Appearing on CNN, Harvard professor and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West placed blame on the Obama administration for the roots of the current civil unrest taking place in reaction to the death of George Floyd.
West pointed out that the “Black Lives Matter” movement emerged at a time when there was a black president (Obama) black attorney general (Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch” and black secretary of homeland security (Jeh Johnson) but the “black faces in high places” were not able to create needed change.
Fox News reports Harvard philosophy professor Dr. Cornel West weighed in on the ongoing protests in reaction to George Floyd’s death in police custody — and the violence and destruction that have taken place in cities across the U.S. over the past several days.
West noted that “black faces in high places” were not able to create needed change because they succumbed to the “capitalist economy” and “militarized nation-state.”
“The Black Lives Matter movement emerged under a black president, black attorney general, and black homeland security and they couldn’t deliver,” West said about the Obama administration during a CNN interview Friday night.
The civil unrest on display across America this week has its roots much deeper than Floyd’s death on Monday, he said.
"Could you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people were indifferent?" he asks. pic.twitter.com/r8iSUjJ3db
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 30, 2020
“I think we are witnessing America as a failed social experiment,” West said. “And what I mean by that is that the history of black people for over 200-something years in America has been looking at America’s failure.
“Its capitalist economy could not generate and deliver, in such a way that people could live lives of decency,” he added. “The nation-state, its criminal justice system, its legal system could not generate protection of rights and liberties.”
West referred to this week’s protests and riots as the result of a “perfect storm” of failures at “different levels of the American empire” and that despite the warnings, the “chickens are coming home to roost.”
“It is a lynching at the highest level, nobody can deny it,” West continued. “And I thank God that we have people in the streets. Could you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent, people don’t care, people are callous?”
West went on to claim that the “system cannot reform itself.”