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Tavis Smiley: 'Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama'

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by InTheLight, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member
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    Dec 17, 2010
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    Tavis Smiley, a black liberal commentator and TV talk show host on PBS says blacks have lost ground in all economic categories during Obama's presidency.

    "We’ve been at the back of the bus. Every other constituency have spoken their truth and made demands of this president. Right now the Hispanic community, for obvious reasons, is livid with him for pushing back once again something he should’ve done, I think, a long time ago,” he said.

    “But the data is going to indicate -- I said this before and I’m not happy about this, I don’t celebrate this. I don’t say it as a way of demonizing the president or casting an aspersion on him – but the data is going to indicate that black people lost ground in every single leading economic category during the Obama years.”


    He goes on to say that blacks have been satisfied with having a black man as Presidents but they haven't made any demands, haven't asked for anything. Was symbolism enough?
  2. Zaac

    Zaac Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2012
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    Tavis just wants him to be accountable I think he has said the same thing for years now.

    I think he's partially right. But Blacks also shouldn't expect Obama to be a panacea for what's happening in the black communities just because he happens to be black.

    He can help with a lot of things. But it's not solely his responsibility nor is it his sole responsibility.