John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root.
It's all about this business of "contesting." And it's about all of us.
One thing we all know is that if Cornel West actually met Barack Obama alone in a room — and we can be sure this will happen one day, and likely more than once — he would embrace him and call him brother.
There's a new study, as we just reported, that concludes the "global war on drugs has failed." It comes from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission's members include former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and others who have held top policy posts around the world.
"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," a high-powered commission whose members include former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan warns today.