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Obama Snubs The State of the Black Union
Right Voices ^ | Feb. 23, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 02/23/2008 4:38:10 PM PST by jdm

H/T to Memeorandum for this story:

The annual State of the Black Union forum boasts a number of famous names as it gets under way in New Orleans, but this year’s event is getting much more attention for who won’t be there…..

…..”I think it’s a missed opportunity on Mr. Obama’s part,” Smiley told CNN. “Now, I am not interested in demonizing him for his choice, but I do disagree with it.”

But Smiley’s criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama’s defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats.

“I have family in Indianapolis. They are harassing my momma, harassing my brother. It’s getting to be crazy,” Smiley told the newspaper.

He will be busy despite Obama’s absence. Some of the nation’s top black activists and politicians attend the State of the Black Union.

Smiley said he picked New Orleans as the 2008 host city to highlight the continued plight of its residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“We owe it to them, those who survived, those who are still struggling to rebuild their lives,” Smiley said. “We owe it to them to raise these issues louder than ever.”

New Orleans continues to battle problems, including crime and lack of affordable housing. Entire communities still lack hospitals or emergency care.

Obama campaigned in the city before he easily won Louisiana’s Democratic primary on February 9, taking 57 percent of the vote.

But at least one Louisiana lawmaker praised Clinton for being there when the region needed help.

“I don’t support people just because they are black,” said Democratic state Rep. Juan LaFonta.

“I support people because they are qualified and committed to issues that affect my constituent base.”

Smiley criticized Obama for not attending, so he is threatened and harrassed, yet blacks worry about Obama’s safety?

Captain Ed feels that all three candidates should have made the time to attend this. I see this as a snub on the part of the Obama Campaign. I see this as him saying that he is black, but let’s not involve ourselves those kind of people.. I am reminded of a fascinating book by Lawrence Otis Graham, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class .

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; blackracism; blackracists; chebama; cultofobama; husseinobama; nobama; obama; openracism; racism; snub; sotbu
I posted a related article earlier today, but thought this is worth revisiting. Does Obama think he's above the very people he claims to want to help?
1 posted on 02/23/2008 4:38:12 PM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

I think he is walking a fine line now: he can’t be seen as too exclusively involved with the Black Community or he will be seen as parochial. When President, you are everyone’s President, not just a representative of your race.

2 posted on 02/23/2008 4:42:52 PM PST by SatinDoll (Desperately seeking a conservative candidate.)
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To: jdm

He knows he’s already got their vote.

3 posted on 02/23/2008 4:43:41 PM PST by informavoracious ("Help me, Obama-Wan Kenyabi, you're my only hope!" do I need to point out this tagline is sarcasm?)
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To: jdm
I don't blame him for not attending.

Have you ever listened to the recaps of these things on The Tavis Smiley Show or News & Notes?

They're absolutely ridiculous.

There are a few interesting panel discussions, and one or two panelists who aren't fruit loops, but for the most part it's the same aggregation of race hustlers, poverty pimps and political also-rans, including Tavis's lackwit friend from Princeton, spoken word impresario Cornel West.

Laura Ingraham did a segment on the SOTBU once and it was a typical freak show.

4 posted on 02/23/2008 4:45:31 PM PST by Reaganite1984
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To: jdm

Maybe his white half is ruling him for a while.

5 posted on 02/23/2008 4:46:39 PM PST by Mears
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To: SatinDoll; jdm

I agree. I think Obama is smart to not get trapped into running as the black candidate. The Clinton strategy was to paint him into that 12 percent corner.

6 posted on 02/23/2008 4:49:23 PM PST by JLS
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To: jdm
“Does Obama think he’s above the very people he claims to want to help?”

no! he knows, and probably been assured that they are already in his pocket. He also know if he hangs out with that group he will lose votes elsewhere, IMO.

7 posted on 02/23/2008 4:50:32 PM PST by elpadre
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To: informavoracious
He knows he’s already got their vote.

He also knows that Tavis Smiley is known by fewer people than Keith Olberman. Obama will have plenty of time,(once elected) to stick it to whitey.

8 posted on 02/23/2008 4:57:49 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: jdm

He disagreed with Wright on Farrakhan, too, but he’s still a radical lefty. Republicans use social programs to keep potential business competition down and put off needed military actions for margins today. Thus, McCain... Hillary is the same kind of socialist but with more genocidal/eugenic intentions (man-hater, family-hater...remember Reno). Obama is a make-work, labor socialist who’ll try to please everybody and draw a different kind of fire (Sinclair, Mafia, race-related, etc.).

There are your choices, volks. I’ll be honest with all readers of this thread on something.

IMO, keep Hillary out any way that you can do so now, because you can’t afford to risk having her in office. She’s the establishment’s punisher for both parties of the corporate/socialist regime, and she’ll put your families down.

Then support McCain. After McCain is elected, legally and honorably show your disagreement with the people running our system. Express negativities against the politics and business of today at every opportunity.

9 posted on 02/23/2008 5:03:28 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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Does Obama think he’s above the very people he claims to want to help?
Obama is very astutely placing himself ABOVE RACISM. To help people is one thing, but to pander to racism is yet another. A large part of Obama’s appeal comes from blacks and young people who hold racism (the likes of Jackson and Sharpton) in very low regard. Another poster noted it well, in that when you are President, YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF ALL THE PEOPLE, not just one sector of our society. Today’s Washington politicians have done a VERY POOR job of upholding that reality.

10 posted on 02/23/2008 5:05:53 PM PST by EagleUSA
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But he is a Black candidate. The fact that his upbringing was with Whites and Asians is not discussed.

The election so sar appears to have little to nothing to do with issues. It’s juvenile.

11 posted on 02/23/2008 5:08:36 PM PST by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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“Obama think he’s above the very people he claims to want to help?”

You don’t have to romance sluts. They are going to give it up anyway.

12 posted on 02/23/2008 5:21:01 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: jdm
"it depends on what the meaning of snub is ..."
13 posted on 02/23/2008 6:53:43 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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