I wrote about this meeting with Obama recently and yes, I was bothered somewhat by what was said to the press after the meeting by invited black leadership. It appeared to me as it has Tavis, that they all made sure to make the point to the press, that the meeting with Obama was not to be perceived as a "black thing".
Click to read Tavis' commentary.
Click to listen to Tavis' commentary.
Click to listen to Al Sharpton as he called in to TJMS.
Specifically, I thought Sharpton's attempt to justify his statement was weak, although I understand his point. I don't think Tavis "distorted" his comment from what I've heard and read. Oh well, I suppose this could be chalked up as another example of why "black leadership" cannot get their shit together. The problem as I see it, is that of bruised egos. Make no mistake, I'm of the belief that both of these men are relevant and necessary. And I say that with full knowledge that some of you may not agree with me. But I call it like I see it, and I think from the following audio, that Tavis Smiley was right. But of course, the simple mind would just chalk it up to Tavis being a hater because he wasn't invited to the meeting with the president; in truth, what he said was valid; and, he even had the quote as evidence to back what he said.
Check it out and tell me what you think.