Why It's Time for Tavis and Cornel to Stop

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are raking in major profits while making wildly inflammatory statements about President Barack Obama, Eric L. Wattree writes at his blog, the Wattree Chronicle. These comments, in turn, are damaging the black community.

… And please keep this in mind — the worse the Black community is doing, the more money that Tavis and West make talking about it, because Tavis owns a publishing company where he and West write books about it, a production company, where he and West do televisions shows about it, and he owns a speakers bureau, where Cornel West makes $30,000 a speech just to talk about Black misery.

And isn’t it funny that Tavis and West seems to Talk about everything bad that’s happening to the Black community, EXCEPT, Tavis’ part in the Wells Fargo "Ghetto Loan" scam where Tavis helped to herd over 30,000 Black and Hispanic homeowners into where they lost their homes AND their life savings? …

In Addition, People like Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Boyce Watkins are playing on the ignorance of the people. They’re going out of their way NOT to tell the Black community that the United States Constitution gives sole control of spending to the United States House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans. So the only way that President Obama can spend any money to assist the Black community is to get the Republican House to go along with him.

That’s why it’s so important for the president to hold together a coalition of Blacks, women, gays, Hispanics, and every other segment of the American population. He needs ALL of us to place pressure on the Republicans to loosen the purse strings in order for him to get anything done. So anytime you hear Tavis, West, or Watkins pointing their finger at what President Obama is doing for any other segment of the population, they’re doing you a disservice.


Read Eric L. Wattree's entire blog post at the Wattree Chronicle.

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