I knew it was only a matter of time before he chimed in to opine on the recent Sandy Hook tragedy from the racial angle. His predictably asinine response was: “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town.” He said this on his radio show, but I didn’t know he had a radio show — who’s funding that?
Mr. West has always been outspoken and controversial, often with unintentionally hilarious results. I’m usually indifferent to his sophomoric observations, but I take exception to this one for two reasons.
First, it shows incredibly bad taste to make such statements while victims are still being buried. You would think someone who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard would know that. The country as a whole is wounded from the sensitive nature of the crime and its victims. What kind of classless buffoon says things like this at a time like this? An entitled, ignorant one who believes his inane proclamations are immune to criticism.
Secondly, he must be aware that 94 percent of murders of black Americans are committed by black Americans. The reason murders of black Americans don’t get as much attention is because people like Mr.West will certainly condemn the media as racist for repeatedly reporting crimes with black suspects, as the overwhelming majority of homicides of black Americans are. So either way, the media is racist. See how the game works?
If Dr.West really cared about violence in the black community, he would be talking about Chicago, where there have been over 500 murders this year alone. In spite of some of the strictest gun laws in the country, gun deaths are routine, especially among young black males. Unfortunately for the windy city, it is not beneficial to the socialist narrative to acknowledge the crisis. It is a duel example of how strict gun laws don’t prevent murders, and the liberal media’s tendency toward selective journalism.
Either Dr. West is aware he is deceiving people or he’s oblivious to the truth.
- Cornel West: ‘We Can’t Just Shed Tears On The Vanilla Side Of Town’ (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- Cornel West: ‘No Tears’ for ‘Vanilla’ Sandy Hook (breitbart.com)
- Cornel West: ‘Can’t Just Shed Tears for Those on the Vanilla Side of Town’ (nationalreview.com)
- Cornell West On Sandy Hook: ‘We Can’t Just Shed Tears For Those On The Vanilla Side Of Town’ (mediaite.com)
- Dr. Cornel West: Politicians Only Talk Gun Control When ‘Vanilla’ People Get Shot (thebuzzcincy.com)