Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control.
While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.
“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said, “they are precious, but they are no less or more precious than our poor brothers and sisters on Indian reservations (who are killing each other) or be they black or brown or what have you.”
“But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control,” he continued, “not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot. But now, Newtown, Connecticut, vanilla side — low and behold we got a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.”
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