Cornell West, like his two colleagues in poverty pimpin' and race hustling (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson), is a sideshow clown who loves to use Christ only when it fits his leftist political agenda.
Tavis Smiley, this so-called Christian who said that more Christians than Muslims blow up people every single day has no clue what he is talking about. Smiley has no idea what "hermeneutics" are and neither does most of the "Morning Joe" audience, but hey, it's a big theological word that makes him sound like he knows what he is talking about. If he wants real black street cred, next time he should find something to rhyme it with.
And then there's the Morning Man, Mr. Joe Scarborough lecturing "the Right" with the words "in red." Ah yes. When someone pulls the "Jesus said it so it has more weight" card I immediately know they don't know what they are talking about. [Note in this clip the leaning forward and evil, mustache-twisting snicker from Cornell West when Scarborough pulls the "Jesus said it" card.] Furthermore, when Scarborough said that the "core" message of Jesus was how to treat the poor, well, I guess he means that trumps salvation, redemption, repenting, turning to Him, confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior, walking with Him, and fulfilling the Great Commission--to name just a few "core" teachings of Christ.
As it has been said many times, a Christian can provide food and comfort for the poor as they follow the road to Hell. Food without the Bread of life is not Christianity--it's cruelty and the worst kind of eternal hatred. The "social justice" message preached from the "Christian" Left and exemplified here from Scarborough, Smiley, and West needs to be seen for the false gospel that it is.
BTW: The hermeneutic of the "Christian" Left is the Democrat party platform.