Activist and professor Cornel West said that President Obama, “the first black president, has become the first nigger-ized black president,” during a Monday appearance on CNN.
West — who also stated that he “would not give a moral prize” to Governor Haley for calling for the removal of the Confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina state house — lamented the amount of time it took President Obama, and many other black Americans, to stand up and fight “against white supremacy.” (Nikki Haley: “It’s Time To Move The Flag From The Capitol Grounds [VIDEO])
Too many black people are nigger-ized. I would say the first black president has become the first nigger-ized black president…
A nigger-ized 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. So when many of us said we have to fight against racism, what were we told? “No, he can’t deal with racism because he has other issues, political calculations. He’s the president of all America, not just black America.” We know he’s president of all America but white supremacy is American as cherry pie.
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.