The Gantt Report – Arguing About Invitations

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Is it just me or do other people think it is embarrassing the way that so-called Negro leaders are attacking each other about who loves or hates President Barack Obama the most?

Before you read any further, let me just say Barack Obama will be remembered as one of the best United States Presidents in history and you can pick your own reason why.

Now, what’s dumb to me is why the so-called leaders are publicly disagreeing with each other.

High paid clowns, excuse me, comedians and radio show workers Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey say Travis Smiley and Cornell West are mad because the President passed on invitations for them to appear at events they sponsored or failed to invite the Negro leaders to events at the White House.

Smiley and West say that Joyner and Harvey, along with others, just rubber stamp everything Obama says and does just because the President is Black. They say the President should do more and say more about poverty and other Black community issues.

In my opinion, none of these four guys are modern day Martin Luther Kings, Malcolm Xs or Nelson Mandelas. In fact, neither of these guys are in a hurry to support any strong community activists, radical thinkers or 21st century revolutionaries.

I write columns in Black newspapers and in Black internet or other media outlets for predominately Black people. If The Gantt Report is posted or sent around the world it is not done by me.

They, like me, should limit their arguments and disagreements about Black politics and Black leadership to places frequented by Black people.

The devil loves those guys because the devil loves to divide and try to conquer us. The devil loves it when we attack each other and the great satan loves it when we turn our backs on real issues and get down in the ghetto gutter and slander each other.

We need to keep our “family” squabbles within the family. Keep it in the closet. When the world sees us always trying to one up each other about petty stuff like “invitations” the world thinks we are uncouth, uncivilized or misdirected.

I think Joyner, Harvey, Smiley and West should unite for a “Money Tour” instead of a “poverty tour” that includes constant attacks on President Obama.

Black people need jobs and money. In a capitalist society, money is the primary motivating factor.

Now, they won’t give me credit but I know more about politics than they do. I also know that Republicans or Republican friends will pay Black people to disparage the President and other Democrats. I also know that Democrats will pay Black people to tell other Blacks that they should always support and vote for Democrats no matter how racist and reactionary Red, Blue and Yellow Dog conservative Dixiecrats really are.

Well, no college has ever asked me to teach or speak and I don’t do stand-up routines at the J-Spot or Comedy Zone but I do know that we all need to unite and work together to progress.

While the fake Black community leaders are attacking each other, Black people and oppressed people worldwide are taking their issues to the streets.

The devil loves a good clown but the devil hates a fiery riot. If we don’t turn our energy and focus to economic empowerment our streets may turn into hot spots just like the streets of London, England. (Buy Gantt’s book “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing’ at any major bookstore and contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net)

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About The Author

Lucius B. Gantt is founder and President of All World Consultants. His expertise is in media and communications. A graduate of Georgia State University's School of Journalism, the Washington Journalism Center and also the Florida State University Graduate School, Gantt worked as a professional at WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Associated Press in Atlanta, National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press, Sports Desk, in New York City and WFSU-FM, WFSU-TV and the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida's capital city before starting All World Consultants in 1980. As a lobbyist, Gantt has represented The Florida Medical Association, The Florida League of Hospitals, Bell South Mobility, Cellular Division, Hialeah Park (racetrack) Inc., The Florida Consortium of Urban Leagues, The Florida State Branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Minuteman Fireworks, and The United Minority Contractors. He currently provides government regulation services for Winsonic Digital Media Network , and media consulting services for "Commodore" Thomas "Mr. Brickhouse" McClary, (www.thomasmcclary.com), The Video Access Alliance, The Florida African American Education Alliance Contemporary Fine Artist Purvis Young, Hip Hop Illustrator/Blogger, Lance Scurvin (www.LanceScurv.com), Author Dr. James Scruggs, and Aliyah Najm, mother of recording star "T-Pain".

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