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PBS host Smiley calls meeting to urge black agenda
AP ^ | 3 March 2010 | JESSE WASHINGTON

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; blackagenda; blackracism; blackracists; defundpbs; liberaltalkradio; obama; pbs; racism; tavissmiley
So, does this mean there are "White Issues" as well as these "Black Issues."

Someone tell me what the "White Issues" are then?

1 posted on 03/03/2010 6:14:24 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Would Chicago State allow a White conference? No..

The conference of black leaders is racist.


2 posted on 03/03/2010 6:16:41 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: SkyPilot

Racist jack hole.


3 posted on 03/03/2010 6:16:49 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: SkyPilot
Someone tell me what the "White Issues" are then?

White issues? Shut up and keep paying.

4 posted on 03/03/2010 6:17:11 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He’s Jimmy Carter stupid”. - Don Imus)
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To: SkyPilot

Shouldn’t our first Black President Bill Clinton be on the speakers list?


5 posted on 03/03/2010 6:18:49 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SkyPilot

Yes, please televise this nationwide!


6 posted on 03/03/2010 6:21:27 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: SkyPilot
simply put: "My race deserves more than your race" - so Mr. President, give unto me more!
Post racial American showcase?
7 posted on 03/03/2010 6:21:47 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: SkyPilot

Welcome and enjoy Jack Squat Barry’s post-racial America.....


8 posted on 03/03/2010 6:22:46 PM PST by cranked
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To: SkyPilot

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.


9 posted on 03/03/2010 6:23:54 PM PST by Mike Darancette (You know Obama is in trouble when the MSM mentions that he is half white.)
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To: SkyPilot

Tavis Snarley?


10 posted on 03/03/2010 6:28:12 PM PST by wolficatZ
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To: SkyPilot

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.


11 posted on 03/03/2010 6:28:23 PM PST by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: SkyPilot

Tavis, meet Marcus Garvey.


12 posted on 03/03/2010 6:28:48 PM PST by windsorknot (o o)
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To: SkyPilot

This country needs a Travis Smirk to gather American-Americans together to push for a “white agenda.”


13 posted on 03/03/2010 6:30:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you liked 2009, you're going to LOVE 2010!!!!!)
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To: SkyPilot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CjbX_bwypM


14 posted on 03/03/2010 6:33:08 PM PST by Krankor (nO)
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To: SkyPilot

I demand that the Swiss-Italian American agenda be
put on the table w/the rest.


15 posted on 03/03/2010 6:35:53 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


16 posted on 03/03/2010 6:43:26 PM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray.)
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To: AliVeritas
It really is amazing that millions of liberals voted to have this demonic nut be given a voice within the White House.

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.

17 posted on 03/03/2010 7:13:38 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Krankor
One of his defenders wrote in to YouTube:

"This is a rediculous video."

18 posted on 03/03/2010 7:15:07 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Why in the world should 12% of the population (probably an inflated percentage, at that!) control all the rest of the country?


19 posted on 03/03/2010 7:19:20 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

Racist bast**ds.


20 posted on 03/03/2010 7:27:22 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: SkyPilot

Gee does this mean the next time we have a whote president we can hve a meeting and discuss the white agenda? *sarcasm*


21 posted on 03/03/2010 8:16:36 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

OOPPPSSSS whote=white


22 posted on 03/03/2010 8:18:29 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: livius; chris_bdba
A retired doctor wrote an article last summer, where he gave his interpretation of Obamacare.

It is a whole slew of evils, but among them are "Affirmative Action Health Care." In Obama's "plan", there are going to be Minority Health Boards and Minority Authority Councils that will dictate more care for basically free to approved minorities at the expense of everyone else. If you are Asian, sorry, you are not a "Govt Appvd" minority. Black? You bet.

23 posted on 03/04/2010 3:06:18 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I’m REALLY sorry slaves were brought over to this country. There’s my apology for slavery.


24 posted on 03/04/2010 7:01:37 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: SkyPilot

I suspect that Obamacare is going to be stuffed with perks for his special group.


25 posted on 03/04/2010 8:27:14 AM PST by livius
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