Is Melissa Harris-Perry “Blackophobic?”

YOU’RE A FAKE: Black America’s beloved Dr. Cornell West says its time America know that MSNBC’s newest host Melissa Harris-Perry is a fake.  West says that the attacks by his former colleague Perry in the Nation magazine and on cable news were strictly personal.

With Dr. West’s comments, we have to ask: “Is Melissa Harris-Perry Blackophobic” Some of her columns in the conservative publication, “The Nation” were risky at best.

West was responsible for bringing her to Princeton from the University of Chicago after the two met at a conference. She held a joint appointment between the Center for African American Studies and later turned on him and [Dr. Eddie] Gluade, the chairman of the department, calling them ‘hypocritical leftists.’  ‘‘I have a love for the sister, but she is a liar, and I hate lying,’’ says West. ‘‘She’s become the momentary darling of the liberals, but I pray for her because she’s in over her head. She’s a fake and a fraud. I was so surprised how treacherous the sister was.’’

He should know better than anyone.  Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

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