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Radical professor Cornel West chooses radical BLM activist as presidential running mate

‘Virtually everything is racist,’ she once said

Ivy League professor Cornel West, running as a third party presidential candidate this year, has chosen fellow professor and far-left Black Lives Matter activist Melina Abdullah as his running mate.

Currently at Columbia’s Union Theological Seminary, the 70-year-old “public intellectual” West, who as of last summer owed half a million dollars in taxes, said he chose Abdullah to “put a smile on the face of Fannie Lou Hamer and Martin Luther King Jr. from the grave.”

According to Politico, West announced his choice Wednesday during an appearance on former colleague Tavis Smiley’s radio program.

A professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University Los Angeles, Abdullah (pictured) most recently charged that being a fan of Taylor Swift is “slightly racist.”

In response to the remark’s inevitable push-back, Abdullah tweeted “Folks think they’re attacking me by asking why I think everything is racist…I’m not offended. Virtually everything is racist.”

Abdullah also told white people to leave black folks alone on Juneteenth (“Please don’t ask if you can come to the cookout … #Juneteenth is freedom day for Black folks”), demanded the president of CSULA “revoke all permits” of the campus Young Americans for Freedom chapter for displaying “Build the Wall” signage, and referred to police officers as “slave catchers” of the past.

She also called conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, a “neo-Nazi” and “neo-KKK member.”

In addition, Abdullah was rather vocal about the bogus Jussie Smollett hate crime allegations, saying “We can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department.” She referred to Smollett as a “Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom.”

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For Abdullah, Smollett’s guilty verdict was “a white supremacist charade” in which blacks were “forced to put [their] lives and value in the hands of judges and juries operating in a system that is designed to oppress [them].”

Abdullah said the vice presidential candidacy was “the furthest thing from [her] mind” but noted she and West “want to disrupt the narrative that you have only two choices. We can be expansive and imaginative … we enter this really as faithful people who are not more pragmatists than we are faithful.”

West (pictured) said he doesn’t think Abdullah being associated with Black Lives Matter will be a “burden” to the campaign, adding “I’m running for Jesus. She’s running for Allah. That’s a beautiful thing.”

West’s campaign platform includes the “abolition” of poverty, homelessness, and right-to-work states, the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry, “free” pre-K childcare, “free” healthcare “for any and all residents of the United States,” “climate reparations,” and “gender-affirming standards of care for trans people in public life and institutions.”

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.