Tavis Smiley criticizes Barack Obama’s race remarks

    TuneIn_TavisSmiley_042511.jpgOnce again Tavis Smiley found reason to criticize President Barack Obama, referring to his somewhat impromptu speech on race as “weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid.”

    Those who praised the president’s remarks that attempted to explain the country’s long history of prejudice and profiling were quick to challenge Tavis on his most recent attack on Barack.

    One Twitter user accused Tavis of having his “panties in a bunch.” Another called Tavis “pathetic.”

    Despite the backlash, Tavis didn’t back down from his comments when he appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Tavis continued on his attack of President Obama claiming he was “pushed” to the podium.

    “I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up, but this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation. He was pushed to that podium. A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium,” Tavis said.

    Of course this weekend is not the first time Tavis has criticized Barack. He and professor Cornel West have challenged the president on how he’s addressed the needs of the Black community, particularly the poor and underprivileged. Their consistent commentary has led Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey and others to question Tavis’ and Cornel’s motives.

    In January, Tom said: “Tavis is fascinated with his own legacy, and that’s not good. He wants more than anything to be remembered the way Dr. King was, and to some how make that kind of mark on the world.”

    Al Sharpton disagreed with Tavis and praised Barack for delivering the unprecedented remarks on race from the White House press room, calling his speech “significant” and “much needed.”

    Some of his fellow members of the press reminded Tavis that Barack has spoken about Trayvon’s killing before. In February 2012, when Trayvon was first shot, the president said: “Trayvon could have been my son.”

    Tavis told the “Meet the Press” panel that Barack took too long to respond comment on the George Zimmerman verdict and didn’t answer the most critical question: “Where do we go from here?”

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