West and Smiley, two Negros who probably haven’t been near a black neighborhood since the days of the Rainbow Coalition, revved up their Poverty Tour bus and rolled through Detroit today, and Detroit was not having it.
See, West and Smiley are butthurt about blog knows what, and seem to spend most of their time whinging about Obama: he’s not free; he’s ignoring black people; he “fears free black men.”
The seemingly incessant attacks have not gone unnoticed. Certainly in the blogosphere, the black community routinely calls out the Soul Patrol and their tenured, book-selling asses for their bullshit. But it came as a surprise (to me, at any rate) that the discontent had spread to, like, real life:
West and Smiley host a nationally syndicated public radio program and have faced sharp criticism for their stance against President Obama. They have launched an event they call the “Poverty Tour.”
Councilwoman Joann Watson is also coming under fire for letting them into City Hall and hosting the presentation.
Both Smiley and West told Action News reporter Val Clark that the event is not an anti-Obama tour, but do say they believe the President hasn’t done enough for the poor.
A spokesperson for the community organization “Detroiters for Better Government” says Detroiters will stand united against this event.
“We will not stand silent as Smiley and West criticize the man who brought us health care reform, one of the greatest accomplishments for the poor in our nation’s history,” says David Stephen. This event has nothing to do with the poor and everything to do with enriching Tavis Smiley. Detroit must send a strong message to Washington that although some elected officials may support this anti-Obama rally on government property, the people do not.”
(more WXYZ coverage here)
Apparently these Detroiters kept their protest plans secret so when West and Smiley rolled through, they could be like, “Surprise, bitches! Who’s smiley now?”
DAYUM! I’d say, “you got served!” if black people still said that sort of thing.
Oh, and THIS JUST IN: West’s lopsided ‘fro escaped unscathed.