Tavis Smiley Wants President Obama To Address Black Unemployment [Video]

TavisObama Tavis Smiley Talks Obama Talk show host, author and political commentator Tavis Smiley is speaking out ...


Tavis Smiley Talks Obama

Talk show host, author and political commentator Tavis Smiley is speaking out on President Obama and challenging him to speak on the increase of Blacks in unemployment.

The philanthropist was in Houston last week promoting the release of his new book, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success From Failure and stopped by The Box's Madd Hatta Morning Show to discuss his new tome.

The new book dishes on his failures and how they've helped make him into the man he is today.

While at The Box, Tavis shed light on when he actually graduated from college, why it's so important to hire interns and what he learned from being fired from BET.

His most poignant comments however came when he spoke on The President and his responsibility to address the growing problem of Blacks going into unemployment.

He tells The Mad Hatta Morning Show,

“We gotta check him respectfully, he can't be afraid to talk about black unemployment, when he needed to stand up for the Jews he did, gays and lesbians? he did, immigration for the Hispanic community? he did so don't leave black folks twisted in the wind because you are afraid of being accused of being “tribal” and giving negroes the “hook up”. We are the most loyal part of your base!

…If you want the deficit to go down, put black folk back to work!”

He adds,

“We have to respect our President, and I do. We have to protect the President, and I do. But we also have to correct the President, remember he is a politician not a prophet like Dr. King.

We have to push him into his greatness for him to become a great President and hold him accountable, lovingly not with malice, but there are some things he has to step up on like black unemployment, wars, and poverty.”


  • Pam513

    GEEZZZZ .. SHUT UR FACE TAVIS .... BLACKS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES UNEMPLOYED .. IT'S ACROSS THE BOARD .. Y DOES IT HAVE TO BE A BLACK OR WHITE ISSUE ALL THE DAMN TIME .... SHOOT WHAT IS TAVIS DOING ABOUT IT?????

    • Greg Jenkins

      Where was Tavis's comments when Bush was president? Tavis is just another "spook in the woodpile"! Please try to sell your bs books some other way!

    • Jerzee Gurl

      Pam, it's because statistically, blacks ARE unemployed at a higher rate than whites. Even before this recession we had a higher rate of unemployment than any race including Latinos. Try reading up on things before you make comments. And yes when it comes to times like this, it is a black and white issue.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011404085.html

      • JENNY JONES!!!!

        1ST OF ALL HOW WOULD ANYONE HAVE AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF LATINO EMPLOYMENT WHEN MOST ARE UNDO*****ENTED. EVERYONE WANTS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO BE TREATED LIKE EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT. WELL WITH THAT SAID DID BUSH OR CLINTON EVER ADDRESS WHITE UNEMPLOYMENT SEPARATELY FROM EVERY OTHER RACE? PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT NOT JUST BLACK PEOPLE. AND FURTHER MORE TAVIS DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT OUR EMPLOYMENT RATES NO MORE THAN EITHER BUSH DID. HE'S JUST STILL SALTY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA DIDN'T COME TO HIS BLACK STATE OF THE UNION PANEL DOING THE ELECTION. PRESIDENT OBAMA DIDN'T THEN OR NOR DOES HE NOW OWE TAVIS ANYTHING. HE DIDN'T TELL TAVIS TO TALK BIG & RUN HIS MOUTH ABOUT HIM BEING THERE BEFORE TAVIS EVEN GOT A CONFIRMATION. TAVIS YOU ARE NOT AN OPRAH OR EVEN A LARRY KING. BOY NEVER A SHORTAGE OF CRABS IN THE BUCKET............JENNY JONES!!!

  • alexalexander

    because blacks, particularly black men are the largest percentage of those unemployed. . . .

  • Larry

    Tavis I completely agree with you on holding this President accountable I for one am very glad that someone is sticking their necks out to make sure that this President does right by black people who gave so very much to make sure that this President was given a chance to make life much different for all Americans of which black people have indeed suffered the more it is time that this President come out of the closet and address those varying complex issues that disportionately affect black people the black agenda is the American issues and very much needs special attention.

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