Steve Harvey has had enough of Tavis Smiley and Cornell West’s criticisms of President Obama. During a tirade on his popular morning radio show, the don of the six-button-suit called the two “Uncle Toms” and denounced their Povery Bus campaign as a “hustle” (and he should know a thing or two about hustling after making a grip off the backs of lonely women, just saying).
“I was a huge fan of Cornel West,” he said. “[But] Tavis, I seen him coming a mile away. His anger started when he had a town hall meeting, President Obama couldn’t come because of the campaign trail and he sent Mrs. Obama. He has held that grudge every since.”
Harvey then did a skit where he declared himself to be the president of UTLO.org: the Uncle Tom Lookout Organization.
Sir. While I don’t agree entirely with Smiley and West’s methods for adressing their issues with President Obama (largely because their valid critcisms of his presidency are largely lost to their silly gripes about not being getting prime seats for the Inauguration and the like), we’ve got to be a little bit more economical with the word ‘Uncle Tom’. Nothing about the Poverty Bus or the actions of these two men speaks to being beholden to some White anti-Obama movement; despite the ego trippin’ from the scholar and the guy who was going to publish R. Kelly’s autobiography (long way from The Covenant, bruh), the two have challenged the POTUS for what they feel to be a lack of attention given to issues affecting Blacks…not exactly coonin’ for Massa, you know?
While some people denounce using the Uncle Tom label at all, because the character in the book wasn’t technically one himself, I’m with it. Herman Cain and Michael Steele? Clarence Thomas? The Tea Party’s few Negroids? Man. Lawn jockey, Zip Coon, Uncle Tom all the livelong day. Tavis Smiley and Cornell West? Victims of their own hubris. Know the difference, Steve.