Former Republican Rep. Allen West declared on Sunday that President Barack Obama was responsible for creating a myth of modern-day racism by prompting a "vomiting" of dissension from black Americans.
In a recent interview, the president told BET that there was a "systemic problem" with the way law enforcement unfairly treated minorities.
"Black folks and Latinos and others are not just making this up," he said.
On Sunday, Fox News host Charles Payne asserted to West that many people believed that Obama was the "central reason" why the racial divide seemed to be worsening.
"For President Obama, when you look at it from his perspective as a progressive socialist community organizer, he believes race relations are fine because of the impact they are having on social justice," West explained. "So when you have this divide among us because that is the goal of collectivism, which is what the president believes in, then everything is fine for him."
"When you have somebody like Al Sharpton visiting the White House and providing him counsel 82 times, and standing and putting pressure on Sony, and other individuals," he continued, "and this angst that has happened, and this mob atmosphere that is going on, this is really what the president would like to have. This vomiting of dissension. But that is not what the inner-city needs right now."
Payne opined that the country seemed to be more racially divided because the president had taken opportunity "at every turn" during his administration to blame racism for America's problems.
"They created that atmosphere back early in 2009," West agreed. "Eric Holder said we were a nation of cowards when it came to race. And you look at the fact that we have elected and re-elected the first black president, but yet he still believes that is not enough. We have [black people as serving as] the national security advisor, the [secretary of] Department of Homeland Security."
"I don't know what else you need to have."