I did not hear all of Cornell's comments (had to do something real quick) but I came back on the part where he said governing ourselves is a "pipe dream". I will go back and review his whole comments in a minute, but I wanted to say this first in regards to what Minister Farrakhan said.
Minister Farrakhan words were in tune with the Covenant but his words spoke to what the Covenant does not , and they contradicts Tavis Smiley position that fixing ourselves makes America better. So here is the real question, Does putting the fire out in our community, amongst our people make America better and stop the burning in America? or does it only stops the burning amongst us?
This is key because no one here and no one on that panel including Cornell who recognizes and spoke to the deep love for Black people Minister Farrakhan has would suggest that Minister Farrakhan is against putting the fire out in our community, thus it only means his comments were that we should not play the fireman for America and try to cure it of its ills while we cure ourselves. One might argue aren't our problems and America's problems one in the same, and I would answer to a certain extent but surely if our problems were one in the same across the board than when America is doing good we would be doing good and such is not the case politically, socially or economically. So I am with Farrakhan on this, LET THIS MUTHA&*^*R BURN! But continue to work hard on our problems and if a consequence of us fixing our problems makes America better in some ways good but I am certain the problems that America have that are not related in anyway to what's troubling Black people will continue to get worse.