burn down and stores vandalized and looted behind a HOCKEY GAME????????

    • Some Person | June 4, 2020 at 8:57 PM | Reply

      @razumfrackle where exactly did I “cheer on looters, arsonists and vandals”? You’re gonna need a direct quote from me on that, and it’s not something I said. So what’s your deal? Because now you’re melting down like Chernobyl and throwing around lame accusations. Go away loser, no one wants you here either…😘

  13. Chris Andrew | June 2, 2020 at 11:31 PM | Reply

    Professor West, you’re and eloquent, intelligent and passionate man sir.

  14. *Heavens weep as Evangelicals and self-proclaimed “Christians” who support Trump side with the murderous cop for they have crucified Jesus once again to glorify the darkness that has taken over their souls.*

  15. Seth Harris | June 3, 2020 at 1:29 AM | Reply

    Never came to terms with the on going slaughter of the native Americans,

  16. I only wish I had 1/2 this guy’s intelligence.

    • Tiff'sTravels2012 | June 4, 2020 at 7:12 PM | Reply

      Keep living and you will. You are smart and remember to become well informed by reading. Most of your intelligence comes from experiences and what you learn from them.

    • @Tiff’sTravels2012: Thanks for the pep talk! We can all use a little push in the right direction. :o)

  17. Jerry Tyrone Hunt | June 3, 2020 at 1:43 AM | Reply

    When Cornell West talks all should listen!

  18. Peace4MEarth | June 3, 2020 at 6:56 AM | Reply

    “They call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin

  19. I could listen to Cornell West for hours: Smart, poetic, compassionate…

  20. Banks Monday | June 3, 2020 at 12:55 PM | Reply

    How he puts “brother” as a prefix in people’s name show how he considers people as people.

    • Victoria Garcia | June 4, 2020 at 5:43 PM | Reply

      And it immediately invites people into a conversation.

    • Tiff'sTravels2012 | June 4, 2020 at 7:27 PM | Reply

      We are brothers and sisters in this thing called life. We may be different ethnicities, races and cultures but we are one in species.

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