By// Mariah Craddick
Dr. Cornel West has come out to criticize President Barack Obama for using a restored Bible belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during his inauguration ceremonies, according to theGrio.
Though the King family presented Obama with the Bible, which was restored for use at the inauguration, West expressed his disdain for the move during a recent appearance on CSPAN.
“All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into producing a Martin Luther King, Jr. generated a brother of such high decency and dignity that you don’t use his prophetic fire for a moment of presidential pageantry without understanding the challenge he represents to all of those in power regardless of what color they are,” he said.
Tavis Smiley made similar remarks regarding the use of the Bible, saying “The real Martin King would not stand for this country rendering poor people invisible.”
Rev. Al Sharpton, who sat with the King family at the inauguration, disagreed.
“Martin III and his wife was there,” he said. “The King family gave him the Bible. I came out of the King movement and was there. So I don’t understand what is the basis of Dr. West’s statement, given all that.”
See West’s remarks in the video below: