Cornell West

Recently President Barack Obama gave a press room speech after the George Zimmerman verdict.  In the speech, he spoke about the racial profiling he experienced in the past but stated its something too many black men in America still experience today. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” he said.

In response to the speech Dr. Cornell West said on Democracy Now, “We know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent people is a criminal. George Zimmerman is a criminal. But President Obama is a global George Zimmerman because he tries to rationalize the killing of innocent children, 221 so far, in the name of self-defense… Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen. So when he comes to talk about the killing of an innocent person, you say, ‘Well, wait a minute, what kind of moral authority are you bringing?'”

The question is do you agree with Dr. West?  Do you think it’s fair to question the President’s moral compass and motives concerning the Trayvon Martin killing by comparing the killing of innocent children by American military drone strikes?

Feel free to share your thoughts.