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Dr. Cornel West calls President Obama a ‘global George Zimmerman’

Professor Cornell West and Senator Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has already been criticized by Tavis Smiley over his personal address about the death of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict, but now one of his other famous critics, Dr. Cornel West, is weighing in on the matter as well and is calling Obama a “global George Zimmerman.”

In a recent interview with Democracy Now, West challenged Obama’s remark’s that he “could have been Trayvon Martin” when he was younger.

“That’s beautiful, that’s an identification. The question is will that identification hide and conceal the fact there’s a criminal justice system in place that has nearly destroyed two generations of very precious, poor black and brown brothers? He hasn’t said a mumbling word until now,” said West. “Five years in office and can’t say a word about a new Jim Crow. At the same time I think we have to recognize that he has been able to hide and conceal that criminalizing of the black poor as what I call the re-n***erizing of the black professional class. You got these black leaders on the Obama Plantation, won’t say a criminal word about the master in the big house. Will only try to tame the field folk so that they’re not critical of the master in the big house.”

“Obama and [Attorney General Eric] Holder — will they come through at the federal level for Trayvon Martin? We hope so — [but] don’t hold your breath. There’s going to be many people who say, ‘We see this president is not serious about the criminalizing of poor people,’” he added.

“Well, the first thing, I think we have to acknowledge that President Obama has very little moral authority at this point, because we know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent peoples, a criminal—George Zimmerman is a criminal—but President Obama is a global George Zimmerman, because he tries to rationalize the killing of innocent children, 221 so far, in the name of self-defense, so that there’s actually parallels here.

Those are definitely strong claims against Obama. West isn’t the only one who has questioned the president. – nicholas robinson


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  1. datruth on July 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

    west need to look him self in the mirror and do what he can to help besides blaming obama because he was not smart enough to become president / im not down wit the excuss making people / I’m down with solution making people / west is a blamer / plus he rich / west is a waste of time !

  2. Jackie H on July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are obviously two bitter black men who feel that their place as “spokepersons” for the black community was seriously eroded by the election of our nation’s first black president. Instead of seeking ways to assist our president in his efforts to command fair treatment for everyone- all they do is blather on about old issues they had established their “blackness” platform on. Its a reminder to me (a black women) of the old crab mentality that we have endured for years. President Obama is president of all of the people of the United States – not just the black, white, hispanic, Asian, indian, poor, etc. – ALL. He would do a disservice to America by focusing on just one ethnic group. The man in the street knows this – why not those two?

  3. cee jay on July 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Why do we even bother giving these two buffoons the attention that they seek! They are both self-serving opportunists that’s all gab and no substance

  4. jd on July 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I hear all your opinions, but has anyone considered what he said was based on facts and not opinions? Obama has really done the things he is accusing him of, bitter or not. Its ok to disagree with the president, no matter his race. Wrong is wrong. Don’t follow blindly.

  5. KnowMoor8 on July 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    CFR/U.N NATO puppet Obama has no problem calling for drones strikes throughout the destitute villages of Pakistan,well over 168 children have been destroyed,if not,MORE by your leader’s sick toys.Your genocidal megalomaniac leaders in CONgress are exploiting this Trayvon/Zimmerman issue just like sandy hook to further their agenda’s and circumvent and usurp the Constitution with MORE Draconian measures like the NDAA,H.R 347,The Patriot Act resigning,CISPA(New measures are being taken by CONgress to reintroduce this First and fourth Amendment slaughtering bill)threats on the 2nd amendment yet you SHEEP think President Obama is coming to the rescue of the Black “Community” because you share similar complexions? GTFOH Obama is no less a puppet than Bush was before him and Romney would’ve been no more than a puppet than those before him…Much props to Tavis for atleast being honest enough to not restrict his thoughts to the hue of his skin to please others who think a politician gives a DAMN about you children or another “Black” child being shot down in the streets YOUR LEADERS ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER and anyone who barely gets in their way EVEN children would be struck down,you sycophants may not like it.but the Big Wigs in D.C are the biggest Psychopathic,serial killers around… “We imprison the petty thieves and elect the BIG ones to office” at least you think you’re electing them so have fun with you delusions an illusions.

    • KnowMoor8 on July 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      SIDE NOTE—-(An I Know I’m Answering Myself to Add on to My Comment)——Much respect to Dr Cornel West for also being BRAVE enough to speak the TRUTH Black folk need to wake up,Americans need to Wake Up! if it were BUSH in office or a WHITE man and Dr Cornel West would’ve made the same statement,Black People would give a resounding applause to him and many of you on this forum would clap the loudest—The fact of the matter is,your applause does not matter.your Demopublican and republicrat leaders are throwing bones to all of you with orders from their handlers to do so,so all of you have something to fight over while they RAPE this nation and your children with WALL STREET/BANK BAILOUTS and more DEBT and more unconstitutional,Orwellian bills signed into “law” and you fools are bending over spreading those cheeks daily,not knowing or just don’t give a DAMN that your indifference is the energy ThePTB need to continue RAPING you EXPLOITING you and EXTORTING from you…ALL of you are building your own slave cages while your “leaders” are handing you the tools to do it.

  6. NoEGOeyes on July 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    it seems every black man with an opinion that’s not popular with 95% of the Obama supporters are written off as bitter or a sellout? it seems every white person who does not agree with democrats are written off as racist? it seems any American who does not agree with both parties are called “conspiracy theorist” where is the freedom to express without being black listed by the thought police and the ignorant masses who uphold these monsters in office? it’s one thing to be challenged on your views but these were not unfounded “opinions” and talking points that get people riled up for the sake a selling news papers and getting ratings for faux mainstream news outlets but ones that are based in FACT the ones you can find for yourself,YET most people rather continue to accept the manufactured opinions handed down from their masters than research for themselves.break free from your masters in office and open your minds.

  7. FranceOnE on July 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I venture to say,it’s QUITE easy to brainwash Humans…to CAP this shit OFF these Orwellian-esque “laws” are in place to keep the bitch ass American sheeple in line…