Cry Me A River: Tavis Smiley And Cornel West Are Gettin’ Major Hate For Criticizing President Obama

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Attention Slores, Bolitics, Celeb Association

These ninjas got the “And what?!?” face

There’s been a lot of controversy over the last few weeks surrounding the Poverty Tour organized by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. The pair has used the nine-state, 18-city event to both highlight the struggle of the nation’s poor as well as to criticize President Obama for what they say is a laissez-faire attitude toward economically marginalized Americans.

But in response, they have been labeled as self-promoting, self-serving Obama haters. They have become pariahs in some circles. The blowback has even become personal and nasty, with the comedian Steve Harvey recently calling the duo “Uncle Toms” and the Rev. Al Sharpton and radio personality Tom Joyner taking various shots at them.

But as Smiley sat on the Poverty Tour bus on Friday headed to Memphis, Tenn., the final stop on their trip, he said the tour had gone exactly the way he and West had planned.

“I am very clear on who I am and who I am not, what I can do and what I can not,” he said during a phone interview. “I have a platform that I can use to bring awareness, to draw attention and create a conversation.”

He then rattled off a list of news outlets that covered some aspect of the tour, including “Nightline,” C-Span and CNN, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Life Magazine, The Root, The Nation, the Associated Press, NBC, CBS, and The Huffington Post.

“The tour did everything it was supposed to do,” he said. “And its not just about raising awareness, it’s about starting a dialogue about poverty and the poor in this country. I don’t get intimidated by haters. Not only are we not intimidated, if we had more resources and time, we would extend the tour,” Smiley said. “The question that I would pose to the critics is not why are we doing what we are doing or saying, it’s ‘if you care about poor people why aren’t you doing anything?’”

All the hate the people are tossing Smiley and West’s way hasn’t fallen on numb ears…

“For me it hurts, when this jumped off a few years ago and I was the one person nationally and personally raising questions of accountability,” Smiley said. “They wanted Barack Obama to win by any means necessary. I got that then and I get it now, but it hurts and I shed a lot of tears, had a lot of conversations with Dr. West.”

“So, it hurts, and it brings me to tears, but at the end of the day I don’t know any other way to live,” he added. “And so what I’ve said to black people is I love you and ain’t nothing you can do about it. These Negroes have tried, but I love them anyway.”

Boo-f’n-hoo. The POTUS has a tough job to do, and maybe he’s not doin everything that everyone wants when they want it, but he’s definitely servicing the community.

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  • Tia

    So the tour wasn’t to Do anything? Just highlight the poverty struggle?! *Big Sigh*

  • License2 correct

    We always had Poverty are did yall just notice it when we got a Black President.WTF

  • Alissa

    Guess we live in a socialist country now, we cannot disagree with the PresidentIs policiew without being attacked. Bullsh*t!! He needs to be held accountable like everyone else.

  • http://Str8NOchaser Straight no chaser

    These were both intellectuals I looked up to before now!  We are so ignorant with our crab mentalities that we attack ourselves at all costs!! Where was the poverty tour When W was exaberating the pool of poverty we’re swimming in now?? JJ

  • http://Str8nochaser Straight NO Chaser

    *exasperating*

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    […] August 13, 2011 by Maurice Leave a Comment These ninjas got the "And what?!?" face There's been a lot of controversy over the last few weeks surrounding the Poverty Tour organized by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. The pair has used the nine-state, 18-city event to both highlight the struggle of the nation's poor as well as to criticize President Obama for what they say is a laissez-faire attitude toward economically marginalized Americans. But in response, they have been labeled as self-pr … Read More […]

  • honeybee

    So if the tour is not creating jobs or helping people get out of poverty, then what is the purpose of the poverty tour. I think that the purpose of the tour is to shine a spotlight on Tavis and Cornell West. They are not helping nobody but themselves. If I was in poverty I wouldn’t want to hear about it from to rich azz niccas

  • honeybee

    *two *

  • wilddflower

    Tavis smiley, through out his career always brought attention and fought for black causes and been a champion for our people for a long time and long after our president stop being our president we will continue to have tavis to fought for our causes and our rights. Steve harvey never fought for black folks causes and tom joyner said it was okay when arnold the old governor for calfornia said black people dont know how to be president and lead people and then apologize and uncle tom joyner said it was okay and he accepted his apologize. Who really is an uncle tom? tom joyner and his horse face friend steve harvey will never be on tavis level tavis is a stand up guy and love black people.

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  • honeybee

    P.S. I saw Tavis on CNN lately and he looks like pure hell. WTF happened to his face

  • Myopinion

    I still believe that this is going too far. Why doesevery black person have to fall in line just because Obama is black? Wouldn’t that show whites that he was elected just because he was black? if you wantthe man to be respected, black people have to call him out to show that it was about ideas and not color. White people can criticise white leaders without this kind of backlash, so why are we different? If we want to change how we are viewed, we need to learn how to respectfully disagree.

  • Mad Lion

    I’m sure Obama has the right intentions & Im sure he is doing the best he can! But the facts are things are getting really bad for blacks since the recession. If Obama were white we’d be making alot more noise about the situation.

  • gina

    Talk about Obama 24/7/365….ok! But those old queens are just zesty old jealous haters! Those 2 dont even donate to charity and charge minimum of $50k to espouse that BS 1971 plight of the black man lame azz speech. Shittz those to dont even give away free old food! Yea that’s right listen to those old queens….drop your son to be ” mentored”….lol.

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