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Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, and Malcolm X.

November 12, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) While browsing the web this morning I came across an article written by Dr. Boyce Watkins blaring, “Cornel West Says that Sharpton, Dyson are “Up for Sale”: Let’s Talk about That One, Shall We?” My first reaction was, “Hmmmm, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson must have gotten a new job.”
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The reason that’s the first thing that came to mind was because Cornel West is rapidly building a reputation for attacking anyone in the Black community who tends to overshadow him. This tendency, and the reckless and petty way in which he pursues it, has become so pronounced in West that it’s beginning to betray his primary agenda as a whole. He’s not interested in the Black community at all. All he’s interested in is keeping Cornel West in the spotlight.

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Look at the facts. First he attacks Barack Obama. He was fine with Barack at first – as long as he could look upon him as subordinate. But once Obama began to get widespread public attention, West started to cool towards him. Then it became clear that Obama could actually become the President of the United States and had the audacity to refuse to he and Tavis Smiley’ music, Cornel West went into wild-eyed opposition to everything he represented – that is, after West became certain that he wasn’t going to enjoy the notoriety of a prominent role in Obama’s administration, and he wasn’t going to be able to strut around with the president on speed dial. Then he saw fit to publicly declare that the president was a puppet to plutocrats and afraid of “free Black  men.” I don’t recall him ever being that disrespectful to George W. Bush.
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Then, he came out against Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Just like with Obama, West was fine with Dr.  Melissa Harris Perry at first. He recruited her to come to Princeton and they were colleauges. But once it became clear that Dr. Perry had a mind of her own and that she wasn’t prone to hero worship, he began to undermine her at Princeton, so she quiet left. But once Cornel West found out that she had been given a show on MSNBC, all hell broke loose. Instead of this good brother, who only lives to serve his people, being happy over the prospect that another intelligent Black voice had gained access to the mass media, he saw fit to publicly proclaim that this very impressive Black woman was “a liar and a fraud.”
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So again, it seems that Cornel West is always prepared to preach a much better sermon on black love and respect than he’s willing to live. Because his comments were extremely disrespectful toward both Black women, and the Black community as a whole. A true brother – a true man – wouldn’t even speak to a lady like that in private, much less, bad mouth her like that publicly. Whatever happen to the concept of cherishing our women?  No one should have to teach him that. As a so-called Black intellectual, that’s exactly what he should be teaching our young people – that it’s impossible for them to have any self-respect, until they learn to respect the very womb of their culture. You’d think an intellectual would know that. West also betrayed his elitist sense of entitlement and disdain for the poor and working class when he complained about a mere baggage handler getting tickets to the Presidential Inauguration while he couldn’t.
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But it doesn’t end there. Cornel West has also seen fit to go after Jay-Z. Obviously Jay-Z was getting a little too much publicity over his part ownership of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclay Center. So West took it upon himself to say, in essence, “Wait a minute, world! That pickaninny don’t own that. The White man owns it! So you see, I’m still the man!” Okay West, but what does fronting off Jay-Z have to do with moving Black people forward?
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Cornel West is not only a demagogue, but he’s a demagogue of the worst kind. Just before he sticks a knife in your back, he starts talking about “how much he loves his brother, however . . .”  With “good brothers” like Cornel West, we’d all be better off orphans.
 
Now he’s also badmouthing Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr.Michael Eric Dyson, saying they’re “up for sale.” What’s wrong with this guy? What evidence does he have of that? If he has evidence to substantiate what he’s saying, he should produce it instead of running all over the country slandering every Black person who doesn’t see things his way. He seems to have something to say about everybody but his buddy, Tavis Smiley, who’s one of the most prolific corporate shills in the Black community, and associated with several corporations, including Walmart, that are, or have been, associated with ALEC, an organization that’s left no stone unturned to deprive Black people of their right to vote – and we’ve got evidence of that.
 
So the fact is, many in the Black community have allowed themselves to be hornswoggled by both the media, and Cornel West. The bottom line is,West is nothing more than a self-absorbed, egomaniacal fraud who hasn’t had an original thought in 35 years, and it looks like the Black community is the last to recognize it..
 
Some have allowed themselves to be bedazzled by two words – Harvard and Princeton. The establishment has effectively used those two words to convince many of us to accept, without examination, that Cornel West has more sense than they do. that’s what accounts for their rabid defense of him. The people need to step out of our media-constructed bubble, open your eyes, ears, and minds, and stop letting others dictate who they listen to.
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The White establishment has been propping Cornel West up with their very special kind of hype for all of his 35 years in the public eye. Yet, I have never met one person who can tell me one profound sentence he’s uttered in the three-and-a-half decades that he’s been on the public stage – and a stage is exactly what it’s been, because West is more of an entertainer than an intellectual.
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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are exactly like Herman Cain, but with one exception – at least Herman Cain is honest about supporting the GOP. But Tavis and West are using a technique used by the FBI during COINTELPRO, when J. Edgar Hoover was trying to bring down the civil rights movement in the sixties. During that time Hoover sent in a bunch of “undercover brothers” just like Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. They were so radically militant that they turned off the American people, and they were so divisive that they caused the movement to turn on itself. That’s exactly what Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are doing today.
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These two turncoats are trying to place Obama in an untenable position. They’re using militant rhetoric to insist that President Obama play Blackjack at a poker table, knowing damn well that he can’t do that. If he tries, he’ll turn the American people against him – in which case, he becomes impotent and can’t get anything done for anyone – but if he doesn’t, Tavis Smiley and Cornel  West are going to try to turn Black people against him, which would also serve to destory his presidency.
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That’s exactly the same thing the FBI did in the sixties. In the end, they had young Black people (who supported the harder line of Malcolm) calling Martin Luther King, “Martin Luther Coon” – including myself, I’m ashamed to admit. That’s exactly what Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are doing today. I saw the parallel immediately, and that’s why I’m dead on their asses. Maybe I can make up, just a little bit, for the stupidity of my youth.
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Malcolm X saw through the problem back in the sixties and tried to instruct his followers not to allow the establishment to divide us among ourselves. He’s said that it didn’t matter whether or not we saw eye-to-eye with Martin’s approach on every issue. Our goal was the same, therefore, we were allies. He then made it a point to join with Martin, but they took him out before he could complete the process.
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So while Tavis and West are always talking about, “Brother Malcolm,” Malcolm X would have long since seen through their game, and he would be absolutely disgusted with both of them.
 
Staff Writer; Eric L. Wattree
 
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15 Responses to “Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, and Malcolm X.”
  1. N. Johnson says:

    Ideologically I am opposed to Cornel west, but your criticism of the man is nothing but name calling couched in intellectual rigmarole. Your claim that West’s criticism of black leader is motivated by fear of being overshadowed is ludicrous to say the least. West made it clear when he was campaigning for Obama that he (West) will be one of Obama’s major critics if Obama fails to live up the progressive tradition that worked to put him in office. Unless you are of the opinion that Obama is doing fine for the black community then you have to accept that West criticism is valid. Obama has catered to the interest of the Hispanic community, Gay interest, women groups, and bend backwards to accommodates even right wing elements, but Obama have never shown any interest what so ever on the most pressing issue confronting the very survival of black community in America: mass incarceration of black men through the ill conceived bogus war on drugs. Obama could end this bogus war without anybody noticing but that is of little interest to him, second term is. Obama seems to be afraid the phrase “poor people”. But for sycophants like you, black people should just keep quite and leave their interest to the discretion of Obama. Sorry, that is not how politics works. If your vote is ever taken for granted, you are politically disadvantaged. Black people can not afford to have their vote taken for granted by anybody – not even “god” Obama. If you disagree with Cornel west on any issues, highlight West position; analyse it and expose its weakness. In that way you’ll be objective and not rant like a sycophant. I don’t think any black person working for MSNBC or any major media corporation could effectively represent and fight for the interest of the black community without compromising. This applies to Al Sharpton, Melissa and Eric Dyson. They have become nothing more than Obama’s praise singers.

    To your statement: “A true brother – a true man – wouldn’t even speak to a lady like that in private, much less, bad mouth her like that publicly”, I say: we can not sacrifice truth on the alter finesse. And to another of your comment: “I don’t recall him ever being that disrespectful to George W. Bush”, I say: you might have lived under a rock throughout Bush days, because if not; you must have heard West loud and clear on Bush and his policies and West was never mincing words when it come to Bush.

  2. Ramses says:

    What’s so sad is that got black people all Christianed out to the point they can’t think, yet the Washington monument is built mimicking the same structure in egypt. If they so christian like they want you to believe they are (your public officials) why are their buildings designed off of our ancient cultures. They have you thinking that Egypt fell when you’re in the Egypt of the West. Esoteric staring you all in the face but our people shuck and jive as usual. We can coon with the best of but boy try to get them to think critically and it’s over. Blacks have made themselves obsolete as a political force through their self-hatred and stiff-neck ways. This country is full of whiny ass people who will not organize. Hell organize your family first. Niggas always trying to join an organization where they can hide in, and put the responsibility of their progress on someone else, then when that person comes up short (doesn’t get them to the promise land) they criticize the person for not being their Jesus in the flesh. They have a Messiah complex. Thinking someone will save them. What is there to save? I’ve never seen a more cocky people, but yet broke as hell people in my life. Your women are disrespectful. Don’t know how to carry themselves in public or private. They tell you how independent they are but as soon as they have a baby they right down there at welfare begging for some help! How obnoxious. Black people as a collective have become spiritually bankrupt. Their males still wearing their hats backward cause they think backwards. They wear jeans tighter than the females in their group. And then when you try to check the females for their behavior, these very same dudes will fight you like women because they are weak and not used to Men being men. Hell the black woman is more of a man than the black man! Even though my great granddad died in 1981, we still respect his house as if he was still here. Why? Because we cherished the strength he had as a Man who happened to be considered black. Before you run to government to fix you, as if they could ever come up with a government program to fix you, work on yourselves internally. However, “our people” won’t do that because when we look inside ourselves, we see a ugly group of people spiritually.

  3. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Rashid, you said,

    “Mr Wattree, you offer so much criticism of Dr. West in this article that I believe it is either a personal attack, or you, yourself have some agenda. Dr. West has been very critical of Obama for the fact that he has received almost 100% of the African American vote and we have been ignored in his first 4 years in office.”

    You’re right in your first two statements. I do offer much criticism of West, because he deserves it; and I do have an agenda – to try to irradicate his kind of turncoat behavior in the Black community. Black people have had to endure this kind of self-hatred and dysfunctional behavior for over four hundred years, and for four hundred it has kept Black people at the very bottom of the social heap. so my agenda is to make an example of Tavis and West so as to deter up-and-coming turncoats from embracing the same behavior. It’s time for the Black community to say this has got to end, and it will no longer be tolerated.

    But you’re wrong in about President Obama not doing anything for the Black community in his first term. Obama has done much for the Black community, but many of us confuse Obama helping the Black community with him throwing his fist in the air and shouting, “Power to the people!” That’s not the president’s style. He gives priority to getting the job done, unlike Tavis and West, who give priority to being able to say, “Look at me!” That’s why Obama is President of the United States, while they’re just two clowns seeking attention – even if that attention is negative.

  4. Eric L. Wattree says:

    LET’S HAVE A LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY
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    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Joins With Tavis Smiley to Offer Free Wealth Building Strategies Seminar in Washington, DC
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    Tavis Smiley and a Host of Financial Experts Share Information
    About Building Generational Wealth and Family Financial Security.

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the nation’s leading originator of home loans to ethnic minority customers, has joined forces with talk show host and author, Tavis Smiley; and several financial affairs experts to provide free Wealth Building Strategies Seminars in eight cities across the country, including Washington, D.C. Additional seminars featuring other popular panelists also will be offered in 12 more cities, nationwide. The
    Washington, D.C. event will take place Sat., Sept. 10 at the The Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, or to register for the event contact 866-275-8584.
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    “African-American households had $656 billion in earned income in 2003, an increase of 3.9 percent over the previous year*,” said Jackson Cosey, senior vice president of emerging markets, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “The Wells Fargo Wealth Building Seminars will teach attendees the best route to make their income work for them over time through homeownership, investments and credit improvement while simultaneously helping them plan for their financial futures.”
    http://washingtonindependent.com/59633/suit-alleges-trusted-black-figures-drew-minorities-to-high-rate-loans
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    Wells Fargo to Pay $175 Million Settlement

    WELLS FARGO HIRED TRUSTED BLACK FIGURES TO ALLEGEDLY DRAW MINORITIES TO HIGH-RATE LOANS

    Tavis Smiley Headlined Seminars
    Targeting African Americans

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wells-fargo-home-mortgage-joins-with-tavis-smiley-to-offer-free-wealth-building-strategies-seminar-in-washington-dc-55004672.html

  5. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Whenever I write anything, immediately after I make an assertion I either give the facts that I relied upon to substantiate my claim, or at the very least, connect the dots that support why I?ve come to a given conclusion. Then, after I?ve provided the relevant information for the reader to do an informed assessment of the facts, I leave whether or not they agrees with me up to the reader.
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    Tavis and West don?t do that. They simply make assertions and accusations without giving the relevant information necessary for their audience to do an informed assessment of the facts. That?s an approach taken by most con men and demagogues, because they don?t want you to have the facts. They want to circumvent your intellect by appealing to your emotions. They don?t want you to think about WHY you?re hurting – they want to fill in that blank – they just want to make you mad that you?re hurting, then, THEY want to be the ones to tell you who to be mad at. For that reason, when I was in college, the lady who taught me to write, also taught me to ALWAYS investigate the motives of anyone who tries to appeal exclusively to my emotions, because their motives are invariably malevolent.
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    Take Tavis and West, for example. They never assess the facts, they never try to explore alternative reasons why our economic situation might be what it is, and they never address specific issues, or try to suggest solutions to specific issues. They always take the umbrella approach – ?things are bad, because Obama is bad; he?s not Black enough.? That?s not an attempt to help the Black community by finding solutions to our problems. That?s an attempt to divide the community and undermine an individual, in this case, Obama.
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    Clear evidence of that is they?re nitpicking through all of the nation?s problems and demanding to know why Obama hasn?t addressed this issue or that issue. That?s a rhetorical device that only a fool would buy into, because since no one can address every issue, and there are an infinite number of issues that can be brought up, there?s absolutely no way that the targeted can win.
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    If I can get a person to buy into that game, I can take anyone?s mother in America and show that she was a negligent parent, because the number of issues that I could bring up would be endless. Let me give you an example of what I?m talking about:
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    1). Did your mother bake you a cake at least once a week to make sure you had a happy childhood?
    2). Did she buy, or make, you new school clothes every week so you could keep up with the other kids?
    3). Did she provide you with security so you would never get beat up after school?
    4). Did she save up to buy you a new Escalade after you graduated?
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    It?s stupid to buy into such a game. And anyone who tries to assess another person in that way is either stupid, or think you?re stupid. Thus, if we want to accurately assess Obama as a president, or any other person in any other area of life, unless it?s a glaring omission, we should base our assessment on what they HAVE done, not on what they haven?t – and President Obama has done the following:.
    1). He stopped the nation from hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs A MONTH under Bush. I think that helped Black people.
    2). He stopped the nation from going into a second Great Depression. That helped Black people
    3). He save the America auto industry. Didn?t that help Black people?
    4). He was the first president to successfully passed healthcare reform in 70 years. That helped Black people.
    5). He created more jobs in 27 months than Bush did in 7 years.That helped Black people
    6). And he managed to get Osama Bin Laden in his spare time. That helped Black people because that?s where all the money went under Bush. Didn?t Bush ravish the national treasury trying to find Osame Bin Laden in Iraq? Bush spent nearly a trillion dollars, then Obama got him with two helicopters and a hand full of men. And Tavis and West want to CRITICIZE this brother!!!!?
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    In addition, Obama did the following:
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    – Spur Job Creation: ?In addition, to help those most affected by the recession, the Budget will extend emergency assistance to seniors and families with children, Unemployment Insurance benefits, COBRA tax credits, and relief to states and localities to prevent layoffs.?
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    – Reforming the Job Training System: ?The Budget calls for reform of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which supports almost 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers nationwide and a range of other services. With $6 billion for WIA at DOL?and an additional $4 billion in the Department of Education?the Budget calls for reforms to improve WIA.? Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Enforcement: ?To strengthen civil rights enforcement against racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, and gender discrimination, the Budget includes an 11 percent increase in funding to the Department of Justice?s Civil Rights Division. This investment will help the Division handle implementation of a historic new hate crimes law. The Budget also provides an $18 million, or 5 percent increase, for the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. This increased investment will allow for more staff to reduce the backlog of private sector charges.?
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    – Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities: ?The Budget proposes $642 million, an increase of $30 million over the 2010 level, to support Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition to this discretionary funding increase for MSIs, the Administration supports legislation passed by the House of Representatives and pending in the Senate that would provide $2.55 billion in mandatory funding to MSIs over 10 years.?
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    – Help Families Struggling with Child Care Costs: ?The Budget will nearly double the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle-class families making under $85,000 a year by increasing their credit rate from 20 percent to 35 percent of child care expenses. Nearly all eligible families making under $115,000 a year would see a larger credit. The Budget also provides critical support for young children and their families by building on historic increases provided in ARRA. The Budget provides an additional $989 million for Head Start and Early Head Start to continue to serve 64,000 additional children and families funded in ARRA.?.
    – Reform Elementary and Secondary School Funding: ?The Budget supports the Administration?s new vision for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) ? The Budget provides a $3 billion increase in funding for K-12 education programs authorized in the ESEA, including $900 million for School Turnaround Grants, and the Administration will request up to $1 billion in additional funding if Congress successfully completes ESEA reauthorization.?
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    – Increase Pell Grants: ?The Recovery Act and 2009 appropriations bill increased the maximum Pell Grant by more than $600 for a total award of $5,350. The Budget proposes to make that increase permanent and put them on a path to grow faster than inflation every year, increasing the maximum grant by $1,000, expanding eligibility, and nearly doubling the total amount of Pell grants since the President took office.?
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    – Help Relieve Student Loan Debt: ?To help graduates overburdened with student loan debt, the Administration will strengthen income-based repayment plans for student loans by reducing monthly payments and shortening the repayment period so that overburdened borrowers will pay only 10 percent of their discretionary income in loan repayments and can have their remaining debt forgiven after 20 years. Those in public service careers will have their debt forgiven after 10 years. The Budget also expands low-cost Perkins student loans.?
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    – Prevent Hunger and Improve Nutrition: ?The President?s Budget provides $8.1 billion for discretionary nutrition program supports, which is a $400 million increase over the 2010 enacted level. Funding supports 10 million participants in the WIC program, which is critical to the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants. The Budget also supports a strong Child Nutrition and WIC reauthorization package that will ensure that school children have access to healthy meals and to help fulfill the President?s pledge to end childhood hunger. The President continues to support the nutrition provisions incorporated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).?
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    – Revitalize Distressed Urban Neighborhoods: ?The Budget includes $250 million for HUD?s Choice Neighborhoods program, which will target neighborhoods anchored by distressed public or assisted housing with physical and social revitalization grounded in promising, measurable, and evidence-based strategies.?
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    – Increase Funding for the Housing Choice Voucher Program: ?The President?s Budget requests $19.6 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher program to help more than two million extremely low income families with rental assistance to live in decent housing in neighborhoods of their choice. The Budget continues funding for all existing mainstream vouchers and provides flexibility to support new vouchers that were leased and $85 million in special purpose vouchers for homeless families with children, families at risk of homelessness, and persons with disabilities.?
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    – Preserve 1.3 Million Affordable Rental Units through Project-Based Rental Assistance Program: ?The President?s Budget provides $9.4 billion for the Project-Based Rental Assistance program to preserve approximately 1.3 million affordable rental units through increased funding for contracts with private owners of multifamily properties. This critical investment will help low-income households to obtain or retain decent, safe and sanitary housing. In addition, the Administration requests $350 million to fund the first phase of this multi-year initiative to regionalize the Housing Choice Voucher program and convert Public Housing to project-based vouchers.?
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    – Promote Affordable Homeownership and Protect Families from Mortgage Fraud: ?The Budget requests $88 million for HUD to support homeownership and foreclosure prevention through Housing Counseling and $20 million to combat mortgage fraud. In addition, the Budget requests $250 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation?s (NRC) grant and training programs. Of the $250 million, $113 million is requested for foreclosure prevention activities, a $48 million increase (74 percent) over 2010.?
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    – Fight Gang Violence and Violent Crime: ?The Budget provides $112 million for place-based, evidence supported, initiatives to combat violence in local communities, including $25 million for the Community-Based Violence Prevention Initiatives that aim to reduce gun and other violence among youth gangs in cities and towns across the country, and $37 million for the Attorney General?s Children Exposed to Violence Initiative, which targets the youth most affected by violence and most susceptible to propagating it as they grow up.?
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    – Expand Prisoner Re-entry Programs: ?The Budget provides $144 million for Department Justice prisoner re-entry programs, including an additional $100 million for the Office of Justice Programs to administer grant programs authorized by the Second Chance Act and $30 million for residential substance abuse treatment programs in State and local prisons and jails. In addition, the Budget provides $98 million for Department of Labor programs that provide employment-centered services to adult and youth ex-offenders and at-risk youth..?
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    – Fully Fund the Community Development Block Grant Program: ?The Budget provides $4.4 billion for the Community Development Fund, including $3.99 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Formula Program (CDBG), and $150 million for the creation of a Catalytic Investment Competition Grants program. The new Catalytic Competition Grants program uses the authorities of CDBG, but will provide capital to bring innovative economic development projects to scale to make a measurable impact.?
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    If Tavis and West REALLY care about Black unemployment, here?s the issue they?d be addressing:.
    Is President Obama the REAL Reason For High Black Unemployment?
    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2012/10/is-obama-real-reason-that-black.html
    http://www.eurweb.com/2012/11/tavis-smiley-last-of-the-loud/

  6. Rashid says:

    Mr Wattree, you offer so much criticism of Dr. West in this article that I believe it is either a personal attack, or you, yourself have some agenda. Dr. West has been very critical of Obama for the fact that he has received almost 100% of the African American vote and we have been ignored in his first 4 years in office. During his election campaign, we weren’t even on his radar because he already knows he’s receiving our blind vote. Dr. West has been pressuring the Obama administration to stop ignoring the problems African Americans are facing during this economic crisis. Our unemployment is above average and the highest in the nation. Our communites are witnessing skyrocketing crime rates. I believe Dr. West and Travis Smiley are doing a public service in their efforts to pressure the administration to stop ignoring the black community. You see Mr. Wattree, every demographic in the country has special interest groups in Washington, lobbying for their interest. How come African Americans are the only demographic that doesn’t have that? Who’s fighting for our interest in our communities? Sharpton and Dyson are being paid by MSNBC now so therefore their voices are being censored. You also make a claim that Dr. West is somehow equivalent to the govt operatives used to infiltrate the black community. I disagree I believe it is people like you and your colleague LloydMarcus who are infiltrating our community with some sort of agenda, and it is quite obvious.

  7. edgar says:

    no people are by nature anything. what the hell are biblical principles? are they more important than mother goose principles? their both derived from fairy tales. the bible was used to rape and murder people of color throughout the entire world.

    one thing that black people or other people of color are not by nature is christian.

  8. SeattleGuy says:

    I love this topic because it is a top of conversation that is going on throughout our communities.

    I ask people to do your homework and only use MSNBC, Fox, CNN and MSNBC as a source of entertainment.

    Black people by nature are entrepeneurs, social conservatives and faith conscious people. Does that mean vote Democratic or Republican? No, it means vote and act by your Biblical principals and Constitution….or voice your opinion by not voting. Let no people sell you out on those principals and hold all of our folks accountable – even Obama! Do not give him a pass or our black elected leaders.

  9. edgar says:

    Name one criticism of the president that was inaccurate. Our president is selling all of his supporters out economically and is a war criminal…..
    those are indisputable facts.

  10. Ramses says:

    totally agree Paula if you talk about hatred, you can’t tell me that racists whites are more hateful towards black people than black people themselves (Gabby Douglas felt this). It’s a wrap for these people.

  11. Paula says:

    I believe that we don’t have leaders who truly protect us. I strongly believe that it was intentional that Black people would be the greatest victims of foreclosures. Asians and Jewish have people among their leaders who protect their groups and this is why they were not affected like us by the foreclosures. I don’t think it is normal that no Blacks involved in real estates, no Black bankers and so on saw that something weird was going on. Even some Black celebrities were affected by foreclosures. Again this situation is not normal. I feel blessed that I have a super smart Chinese friend who gives me a lot of valuable information in real estates and in business because I understood that I won’t get it from the Black community and Whites. My parents paid almost double their mortgage not because they were stupid and uneducated, not at all (my late father was a physician so, it gives you an idea) but because we don’t share information. It seems that all we care about is talk (talk is cheap), dance and so on but when it comes to share valuable information we don’t. Asians are strong in science, they go to medical school and so on in big numbers not because they are more smart than others but because they study together, they share old exams and so on. We never do that! They understand the power of the group and shame on us because we focus more than everybody on individual success. I could go on and on.

  12. Ramses says:

    People fail to realize that these so-called scholar activists are following in the footsteps of one of our worse traitors: WEB Du Bois. That Talented Tenth was code for agent and that’s exactly what he was. These two intellectual homosexuals are not fit to be in the same breath with Malcolm. Their greatest error is to have thought they could intellectualize their way out of their struggle instead of taking Garvey’s approach and building their way out of their struggle economically. After all, slavery underneath all the exploitation was for economics. Black people are the most educated, yet underperforming people you will ever see. Ask one of these niggas to pick up a broom and sweep a floor and they will look at you like you their overseer.

    Even though they contribute to the dust as much as anyone else. I do agree with Cornel in his view of Melissa Harris-Perry in terms of her focusing on the women’s movement crap instead of the collective effort of the Group. Collectively, Black people have become a caricature of their former selves. Let me take that back. All black people weren’t great in our past. We think that all people that have melanin in our past were great. This was not true. The one things I can say about out ancestors though is that at least they were a little bit more business savvy. It’s funny how the same principles Booker T advoacted in the late 1800’s is being practiced by our Mexican brothers and sisters. They shut up and work. Niggas would do well to take a page from their book and I do mean the word nigga. It’s not a typo.

    All this pontificating and no work getting done. It’s embarrassing to even have these people be regarded as a leader for black people. I wouldn’t never look at these dumb ass niggas with degrees who think they got the answers as my leader. Intellectual and spiritual pimps. They say Jesus to black people and black people get hit with the spell and lose all sense of logic. And wonder why they are so poor. Niggas are suffering for shit they did to their great ancestors and it will not change anytime soon because it shouldn’t because these niggas are still pompous and arrogant. Booker T told you’ll to shut up and work and build together but nooooo. You wanted degrees so bad. The worse thing they could have given a nigga and I mean black women too is a damn degree because now niggas think they have a green light to do the dumb shit they have always done. Sad to say niggas had more purpose in slavery than they do free because at least their purpose was to work! Now niggas just talk. That’s why we love rap so much because it’s just a creative way for niggas to talk shit.

    I look at people (if you can call them that) like cornel and sharpton dyson and tavis smiley with his gay ass like i look at people from the projects in the same manner: with utter disdain. 400 years and this is the best black people can accomplish? Maybe it’s not in black people to prosper as a collective. I mean you were freed through divine intervention and yet you still a slave in the mind. Freedom is responsibility and with that integration, black people basically went back to the plantation or are practicing modern wage sharecropping.

    The biggest consumer but are broke as a collective. Don’t be mad a t your so called leaders be mad at yourself for allowing weak ass leaders like these to be foisted upon you. who made these people your leaders in the first place? when did black people get together and say these people were their leaders? They never been my leaders. Look like a circle of fags to me.

  13. lewis orr says:

    I long ago pinned Cornel West as a fraud. Who goes around for 35 years fronting on Princeton and Harvard credentials? Many people graduate and teach at prestigious universities, and seldom make mention of it, in their careers. Cornel West uses Princeton and Harvard to shill the fact that he’s mediocre. If you look pass the outlandish accusations, the fired up ramping and raging, the out of date afro with the Malcolm X glasses and goatee, you find an inarticulate little man. I’m not promoting Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, but he’s much, much more articulate than Cornel West. We used to call people like Cornel West “educated fools”.

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