It seems that since Presidental Candidate Barack Obama taken the lead (and even sometime before then) in the Democratic race, a lot of people have been talking about how people are falling for his charismatic leadership and how he talks more about changing politics as usual than what his platform is. Others talk about something even less important… how he’s not a black leader.
Travis Smiley, one of my favorite thought provokers, sadly is on the short(?) list of why Obama should not be call “a black leader”. Travis Smiley is asking Obama to attend an event in called “State Of Black America 2008″ conference on Feb. 23 in New Orleans in Louisiana, a state in which Obama already won the majority of the vote. Travis Smiley is basically asking Obama to take a break from a busy campaign and show up to show support for blacks… when there’s still states to be won and a contest to finish!
So, Paradise Gray from X-Clan posted on his myspace page an Open Letter to Travis Smiley, asking him to reconsider making Obama come back to a state he already won and to allow him to focus on the other states he have to win over.
Also, I will provide a LinkUp to another another blogger, Roland S. Martin of Essence as to why Obama should skip Travis Smiley’s event as well.
An Open Letter to Travis Smiley – Paradise Gray’s MySpace Blog
Why Obama should skip Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union – The Roland Report (Essence’s Magazine Blog)