CNN contributor and Morehouse professor Marc Lamont Hill says President-elect Donald Trump demeans black people when he invites “mediocre negroes” to the table to discuss black issues.
Hill stated that Kanye West and Steve Harvey were nothing more than “a bunch of mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people.”
Hill qualified his statement by saying he had the utmost respect for Harvey, but he disagreed with the way Trump was using Harvey.
Hill said Harvey should be invited to have a seat at Trump’s table, but “when you’re at the table, you should have experts at the table. You should have people who can challenge the president at the table.”
He then went on to say Trump keeps “bringing up comedians and actors and athletes to represent black interests” — which Hill says is demeaning, disrespectful, and condescending. “Bring some people up there with some expertise Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain.”
I guess Hill thinks Beyonce and Jay Z would better represent black interests?
Rap mogul Clifford “Tip” Harris Jr, aka T.I., pretty much said the same in a series of short videos linked to his Instagram.com account.
In one video, T.I. criticized the motives of West and Harvey — 2 very successful men in their chosen fields. T.I. also rebuked NFL legend Jim Brown and Martin Luther King Jr‘s son, Martin Luther King III, for meeting with Trump on Monday.
“Kanye, what the f*ck you doing? Steve, man, you know way better than that?” said T.I., without offering any practical solutions to what he deems is a problem.
It seems that both Hill and T.I. have lost sight of the fact that Trump isn’t even in office yet.
And what did President Obama do for black interests other than playing golf with black caddies?