Steve Harvey isn’t the type to bend to the will of Hollywood or popular culture on the sole fact that he is receiving backlash. He just proved that to be more correct than I even thought.
He has decided helping the Trump administration in its Housing and Urban Development efforts would be good for the African-American community despite opposition from his own subordinates.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harvey reveals that he has met with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to discuss re-purposing closed city schools into what he called vision centers, teaching children STEM subjects and computer programming.
“I’ve been to HUD twice,” Harvey told THR. “I’ve met with Dr. Carson and we’re actually trying to get it started. We’ve had meetings, and now we’re just waiting on the final notes. We have several teams in place. Hopefully before the year goes out, we’ll be making the announcement about the first vision center.”
Steve Harvey said he had offered his services to Donald Trump when he met with him at Trump Tower in January. Harvey said that he admitted to Trump that he supported Hillary Clinton during the election.
"I stepped from behind my microphone and I came and talked to the guy who is going to be the 45th president," Steve Harvey said pic.twitter.com/d1NxXYHvoI
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“You’ve appointed Ben Carson as the head of Housing and Urban Development, and I’ve got keys to a lot of cities around this country from the years of performing that I’ve done. I can get an ear to them really quick and find out what their real needs are,” Harvey said he told Trump. “Y’all keep closing schools in the cities. Why don’t we take those schools that are closing, put some HUD money in them, and reopen them as vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding? If you connect me with Ben Carson, I can help him with that.”
He then revealed, “a few minutes later, he had Ben Carson on the phone.”
Harvey went ahead and kept his promise to assist Trump even though he has received massive backlash from within his own community.
“The backlash. It was so vicious that it really threw me. I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?!” he said. “The Obama team said they thought it would be a good idea because the president is encouraging dialogue. And I have a relationship with Obama. We’re friends. So I say, ‘OK, cool.’”
Harvey added that his wife suggested he should reschedule that meeting since he was supposed to be on a boat for his 60th birthday.
“God, I should’ve listened,” he said.
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