Cornel West said racism in America will not be solved in weeks.
In a Guardian op-ed, West said Trump was responsible for the hate campaign against people of color.
West also criticized Biden and Democrats for not doing enough.
Activist and scholar Cornel West said while former President Donald Trump is not the one actively killing black and brown Americans, he is waging a “war campaign against” them.
In a Guardian op-ed following the mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, West said things hadn’t changed even after a summer of protests following the 2020 killing of George Floyd.
“After the death of George Floyd, there was a wonderful display of multiracial solidarity, not just here but around the world. But the United States has been unable to fight this neofascist challenge,” West wrote.
West said Trump’s forces have grown “bigger” and their targets are people of color and other minorities.
Last weekend, a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people. Authorities said the suspect, an 18-year-old white male, drove for hours in the predominantly black community and was motivated by hate. The suspect is believed to be a white nationalist who believes in the replacement theory, according to a manifesto posted online.
“Trump is not here with a gun, but he is running a campaign pursuing what Malcolm X has called a war on blacks and blacks. He is doing it within the electoral political system. He is not killing people. people. But he bears the responsibility in terms of the context. Have no doubt, he is still the dominant figure,” West wrote.
The political activist, however, has not only criticized Trump, but also Democrats and the Biden administration. West said while there was solidarity after Floyd’s death, it was “fickle” and Democrats were unable to pass meaningful legislation to protect black people.
“The Democratic Party was unable even to act decisively to enforce black voting rights,” he wrote.
West slammed Biden for saying he doesn’t think America is a “racist country” and said Democratic leaders need to realize racism won’t be resolved in “weeks.”
“Race is the most explosive issue in the history of this country: from war to civic strife to Buffalo,” he said.
He added that while the president cannot prevent racist killings, he can “send a message.”
“He can say, ‘I’m consistent because one of my big priorities is to make sure black people have their rights. If, after all the protests and campaigns, racists get the message that politicians don’t don’t really care about black people, we end up exactly where we are today,” West said.
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