I have long since stopped listening to Tavis Smiley. I respect some of what he does, but I find him arrogant and overbearing. I tolerated him on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, up until he went on a rampage against Carol Moseley Braun because she announced that she was quitting the presidential race in 2004 on another network instead of when she was on his show; and Tavis said that just proved the old saying that "n*ggas ain't sh**." That was more than I could stomach from Mr. Uplifting Black people.
Now, Barack Obama is his new target because Obama declined an invitation to attend the State of the Black Union forum this year due to his schedule on the campaign trail. Senator Clinton will be in attendance (likely because she has seen her support in the black community plummet after her campaign's race baiting tactics). Tavis has been on a tirade the last couple of weeks because presidential candidates would dare decline his invitation. Tavis even pulled out his "Covenant with Black America" and started reading from it as if it were the Constitution for African Americans. He's so friggin' arrogant! Tavis is not my elected leader and he does not speak for me!
I believe Obama has to address African American issues, as we comprise a significant part of his base. But he also has to address issues applicable to all Americans. So the fact that he's not making a Tavis' sponsored event does not make me believe Obama is turning his back on "us." Tavis needs to get off that particular soapbox. Thoughts?