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There has been a lot of criticism of Black celebrities who have met with President-elect Donald Trump as he transitions to the presidency. Notable stars and activists who have met with Trump include Jim Brown, Ray Lewis, Kanye West and most recently comedian Steve Harvey. The meeting with Harvey has created the biggest stir in social media with some calling him a “coon”, “uncle tom” and “sellout” for speaking with a lying, racist and misogynistic Trump.

Harvey, however, stated that “When the President-elect calls you, you answer” and has since given a lengthy response to his critics. All the Black celebrities who have met with Trump have been unanimous in their praise of the President-elect in stating that he was a good man and concerned about the plight of Black America and the inner-city.

On April 4, 1964, famed human rights leader Malcolm X explained the actions of Black leaders in his pivotal speech “The Ballot or The Bullet.” In the speech, Min. Malcolm X warned Black America by stating, “That same white man knowing that your eyes are wide open will send another negro into the community telling you to support him so he could use them to lead us astray…The first thing the [White racist] does when he comes to power, he takes all the Negro leaders and invites them for coffee, to show that he’s alright. And these Uncle Toms can’t pass up the coffee. They come away from the coffee table telling you and me that this man is alright.”

Black America is seeing this play out currently and it seems that those leaders who Trump has invited for meetings are falling right into the playbook of continued oppression. Not one of these leaders stated that they presented a plan or received any concrete plan from President-elect Trump on what will be done for the Black community. Instead, we are left to rely on the Black celebrity’s word based on their fame that “Trump is sincere.”

The question is, when will our Black spokespersons learn to deal from a position of power with a man who claims to know the “art of the deal”?

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • Jason

    Malcolm was and is correct. Coons are dangerous to Black society and should be culled out.

  • nebmaatre

    A comedian, a rapper, several ex foottball players, a ex boxer, some coonish preachers can hardly be called leaders.

    • http://www.pureromance.com LA

      The are not leaders… BUT they have a very large black following… Th ink about it..

      • Anna

        Because of meeting with Trump they all have less fans think about that.

  • Livivua Chandler

    I do feel that Malcolm is correct in some way, shape,or form. Why did he want to speak with these individuals like Jim Brown, Ray Lewis, Kanye West, Steve Harvey. Probably just like Malcolm said, they have a large following. And instead of showing a stupid reaction to Mr. John Lewis, why didn’t he say “well Mrs. Lewis I hear your concerns. I invite you to talk with me. But he didn’t. so we know that him meeting with the others was not a sincere agenda changing forum. it has a tactic behind it that only benefits Mr. Trump and no one else. This type of behavior is like everything else he has done. It’s for him.

  • Tramaine Nubungod Wright-El

    Until there’s some form of consequence for being a sellout or coon, we will continue on this path of self-hate and destruction. It is only OUR people that praise one another for being traitors to one another. All to be accepted by our oppressors and for money (a mere promissory note). The METRITORIUS MANUMISSION of 1710 is alive and even more powerful than its inception.

  • Shernita

    Now this is a DISGRACE coming from a man that suppose to be so smart he really are to be ashamed of himself just cause Trump called you…SO WHAT!!! He called others to performed at his inauguration and they said NO…so since the President Elect calls you, you jump….DUH! You got used, to spread the word through the black listeners of your show to encourage people he is a good man just cause he listen to you and made a phone call to Ben Carson right then and that made you excited…Did you see how he did John Lewis? And hand pick Jeff Session…does that tell you anything? Yea you are a true UNCLE TOM..you so desperate for FAME, YOU FAMOUS ALRIGHT …A TRUE SELL OUT!!!

  • James Hepburn

    Malcolm X also stated we don,t have permanent friends nor permanent enemy but permanent interest,steve Harvey is my Million Man March Alumni brother,as is Jim Brown a warrior for the black cause,who stood with Ali when you hide behind the tree negroes sit.these ones have Street cred,who go among the street gangs bring peace as is minster Farrakhan and NOI,we not going get bamboozled by no Trump,with falsehood,these two party’s the Democrats and Republicans are two head snake,you keep during the same thing you get the same results

    • Lisa Rojas

      Oh for God’s sake. Learn to write so people can understand you. You are a disgrace to any race.

  • MsLady Lifestyle

    This is an individual life journey, there is only one Leader, Our Creator YAHUAH!!!
    Deuteronomy 32:39
    See now, that I, euen I am he, and there is no god with mee; I kill, and I make aliue: I wound, and I heale: neither is there any that can deliuer out of my hand.

  • Kimmarie Scherzi

    YOU LIE THATS NOT TRUE ABOUT MALCOLM X YOU LIARS GLUTTONOUS GREEDY LUSTFUL ALL THE 7 DEADLY SINS YOU ARE GUILTY OF

  • Kimmarie Scherzi

    I AM FOR A NATIONAL MALCOLM X DAY KEEP YOUR MARTIN KING DAY

  • Kimmarie Scherzi

    I MET MALCOLM X AT BULLS HEAD AND ATTENDED HIS RALLY WHY DO WE NOT HAVE A MALCOLM X DAY????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Starr Annette Lewis Williams

      Fuck him he dont need no day

  • Increase Peace

    The original quote from X was…

    “And the first thing the CRACKER does when he comes in power, he takes all the Negro leaders and invites them for coffee to show that he’s alright.”

    Some people like to edit his quotes to hide how hateful Malcolm X once was.

    • Anna

      How hateful he was? How spot on he was. His words are as true in 2017 as they were in 1964.

      • Increase Peace

        Racial slurs are not ‘spot on’. Malcolm would later apologize for demonizing all whites and admitted that it was wrong to hate an entire race of people. MLK was right all along.

  • Kimmarie Scherzi

    I dont know I liked him

  • Lisa Rojas

    Those HBCU leaders looked so pathetic. Ugh!!