Tom Joyner/Steve Harvey Vs. Tavis Smiley/Cornell West…The Hate Continues!
Just about everyone has an opinion when it comes to politics and then there are those who choose not to engage in any type of discussion (or debate) of any of the matter at all. I am one of those individuals that choose not to dive into the muddy experiment of the political science illusion—but must vent about the politics that are affecting my community today.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about how Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner have been clowning Tavis Smiley and Cornell West, two gentlemen that have pretty much put Barack Obama on blast for not addressing issues that concern the black community. I will never forget what Tavis said just before Barack became president and that was that if Barack was not going to address the issues of the black community, the black community should not support him in his run for president.
Now three years later and here we are with the president's poll numbers at an all-time low at about 40%. Granted this country was in bad shape when he stepped into the Whitehouse and it seems that he never gets the help and support from the lawmakers that he needs in Washington at times to help remedy the problems, issues and concerns of the nation. I often wonder if he really knew what he was getting himself into when he took on this enormous responsibility, or, was he placed in the position (Presidency) to just be the fall guy for a system that is systematically ran by a very few people some say anyway. Whatever the case, Black America is also at an all-time low, high rate of unemployment, incarceration, AIDS, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, and the list continues.
There are some descendants of Africans like Tavis Smiley and Cornell West in this country, that feel President Barack Obama should be held accountable for not addressing the issues of our community. When are we going to start discussing the things that no one wants to talk about and address in our community and this country? I feel that Tom doesn't go far enough in educating our community the way he should given the current condition of the community. Tom has a national platform upon which to really make a difference by educating the community with the truth of our history and the reason(s) for some of our current condition.
Just because Barack is the first black president Tom and Steve, yes we should commend him on the good that he has done, no matter what his ethnicity; but also point out the fact that he has done nothing for our community when it comes to addressing the many issues and concerns of its demise!
Check out the story from Clarence B. Jones by clicking here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/smiley-west-poverty-tour_b_927199.html?ir=Black%20Voices