The Twitter went a little crazy yesterday over news that Tavis Smiley appeared on Hannity and went after Obama. For the record, I just watched the video, and I thought Tavis was fine -- not that Tavis is waiting for my seal of approval.
But all kidding aside, it was fine. He critiqued the president from the left, and generally avoided getting sucked into Hannity's madness. I particularly enjoyed Smiley reminding Hannity that he wasn't the only Christian on the set. The segment actually looked like a legitimate, impersonal left-wing critique of Obama.
The poverty rate is now at 15 percent
, the highest since the early Clinton years. I'm scared to look at the black poverty rate. I encourage all attempts to remind the president, and the country, of that discomfiting reality.
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, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle
, Between the World and Me,
and We Were Eight Years in Power