Oct 11, 2011

Tavis Smiley's agitation with the media reared it's head when CNN's Suzanne Malveaux asked him about comments Herman Cain made about racism. Tavis went off and man was I proud of him.

Here is what he said:

“It just troubles me, respectfully Suzanne, that CNN and MSNBC and Fox News and all these cable channels go for this nonsense. They fall for — if I can quote Eddie Murphy — you fall for the banana in the tailpipe, and every time that Herman Cain says something ridiculous or crazy, blaming poor people for being poor, calling protesters anti-capitalist or suggesting that racism doesn’t hold people back… There is racial disparity based upon race, in every aspect of human our human endeavors in this country there is a racial disparity element that is a part of it – it’s almost silly to respond to it because the evidence is so overwhelming.”

Now of course, Suzanne must not have been prepared for Tavis' response because she instantly became defensive:

“Well, Tavis, I certainly don’t think that CNN is falling for anything by simply bringing up this discussion… That’s his point of view and he certainly is rising in the polls among the Republican candidates there.”

Tavis again interrupted Suzanna (respectfully) by again disputing what she was saying:

“My point, respectfully, anyone who listens to what Herman Cain says and asks a question, ‘Does he have a point?’ A point about what?” Smiley asked. “The numbers — it’s so evident. It’s so abundantly clear. There’s such great clarity here that race is still a factor. You covered the president in the White House. Why does President Obama have a Secret Service detail that there’s no comparison in history for any president… and we’re talking about whether he has a point about racism in America, Suzanne?”

Now I have to admit this is the Tavis that I love. This is the brother that made me proud. It's nice to see that remnants of the old Tavis is still in there.


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