Yeah, I said it.
Well, actually he said it…
Tavis Smiley says the President is ignoring blacks, the “most loyal” part of his base who “ought to be looked out for.” Smiley spoke to NBC’s Lester Holt. In April, Smiley said the 2012 elections will be “the most racist in the history of this Republic.
“It’s just not that black folks are hurting the most now. It’s that there’s no sign that it’s going to get any better. There really are two questions in black America, I think, Lester, have to wrestle with. At least two questions. Number one: what is the pain threshold in black America? What is our pain threshold, number one. And number two, what is the presidency really worth? Is it worth not saying anything? Is it worth being silent when you’re catching the most hell, when you’re suffering the most pain? Especially, when you’re the most loyal part of the President’s base,” Smiley said.
“That’s not hating on the President, it’s defending your own flanks. And whatever happened to that notion that to the victor goes the spoils? If anybody ought to be looked out for, it ought to be the persons who represent the most significant and the most loyal part of the base. That would be African-Americans.”
I’m not usually prone to internet memes, but there is simply so much FAIL in Smiley’s rant, one hardly knows where to begin.
How about his insistence that blacks somehow need to be “looked out for?” Somehow, this patronizing sentiment, whenever I hear it, reminds me of that scene in the 1989 movie, “Glory,” when Colonel Robert Gould Shaw’s 54th Massachusetts Regiment is ordered to accompany a company of “contraband” soldiers, under the command of Colonel James Montgomery, who seems to have a similarly condescending view of blacks:
Look around. You really think anybody’s gonna put these boys into real combat?
They’re little children, for God’s sake. They’re little monkey children. You just gotta know how to control them.
Simply put, I find no discernible difference between Montgomery’s belief that the men under his command are incapable of achievement, and Smiley’s insistence that his fellow African-Americans are in perpetual need of some specialized, governmental care. Both are racist, and different sides of the same coin. His spectacularly fallacious claim that “black folks are hurting the most right now” notwithstanding, Smiley is among those most repellant of race-hustlers, interested only in propagating the myth of “The Man” as some cultural boogeyman, out to ensure the eradication of the black race via AIDS, narcotics and a racist criminal justice system.
What should make his assertions even more distressing (especially to the decreasing number of the president’s supporters) is that in the midst of Obama’s seemingly endless string of policy failures, faux pas and declining poll numbers, Smiley still insists upon getting what he sees as “his,” completely oblivious to the fact that such blatant selfishness is precisely why the Democrats are on the verge of electoral annihilation.
As for Smiley’s bemoaning the fact that Obama seems hesitant to claim his “spoils,” perhaps someone might remind him that the reason his ideology is about to be cast onto the ash heap of history (once again) is that “The Man” already tried that a few times.
Trouble is, he forgot about that whole, pesky “consent of the governed” thing.