Videos - Cornel West: Obama's Response to Trayvon Martin Case Belies Failure to Challenge 'New Jim Crow'
KMC » 10am - Jul 22, 2013
For a response to President Obama's comments on the acquittal of George Zimmerman and racism in the United States, we're joined by Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary and author of numerous books. On Obama's remarks comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, West says: "Will that identification hide and conceal the fact there's a criminal justice system in place that has nearly destroyed two generations of precious, poor black and brown brothers? [Obama] hasn't said a word until now -- five years in office and can't say a word about a 'new Jim Crow.' ... Obama and [Attorney General Eric] Holder -- will they come through at the federal level for Trayvon Martin? We hope so -- [but] don't hold your breath. There's going to be many people who say, 'We see this President is not serious about the criminalizing of poor people.'" Watch more Democracy Now! interviews with Dr. Cornel West at Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: Listen on SoundCloud: Daily Email News Digest: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit
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