Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary and African-American author and activist, Monday examined the remarks President Obama had made Friday when he compared himself to Trayvon Martin, the black teen gunned down in February.
Martin’s killer, former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, was acquitted on all charges last week when a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 17-year-old’s death.
“Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman asked West to respond to the president’s identification with the slain Martin.
“… President Obama speaking about his own life experience, going from saying ‘Trayvon Martin could have been my child’ to ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’?” Goodman asked.
West was not gulled into praising the president for his words, when, as the professor says, Obama’s actions don’t match up.