Well, Mr. Smiley is seeing how annoying it is to have your dissent thrown back in your face. Smiley was scheduled to be a speaker at a celebration remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and he has been summarily dismissed. Why? He has been critical of the president.
It doesn't seem to matter that Smiley has a point and the needs of the black community have not been addressed under this administration. The unemployment numbers are reaching historical proportions, the levels of people becoming dependent upon food stamps is growing and has long since reached record numbers.
The latest numbers are that more than 26% of those on food stamps are black, while they only make up 12.6% of the total population. That is a staggering number. Smiley has the right to be outraged at these numbers. The black community is falling further behind, partially due to the 'great recession", but that is far from the only reason.
But, apparently, he is not allowed to say so. Heaven forbid a left leaning black man say anything against "The One". The great black hope, that has done nothing to deserve that title. He has done nothing to help that community address the real issues that are plaguing them. Of course he is the president of the entire country, but there were expectations of what he would do for the black community.
Both he and Michelle have not really addressed some of the real issues. Poor educational choices (oh, that's right, they don't believe in choice except when it comes to abortion), rising unemployment, 72% of all children are born to single mothers. Study after study has shown that babies born into single homes are far more likely to face a life of poverty and are less likely to get a college degree. Without a good education the chances of lifting yourself out of poverty become almost non-existent. None of these issues have been addresses by the first family.
It has been extremely disappointing to see the first black president who by all appearances has a close family unit not addressing the problems within their own community. He has the perfect platform to stand up and talk about being involved in your child's life. He grew up without a dad, he knows how that can affect a child. He knows how that can affect the financial stability within a family. Yet he says very little. Michelle should be out making these points, yet she has chosen to worry about obesity. Not fitness, but obesity. She has chosen to help create one size fits all government programs to address these issues and force the non obese to comply to them as well. She spends little to no time addressing the family unit.
Well Tavis, welcome to my world. Saying anything against this president means one thing and one thing only, you are a raaaaacist. The so called black leaders in this country are more interested in appearances than calling the president out on these issues. Remember when Emanuel Cleaver said this?
“If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House, there is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”So you see Tavis, it has never been about whether the president is addressing the issues. It is about you knowing your place. You are not allowed to criticize his holiness. You are not allowed to the leave the democratic plantation; pointing out that all the poor get under this president is more handouts that keep them dependent. He is the great black hope, just ignore the fact that his hope and change has been a big fat failure. As I said, welcome to my world.
As an aside, maybe Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were not too far off about there comments there Tavis. They just may have been on to something.