The political activist and academic said on Twitter that he is running to "reintroduce America to the best of itself."
"It is once again this issue of just not putting up with being disrespected," the prominent racial justice activist and scholar told The Boston Globe.
The civil rights activist gave an impassioned tribute to George Floyd's family and generations of Black families.
West slammed the "vicious legacy of white supremacy" and "legalized looting" as America turned out to protest George Floyd's death for another night.
Is Trump a fascist? When are we justified in using the "f" word to describe a right-wing politician or movement that we legitimately find frightening?
Justice must be served for this mockery of the truth. Jeffrey is innocent, and always has been. Our appeal to the President to pardon Jeffrey is a request for the acknowledgment of this undeniable injustice done to Jeffrey and amends to the wrongful conviction that changed our lives forever.
Yesterday, June 16th, marked one year since Jeffrey Sterling began his 3.5 year prison sentence for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist, a crime he did not commit.
The overt racism of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is causing hand-wringing in GOP circles. Republican strategist Brian Walsh characterized Trump's comments as "racist, nonsensical" and "the definition of racism."