Beyond that, I have a nasty habit of telling the truth, which is neither profitable nor popular. Again, I say this with all love and respect for Tavis Smiley. As a Finance Professor who has spent the last 20 years studying money, I want us to understand the nature of how financial incentives can play a role in the nature of a forum such as The State of the Black Union. This is especially true in the midst of a financial crisis, during which our financial challenges may lead us to make decisions that are not always in the best interests of our constituents.
Tavis Smiley Ends "State of the Black Union"
The Boyce Blog: Tavis Smiley, The State of the Black Union
I hope you believe me as I write. I encourage Tavis, in the midst of such work, to remember that there is a difference between being an intelligent guide to enlightenment and being downright self-righteous. When he held a debate for the Republicans in the Presidential Primaries, there were several Republican presidential candidates who chose not to attend. I understand being upset about this, because the Republican Party has paid dearly for its racism and ignorance of the needs of the Black community. Smiley responded to the Republican snub by putting the name of the candidate on the podium even if they were not there.
Tavis Smiley: In The Era of Obama Blacks Have Lost Ground In Every Major Economic Category
Eight years into Barack Obama 's presidency, Tavis Smiley is not so optimistic about the first black president's legacy on racial issues. Despite the tough times, the talk show host said that African Americans have remained optimistic and have even been "too deferential" to the commander-in-chief:. Although black folk have caught the most hell in the last 10 years, including being shot and killed in the streets by cops who keep getting away with that … black people are still the most optimistic people, they're still the most hopeful about their future.
One another point Tavis. If you think your fans can't handle Obama criticism,don't even think of drawing any cartoons making fun of Obama or you could really feel the wrath. How has Tavis survived in this business so far?