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    Tavis Smiley Catches Hell for Barack Bashing

    Tavis Smiley Catches Hell for Barack Bashing
    Posted Feb 19th 2008 10:40AM by Faye Anderson
    Filed under: BlackSpin, Elections, Barack Obama



    This weekend thousands of black history makers will gather in New Orleans for Tavis Smiley's annual State of the Black Union. One prominent African American will be conspicuous by his absence: Barack Obama.

    Obama sent his regrets in a letter: "In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail everyday in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum such as affordable health care, housing, economic opportunity, civil rights and foreign policy. I am committed to touching every voter, and working to earn their vote."

    Smiley is being raked over the coals and "catching hell" for criticizing Obama and turning down Michelle Obama as a surrogate.

    Essence.com contributor Roland Martin supports Obama's decision not to go. Martin offered this excuse: "He can't be defined again as the black candidate. Some will say he must avoid black folks to be more palatable to whites and Hispanics. I disagree. But you can't deny the reality that he's running for president of the United States and not president of Black America. The week of the South Carolina was all about race, and he knows that is not a winning discussion because of this nation's history."

    Martin added: "His campaign successfully beat back that issue since South Carolina, winning nearly all-white states like Utah, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, and Nebraska. Obama is looking to have mass appeal, and showing up in New Orleans at a State of the Black Union event doesn't help him at all in a close race."

    Obama and his supporters want to have it both ways. Blacks are obligated to support Obama out of racial pride. Those who support Hillary Clinton are race traitors, haters, Uncle Toms, crabs-in-a-barrel.

    But Obama feels no obligation to show appreciation for the ones who have powered him to front-runner status in "the final stretch." Texas is right next door. How much time would it take out of his schedule to show up?

    There's a political maxim that "you dance with the one who brung ya." Black voters brought Obama this far. If he is the Democratic nominee and wins in November, it will not be voters in "nearly all-white states" who bring him over the finish line.

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    nope black peopel did not help barack come this far, if it was up to majority sentiment he would be tap dancing for uncle bill

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    There's a political maxim that "you dance with the one who brung ya." Black voters brought Obama this far. If he is the Democratic nominee and wins in November, it will not be voters in "nearly all-white states" who bring him over the finish line.
    is he serious? Come on, black people make only 13% of the overall USA Population how can ANY candidate win on the black votes alone. Give me a break!
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    Thing is with a lot of black folks is that they don't take time to really read and understand how America works. This man has to have a general appeal to make his nomination. I swear some people riding Barack as if they feel if he gets in there will be a "hood" day at the White House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laFemmeChaude View Post
    is he serious? Come on, black people make only 13% of the overall USA Population how can ANY candidate win on the black votes alone. Give me a break!
    Obama should not even study dem foolish antics. And plus, it is truly amazing how no one in Harlem even voted for the guy, Obama is damn right, let he focus on bigger issues, he should not even worry up his self over people who really do not support him, bunch of PLASTIC SMILE set ah ppl. And what is wrong with his wife taking his place if the man cannot make it? Chuepss to hell with them yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Abughani View Post
    Thing is with a lot of black folks is that they don't take time to really read and understand how America works. This man has to have a general appeal to make his nomination. I swear some people riding Barack as if they feel if he gets in there will be a "hood" day at the White House.
    nuff said. it's as if they don't get the fact that if he's seen by the majority of Americans as simply the "black candidate", HE WON'T WIN. it's that simple. wtf is so hard to get about that? i'm tired of these black folk always clamoring for a leader. the man is trying to lead the nation, not just black folk. they'd rather he show up and smile for them instead of continuing on the track that has pushed his campaign forward? what sense does that make? and seriously... who the hell cares what Tavis Smiley thinks? each one of these "state of the black union" meetings he holds is typically a bunch of old, out-of-date, out-of-time black "elite" hollering about everything but what's REALLY going on in our communities today. gimme a break, Obama stick to the formula that works and let them continue to groan. they'll live. steups.

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    Tavis Smiley needs to relax.. Plain and simple
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. Hershey View Post
    nuff said. it's as if they don't get the fact that if he's seen by the majority of Americans as simply the "black candidate", HE WON'T WIN. it's that simple. wtf is so hard to get about that? i'm tired of these black folk always clamoring for a leader. the man is trying to lead the nation, not just black folk. they'd rather he show up and smile for them instead of continuing on the track that has pushed his campaign forward? what sense does that make? and seriously... who the hell cares what Tavis Smiley thinks? each one of these "state of the black union" meetings he holds is typically a bunch of old, out-of-date, out-of-time black "elite" hollering about everything but what's REALLY going on in our communities today. gimme a break, Obama stick to the formula that works and let them continue to groan. they'll live. steups.
    what is amazing is that he rejected the man's wife to represent him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. Hershey View Post
    nuff said. it's as if they don't get the fact that if he's seen by the majority of Americans as simply the "black candidate", HE WON'T WIN. it's that simple. wtf is so hard to get about that? i'm tired of these black folk always clamoring for a leader. the man is trying to lead the nation, not just black folk. they'd rather he show up and smile for them instead of continuing on the track that has pushed his campaign forward? what sense does that make? and seriously... who the hell cares what Tavis Smiley thinks? each one of these "state of the black union" meetings he holds is typically a bunch of old, out-of-date, out-of-time black "elite" hollering about everything but what's REALLY going on in our communities today. gimme a break, Obama stick to the formula that works and let them continue to groan. they'll live. steups.
    I does watch it for entertainment purposes.
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    taken from another board...........




















    fuck Tavis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneshot View Post
    what is amazing is that he rejected the man's wife to represent him
    that in itself is disrespectful on Smiley's part

    I think his words were...."I don't want a surrogate"

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    Kinda off topic or maybe not....

    You know this amongst countless others speaks volumes on just how facked up we are as a race of people. It blows my blasted mind when you hear/read shit about him (Barak) not being black enough. WTF is that about????

    Does the man have to get up and eat fried chicken and spit a verse from Fiddy Cent latest album tuh prove his blackness??? Like my grandfather used tuh say: Let people haul dey ass, they go talk yuh if you do good or bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinky eyes View Post
    Kinda off topic or maybe not....

    You know this amongst countless others speaks volumes on just how facked up we are as a race of people. It blows my blasted mind when you hear/read shit about him (Barak) not being black enough. WTF is that about????

    Does the man have to get up and eat fried chicken and spit a verse from Fiddy Cent latest album tuh prove his blackness??? Like my grandfather used tuh say: Let people haul dey ass, they go talk yuh if you do good or bad.
    See for those who speewing that nonsense about black enough are just fools. They just the ones who think that Barack is going to say pardon all the fools who commit crimes and get caught up in the prison system and gangs and doing a pack of fukkry. Or, they think he get light prison sentences for them, and just hand out more welfare for those that not getting off their a$$es and making an attempt for change for their families. Then they need to find some old ganster from the hood to run for president.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinky eyes View Post
    Kinda off topic or maybe not....

    You know this amongst countless others speaks volumes on just how facked up we are as a race of people. It blows my blasted mind when you hear/read shit about him (Barak) not being black enough. WTF is that about????

    Does the man have to get up and eat fried chicken and spit a verse from Fiddy Cent latest album tuh prove his blackness??? Like my grandfather used tuh say: Let people haul dey ass, they go talk yuh if you do good or bad.
    but these are the same bird brains who think that West Indians and Africans aren't really "black" either!!
    What yuh expect from these dummies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    taken from another board...........
    fuck Tavis
    my thoughts exactly. lol

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