And the veteran Warriors big man sees the killing of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police as not just a bourgeois tragedy, but also the kind of action that more and more distanced the United States from the more harmonious nations
" This country shoots itself in the foot to have influence and respect around the world, "said West on Saturday. "As long as you continue to deny justice to the citizens, the people who live in this country, other nations will never believe that you will bring them justice and freedom and freedom."
"And that is something that obviously shows in the Direction in which the world moves. Other countries have their best and brightest positions of power and political leadership and positions to make changes. When I say "best and brightest," I mean, in other nations, you have your most intelligent, well-educated people in positions of power. And that's just not the case here.
West is a graduate of Xavier University, a small (less than 7,000 matriculated) 187-year-old Jesuit school in Cincinnati, he is 37, in his 15th NBA season and is not afraid to speak
Like many others between the coasts of America, to fight for hope: The Clark tragedy is the latest in a series of incidents in which the death of a citizen is the result of confrontations between police and black people
It is a trend which began in West's opinion almost four years ago with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
"It's something that … seems like it would not stop," he said with a deep sigh. "None of the solutions that were put on the table were effective. So we are back in the first place.
"We have the same conversations, the same kind of dialogue back and forth, people marching and protesting or whatever, but things do not change, things do not improve, I do not know if it's general Too optimistic or hopeful. "
West did not attend a Saturday rally in downtown Sacramento to show support for the Clark family and the community in which he lived. He spoke after the morning shootaround, just over six hours before the game should give a hint.
West's research has shown him that America is losing influence all over the world as relations with numerous countries have cooled under administration President Donald Trump
With every day that there is clearly injustice, it only becomes even worse.
"As long as this country continues to deny justice to its people, its own citizens," said West. People need to understand the impact they have globally on the nation's ability to be in a leadership position. That is no longer the case. "