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Dr. Boyce: Kool-Aid Drinkers Unite – There Has Always Been a Black Agenda

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

We’re all happy to see President Obama get a second term in office.  There is no debating that he was a better option than Mitt Romney, on that we can all agree.  But being better than Mitt Romney is a low bar for us to set for our president, since I know a few Burger King employees who could also do a better job.  As we get served the kool-aid that most politicians try to see if you’re willing to drink, I encourage us all to remember that the kool-aid is designed to keep you high and drunk.  When a pimp keeps a hooker on drugs, he does so because he knows that an employee on dope isn’t going to ask for much and is very easy to manage.  The pimp’s biggest fear is that the woman wakes up one day and says, “Why am I working for all the money and you’re keeping it?”

I’m not saying that Barack Obama seeks to be a pimp.   But the fact is that most politicians are master manipulators, hoping that you will try to feed your family on empty slogans and symbolism rather than substantive results.  The truth is that they are watching and waiting to see if they can buy your loyalty for 10 cents or if you’re going to force them to pay 10 dollars.  Most of the time, they’ll pay whatever price you demand.  Given that billions of dollars in our hard-earned tax money (as well as your vote) has been given to politicians in Washington to help solve our collective American problems, it’s impossible to say that we’re asking for a handout.

I find it interesting that there are people who say that there is no black agenda and that black leaders never asked Obama to do anything specifically. This is hilarious, since Jesse Jackson, Julianne Malveaux, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and even I have been citing the same issues since the first day that Obama came into office.  The issues are on the table if you’re willing to listen.  And, as much as I once had tremendous love for the well-paid black commentators on MSNBC, I wonder how they sleep at night knowing that any rhetoric that contrasts with the messages being handed down by King Obama are going to reduce their ability to pay the mortgage.   It’s not as if Al Sharpton meets with President Obama and tells him what to do.

In case you’re not sure if there’s a black agenda because the message has been drowned out by topics like gay marriage and immigration, here’s the list in black and white:

1) Mass incarceration – Black males are seven times more likely to be in prison, especially for drug possession/distribution (even though we don’t use or sell drugs more than whites), breaking down the black family in the process, since fathers and eligible men are behind bars and marginalized.

2) Poverty – 40% of our kids are born into it and black family wealth has plummeted since the start of the 2008 recession.  The recovery has come in three stages:  Big business first, then whites and finally, people of color.  We’re still waiting for our recovery to take place.

3) Black unemployment – Our unemployment rate is twice as high as that of white Americans, and the issue was brought to the president back in 2009. I find it interesting that whites are given an ear when they moan about 7% unemployment, but when blacks speak about 14.3%, we’re told that it’s because “Barack can’t make dem lazy n*ggas wanna work ” (I’ve actually heard this from black people).   The truth is that whatever is OK for whites or Hispanics should be OK for African Americans.  Anyone who disagrees is a racist, even if you’re black (we’ve been taught for hundreds of years how to hate ourselves).

4) Urban violence – black males are far more likely than others to die from a handgun.  This is largely because guns flow so freely in our communities, there are few jobs and the schools are atrocious. These factors form the tenants of racial inequality in America, which every president, of any race, has an obligation to address.  Obama is not the first president that has been presented with these issues.  Rather, he is the first that has been allowed to ignore them.

This is the agenda that existed when Bush was president, Clinton and Obama. Very little has changed and naysayers can check the record of men like Cornel West and realize that he was speaking on these issues before anyone knew about the word “Internet.”  By asking  President Obama to support the community that gave him more support than anyone else, we’re not “picking on your baby.” We’re simply helping him to become a better president by forcing his administration to respect black Americans as a viable constituency (go peek at how the gay and Latino communities are handling their business as a significant case-in-point).

Some black people care about these issues, and some are drinking the kool-aid. All kool-aid drinkers, please sit back while the real soldiers go out and do the work.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and author of the book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College.” To have Dr Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


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72 comments

  1. Dr. Boyce: Please, “WAKE-UP!” As loyal Democrats, you are supporting “Socialist Elitest Managers of The Poor!” At 93% support for these policies…just how does that tell your leadership that you’re being ignored or that you’re unhappy in anyway with Black-American progress? If they fix the problems, will their voter percentage go higher? I think not. Your Party thrives on victims…an under-class if you will, who by-the-way, won’t return to the Fields, or work as Domestics…so, they have us just where they want us; HUGE Consumers with no savings…and no honest way to make a decent living! Not to mention, a people who have forgotten what M.L.K. stood for…”BOYCOTT!

  2. Dr. Boyce: Please, “WAKE-UP!” As loyal Democrats, you are supporting “Socialist Elitest Managers of The Poor!” At 93% support for these policies…just how does that tell your leadership that you’re being ignored or that you’re unhappy in anyway with Black-American progress? If they fix the problems, will their voter percentage go higher? I think not. Your Party thrives on victims…an under-class if you will, who by-the-way, won’t return to the Fields, or work as Domestics…so, they have us just where they want us; HUGE Consumers with no savings…and no honest way to make a decent living! Not to mention, a people who have forgotten what M.L.K. stood for…”BOYCOTT!

  3. You're right about this Dr. Watkins! It's only fair that we'd expect our president to make a meaningful difference in the African American community–especially since we always give him the strongest loyal backing among voters. He went out of his way to promote the gay agenda, by signing a law that MOST citizens OPPOSED. Gay citizens comprise 2% of the population, while African American citizens comprise 14%. Why didn't some of the African American concerns that Dr. Watkins listed take priority? Obviously, the president is NOT being properly advised, if he continues to ignore those issues. Those issues TRULY affect EVERYONE, and they certainly should have been more important to the president–and to the nation–than THE FEW on Wall Street who insisted that THEY desperately needed a LOAN… President Obama's priorities possibly need rearranging. "This land was made for you AND ME!" African American citizens' most pressing needs should not be ignored, regardless of who serves as president. The president's "hometown" of Chicago was so lawless and violent that in one day, the number of shootings reached 35, in 10 hours. The president visited that city at least two or three times during his first term in office. Yet, he held no town hall meeting there to address the issue, and made no appearance urging citizens to stop the violence and lawlessness. Why not? African Americans support the president, and our important, unselfish agenda also must become his priority.

  4. Boyce Watkins has gone off the deep end. First of all, his writing ability is no better than that of my 11 year-old. Secondly, for a grown old man to call anybody names, but especially the president, is both juvenile and ignorant and actually says more about the writer than the one being attacked. Boyce Watkins is an immature, overgrown, narcissistic racist whose only goal is to put himself in the limelight. The issue with that is that he is catering to folk who are no smarter than he is, thus, he will never be in the spotlight. President Obama will never answer to his ridiculous antics. He will never serve as a consultant for anything worthwhile. He will only grow more bitter and unreasonable. No noteable institution will ever grant him tenure, thus he will forever see himself as a hated man, rather than taking serious stock of his own maladaptive behaviour. Forever the victim, he’ll be.

  5. A cursory glance at Barack Obama’s political record before his election would have revealed that he, in no way, could ever be construed as “our” – Black – president. That he has played out his political and socio-political leanings should be no surprise.

    As far as Black mainstream commentators on television, how does anyone think they arrived at their positions without selling out? There is not one soul on television who is a political commentator who speaks truth to power. And the people who appear to only do so within the political debate boxes prescribed for them (yes, there are boxes for what passes for “progressive” debate). Hell, people who work for mainstream and well-known, so-called independent SPORTS media outlets don’t tell the truth! So, if there’s an agenda when talking sports, what do you think happens when it’s time to choose people to control political narratives?!

  6. MzNicolle Serenity

    Wow, what a debate this is better than Biden/Ryan debate when uncle Joe gave Ryan a verbal beatdown with smiles on his face. Interesting input from all that commented. Kudo's to all of you.

  7. Some of you can say what you want in disagreement of this piece by Dr. Boyce Watkins, I say, AMEN. Dr. Watkins stated two items in his piece that struck me. One, the mention of Kool Aid drinkers, and two "King Obama."

    What Dr. Boyce indicates with these to ideas to me, is a sad case of deja vu. Replace "King Obama" with "King George" (Bush), apply the Kool Aid moniker and you have a continuing episode from the previous administration, only now, its a Democratic one. Just as conservatives and Bush supporters blindly supported every foolhardy dangerous move that he made, now, President Obama is being blindly supported, regardless of the moves he makes or doesn't make. Even some of President Obama's policies and attitudes towards Black America remain strikingly similar to that of Bush Jr.

    The running excuse for George Bush now is that he wasn't a true conservative. Well, once President Obama is gone from office, saying that he wasn't a true liberal will not fly at all. Especially if things continue as they are, in terms of his tepid support of Black America. Hold this man accountable, or else.

  8. Peter D. Slaughter

    No matter how a vast % of black people slice and dice it.
    The long term of effect of this re-election is really political suicide.Black’s the black vote was set up to choose choices that for real we lose overall.
    So to those who think we better off having this instead of the other guy.
    Folks are being tricked and flim flammmed and to blind to see the card trick right before their eyes..

  9. Wow! Dr. Boyce this is one article that I will treasure, and make my son read and do a report on this coming Monday. You are indeed a man among men. I pray now to God even as I write, that he not let this article be written in vain. It speaks volumns into how we have allowed our Politicians to get away w/ so much, and expect so little of them. Let's work together, and not let the President leave office w/o attempting to solve these crisis that's facing our black communties.

  10. Preach on Dr. Watkins. No matter how much the same people you care so deeply for denigrate you, you have to continue speaking the truth. You're one of the last black leaders we have left that hasn't been completely bought out by the liberal media. You're a throwback to the great Frederick Douglass and Henry Highland Garnett. They spoke of the slave experience in America with unfettered resolve- regardless of the fact that their message made some people uncomfortable. Like them, you hold a picture up for black America. It's sometimes hard to look at, yet it's the truth. Therefore, it must be appreciated for what it is- REALITY.

    Remain free Dr. Watkins. You're the last of a dying breed.

  11. RightCoastLexSteele

    Mr. Watkins (no one should ever call you Dr.),
    Good job outlining the “black” agenda. Sounds like you’re lobbying for the President to do something about it. You know what real lobbyists actually do? They provide suggestions, some even going as far as drafting legislation that they submit to legislators. Have you done that? Or are you just tricking yourself out in the streets for some face time and to keep yourself relevant (in your world)? You, Tavis and Mr. West appear to be relevant intelligent people, have you guys gotten together and put a plan or some legislation together, or do you just shuck and jive at the first microphone or keyboard you can find? It seems the best you’ve been able to do is put together a BS empowerment series and have the nerve to sell people t-shirts “to avoid being a sellout”. But judging by the scant description of what’s actually supposed to be happening on this tour, you probably wouldnt be any good at proposing any sort of plan or legislation. Instead of an entire tour, why don’t you start your program in the backyard you’ve been getting fed at for years. That’s right, good old Syracuse, NY. Not on Comstock, or Marshall St. or Manley Field House telling athletes what to do if they strike it rich…down in the hood. Over on Midland Ave, down in the Valley, over on the near-West side (you know the place where they put up cameras to monitor minorities and no one has heard a peep from you on the issue), or maybe over near Croly St. where cats get shot in broad daylight. For all this noise you make nationally, I’ve never heard you say anything locally. That’s probably because you don’t live in Syracuse, you live in Camillus. Out in the burbs, and would probably call the cops and contribute to the mass incarceration the first time you saw one of these brothers you’re fighting so hard for. They have nice houses in Strathmore…but you live in Camillus. What a guy. Then you have the nerve to call out the President for not addressing the black agenda, when you don’t even do it where you live. Have you spoke with the Mayor about crime in the city? Ever take a meeting w/ your state Senate and Assembly delegation to talk about penalties for African Americans? Have you harassed your Federal reps about poverty and unemployment? I mean, there’s a chance you have, but seeing as we all know what a loud mouth you are, chances are that since it hasn’t shown up in one of your (recylced from other outlets) posts, it probably hasnt happened. Yet and still, despite you living in a community with sooo much work to be done, the only thing you seem to have time to do is chastise the President and sell shirts for ridiculous prices. Damned shame. Honestly, I’d probably give you more of a benefit of the doubt had I not met you and realized you’re a self important, self absorbed elitist prick. The funniest part of your whole post is where say, sit down while the real soldiers do the work…that’s hysterical. You know who’s a real soldier? Timothy Jennings Bey…hit up the Post Standard’s website, and read about him. He’s actually in these streets trying to make a difference, while you sit in front of a PC camera going back and forth about whether or not you like Lil Wayne. Weezy? Really? I didnt even know they listened to rap in Camillus. You learn something new everyday.

  12. Wake up my people. You can heap all the complaints you want against white Republicans, but I ask you to consider what we are doing to each other. More importantly, when are we, as black folks, going to take responsibility, for not making the best choices? Here are some examples: not economically cooperating with one another, getting a college degree then going to work for the government instead of the more lucrative private sector, and letting Democrats get away with taking us for granted. The worst one is us waiting for someone to save us instead of us recognizing we have to save ourselves. So keep letting these politicians pimp you by letting them manipulate your emotions, and we will continue to fall behind as a people. My philosophy is pimp these politicians by pitting them against each other and forcing them to deliver. The moment they can’t take our vote for granted is when they will start delivering

  13. Great article Dr. Watkins. There is so much work to do and so little time to do it. We have squandered so much of this opportunity for progress by letting the Obama freaks disparage our character and marginalize the legitimacy of our argument. No more Obama excuses. No more attacks on black people who make demands on the president. No more small expectations from someone we want to call a great president. We can’t continue to be happy with 14% unemployment and a president that keeps his mouth shut about it. We can’t continue to blame black folks for everything wrong with the country just to give Obama cover. We as a people do not have to be perfect to demand what’s fair and just.

    When it comes to black folks and the Obama presidency, we will either be in his win column or the lose column. So far, Obama apologist are making sure we are in the lose column.

  14. I think there are many things Obama can initiate or forced to follow. I have unveiled about 20 programs that black leaders can work on with or without the government. The more we take such approach, the more they will respect us. one example http://adfec.info/program3.htm.

  15. ImNotThatBrainwashedBitchTheyTalkAbout

    I had solutions but this site won’t let me post them. I bet it will let me post this.

  16. Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

    TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
    The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

    FROM: Black Americans.
    America Nationwide

    SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence.

    Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

    There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

    President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

    The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

    President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

    Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Black America

  17. president can not fight for the black agenda when 80% of black america is fighting against the black agenda……this got to be clean up first this black on black crime…..the wealth gap inside the black community…..meaning black got to give all this over price material stuff….and put that money into investment…..then they got to knoe what to invest in….i say agricuture on the full scale that create restaurants and groery store….the foodstamp system..ect…..oprah, puff, and magic, need to talk about one or two great tv station and not three so-so station….we need the right news in the black communities….the real news…..if we are going to build for the every day man and not the black money in a few places….we got to get all these car back….and pick a car company….pick a close company….pick…..so they ca
    n see we are one….and all we need is one of each thing……being the same is the most powerful thing of it all…when I say the same….not the closes but the same company….not the same car but the same company…..and I don’t care how much money you make….it to show one people with one mine of growth……not racist we can be as one as black and still have respect for every one….every other race is just like this…come san francisco and look at the asians or mexican legal ones and illgeal ones….you are ok…..but work and business….they will not let you in…..and they buy from the same company theirs. we as blacks have lost three generation how? the first more so smoking but it was a small part the large part came when these negro started to roll the drugs into the marijuana and trick other black on that hard drug…..extremly high unemployment in the black communities from 1980 until now right with the drug epidemic they was pair together yes by white european……and at the same time they was bringing illegal mexicans……we lost the second generation do to both the seller and the addiction…meaning the white police was running in the black communities and putting young blacks in prison for extremly long times….this what torn the black communities down….if black tell the truth…..now it welfare reform….or insurance if you can’t fine a job….landless blacks working fake visionary jobs….that depend on land.

  18. The solutions, yes. I also am waiting with bated breath to hear your solutions to the problems of Black poverty, Black unemployment and Black on Black violence in urban areas. As far as I am concerned the reason why Black people suffer worse in an economic downturn is due in large part to the crappy educational system in this country. As to the President not addressing the Black agenda, maybe he has not specifically said I am doing this that and the other for African Americans but he has addressed every one of those problems at some time or the other, except maybe for the urban violence. How about decriminalizing drug use to tackle the problem of urban violence?? Maybe we could work towards that? It seems to me that putting people in jail for using drugs is not stopping anybody who really wants to use drugs anyway. Come up with some plans and let’s hear them Dr. Boyce.
    I am sick and tired of the complaining and the tearing down of other people when no positive recommendations are forthcoming. I am sure the President would also welcome some concrete solutions to these problems. None of them are easy to solve and I feel that because some people feel helpless at coming up with solutions they are using the President as a convenient scapegoat. Stop expecting him to do everything and start doing your part too. What are YOUR solutions Dr. Boyce?? Let’s hear them!!

  19. Another brilliant analysis, Dr.Boyce. Thank you. While misty pro Obama supporters are harping on trivial things such as your pimp analogy and burger king metaphor, and also how low the bar has been set for this president and those attacking critics of the president based on protection, you’ve made salient points regarding the black agenda and this presidents reluctance to address the issues concerning his highest voting block. Black supporters of this president are squandering their political capital on superficiality and illusion of inclusion as members in the Democratic Party. The symbol if the black president who has a great looking family and knitted Jay-z is more important to some than substance. I stuck to my principles and voted third party because the Democratic party had become too far left, and regulates the blacks voting block to the background. The supporters of this president acts like be president forever.

    In addition, your metaphors and analogies does not lessen the ongoing issues between this president and the black community. As a matter of fact, this president’s avoidance of mentioning and making key moves regarding the black community leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    This president deserves all the criticism as the last presidents do. Black supporters are worshipping their golden calls and don’t realize it. To take a verse from the good book, the Holy Bible, my people truly do suffer from lack of knowledge and will suffer for it.

  20. Ok Boyce…when is the first meeting you are organizing or do you want us to read your article and wait for someone else?

    • Boyce is just a bated and complainer.

    • Hater…

    • Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

  21. President Obama won with a Mandate, 332 Electoral Votes to Romney’s 206. Agree to disagree… Don’t allow those that tried real hard to prevent this President’s Re-election from occurring, Work with the President to get this deficit down, show these crazies that African American are more than just “dividing them and attempting to conquer them”. We The People Have Spoken, And President Obama won, so lets work with him.

  22. Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Let’s be truthful. You,Travis, Cornel,etc., are not at all happy with the re-election of Barak Obama as President of the United States of America. You and your fellow travellers the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh etc., have been over the last four years have opposed the President at every turn. Your imagery of the pimp and women in this context makes me wonder just how you earned your PHD.,but again, it just shows how much respect you have for the first Black President of the United States.

    Please spellout just what the President should do about to solve these problems:

    POVERTY
    Poverty is not exclusive to Black people. It is a situation that all races have experienced in America and around the world.

    BLACK EMPLOYMENT’
    If you have a solution Dr.Boyce, please seend it to the President andd the leadership of the Republican party and maybe it will solve the problem for all Americans.

    URBANE VIOLENCE
    Please review the archives of past Presidents who have addressed this probem,as you claim, and tell us how it was solved to that the President can act upon it immediately.

  23. “But being better than Mitt Romney is a low bar for us to set for our president, since I know a few Burger King employees who could also do a better job.”

    Listen people the above statement was made by a P.H.D., a person who considers himself formally educated. A person who calls himself a voice for the Black Community. If the good doctor knows a few Burger King Employees who can do a better job than the President or even Mitt Romney, then what does that say about the good doctor? To make such a ridiculous statement speaks volumes about his education and even more about him as a mature adult. Watkins has some deep rooted mental issues dating back to his childhood that he hasn’t resolved, so consequently he shouldn’t be taken seriously about anything. There is no way I would want this person teaching a child of mine. If you really want to know what’s wrong with Black America, take a look at Dr. Boyce Watkins.

  24. president can not fight for the black agenda when 80% of black america is fighting against the black agenda……this got to be clean up first this black on black crime…..the wealth gap inside the black community…..meaning black got to give all this over price material stuff….and put that money into investment…..then they got to knoe what to invest in….i say agricuture on the full scale that create restaurants and groery store….the foodstamp system..ect…..oprah, puff, and magic, need to talk about one or two great tv station and not three so-so station….we need the right news in the black communities….the real news…..if we are going to build for the every day man and not the black money in a few places….we got to get all these car back….and pick a car company….pick a close company….pick…..so they can see we are one….and all we need is one of each thing……being the same is the most powerful thing of it all…when I say the same….not the closes but the same company….not the same car but the same company…..and I don't care how much money you make….it to show one people with one mine of growth……not racist we can be as one as black and still have respect for every one….every other race is just like this…come san francisco and look at the asians or mexican legal ones and illgeal ones….you are ok…..but work and business….they will not let you in…..and they buy from the same company theirs. we as blacks have lost three generation how? the first more so smoking but it was a small part the large part came when these negro started to roll the drugs into the marijuana and trick other black on that hard drug…..extremly high unemployment in the black communities from 1980 until now right with the drug epidemic they was pair together yes by white european……and at the same time they was bringing illegal mexicans……we lost the second generation do to both the seller and the addiction…meaning the white police was running in the black communities and putting young blacks in prison for extremly long times….this what torn the black communities down….if black tell the truth…..now it welfare reform….or insurance if you can't fine a job….landless blacks working fake visionary jobs….that depend on land.

  25. Nedrea SweetPea Scott

    I am so sick of this Black this Black that stuff that it is pathetic. Black unemployment is where it is along with violence for a number of reasons, which is the fault of black people alone, and it is not the Presidents Job to clean it up. Black people kill me with stupidity. So, let me ask you this then, if Romney had of got in office, would you be presenting him with this so called black agenda? No, you would not. That's like telling me that when I become well off that it is my responsibility to bail blacks out of the drama they are in and give out hand outs. The violence is our fault because we have left out children to be raised by television, we have children out of wedlock without fully understanding the consequences, so the children know the true essence of a real man because fatherhood is what their environment lacks, we make excuses for the filthy music that our children listen to and support the degradation of our neighborhoods because we fail to act when a criminal moves in, we place the blame everywhere, but where it should go. Grow up is my punch line.

    • Nedrea–
      My sympathy is extended to you regarding what appears to be your ignorance of African American history in this country across the board, who decides the level and quality of American public school education courses and curriculums, who runs America's entertainment, illegal drug, and prison industries, who are the overwhelming vast majority of America's employers and employed, and who are overwhelmingly employed in local, state, and federal government jobs as well. Also, you are dead wrong in saying Dr. Boyce Watkins and other African American leaders wouldn't present an agenda to Romney had he won. This statement also shows your incredible ignorance as well given that black leaders have always approached all previous white POTUS's about urgent issues in the black community. You very clearly have absolutely no idea exactly how this country is run, the political process nor expectations and demands of USA POTUS's by constituent ethnic and other groups, and that the incredibly rich and big business really run America, POTUS's, and the media all of which they own. The incredibly serious problems of Black America are deeper and far more complex than the elementary statements you made. One of our greatest problems is how easily we are deceived into acceptance of allowing ourselves to be defined, divided, diluted, conquored and destroyed in every way by sophisticated white supremacy instead of uniting and working tightly together regardless of education and income level by any means necessary. If there is truth that there is greater strength in numbers, it also stands to reason as well that either together we stand, or divided en mass we will overwhelmingly undoubtedly continue to fall.

    • Nedrea SweetPea Scott

      My sympathies extended to someone who spits out a statement before fully reading what someone else has stated. Reading is fundamental. I am educated so I know a lot more then past generations have ever learned period, due to opportunities those 45 and higher have never had. Next, I do not know if you notice or not, but I do not engage in attacking other people's intellect because they say something I do not agree with, I simply state what I think the problem is. I know full well how this country is run, and that black people like to mis-place blame for the jacked up state of black people. I also stated that as a Black Irish Finish Native American, if I ever become well off after joining the US Department of State, that I will not give handouts, or bail black people out of anything, because I am not an excuse maker nor acceptor of them. I had to work to get to where I want to be, so I expect that black people do the same thing that I did. Have a problem with lack of education, ok well do something about your child's predicament Pre-K through Graduate School, issues with employment and you do not have a particular skill- well then seek the skill and take the job, know where your children are at all times and do not allow rap videos and vulgar music to raise your child or children, do not have sex unless you are married and make sure your children know who Christ is so that they have a relationship with him, make sure they know G-d and maybe some morals will be instilled in them, and make certain you know the people your family is around and keep negative3 influences out of the reach of those who are violent and all this violence will stop, once children see that violence only begets more problems. That is what I said in a nut shell. I did not attack anyone, or refer to them as ignorant. I simply stated that we need to stop making everything single thing racial when its not. Yes, we STILL deal with racism, but not everything is race. I do not appreciate being called ignorant. You disrespected me and this I do not tolerate from anyone. The statement you make is ignorant and elementary because you assumed that I was stupid and you disrespected me. My Mother and Grandparents raised me right and I am a lover of G-d- Yeshua HaMashiaca so I will not respond to you with hate. I WISH NOT TO CONVERSE WITH AGAIN. Good Day! :)

  26. president can not fight for the black agenda when 80% of black america is fighting against the black agenda……this got to be clean up first this black on black crime…..the wealth gap inside the black community…..meaning black got to give all this over price material stuff….and put that money into investment…..then they got to knoe what to invest in….i say agricuture on the full scale that create restaurants and groery store….the foodstamp system..ect…..oprah, puff, and magic, need to talk about one or two great tv station and not three so-so station….we need the right news in the black communities….the real news…..if we are going to build for the every day man and not the black money in a few places….we got to get all these car back….and pick a car company….pick a close company….pick…..so they can see we are one….and all we need is one of each thing……being the same is the most powerful thing of it all…when I say the same….not the closes but the same company….not the same car but the same company…..and I don't care how much money you make….it to show one people with one mine of growth……not racist we can be as one as black and still have respect for every one….every other race is just like this…come san francisco and look at the asians or mexican legal ones and illgeal ones….you are ok…..but work and business….they will not let you in…..and they buy from the same company theirs.

  27. president can not fight for the black agenda when 80% of black america is fighting against the black agenda……this got to be clean up first this black on black crime…..the wealth gap inside the black community…..meaning black got to give all this over price material stuff….and put that money into investment…..then they got to knoe what to invest in….i say agricuture on the full scale that create restaurants and groery store….the foodstamp system..ect…..oprah, puff, and magic, need to talk about one or two great tv station and not three so-so station….we need the right news in the black communities….the real news…..if we are going to build for the every day man and not the black money in a few places….we got to get all these car back….and pick a car company….pick a close company….pick…..so they can see we are one….and all we need is one of each thing……being the same is the most powerful thing of it all.

  28. Boyce, tried everything he could think of to defeat President Obama, and then after Obama won, he tried to take credit for his win. This sellout, teabagger republican stooge is angry because Obama want acknowledge him, and invite him to the table. He is a liar, and the scum of the earth, and can not be trusted to even take out the garbage. Boyce, take your sorry ass back to the teabaggers, and your republican party. You do not represent black folk.

  29. I am not sure how to achieve the solution to the black agenda, but denouncing the president like fox news does not seem helpful to me. I believe Rev. Al has started a national organization that can get people to move together toward a common goal in all of the states the way Martin Luther King started the civil rights movement. Although the items on your list are important we also need to fight for voter rights, kids being mistreated by the police, and the lack of education we have come to except. If we show the president that we can do more than pontificate, maybe he will be able to do more to end the injustices we talk about.

  30. One more thing, comparing the President to a "pimp" is highly offensive. You Dr. Have made yourself irrelevant.

  31. If I didn't know better, I would think this was written by Fake Fox News. The President said, he is the President of everyone in America, which you try to use against him. It seems to me most of your headlines on here, are trying to bring in readers because most are so inflammatory. I believe the President and Michelle Obama are doing everything they can to help everyone. He did save the Auto Industry in Detroit, and he did speak up about the Harvard Professor who had the problem with police. He has made many programs available to help the poor everywhere. And he has four more years to do much more. And he did put Eric Holder in charge and many AA into very important jobs

    • MzNicolle Serenity

      Carol, you make some valid points and I do agree to some extent. I dont believe Boyce is bashing the president. He is addressing the crisis issues within the black community that need our (pres) attention. There is a severe crisis going on that needs to be addressed. I am not saying that the Pres has to move mountains, but he does need to do more. For instance, Pres communicated that everyone should learn spanish. I have friends with children graduating and their diplomas were held because they failed spanish>.wth??/.. As a human service worker I am shut out of MANY job opportunities because i dont speak spanish. All ethnic groups had to assimilate and learn the American way to survive in this country. Why is it so easy for him to show concern to other ethnic groups and almost literally run from such sensitive topics with his own people ? He is not a miracle worker i do understand and there areas where my people must be a lil more self sufficient. There are many hard working black families, but when you flip the coin over there are many who are under the poverty line barely making it.

    • Carol and I both know the Republicans are standing in the way of the President doing what he know is the right thing to do. But, so often times our bright smart intelligent blacks men and women become prey to the powers that be, and oftentimes; become afraid to address the concerns of the people. I am tired of seeing white people trying to stand in the way of black issues getting addressed by our Commander-in-Chief.

      I pray our President make a bold courageous stand against all of you who wants our President to stay distracted from addressing the serous issues that's plaquing our communities.

    • Carol Parks–

      1) Given your photo, if you are white, who give a damn what you think.
      2) And, whether white or black, you are clearly delusional. Go away.

  32. Here is a agenda for President Obama.
    1.Reparations.
    2.Free all political prisoner.3.End police brutality.

  33. "But being better than Mitt Romney is a low bar for us to set for our president, since I know a few Burger King employees who could also do a better job."

    Listen people the above statement was made by a P.H.D., a person who considers himself formally educated. A person who calls himself a voice for the Black Community. If the good doctor knows a few Burger King Employees who can do a better job than the President or even Mitt Romney, then what does that say about the good doctor? To make such a ridiculous statement speaks volumes about his education and even more about him as a mature adult. Watkins has some deep rooted mental issues dating back to his childhood that he hasn’t resolved, so consequently he shouldn't be taken seriously about anything. There is no way I would want this person teaching a child of mine. If you really want to know what's wrong with Black America, take a look at Dr. Boyce Watkins.

    • James, who is this person, Dr. Watkins? I guess I am limited in my knowledge of stupid people.

    • Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

      m

    • If you want to know what's wrong with black America..take a look at Watkins. Classic….

    • Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

      Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

    • Delores Strickland–

      The only stupid people are those who believe others and everyone else is stupid. Let's stop name-calling, be the brains we all are, really think about what we believe are the top problems and best solutions for Black America. Peace!

  34. Is it just me..did anyone else notice that Boyce listed a number of issues but didn't give a specific solution in each item as to what he/Tavis/West specifically expected from President Obama to address the problems?

    If Boyce, Tavis and West are so smart, then why is it that they cannot list one specific solution to the problems to present to President Obama?

    Make you wonder if they really want solutions..because if there were no problems in the black community then how would these pimps make money off the backs of black people?

    Boyce, you say please sit back while the real soldiers go out and do the work. Will do..but remember the saying..pimpin ain't easy!

    • MzNicolle Serenity

      lol..lol..lol..

    • David Jones–

      What you and other African Americans fail to get and realize is that
      Dr. Watkins, Dr. West, and others are all stimulating and encouraging black people nationwide to acknowledge and discuss what we believe the Black America' priority and critical issues are and also what it is we believe the solutions should be that we want presented to and requested of POTUS Obama to do. Black people have knowledge, a wealth of personal and professional experiences, know what is going on and has gone on in their lives, communities, cities, counties and are highly capable of and must decide our priority agenda–there must be wide ranging evidence and huge consensus on what we the people believe are not only the problems, but what solutions we want or agree with others should be presented to POTUS Obama.

      Given there is no designated "Leader of Black America" regarding our agenda, until we designated someone specific, we the people therefore must collectively lead. What would Dr. Watkins, Dr. West, Dr. Malvaux, and others look like going to Obama presenting him with not only problems, but solutions Black America does not overwhelmingly agree with nor have been raised, discussed, and vetted to some large degree with Black America. What we should be doing rather than becoming angry (me included) with each other over comments is to really think about what we really believe are the major problems and what solutions we believe would be most effective, entirely possible, and most realistic.

      If enough of us spent time providing serious thought feedback to Drs. Watkins, West, Malvaux, and others this would be helpful to them coupled with them being experts in their fields to further consider our recommendations, massage the possible, and formulate not just a agenda but our Black America Agenda. How about it everyone? Don't get angry with Dr. Boyce Watkins, think about his opinion of what he believes the major problems are for Black America, whether you agree or not and why, and what you believe they are and what your recommendations are for solutions to the problems. Okay folks, stop the dumb talk and let's get serious, let's get started now! I'm working on my list of top problems and possible solutions. When finished I'll vet them with you, Dr. Boyce, West, and the rest. Peace!

  35. Lol @ people using Dr. Watkins' "pimp+hoe" metaphor as an excuse to not listen to the message… If that's all it takes for you to shutdown, you weren't receptive to the message anyway, thus choosing to remain ignorant.

  36. I tried to keep a balanced head as I read your piece Dr. Watkins but when you referred to President Obama as "King Obama", you revealed a nasty, negative attitude that my common sense will not allow me to ignore. My question to you is…how do you sleep at night?

  37. I agree with you, Dr. Watkins. The Black issues have been ignored by the POTUS. I've been telling myself that it was because he felt it could have cost him the election. Politicians will do some unethical $hit to cross the finish line #1. I was surprised he didn't address the violence in Chicago. He did mention it at the very end of his campaign, but he did not truely address the issue. Has he forgotten where he came from, after living in Chicago? I still can't get over him throwing Rev. Wright under the bus in the first election. He had great respect for his pastor until he ran for office. Rev. Wright was always Rev. Wright and will always be Rev. Wright. He is a man of principal and does not change. Obama changed. I voted for President Obama and I'am glad he won, but now that the voting is over, I hope he wll do his job and do it right, and don't forget the Black issues. Dr. Watkins, you are very unpopular in the Black community, but I agree with you because you are correct and it is the moral thing to do. You are right in what you say and do. Keep up the good works and always do the right thing, even if you have to do it alone.

    • MzNicolle Serenity

      He is not liked because he calls it how he sees it, straight with no chaser included. Similiar, to Malcolm X some people dont like the truth and its a shame.

  38. Pimp!!!

    • Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation’s behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

  39. Dr Boyce = Scumbagg = You are not relevant = We don't you focus on how are black men are killing each other = not taking care of their chilldren = abusing drugs and alchohol = not wanting to work = not wanting to educate themselves = If you focused on thoses issues I would have some respect for you = Black people voted overwhelmingly for our President = Maybe it's you that's drinking the "carnival barker" kool aid = troll!

    • Kevin Tart Bond–

      You clearly haven't read Dr. Boyce Watkins' essays and articles long enough to even know what you're talking about so pls. STFU. He and others have a right to express their opinions. You and other idiots believing folks donot have the right to say what they believe and think about B. Obama are just that. Idiots.

  40. Let's see, Obama boldly makes the statement "I am NOT the President of Black America, while at the exact same time boldly declaring his undying support and committment to Hispanics, especially those illegal, Lily Ledbetter (equal pay), Sarah Fluke (called slut by Limbaugh), Gays, Native Americans, Israel, he put a 1st Hispanic Woman and another White Woman on our Supreme Court while overlooking the many qualified Black Women, and kept totally silent on the Troy Davis Execution while evidence existed proving his innocence, took him weeks to made a statement that Trayon looked like him but kept silent on and continues to be silent on the racist act that caused this child and other innocent Blacks murders in our country.

    Using the Kool-Aid drinking mentality we are suppose to be satisfied with trickle down catch a crumb benefits that comes from ALL these Others issues who Obama have supported immediately and lovingly while we watch on the side- lines like neglected plantation kids being told to help ourselves, stop expecting something for nothing, and that they (Whites) won't let him do for Black America, or that we should wait for his 2nd term while ALL OTHERS have received his committment and support his 1st term. It ain't Kool-Aid lame ones excusing Obama's disrespectful and racist behavior towards Black Amer is drinking, it's CRACK they're smoking!

    • Tell'em LaDonna TELL'EM. Put the Kool-Aid and rose colored glasses down, please people. See the reality of what's happening, and stop rationalizing away the situation. Well said, LaDonna.

    • MzNicolle Serenity

      good points, donna. Love my prez but he does need to make our issues a top concern. Thanks for the eye-opener.

  41. Dr Watkins I have read your piece. I am n ot aware of anyone who has ever denied that there was a Black agenda or a gay agenda or a Latino agenda or feminist agenda. And as a matter of simple verifiable fact you are simply wrong when you imply the President has not addressed ALL these issues you mention as constituting the Black agenda.Your analysis is deficient on both style and substance. The President has not solved all the problems but he has addressed all of them in some way or other. The pimp and ho and cool aid imagery are getting really old.

    • What was the point of this piece, Obed? I agree with each of the points listed. Is the President ignoring these issues?

    • Watkins says the Prez is ignoring these isssues. I say Watkins is wrong.

    • Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

      TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
      The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

      FROM: Black Americans
      America Nationwide

      SUBJ: Black American Unemployment & Youth Violence

      Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

      There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

      President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

      The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

      President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation's behalf.

      Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Black America

      m

  42. Dr Watkins you should really mature your discourse beyond the pimp and ho imagery. The poverty of your limited imagery may be an indication of the shallowness of your analysis here. I won't know until I find time later to read your entire piece.

  43. The pimp’s biggest fear is that the woman wakes up one day and says, “Why am I working for all the money and you’re keeping it?”.

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