Cornel West: “Massive Transfer of Military Weapons to Local Police” During Obama’s Reign

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Even as police abuse against minority communities dominates national headlines, many have noted that police have been hardily armed for war under a controversial Pentagon surplus program (known as the DoD 1033 program).

It is as if America has descended rapidly into a warzone, as local authorities have been quietly (and with few details) given “surplus” military tanks & MRAPs, guns, weaponry (including grenade launchers), equipment and training to local police departments (and even schools).

But is this program necessary or even justified? And are we really surprised to see the American people now increasingly mistreated at the hands of police wielding this dangerously wrong-headed training and equipment?

For the outspoken Cornel West, the outrage in Ferguson is tied to the failures of the Obama Administration to address problems in the black community. West told CNN:

“I think Ferguson signifies the end of the age of Obama,” said West in an unapologetic CNN interview. “It’s a very sad end. We began with tremendous hope and we end with great despair … because we have a Jim Crow criminal-justice system that does not deliver justice for black and brown people, and especially black and brown poor people. It’s very sad that Wall Street executives can go free, drone droppers can go free, torturers can go free, but police who kill our precious children walk free …

“The sad thing is,” he continued, “we have a black president and a black attorney general, we have a black head of Homeland Security, but not one federal prosecution of a case against a policeman killing a black youth under the five-and-a-half years where we’ve had all black folk in place.”

More broadly, these military weapons signal that the police state is here in America in full force, and ready to repress populations of all colors, cultures and backgrounds under a variety of conditions – including martial law.

As the economy continues to put pressure on the middle and lower classes, tragic and outrageous incidents with increasingly armed and aggressive police are sure to continue and likely increase.

H/t MOX News


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  • Liam Armstrong

    well then…

    i was saddened by the fact that i thought it said “obamas resign”…. it actually was reign…


    america… its so peaceful here in the midwest…

  • Marais Baudet

    They are simply preparing for when the people of America say enough. Because that is what they are afraid of… I wonder; what will it take for people to finally come together and see our true enemy?

    • Joey Lopez

      when money is worthless and they find value in the Character of another human being, rather than how much material another human being may have.

  • Marais Baudet

    Right behind you Rambo. Rally rally rally, thats how to bring about real change.

  • whitefeather

    Hate to say it, but I’ve always responded fairly well to the crazy diamond we call “Cornel West.” He’s always been labeled a Progressive, but he’s actually a Libertarian. He has went off the reservation on a couple Race Issues, but usually he falls into the Freedom category.

  • Ken, North Face

    I believe there has been a quickening here. Suppose 100 people filming an arrest on their iphones decide to put the phones away and INTERVENE as a copper starts punching a black man for nothing more than selling marijuana. I am sick of constantly reading about assaults and worse, even MURDER towards arrestees. Something needs to be done.
    I am nobody. The helicopter following me home from the pub costs far more to fly than my beer but fuck it!
    I have nothing to lose by fighting back.
    To win this war is to see me in the Sheriff’s Office. Then your problems have only just started LOL.
    So help me God to keep my Oath.

  • Sir TuberKopf

    Obama’s left hand is arming up and federalizing local police, his right hand is creating strife, racially and socially polarizing people all the while sowing the seeds of revolution.

    As the Manchurian candidate, Obama has been frighteningly successful!