*Activist Dr. Cornel West is at it again with another public denunciation of President Barack Obama.
In the past – as we’ve documented – West has said that Obama fears “free black men,” questioned the president’s racial authenticity and even called him a “Republican in blackface.”
His latest criticism of the president came during an interview with “Democracy Now!” where West ridiculed Obama’s recent remarks on racial profiling and the George Zimmerman trial.
“We know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent people is 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… Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen. So when he comes to talk about the killing of an innocent person, you say, well wait a minute, what kind of moral authority are you bringing?”
West did concede that Obama’s comment that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” was “beautiful” but he was skeptical about the action the president’s words would inspire.
“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. Five years in office and can’t say a word about a new Jim Crow,” said West.
“And 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-ni**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,” he added.
West previously endorsed the president during his candidacy in 2008 but has been scolding his for his entire time in office. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry has alleged that personal slights have been the motivation for West’s attacks, instead of genuine disagreement over policy.
“In a self-aggrandizing, victimology sermon deceptively wrapped in the discourse of prophetic witness, Professor West offers thin criticism of President Obama and stunning insight into the delicate ego of the self-appointed black leadership class that has been largely supplanted in recent years,” she wrote for The Nation in 2011.
Tavis Smiley, who shares the same anti-Obama stance with West, has also gone on record recently regarding Obama’s impromptu racial address to the press calling his words “weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid.”