Black rights activist says drone strikes make Obama a ‘Global Zimmerman’
(RNN) – Professor and black rights activist Dr. Cornel West says President Barack Obama’s drone strike policy is similar to George Zimmerman’s alleged racial profiling of Trayvon Martin – with the same deadly results.
On the left-leaning talk show, Democracy Now, West was asked to respond to Obama’s comments last week about the racial tensions that have been expressed nationwide after Zimmerman’s acquittal for the killing of Trayvon Martin. In a press conference Friday, July 19, the president said that racial profiling is a problem in the U.S., and that 17-year-old Martin, “could have been me 35 years ago.”
In response, West, who has repeatedly criticized Obama for not doing enough about racial injustice and economic disparity in the U.S., said the president’s words do not reflect his actions.