Even liberal Tavis Smiley is turning against Obama

Tavis Smiley attempts to force the hand of Obama to do something that benefits African-Americans in Obama's last Presidential term.
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WASHINGTON, October 14, 2013 — Whether it’s avoiding to answer questions concerning four dead Americans in Benghazi or challenging what’s really in Obamacare, leftist sympathizers will stop at nothing to protect Obama.

One exception is liberal political commenter Tavis Smiley. Smiley recently indicated that, ‘black Americans, under Obama, are at an all time low,’ and it isn’t the first time Tavis has expressed his discontent publicly.

Smiley, who is the host of “The Tavis Smiley Show” which airs on PBS, ripped apart the President’s June 2013 race relation’s speech, saying that the President lacked “leadership.” Smiley also responded negatively to the President’s remarks following the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict after Obama compared himself to Trayvon.

Obama has provided rhetoric signaling an allegiance to the black community, as evidenced by his statement about Trayvon Martin. But as Smiley suggests, the question is whether that allegiance is a top priority for the nation’s first “black” president.

Why has Tavis Smiley suddenly taken the torch against the President on black issues?

Smiley is a progressive. Many put President Obama in that same category. So where is the difference?

Mr. Smiley appears to be concerned over several of Obama’s actions. For example, the President has tripled the number of women on the United States Supreme Court, but none of them are black. In another example, the President refused to cut taxes for small minority business enterprises, which contributes to reducing black unemployment.

Perhaps Mr. Smiley is concerned that that the President, a Illinois native, has continued to turn a blind eye to the daily massacre of young black males in Chicago, although he was able to offer a response in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

Smiley is speaking his mind, proving that black voters who backed the President in droves in the 2008 and 2012 elections are getting very little if anything out of this deal.

The problem is that now since Tavis is leading the crusade against Obama and the political establishment, which many other black so-called leaders dare not do, Smiley’s credibility is slowly being diminished for “political haterism”.

Tavis is attempting to force the hand of Obama to do something in favor of the ‘cause’, to do something to benefit the interest of the ‘black disadvantaged.’ black unemployment is now in double digits at 16-17 percent when compared to its white counterparts at 7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics research data. The black community also will suffer disproportionately following the end of the recent Federal SNAP Food stamps program, set to be cut under this President’s watch.

Yes, the President does have a duty to balance the federal budget, but why make cuts in specific areas that directly target poor, black families. Like a lot of criticism that come from the opposite side of the spectrum, if Smiley wasn’t the only one refusing to turn a blind eye to Washington’s nonchalant  concern’s for ‘black interest’ then perhaps that once magnified political tagline ‘Hope’, ‘Change’ and ‘Forward’ would begin to have an impact.


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