Skip to comments.PBS host Smiley calls meeting to urge black agenda
Posted on 03/03/2010 6:14:23 PM PST by SkyPilot
Two months after ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, Tavis Smiley is gathering African-American advocates to press the case for a "black agenda."
The decision was motivated by what Smiley called recent statements from some black leaders downplaying the need for President Barack Obama to specifically help African-Americans.
"I was compelled to do it because of this debate," the activist and PBS talk show host said Wednesday.
The panel discussion will be March 20 at Chicago State University. Panelists include advertising pioneer Tom Burrell, professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Negotiations to televise the event are in progress, Smiley spokeswoman Leshelle Sargent said.
Some black politicians and activists have recently begun to question Obama's longtime stance that helping the overall economy will improve the fortunes of blacks who are disproportionately poor and unemployed.
West, for example, gave Obama a grade of C minus on policies and priorities focused on poor and working people, saying, "He has really not come through in any substantial and significant way." Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have blocked some legislation until their demands were met.
Last week, Smiley and the Rev. Al Sharpton had a fierce argument about the issue on Sharpton's radio show, with Sharpton taking heated exception to Smiley's claim that the reverend was giving Obama a pass on black issues.
When Smiley ended the State of the Black Union after 10 years, he said black issues were now being addressed elsewhere.
Apparently, however, not enough to his liking.
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Someone tell me what the "White Issues" are then?
Would Chicago State allow a White conference? No..
The conference of black leaders is racist.
Racist jack hole.
White issues? Shut up and keep paying.
Shouldn’t our first Black President Bill Clinton be on the speakers list?
Yes, please televise this nationwide!
Welcome and enjoy Jack Squat Barry’s post-racial America.....
I guess that they could give vouchers to inner city black kids so that they can go to safe good schools. Oh wait, Obamassiah took that away as a sop to the white teacher’s union.
Silly, I know, but why don’t we have an American agenda? We need that. What is best for all Americans, for this country and its people.
Tavis, meet Marcus Garvey.
This country needs a Travis Smirk to gather American-Americans together to push for a “white agenda.”
I demand that the Swiss-Italian American agenda be
put on the table w/the rest.
Gee, and all of them are friends of Obama.
Tavis lost his job (man did he get cursed out on the radio), for slightly coming out of his slumber and being concerned about schools and jobs (unlike Obama, this guy has really done a lot in black communities), but the other reds... in the tank.
There are reasons why in every generation, people (some people) just choose to support evil. In Communist China, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Germany, people joined in the millions (and even voted for) mayhem and murder.
These people who cannot see depravity at its core are enemies of humanity, and enemies of God.
"This is a rediculous video."
Why in the world should 12% of the population (probably an inflated percentage, at that!) control all the rest of the country?
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