Posted on April 11, 2024

Cornel West Picks Anti-Cop BLM Activist Who Called Taylor Swift Fandom ‘Slightly Racist’ as Running Mate

Diana Glebova, New York Post, April 10, 2024

California professor and Black Lives Matter activist Milena Abdullah — announced Wednesday as independent presidential candidate Cornel West’s VP pick — has regularly pushed defunding police departments and is on record claiming “virtually everything is racist” — even being a Taylor Swift fan.

Abdullah, 51, is the co-founder of the Los Angeles BLM chapter and the former chair of the department of Pan-African Studies at California State University.


In February, Abdullah said she felt like it was “slightly racist to be a Taylor Swift fan” as the music star appeared at Super Bowl Sunday to support boyfriend Travis Kelce.

The academic followed that up by saying she felt like the Kansas City Chiefs winning the game in overtime over the San Francisco 49ers “was some right-wing, white-supremacist conspiracy.”

Abdullah has also endorsed rioting in predominantly white neighborhoods, telling LAist in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

We want to prosecute the police who kill our people. And we also want to defund police.”

We’ve been very deliberate in saying that the violence and pain and hurt that’s experienced on a daily basis by black folks at the hands of a repressive system should also be visited upon, to a degree, to those who think that they can just retreat to white affluence,” she added.


West has run on a left-wing platform advocating for a $27 minimum wage, declaring a climate emergency, issuing reparations to black Americans, abolishing ICE and demilitarizing the border, dismantling the “US empire” and disbanding NATO, among other issues.