African-American academic Cornel West said on CNN that President Barack Obama was the country’s first “niggerized” president, because he was too scared to address white supremacy.
“Look, you can’t talk about wealth inequality, you can’t talk about decrepit education, you can’t talk about massive unemployment and underemployment, and you can’t talk about drones being dropped on people in other parts of the world without talking about white supremacy, and its ways in which it operates,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be overt, the president is right about that,” West continued. “But too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president.”
“What do you mean by that?” asked dismayed host Poppy Harlow.
“A niggerized 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 responded. “…We know he’s president of all America, but white supremacy is as American as cherry pie! We’re talking about moral issues, spiritual issues!”