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Dr. Boyce: Five Challenges Black America Must Confront if We Want True Equality

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I’d like to say thanks to the legislators in New Mexico for allowing me to address the New Mexico State Legislature this week.  One of the points I made during the speech is that no matter what our political affiliations happen to be, there is room for common ground.  I’m not a conservative, but some of the people I respect the most in this world (i.e. Colin Powell) are Republicans.  I personally believe that liberalism has sold black Americans short over the years, but the Republican Party’s commitment to racism has left many of us feeling unwelcome.

At the end of the day, my agenda is very simple:  1) Confronting growing poverty among black American children, 2) Ending the mass incarceration holocaust that has led to a spiral in single-parent households (when you hand out 150 years sentences for simple drug possession, there are going to be far fewer men for women to marry), 3) Confronting astonishing levels of black unemployment (which would lead to riots if this were happening to white people), 4) Fighting grossly unequal educational systems that serve as reminders of Jim Crow, and 5) Drawing attention to the piles of dead black children in urban neighborhoods around the country (I refuse to cry for 26 children at Sandy Hook if I can’t cry just as hard for hundreds of children who’ve died on the South Side of Chicago).

When it’s all said and done, black America is in a rebuilding period.  Truth be told, we deserve reparations for both slavery and the War on Drugs, each of which was designed to destroy, deflate and devastate our communities.  If you want to annihilate a community, you kill the family.  If you want to kill the family, you can start by getting rid of the male.  That is what has happened in black America, and as a result, we have the mess that we see around us right now.

We must keep this matter at the forefront of the minds of politicians and anyone seeking our vote.  We must also chip in with our own families and the children around us to create a better day for the future.  As I shared with Min. Louis Farrakhan this week:  We must become fanatical about educational achievement, we must insist on finding paths toward economic independence and we must set the highest expectations for our children.  It’s really that simple.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and author of “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

 

5 Responses to Dr. Boyce: Five Challenges Black America Must Confront if We Want True Equality

  1. COMMENSENSED1

    February 26, 2013 at 2:24 am

    MAN (BLACK MAN) SEEKING EQUALITY WITH MANKIND (PALE MAN/KIND OF MAN)IS LIKE A PARENT ASKING TO BE EQUAL WITH HIS/HER CHILD . IT IS ILLOGICAL. WE BLACK PEOPLE, THE FATHERS AND MOTHERS OF ALL RACES AND CIVILIZATIONS NEED TO GET REACQUAINTED WITH THE FACTS OF OUR HISTORY AND NOT HIS-TORY. THIS IS JUST MORE EVIDENCE THAT SOME OF US CONFUSED BLACK FOLK ARE STILL LOOKING FOR ACCEPTING FROM A PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNDER DIVINE JUDGEMENT FOR THEIR SUBJUGATION AND MISTREATMENT OF NON WHITE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE PLANET EARTH.

  2. James Alexander

    February 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    @Nate Higgers, I’m told that the rats in the sewer from which you reside are extremely angry with you for exposing their racist and bigoted views; however, I’m also told that they will forgive you if you publically kiss a n*****s azz and perform oral sex on him. Personally I think they’re letting you off too easy because I’m sure this is a common practice for you.

  3. W Lyons

    February 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Dr. Boyce – I know you hold the Rev. Martin Luther King in high regards and I also think I know that he would shed a tear for all the children in America and elsewhere who die too young as a result of violence, hunger and ignorance. I think you’re right to put the emphasis on rebuilding the family in America. If our laws are unjustly removing Black men from their families with sentences that are disproportionate for the crime, then that is possibly the easiest change to make – all it takes is political will. But there are also issues that no change in the law can address – those changes will be the hardest to make.

  4. mista billda

    February 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Come on ,that whole crying thing is a bunch of bull. Don’t nobody cry no more like dat.

    over death unless they are right there at the funeral and they hear the parent’s screaming. It’s just like nobody gettin in the spirit until the organ cranks it up in church. It’s all a big hoax.
    Truth is that everybody has been desensitized to death just like we have been desensitized to sex. Now it takes more to get a rise because its so
    common and so natural. The bottom line is that this sick America is slowly
    dehumanizing blacks by association.I see you guys that are begging for equality as some really confused ,white cheese eatin, delusional wanna bees,on the downlow.
    I’ll give you a little hint from something that I know from experience.Look at everything that we compete in and tell me why you would wan’t to take your blue ribbon and exchange it for red ???????? Must be the same bead trick they used on the Indians to get their land (folk-lore)
    They got W E DEbois with the same bead trick.He was already light skinned enough but he wanted to feel total equality (in his whitewashed mind).
    We hold these truths to be self evident that every man was created equal.
    GET THAT ENGRAINED IN YOUR MIND FIRST and stop begging for acceptance and assistance from a clenched hand that is afraid to lose its
    grip of dominance.The door is open for us to get it ourselves.
    THE ONLY THING THAT THEY HAVE OVER US IS THEIR OPINIONS OF THEMSELVES AND A HEAD START.WE WILL NEVER EQUAL THEIR WEALTH AND AFFLUENCE IN AMERICA.THIS IS THEIR COUNTRY but we need to focus on our communities and stop spitting in the wind.

  5. Nate Higgers

    February 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    (I refuse to cry for 26 children at Sandy Hook if I can’t cry just as hard for hundreds of children who’ve died on the South Side of Chicago)
    The difference is that the Sandy Hook victims were innocent human beings, and the Chicago murders were all criminal, gang member worthless ni66ers.
    People care about the innocent children’s lives lost, it is a tragedy. But ni66ers killing off other ni66ers in Chicago and all other places of America actually has a positive effect on society: less ni66ers for taxpayers to feed, clothe, and shelter.
    One must remember that the only good ni66er is a dead ni66er.