In a recent survey by, it was found that African Americans are divided over the comments of Princeton University professor Cornel West, who has critiqued the Obama Administration in the media over the past several weeks. A mild majority of those who gave a definite answer (44.6%; only 87.2% said “yes” or “no”) claim that West is wrong about Obama, while a slightly lower number (42.6%) said that West is correct in his criticism.   The remainder (12.8%) said that they are not sure.

While Black Americans were divided over the validity of the West critique, they supported his right to freedom of speech.  Well over half (61.2%) of the respondents said that West should continue to share his point of view.   Roughly a third (32.4%) said that he should remain silent.  The rest said they were not sure.

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