Appearing on CNN with Don Lemon, Dr. Cornel West commented on the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
West said “It takes us to the most fundamental question that has always sat at the center of not just America but the 400 years that you and my ancestors have been here. Which is do we have the will to stay in contact with the rich humanity of black people? To stay in contact with the beauty of black people, the intelligence of black people, the tenderness of black people, the soulfulness of black people. When you talk about Brother George, Perry Floyd Jr., you’re talking about a human being. You’re talking about a precious son.”
“You enslaved us. You exploited us. You tortured us. You tried to barbarize us and we responded with more love, more freedom, and more wounded healing,” he continued. “Then we came back for another 100 years of neo-slavery. We failed on that again. It looked like we were making a breakthrough. It looked like it under Brother Barack Obama, we’re making some progress. Here comes the backlash again.”
“Do we have what it takes to really acknowledge the rich humanity of black folk to treat us fairly, to treat us like human beings? Because if not, you’re going to lose your democracy. You’re going under. You’re going fascist. If it wasn’t for black voters, especially black women voters, you would have gone fascist under the gangster named Trump,” he added.