Some people are questioning Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) commitment to fighting racial injustice in America. However, respected civil rights activist Cornel West has given his support to Sanders. This is a big deal.

During an appearance on CNN, West told host Don Lemon that Sanders is the best candidate for minority voters because, as the Inquisitr noted, “West and Sanders are self-proclaimed democratic socialists and have been advocates for civil rights issues for decades.”

Since clashing with Black Lives Matter protesters during a rally in Seattle, Sanders has been more outspoken about his stance on racial inequality in America. Early on, Sanders has struggled to connect with minority voters, a group that has favored his opponent Hillary Clinton. But West’s endorsement should give Sanders a boost in support with minority voters.