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Cornel West: "Obama is a Global George Zimmerman"

Cornel West: "Obama is a Global George Zimmerman"

By Editors (7/22/13)

Cornel West was interviewed today by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Dr. West does not hold back in this passionate, loving, sharp, and angry interview. He draws the lines unequivocally in this discussion.

"'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, [is] a criminal -- George Zimmerman is a criminal -- but President Obama is a global George Zimmerman,' pointing to Obama's attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent children in U.S. drone strikes."

For the rest of this brillant presentation, see here.

One of the most significant things about what Dr. West says in this interview is that he is putting forward, as another prominent black leader, a wholly different path for black people and everyone else to hew to than what Obama is doing. Obama is playing on how people see him and drawing upon his very considerable rhetorical skills to rope people into accepting and/or even applauding grave crimes against the people, both in the domestic arena (e.g., the New Jim Crow, about which Obama has nothing to say, Stop and Frisk, about which Obama also has nothing to say, and the exoneration of a killer of a young black brother, Trayvon Martin) and in the international arena (e.g., his drone attacks and other war crimes) and in both foreign and domestic matters (e.g., the universal NSA spying and the persecution of whistleblowers). At a time when being confused about what's actually going on is so consequential, and being by contrast clear about what is happening and what needs to be done is so terribly important, his words are especially valuable. The co-existence of these two men and their views which clash so dramatically highlights the stakes involved at this juncture.

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