Comedian and talk show host, Steve Harvey recently met with President Elect Donald Trump. The ensuing controversy shocked Mr. Harvey and elicited numerous personal attacks from the Left.
Harvey states, “I stepped from behind my microphone and I came and talked to the guy who is going to be the 45th president.”
Harvey’s rationale: “Change can only happen when we sit at the table. If we sit at the table, then we can have a say as to what’s to be eaten on the menu … I have an obligation to take a seat at the table when invited.”
After the meeting, Harvey stated he planned to Partner with Housing and Urban Development nominee Dr. Ben Carson with a goal towards restoring America’s inner cities.
A Hollywood comedian with decades in the limelight meeting with the most powerful man in the free world to combat inner city destruction is a positive thing right?
Harvey indicated the backlash was fierce.
His most vocal critic, Marc Lamont Hill, an educator, CNN commentator, and self-proclaimed as ” . . . one of the leading intellectual voices in the country” referred to Harvey as a “mediocre negro” being manipulated by Trump.
Mr. Hill, what have you done to improve the inner city? The balance of power has shifted away from Democrats. If you are serious about inner city problems, why do you cling to failed politics instead of working with the new administration? True passion is not aligned with a political party. One does whatever needs to be done to achieve results.
As someone who’s research focuses on “the intersections between culture, politics, and education” where is calling another activist a “mediocre negro” validated in your research?
People like Mr. Hill, educated or not are fools in the biggest sense of the word. He serves up righteous indignation that Mr. Harvey is being “paraded about” by Trump. Harvey is an intelligent businessman with years of success, he does not need Hill’s advise to make a positive change for his community.
People like Mr. Hill feel that only people with fancy degrees hold the key to problems in the inner city. Where have liberal policies gotten inner cities thus far?
People like Hill need drama. He needs racial tension and inner city conflict. This is his product. “Activism” is how Hill pays his bills. Real solutions promoting harmony and unity would put Hill out of business. Who would buy his books? Tell us again Mr. Hill, who is exploiting minorities for personal gain?
As an educated man, Hill is participating in the worse kind of self-destructive behavior a community commit, fighting from within.
Hill had an opportunity to extend an invitation to Trump, instead, he attacked a fellow citizen who is trying to make a difference. Hill had an opportunity to present any concerns in a fair, logical, considerate manner. Instead, he resorted to name calling, and berating a fellow American based on . . . Race.
An educated fool is just a fool with more letters after his name. Maybe that should be the name of Hill’s next book. Until then, Mr. Hill, the American people invite you to do something more than sell your products of hate and division. The inner city is an excellent place to start. A “mediocre” comedian know this, why don’t you?
We need more people like Steve Harvey, people willing to take risks, to step out of their comfort zones to make a real difference in the lives of all Americans.
That is how culture, politics, and education should intersect.
If Steve Harvey is mediocre, then be mediocre.