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Cornel West Sheds Light on Why Blacks Don’t Want to Face Racism

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By Evette D. Champion

, a well-liked scholar, activist, and professor, gave an interesting view on why the community refuses to tackle the issue of head on.

In an appearance he did on June 22, 2015, he went so far as to say that President Obama is the first President who has become the “first Ni**erized Black President.”

You, like many viewers of the interview, may be confused by what that statement means. According to West, a ni**erized black person is: “A black person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.”

West explains further that because Obama is unable (or unwilling?) to tackle the issue of white supremacy within the country, it is because he simply cannot due to political problems. The African American community should remember that “he is the president of all of America, not just black America.”

West passionately clarifies that white supremacy is not just about the color of your skin, but it is much deeper than that.

“We’re talking about moral issues, spiritual issues, emotional issues. White supremacy has nothing to do with just skin pigmentation, it has to be what kind of person you want to be, what kind of nation we want to be. Democrats and Republicans play on both of those parties in terms of running away from the vicious legacy of white supremacy until it hits us hard. Thank God for Ferguson. Thank God for the young folk of all colors. Thank God for Staten Island and fighting there. Thank God in Baltimore, now the precious folk in Charleston.”

There once was a time (2007 when Obama was still a senator) where West stood behind and publicly supported President Obama. Now, he openly criticizes the President and what he does. He has gone so far as to accuse President Obama for political minstrelsy, called him names like “Rockefeller Republican in blackface,” “brown-faced Clinton,” and tried to discredit him and labeled him as a “neoliberal opportunist.”

When Obama first announced his bid for office, West urged him to announce it to the meeting held by Tavis Smiley. Instead, Obama announced it in Illinois—much to West’s displeasure. West even said, “Coming out there is not fundamentally about us. It’s about somebody else. [Obama’s] got large numbers of white brothers and sisters who have fears and anxieties, and he’s got to speak to them in such a way that he holds us at arm’s length.”

 

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