CORNEL WEST: And Brother Tavis is being very kind, because he’s right. I love Brother Mike Dyson, too, but we’re living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kind of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, he’s—Michael Eric—
CORNEL WEST: And it’s a sad thing to see them as apologists for the Obama administration in that way, given the kind of critical background that all of them have had at some point.
For those unfamiliar with the expression, a mess of pottage is a Biblical reference to Esau’s sale of his birthright for a meal of lentil stew in Genesis. It’s something close to worthless in exchange for something of great value.