*During an interview on CNN, Princeton professor Cornel West and TV host Tavis Smiley blasted GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for his recent claim that racism is not a big factor in African-American unemployment. West urged him “to get off the symbolic crack pipe.”

As reported, Cain said that racism is not a factor in poverty in America and that “people sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for not being able to achieve.”

West countered on CNN: “Well, one, black people have been working hard for decades. I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe and acknowledge that the evidence is overwhelming. I think he also knows that if brother [Troy] Anthony Davis, a brother who was just put to death, were a white Wall Street banker brother, that the response in the nation would have been very different, as opposed to being a poor black brother. And that’s just one small example, one very small example of that, of racism still at work holding people back.”