On Thursday, Cornel West shared his thoughts about the Sandy Hook massacre on Tavis Smiley’s radio show. West expressed frustration over the media’s willingness to demand gun control when violence occurs in suburban havens like Newtown, but largely ignore minority victims in urban areas.
“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said. "But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control. Not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot,” West added. “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.”