Did Barack Obama Just Diss Tavis Smiley?!?
Dear Senator Obama,
Will you meet the “folk” in New Orleans?
"See my website" is not an acceptable answer. Tavis asked you a question. Don’t. Please don’t ever disrespect that brother like that again.
Allow me to explain. To those of you not familiar with the Tom Joyner Morning Show (be warned these are the most commercial, "captive audience" sites, I've ever seen. If you want to see what black digital media is like, how paternalistic, monopolistic and exploitative media can be go here. It's a nightmare.) or Tavis Smiley they are, to those of us in the black community, not all but enough, the soapbox orators and agitators of the community. They beat the drum and rally the troops around the issues that are relevant to the African American community. Before Senator Obama knew there was a Harold’s chicken shack, or a p-stone, or a Blackstone or a Kenwood, they were there. So when asked whether or not he would call Tavis Smiley regarding a slight misunderstanding, he sarcastically replied that he had nothing better to do. Incredibly bad form. You don’t disrespect those who are beloved in the community, who have earned their affection through YEARS of SERVICE and CONTRIBUTION. Why won’t you address the issues in the covenant PUBLICLY?
You see, the covenant with black America is an important political document. It was established four years ago and its purpose was to set an agenda, a platform, an instrument, a measure against which African Americans and Americans who are conscious and sensitive about issues of social justice and the welfare of this nation we call America, could hold accountable the electorate and the candidates to an agenda that addresses the changes that we as a nation feel are necessary to prosper.
There was a display of a bit of bad manners from the distinguished gentleman from Illinois. While he was out running he forgot to confirm his attendance at the State of the Black Union in New Orleans Louisiana. Here we will discuss and invite ALL presidential candidates to discuss their position on the critical issues in the black community that often go unnoticed in the other caucuses and primaries.
Mr. Obama! Have you confirmed your attendance in New Orleans? Black America set this agenda four years ago. Have we been lost in a political beauty contest, in Cosby show fantasies of the middle class? Why are the issues of social, justice, poverty, corporate occupation and exploitation, police brutality, and the situation of destabilization in Africa not important?
February 22 and 23 in New Orleans there will be a conference addressing the state of the Black Union. The difference between personality and process has all but been lost. Obama has exploited the love affair with America to cloud the difference between symbolism and substance, short circuiting the process of accountability. A flashy smile and rhythmic speeches are not the same as conscious policy decisions addressing the reality of Black America. The hype surrounding the possibility of history has blinded many to the reality of the political process. The wounded egos of the masses have projected onto Obama a white washed chimera of America. They perpetuate, through him, the myth of race transcendence. Obama may represent the promise of an eventual transcendence of race but we are not there yet. We have not yet accomplished what we set out to accomplish with the first of the State of Black America conferences. This is an important event. It is critical first, to the state of Black Americans, and second, to the welfare of the nation. SENATOR OBAMA will you be there in New Orleans?
Go ahead Tavis Keep the Faith!!