Monday, February 25, 2008

Tavis Smiley, SOTBU, and Barack Obama - some final thoughts

I got around to watching the SOTBU.

I've grown tired of Tavis in the past few months because of his repeated condescending commentaries on Tom Joyner insulting Black folk about their support of Barack Obama.

Unlike a lot of Black folk, I've been supporting Obama from early on.

Just recently became an Obamaholic, but I supported him with my money, time, effort, and feet months ago.

I'm tired of Tavis insulting Black folks, intimating that they can't read and choose for themsleves who they want to support.

Quite honestly, he continued that same line of bull at the SOTBU, where he was constantly condescending and questioning the ' emotionalism' of the Black Community's support of Obama.

And, isn't it interesting that Tavis sounds like a milder version of the mocking Billary that has shown up this weekend, insulting Obama AND his supporters. Interesting indeed.

My question, if I had been at the SOTBU, would have been..

I'll have to doubt the RATIONAL thought process of folks supporting someone, Hillary, who the polls have told us, a YEAR OUT


Now, explain to me the RATIONAL thought process behind supporting someone with THOSE kinds of negatives.

Folks have to make up their damn minds about Obama.

You've got those who perpetrate that him voting record is akin to Sam Brownback...which is why we can't vote for him.

Then, there are those who say he is ' too liberal'...and, to be honest, I never thought LIBERAL could be used as a bad word IN BLACK CIRCLES.

Then, there are those who bitch and whine about him not 'talking about Black issues'.

Just exactly what the hell is a Black issue?

I'll give you one that I believe IS a Black issue - retroactivity with regards to those hideous drug sentences....relates to criminal justice, and ' just-us', and the feeding of young Black men and now women to the Prison Industrial Complex.

Well, guess what? Hillary's already told you that she intends to get elected on the back of sending ANOTHER generation of young Black men and women to the Prison Industrial complex - she's AGAINST retroactivity, which puts her to the right of Scalia, and ON PAR WITH UNCLE CLARENCE.

She's ready to get elected on the backs of young Black men and women and tell me again why MY support of Obama is ' emotional'.

Obama is more progressive. Obama is the only chance of ridding ourselves of the Imperial Presidency. If Obama implements HALF of his transparency in government policies, it will transform how government is scene by the average citizen.

Obama was against this war.

Not only did she vote FOR the war, she refuses to apologize for her actions that have cost 4,000 lives, mutli-thousand permanent casualties, nearly 1 TRILLION DOLLARS that could have been used elsewhere.

She refuses to apologize for her vote, and would have had us in IRAN.

Once they race-baited Obama, it wasn't even about Obama anymore.

It was about ANY future Black politician with political aspirations higher than a safe, gerrymandered Congressional seat.

If she is allowed to racebait her way into the nomination, then this will be the future blueprint as to how to take out ANY Black politician, which is why I will NEVER vote for her. I will NEVER be complicit in setting into cement the ceiling for future Black politicians.

Tavis is SUSPECT, because, he didn't just fall off a turnip truck. Stevie Wonder could see the race-baiting being done on Obama, and he didn't say JACK about it.

A LOT of the ' usual suspects' are SUSPECT because of their silence.

If a Republican had done to Barack Obama what the Clintons did, the ' usual suspects' would have been up in arms.

As it is, they were doing Marcel Marceau impersonations.

I fully expect the GOP to go after Obama with race-baiting full throttle.

But, here's the rub...

The GOP has never pretended to be THE FRIEND of the Black community.

And, the Clintons did..but, when push came to shove, and this Uppity Negro began to beat them...

They pulled out Lee Atwater's manual and used it without abandon.

And, anyone who stands with that race-baiter AFTER she's done that to Obama is SUSPECT, A TOOL, AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

If the shoe fits, then Tavis should wear it, no matter how many Black Covenant books he writes.


Brian said...

Thanks for sharing this...

Regarding Clinton...

Wait until you hear the latest.
This broke within the past couple of hours. I'm so disgusted, I can't bring myself to post it...until I calm myself.

This Primary is completely out of control...and it's probably time for top officials to intervene.

If they don't, the Democratic Party may implode. If she tries to carry this into April... I am not sure if they can even survive that long, if they keep this up. They are doing unecessary damage at this point.

Both are going for the throat...and they are both drawing blood now.

There really should be an independent, Federal authority, that could regulate some of the behavior that candidates engage in...and fine them for Swiftboating, character assasination, and race based attacks.

rikyrah said...

Do you mean the Muslim thing on Drudge? already know about it.

rikyrah said...

Or is it another one of her minions comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson? I know about that too.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]Then, there are those who say he is ' too liberal'...and, to be honest, I never thought LIBERAL could be used as a bad word IN BLACK CIRCLES. [/quote]

Rikyrah - Liberalism becomes a "cuss word" to Black folks of independent thought when we are ALL ALONE and are forced to achieve a directed outcome by tapping our own will as a people, order ourselves for the challenge in which those who are seeking this positive end must voluntarily yield their own will and focus on the destination.

You don't see the problem with "liberalism" during this period of development of Black people because you (and Obama) seek to apply your liberalism and thus have Black people directed at CHANGES IN THE GOVERNMENT and the ECONOMIC ORDER (two entities that are outside of the exclusive zone of control for the Black community) as the key means of obtaining your end.

Thus this benefit will RAIN DOWN upon the Black community after having made these external changes. The Black community doesn't have to make any fundamental changes in order to benefit from that which is raining down upon us from the outside.

The truth is that more comprehensive and enduring change can ONLY COME FROM WITHIN and this is when "liberalism" and "progressivism" shows its inappropriateness.

I hope that one day you and others will promote the GOAL to be greater than the defense of your ideology "liberal/progressive" or otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Boyce Watkins did an interesting commentary on this topic
Its on this page I thought it was interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for this Post "Tavis Smiley, SOTBU, and Barack Obama - some final thoughts". I couldn't have said it any better and I'm glad to know I'm not alone. I too have grown tired of Tavis acting as if he speaks for all "Black Folk", I actually hate to hear him say that. You are right he acts like BIllary. I understand that Tom Joyner may feel like he needs to stay neutral but he also defined Obama on his show with Al Sharpton so I feel that he should have given his same thoughts when Tavis finished his thoughts this morning on the show. He went on and on about disrespecting Dr. King as if he was the official spokesperson for Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. From all that we know about Dr. Martin Luther King it's fair to believe that he would be proud of Senator Obama and understanding that he wasn't in Memphis and proud that he was particing in the very same celebration at another ceremony. While listening to the Tom Joyner Morning show on Friday I listened to several ministers and men who walked side by side with Dr. King give their opinion of how proud Dr. King would be of Senator Obama and that he indeed would be voting for him. I'm just tired Tavis! I'm a black woman (double-minority) and it has never crossed my mind nor have I felt that Senator Obama was ignoring black issues in order to be president. Senator Obama is for EVERYONE and that's what I love about him! I don't think the Hispanic population will be upset if he doesn't make it Cinco De Mayo. Tavis needs to step down of his soap box and shut up.