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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tavis Smiley Tops Cornel West In The Race Against The Nation's Minorities


TAVIS SMILEY: 'IF YOU'RE BLACK OR BROWN,' NOT A LOT OF 'GOOD REASONS' TO TURN OUT TO VOTE'


A bit of introductory video background is in order. Tavis Smiley joined an ABC news panel this past Sunday. His comments among those of hardcore conservative panelist included words that not only pleases the conservative panelist while hitting conservative media like a welcome nuclear bomb. Smiley and his buddy Cornel West's anti-Obama rhetoric is sure to work against Democrat candidates in the fall mid-terms. 

I am convinced Smiley is a closet conservative who would not hesitate to cast a vote for the GOP. Thus, I have temporarily awarded the mouthy (one of two) a moniker: "the popular Negro."

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Now watch as the "popular Negro" graces the ABC Sunday morning news set (replete with both barrel Obama haters Bill Kristol and Mary Matlin). Smiley provides the perfect sound bite for Right-wing media, while sending a carefully crafted message to people who listen to his drivel. It took Breitbart News and Fox News less than an hour to develop and broadcast segments strategically developed for maximum impact from the "popular Negro's" comments.

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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/.......


Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have greatly enhanced their earnings potential since the election of Barack H. Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. Separate and together the two formerly obscure half-celebrities have become number three and four among African-American Obama opportunist. The "mouthy-two" are black Obama antagonist only surpassed by the likes of Allen West (less than honorably discharged former Army officer and mistaken one-term congressman from Florida-Republican) and Ben Carson (Anti-Obama homophobic-Republican). The mouthy-two have incessantly attacked Obama from West's reference to President Obama as a "war criminal" to Smiley's less descriptive criticism like that of the lede headline above.


Cornel West is a man possessed with notoriety and he is so obvious in his contempt for Obama, he at times seethes like a frothing mad-man. His most out-of-control exhibition was an Ed Show segment (well prior to Sharpton joining MSNBC). The exhibition was the most illustrative example of an unprofessional emotional breakdown. West was not only embarrassing, he was for a few seconds literally insane.


Smiley has been far less overtly demonstrative in his contempt for Obama, but he has lived the last five plus years speaking negatively about the nation's first African-American president. I suggest the mouthy two have spent the past few years attacking the very person who has helped (via his election) to garner millions in payments for their aggregate appearances, and book deals.

Other social media writers have developed exposes on a Smiley and West from perspectives unknown to most. Shortly after Obama was inaugurated in 2009 the mouthy-two are reported to have commenced on a path of Wall Street minstrels resembling a Judas Goat.


No American (social media) writer has enhanced my knowledge of the mouthy-two more than Eric Wattree. Frankly, I was unaware of Smiley and West as Sub-prime Lending Judas Goats, until Wattree commenced with the development and posting of well researched and well crafted pieces on his webpage: The Wattree Chronicle.


Read more after the break 


I must offer a "Hat Tip" to The Obamacrat. I first learned of Smiley's remarks via Jueseppi B.'s webpage. My television viewing does not include Sunday morning news shows well populated by highly paid conservatives and frothing mouthed GOP members of Congress. The lede postings above are extracted from media I do not allow to enter my gray matter. I certainly spend no time watching Fox News nor do I seek information from Breitbart News. My opportunity to learn of Smiley's exasperation with the Democrat Party was from The Obamacrat and Eric Wattree.

Excerpts from The Obabamcrat

A QUESTION FOR BOTH TAVIS SMILEY AND CORNELL WEST


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Mr. Smiley, do you intend to return the Millions of dollars to the people who lost their lifesavings and homes that you reportedly made from herding poor Black people and Hispanics into the Wells Fargo “Ghetto Loan” Scam? And Dr. West, in your learned opinion, what is the appropriate course of action for your friend and associate to take, in accordance with the “prophetic tradition,” of course?

A discrimination lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, and several articles, including one seeded on Newsvine entitle, “Tavis Smiley – “Ghetto Loan” Peddler for Wells Fargo,” closely associates PBS talk show host, Tavis Smiley, with the Wells Fargo Bank scam targeting poor and middle-class Black and Hispanic borrowers. The article quotes Kelvin Boston, host of “Moneywise, and Keith Corbett, of the Center for Responsible Lending, as calling Tavis Smiley “the big draw” of the Wells Fargo scam. Specifically, the article states the following:
“Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw, according to Boston [host of “Moneywise”] and Keith Corbett, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, who attended two of the seminars. Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere… But what appeared on the surface as a way to help black borrowers build wealth was actually just the opposite, according to a little-noticed explanation of the “Wealth Building” seminar strategy, contained in a lawsuit recently filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
“Wells’ plan for the seminars all along was to target black borrowers for higher-cost subprime mortgages, not for wealth-building, the suit charged. And the seminars were a part of the bank’s overall illegal and discriminatory practice of steering black and Hispanic borrowers into riskier and more expensive loans, the suit said.”
Subsequent to the law suit, Richard Prince reported in The Washington Independent that Smiley issued a statement indicating that he would sever all ties with Wells Fargo until charges that the company steered minorities into higher-rate loans are resolved. The article went on to say,
“Wells Fargo sponsored Smiley’s radio show on Public Radio International, and underwrote the annual C-Span-televised “State of the Black Union” conference that Smiley organizes. Smiley’s foundation also distributed Wells Fargo materials to young people at foundation events, he told Journal-isms.
‘“I cut everything off with Wells Fargo,’ Smiley declared. He said the move cost ‘a lot of money’; he said he did not know how much.”
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On July 12, 2012 Charlie Savage reported in the New York Times that Wells Fargo Bank agreed to pay $175 million to settle the discrimination suit which, according to the Department of Justice, targeted over 30,000 Black and Hispanic borrowers for subprime loans with a higher interest rate than for similarly situated White borrowers between 2004 and 2009.

State Of The Black Union

What makes it particularly ironic that Tavis Smiley would be associated with this scheme to target poor and middle-class minorities is that Smiley is the primary promoter of what he calls “The Poverty Tour,” along with his friend and associate, former Princeton professor, Cornel West. During the tour, on their joint radio talk show, and on numerous media appearances, Smiley and West have gained a reputation for being President Obama’s harshest critics, indicating that the president is not sufficiently focused, and “accountable,” to the nation’s poor and minority community.
In a statement by Wells Fargo put out after the bank agreed to a settlement of $175 Million, they said that while not admitting to any wrong doing, Wells Fargo agreed to a settlement of the law suit because the bank felt that it was the right thing to do.
CNN MONEY quoted Mike Held, president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, as saying, “Wells Fargo is settling this matter because we believe it is in the best interest of our team members, customers, communities and investors to avoid a long and costly legal fight, and to instead devote our resources to continuing to contribute to the country’s housing recovery.”
The settlement includes Wells Fargo paying the Black and Hispanic victims of discrimination $125 million in compensation, and an additional $50 million in down-payment assistance to borrowers in the affected communities.
So the question that remains is, if Wells Fargo Bank feels that paying compensating to the poor and middle-class victims of this scam is the right thing to do, shouldn’t Tavis Smiley, the most strident advocate of “accountability” and fervent crusader for the interest of the poor, feel obliged to do the same? Certainly, benefiting from the misery of the poor and minority community would run counter to Mr. Smiley’s zeal for the need of the powerful to maintain accountability.
We’d also like to put that question to Smiley’s friend and associate, Dr. Cornel West. What do you think your good friend and associate should do, Dr. West? What does the “prophetic tradition” dictate is the proper course of action?
We’ll be anxiously awaiting your response.



NOTE: I added some descriptive verbiage from descriptions associated with the following embeds. My insertions should help with introductions the three segments.
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Fmr Wells Fargo Subprime Loan Officer: Bank Targeted Black Churches for Subprime Loans 1/3


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Up until two years ago, Elizabeth Jacobson was the top producing loan officer in the subprime division at Wells Fargo. Today she is speaking out against the practices of her former company. Earlier this summer, she filed a sworn affidavit with a federal court in support of the city of Baltimores lawsuit against Wells Fargo for pushing high-interest, subprime loans onto African Americans in Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs, leading hundreds into foreclosure

Subprime loans target black churches, at taxpayers expense!!!-2/3

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Former Wells Fargo Subprime Loan Officer: B


Up until two years ago, Elizabeth Jacobson was the top producing loan officer in the subprime division at Wells Fargo. Today she is speaking out against the practices of her former company. Earlier this summer, she filed a sworn affidavit with a federal court in support of the city of Baltimores lawsuit against Wells Fargo for pushing high-interest, subprime loans onto African Americans in Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs, leading hundreds into foreclosure. 

Subprime loans target black churches, at taxpayers expense!!!-3/3

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Former Wells Fargo Subprime Loan Officer: Bank Targeted Black Churches as Part of Predatory Subprime Lending Scheme

Up until two years ago, Elizabeth Jacobson was the top producing loan officer in the subprime division at Wells Fargo. Today she is speaking out against the practices of her former company. Earlier this summer, she filed a sworn affidavit with a federal court in support of the city of Baltimores lawsuit against Wells Fargo for pushing high-interest, subprime loans onto African Americans in Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs, leading hundreds into foreclosure.
ALL OF THIS WAS GOING ON WHILE CORNEL WEST WAS SAYING THE FOLLOWING ABOUT OBAMA (NOTICE THE WELLS FARGO LOGO):                  

Cornell West on Barack Obama

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Princeton professor not pleased about Obama’s snub of Covenant With Black America conference                                                             
The Obamacrat piece is detailed and an interesting and relevant read. I have extracted a portion of the piece to add background to my lede remarks.
West and Smiley are riding a tide that only ends in a washed out beach. Their continued rhetoric serves no purpose beyond delivering votes for the GOP. While they mask their personal angst against Obama with words related to the "Good of the black community," they actually do the community great harm. GOP governance has proven without question anti-minority and is accompanied by shameful bigotry , racism, homophobia and ample levels of gender bias. 
Wonder what happens when Obama is no longer available as a West and Smiley punching bag. The prospect of the mouthy-two devolving back into obscurity is as real as their inane rhetoric.

2 comments :

  1. Thank you, Progressive.
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    I just loved the way you put this together. It places everything in perfect perspective, and I'm very honored that you made some of my writings a part of this very informative portrait of these two Black demagogues.
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    Have you noticed that they seem to have parted company? West didn't even show up for the installation ceremony for the star that Smiley bought himself (and then claimed, "I don't know how this happened, but I'll take it") on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.
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    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-did-tavis-smiley-get-star-on.html
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  2. Yes, Eric..I noticed the parting. Suspect Smiley's opportunity to earn millions was being tarnished by West's obvious emotional mindset. I should say his lack of emotional control and his obvious hatred of Obama. They are well compensated losers. Smiley is also planning for post Obama. West will shrivel into a lower level of obscurity after Obama leaves office.

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