August 11, 2011

Steve Harvey Calls Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Uncle Toms and Poverty Pimps [AUDIO]

From the "Can't We Just Get Along" department- Steve Harvey attacks Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West on their "Poverty Tour." While Dr. Boyce Watkins adds his commentary of the Harvey remarks.

"Steve Harvey has decided to throw himself into the ring as a critic of the Poverty Tour of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. This week on his syndicated radio show, Harvey went in on West and Smiley in ways that turned heads."

“I was a huge fan of Cornel West,” he said. “Tavis, I seen him coming a mile away. His anger started when he had a town hall meeting, President Obama couldn’t come because of the campaign trail and he sent Mrs. Obama. He has held that grudge every since.”

"Harvey cited the fact that Cornel West has mentioned not getting tickets to the president’s inauguration. “Have you ever been invited to the damn inauguration? Did Bush send for you? Did Clinton send for you? Did Reagan send for you?”

Dr. Boyce Watkins adds more of his commentary on his Your Black blog

"Harvey alluded to a more sinister motive for West and Smiley’s Poverty Tour, asking, “Where are you getting the money for these buses?” He ended his rant by saying that he’d spotted an Uncle Tom driving a bus and that Cornel West and Tavis Smiley were “poverty pimps.” While listening to Harvey, I could not help but get the impression that he’s concluding that by speaking up on behalf of the poor and challenging political leaders to modify economic policies (which have clearly served to strengthen corporate and upper class America), you are pimping the poor rather than helping them. I guess that would make me a poverty pimp too, so perhaps I’d better just remain silent."

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