Liberal activist and author Cornel West during a Saturday broadcast of the Smiley & West Show said he is happy that the U.S. is having a discussion on gun control, but that he is dismayed that it is only happening because white children were shot.

“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said, “they are precious, but they are no less or more precious than our poor brothers and sisters on Indian reservations (who are killing each other) or be they black or brown or what have you.”

“But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control,” he continued, “not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot. 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.”

West went so far as to even accuse the president of being “cowardly” for being silent on the violence committed among and against African-Americans.

It’s all definitely worth a listen:

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