Black intellectual and Princeton University Professor Cornel West explained Tuesday on MSNBC’s The Ed Show why he made inflammatory remarks about President Obama in an interview where he said Obama was “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

“His formation is such that I think he does have a predilection much more towards upper-middle class white brothers and Jewish brothers and has a certain distance from free black men,” West said.

Princeton University Professor and The Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry said West’s logic “smacked of birtherism.”

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