Dr. Boyce: If Black Voters Don’t Show Up on Election Day, The Democrats Can Only Blame Themselves

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

As the 2012 presidential election approaches, I’m honestly a little concerned about those who guilt trip you into voting for parties that don’t care much about you by telling you how hard our ancestors fought for you to be able to vote. The same Democratic Party that didn’t have a thing to say to us for four years about mass incarceration, urban violence, or black unemployment is suddenly showing up at every black church in America pretending to be our allies.  They remind you of how Dr. King and others marched to help you get the right to vote, how the Republicans are seeking to take your rights away, and that they are with you in the fight to ensure that you can show up to the polling station and keep their party in power.

But, on the flip of that conversation, Democratic Party ears are completely deaf when black people tell them what they need them to do for our community.  It reminds me of a bad marriage, where the husband says, “A good wife is loyal to her husband,” right as he slams her face into the stove and demands that she bake him more cookies.  This is a complete disgrace, and  I am befuddled by the ease with which Democratic leaders are quick to pull dead black leaders from the grave to make you feel that by expressing legitimate discontent for the failed two-party political process, you are somehow dishonoring their legacy.

Yes, our ancestors fought diligently for our rights, but their fight is consistently misinterpreted by those who seek to manipulate you into a one-sided political transaction.

Our ancestors fought for us to have the RIGHT to vote, not the OBLIGATION.  Being FORCED to vote for parties that don’t respect you can be nearly as oppressive as not being allowed to vote at all. It’s like fighting for the right to eat in a restaurant where they only give you two disgusting meals to choose from.  By serving you one unhealthy meal after another and then forcing you to pay for it, the restaurant owners are clearing saying, “We really don’t want you here and we dare you to go cook your own food.” 

I would never be one to tell anyone to stay home from the polls, but for those who complain about voters who aren’t inspired enough to take a day off work to put the Democrats back in power, they need to ask themselves, “Why in the h**l didn’t our party do enough to make these people want to come out and support us?  Why didn’t we listen when they told us about black babies being killed in the street?  Why are we entirely responsive when whites complain about 7% unemployment, but unresponsive when black people complain about 14.3% unemployment?  Why have we sat silently during the holocaust of mass incarceration that has destroyed millions of black families across America?”

To whom much is given, much is required. To ask for something while giving nothing yourself is nothing short of a pathetic, manipulative, welfare mentality.   Only a deceptive liar would show up to the home of a relative they have forsaken and ask that person for an expensive loan.  That is what the Democratic Party has done, and that is simply unforgivable.

Here’s a note to the Democrats:  Stop trying to guilt trip black people to the polls and instead show them that you are worthy of their time.  Stop backing African Americans into a corner by making them believe that if they don’t show up and pull the lever for your party, they are going to be put back into chains.  Stop stealing our vote by telling us how bad the other party is and instead earn our votes by proving that your own party is worthy of our time.  We are not your slaves, and we don’t owe you our vote.  All we owe ourselves is the freedom to make our own decisions, and THAT is what our ancestors fought to give us.

We know for a fact that the Republicans would have a difficult time giving us something worse than 14.3% black unemployment, and at least if a Republican were in office, we’d have the nerve to speak up about the disparity.   To expect African Americans to believe that voting for anyone is going to improve their condition is to only remind us that we need the Democrats to protect us in the way that a mother protects her handicapped child.  We are not handicapped, and we don’t need you to save us.  We only need you to start doing your job.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. He is also the creator of the Building Outstanding Men and Boys Family Empowerment Series. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


77 Responses to Dr. Boyce: If Black Voters Don’t Show Up on Election Day, The Democrats Can Only Blame Themselves

  1. Hey Boyce, your title should have read! Dr. Boyce: If Black Voters Don’t Show Up on Election Day, The Democrats Can Only Blame Themselves, Boyce Watkins, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.

    Black people should never forget what these self appointed-so called black leaders tried to do to the first black president of the US by BOYCOTTING everything they try to do that requires financial support from the black community.

    Two days before the election and Boyce is still trying to suppress the black vote along with the racist Republican Party..SMH

    Get over it Boyce, it was your decision to take on Bill OReily for his comments about lynching Michele Obama. You are being petty like Tavis and West by holding a grudge against President Obama for not publicly speaking out for you when OReily put pressure on the President of Syracuse U to fire you which lead to you being denied tenure as a professor.

    You’re now acting like a spoil little brat..grow up Boyce and move on to another school. SMH

    • Jesse Jackson said from the podium of his “operation push” headquarters that blacks should,

      ‘VOTE 2 AND 3 TIMES”

      How sick and dishonest, and he claims he is a reverend.

      • Jesse Hijackson — a “reverend” who never pastored a church; a “reverend” who fathered a child with a woman not his wife (adultery) and then took funds from his not-for-profit organization to pay her to be quiet; a “reverend” who leads protests against major corporations, and then suddenly stops the protest, not when the corporation ends its discriminatory practices, but when the corporation makes a nice donation to the not-for-profit that he controls

  2. Thanks Dr. Boyce you are seeing with your eyes open as to the trickery of the Democratic party, played out on the black community.

    • I’m sure Rush, Palin, Hannity and all the other racist white folks see the trickery you mentioned in Romney.

      The difference, unlike Boyce and your kind, Rush and his kind understand this election is too important and now is not the time to divide/confuse the white community by attacking Romney in public.

      Surely they hate Romney as much as they did when they were attacking him in the primaries. But you havn’t heard any of them say one thing negative about Romney after winning the nomination in public to confuse white folks into not voting.

      Wake up fool, there is a reason why Palin, Rush, Hannity etc. never attack Romney in public like the idiots..Boyce, West and Tavis.

      What is the reason, unlike these money pimps, Rush and his cronies don’t suffer from post traumatic slave syndrome. They understand win first, then attack Romney after the election. SMH

    • Racist caucasians have created a stock pile of dangerous weapons with the intent of killing you know who! The only response from AA’s to this serious threat is to continue buying more gold teeth, tattoos, hair extensions, alcohol, tobacco products, crack and other BS. Caucasians created a fake god- a white man to whom black ppl pray to each day and night. The book associated with this fake god- the Bible instructs black ppl to “Love thy enemy” and “Slaves obey your Masters”. Black people, your enemy is planning to wage an all-out war against you and your response is to- Love and Pray for them. Black ppl, please realize you must overcome your fear of cacasians which is responsible for your paralysis to this eminent violence. The time has come for black ppl to stop being slave minded drones to this wicked nation and fake religion.

      • So I suppose then it is OK for black folk to vote Democrat, since the democrats literally booed God at their convention this year. In doing so, they have rejected the “white man’s God” and that is reason enough to vote for Obama again. You will find comfort in the fact that Marx, Lenin, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and the 9-11 hijackers also rejected the “white man’s God.” I suppose you (and your fellow democrats) are in good company.

        • All that c**p about “socialims, Marx, Mao, etc.”– is nothing but propaganda and lies from rightwing nuts who can hardly explain what it means. And for the REPUBLICANS… like Ryan to keep falsely claiming that Pres. Obama “threatens Christian values” — consider their candidate ROMNEY…a Mormon.

          HERE IS VIDEO that explains how the Mormon teach about “Black People”…(cursed)…and other stuff…like the Native American Indians are really the “Jews.” This helps explain why and how ROMNEY’S mind is warped and he has no sense of the TRUTH or FACTS. I had heard that the Mormons have some weird beliefs…but this is really FAR OUT STUFF !!…and there is more….


          BEFORE SOMEONE POSTS IT…yes, he can believe in whatever religion he wants. But the question is…. how much of a THEOCRACY is Romney trying to build????

  3. The Democrat party always say what the black community owe them ; but never say what they owe the black community for their blind allegence.

    • No need to bother — blind allegiance means you can give what limited gifts you have to other groups who have better eyesight; as the blind people will keep on following, no matter what.

      Blind allegiance is a two-edged suicidal sword: The party you blindly follow (the dems) has no reason to throw a bone in your direction, and the party you will never follow no matter what they try (the Repubs) has no reason to throw you a bone either.

      It is time that black people open their eyes, put on their glasses, and let it be known that their vote goes to the man who delivers the goods, not simply the one with the big “D” after his name. Moreover, it is time to make it known that if the man you voted for last time failed to deliver, that black people are more than willing to vote his challenger (or at least withhold your vote) in the next election. Until that happens, the black community will get nothing from anyone.

  4. If Black folks don’t come out to vote for Pres. Obama…and that nutcase Romney gets in the White House…we will all be sorry. Regardless of what some folks think that Obama did or did not do for Black folks…we know he tried to do a lot in the face of that crazy GOP machine that blocked almost everything. Just look at how awful that bunch of rightwing nuts treated their own GOV. CHRISTIE in the face of a monster storm and disaster. Romney did not even want to fund FEMA. And that is not the half of what Romney/Ryan will do to wreck some more lives if they get in…. SO…BETTER GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA…and then we can complain to him when he is in the White House. At least we know that Pres. Obama will listen and try to respond to our problems.

    • Are you really that stupid? The “crazy GOP machine” didn’t have enough votes to stop anything that Obama wanted to do for his first two years in office. Obama spent all his efforts on “stimulus” that benefitted mostly rich white democrat buddies and Obamacare that will just be one more burden on employers and increae the cost insurance for people (like me) who have to buy their own policy. (My premium went up from $186 a month last year to $244 a month this year, and it is supposed to go up another $45 next year; thanks a lot Barack.)

      Start thinking with your own brain, instead of letting the democrat party tell you lies about how it is all the Republican’s fault. Of course Obama blames the Republicans for all his failures. That’s what politicians do for a living — they take credit for things they succeed at, and blame the other party for everything that goes wrong. Take the time to look at the fact: Obamacare actually did pass without one single Republican vote; so there is your proof that anything Obama TRULY wanted to do, he could have gotten it done and the Republicans could have done nothing to stop it — they wanted to stop Obamacare, but were powerless to do anything about it.

      • A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE. Or…where you sleeping thru the past 4 years???? Pres. Obama has done a lot to get us out of that deep dark hole that BUSH, CHENEY and that bunch of greedy Republicans left for us. The Economy crashed in 2007…not under Obama. Bush got us into 2 wars that were not paid for…and he also lost millions of jobs before Pres. Obama ever got in office.
        QUIT PRETENDING YOU DON’T RECALL ALL OF THAT MESS…under the Republicans from 2000 to 2008.

        Start thinking period. Obviously, you are a parrot for the rightwingers…and thus, debating with an unarmed person would be cruel…so I will not pursue this nonsensical, fact-less “FOX NEWS TALKING POINTS”…. communication with you.

  5. Dr. BOYCE OR WHAT EVER U CALL UR SELF THAT IS UR BUSINESS. i have lost respect for u because the way u have been against Obama has made me to think u are a real fool.if u can’t surpport Obama as a black brother then u are a devil in the mist of the living.there has never been a day u don’t criticise Obama.have u not heard the way the white recists hate Obama with passion because he is black?so what is the heck are u trying to discourage black voters from voting Obama?if u think to be the POTUS of US is chocolate u just try to become a senator first before u will know the stress Obama is going through.every day u talk of black unemployment ,violence and all sort of crimes committed by blacks u now attribute it to Obama.if african americans are in this situation today they put themselves there not Obama.so please stop this demonic message u are sending outside against Obama.

    • Boyce is holding a grudge against President Obama for his failure in not getting tenure as a professor at Syracuse University. Boyce attacked Bill OReily about the lynching comments he made about Michele Obama. OReily came after Boyce by putting pressure on the President at Syracuse U to fire Boyce. Boyce is upset that President Obama, then senator at the time didn’t speak up for him publicly, especially since Boyce was defending his wife, Michele Obama. When the dust settled, Boyce was denied tenure at Syracuse U and many feel the denial was due to his controversial statements at Bill OReily. Boyce is still holding a grudge..now you know.

  6. If Afrian-Americans do not show up at the polls it is THEIR fault and not the fault of the Democratic party. We have to take responsibility for ourselves. No party is perfect, so you work with what if before you until YOU can make it better.

    1. OBAMA SONG…Turn your speakers up


    Take Us Forward (OBAMA 2012)
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  7. Gerian you are a racist against Blacks. Are you really Black?

  8. Although Obama has been incredibly inspirational and an excellent role-model, I agree with this article. Obama has stepped up for the Latinos (Immigration) and homosexuals, but hasn’t done anything for African-Americans. It’s not about handouts, but doing your job and, basically, being fair. Especially since over 90% of African-Americans voted for Obama….and I don’t understand the logic behind waiting for a second term to help, when a second term is not guaranteed.

  9. Now everyone can see this sellout tea bagger republican stooge, for what he really is. This dirty, scum bag, wants to suppress the black vote, and throw the election to Mitt Romney. Boyce, is the scum of the earth, and after President Obama, is re-elected, I’ll be laughing in this b*****d’s face. I will also be writing to Syracuse university, asking for his dismissal.

    • Don’t waste your time writing to Syracuse U. They denied him tenure and now his days as a college professor at SU are numbered. If not mistaken, he isn’t teaching any courses at SU, so I assume the termination of employment already started or happened. Therefore, his sites are his main income to make a living.

  10. After reading some of the comments on this page, it’s easy to see that most of us black people are still drinking the Obama-Aid. Research his policies and stop listening to talking heads tell you how grand he is and how the republicans are keeping him from doing this or that. He continues to kill innocent people with his drone wars multiple countries, lets the federal reserve give trillions to banks and corporations, golfs with his banking buddy from UBS, passed the NDAA law in which he demanded that it include the power to detain American citizens without trial or charge, signed a free trade deal that ships even more jobs over seas, continued the Bush tax cuts, promises to do a “Grand Bargain” on cuts to Soc. Sec., Medicaid/Medicare and the social safety nets after he is re-elected, and much much more. Look at and research his cabinet appoinments and people on his special commisions and you will see who he is for. He is the most corporate, big bank loving president in history. The only thing he know’s about being black in America is what he has read. All you do is listen to Tom Joyner, Michael “all I do is bash women” Baisden, Al “thanks for the talk show” Sharpton, and the other black corporate cronies in black media get you riled up from the racist comments being said about our precious president. Obama is no different from Romney. They both serve their corporate masters. The only difference is that Obama is black and he gets a free pass from the majority of us. Wake the f**k up!!!!!

  11. Much to do about typical black folks’ bickering….

  12. And by the way, all of the people saying “He’s the preident of all Americans”. It sure as h**l doesn’t seem like he is because all I see him doing is kissing a*s in Ohio, Iowa, Florida, and where ever else the good white folks matter, those that seem to decide elections. Has he been kissing any black babies and kissing any black folks a***s? h**l no! He’s eating cheese in Wisconsin and corn in Iowa. He aint eating any barbeque. And how dare you say “He can’t show us any love because it would seem like he is showing favor”. I didn’t see the all white presidents before him have that problem at all. Wake the f**k up!!!!!

  13. Once again Boyce is the epitome of disgust and decension. Please, if Blacks don’t vote – it is not the Democratic Party, it’s because those who don’t just don’t want to participate and probably never will. Boyce you act like Whites don’t vote-please! You are the one who uses Black guilt to supress your own people. What, were you hurt by someone in the dem party? While you made a point the rest is pure stupidity!You seem to imply that people don’t have a brain of their own, why because we don’t have a PhD? You are sad.

    • The Klan still supports Obama and approve of him doing their job, to get rid of negores through abortion, false imprisonment, murder, gang violence, hiv, homosexuality and poverty. The Klan said in 2008…

      ..KENTUCKY – USA – Imperial Wizard, Ronald Edwards has stated that, “anything is better than Hillary Clinton.”

      White Christian Supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States of America.

      Speaking from his Kentucky office in Dawson Springs, the Imperial Wizard exclaimed that anything or anyone is better than having that “crazy a*s b***h” as President.

      This is the first time in Klan history that any member of the KKK has ever publicly supported an African American candidate for the presidency.

      KKK lodges all over America have been gathering and holding rallies supporting the black presidential candidate.
      Grand Turk Cletus Monroe has also been very vocal about the election and has donated thousands of dollars to Obama’s election fund.

      “The boy’s gonna do it. My Klan group has donated up to $250,000 to the Obama fund. Anything is better than Hillary Clinton. h**l I’ll even adopt a black kid from Africa before I vote for Hillary.”

      “A few years back we were lynching negroes. Now we’re gonna vote for one to be president of the US of motherfu**ing A, d**n it! Anyone or anything is better than Hillary Clinton – anything!!”

      Placards for Barack Obama have been put up around the Klan’s Headquarters and the KKK have announced a television ad campaign to support the African American candidate.

  14. Dr. Boyce, your contempt for our President, and your anger over your situation has, again, raised it’s ugly head.

    • When obama is re-elected and your grandbaby dies in your arms from a stray bullet or as an initiation into a gang, you will know that dr. boyce is a hero

  15. Dr Boyce, Travis, Cornel etc., you are the ones who may cause some Black people not to vote for the current President of the United States. This President will go down in history as being one of the great Presidents of all-time.

    Although you Dr Boyce, Travis Cornel plus the Tea Party and all the racist is America might stop him for his second term, you will rue the day.

    Former President Clinton has said for all the world to hear that NO President would have been able to save America from the fiscal disaster we faced and turn the economy around in 4 years.

    Please America don’t listen to the folks that are trying to suppress the African American vote on behalf of the Dr. Boyce, Travis, Cornel, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin’s of this world.

    Get out and vote for Barak Obama.

    Dr.Boyce I know that you, Travis and Cornel are not part of the population that your man Romney was talking about when he told his friends that he will never represent the 47% of American who depend on Government…RIGHT!

    We will be going back to the Jim Crow days if Romney is elected. And if you think the Supreme Court is bad wait for Romney’s appointments.

    • As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

      As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

      As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

    • As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

      As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

      As much as I respect President Clinton, it is easy to see that Clinton wants Obama in, so that hillary can keep her job, way way across the ocean LOL LOL

      • @James. Bill Clinton is a scoundrel, but he is not the only one we have been ‘fooled’ into thinking our friend! Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas and not only knew about it, but helped the CIA and other government officials dump crack cocain into black neighborhoods! That’s not all he’s done wrong! What we don’t know will surely hurt us but what we refuse to learn will hurt us in ways we will never see nor understand!

        One of the problems we continue to face as a “community” (in this very racist nation we actually believe let us have a “black president” for our own benefit) is that most of us are totally unaware of what we are up against despite all of the history, and the present situations and conditions, and dispite what we can see! Nothing here is as it seems or should be, but we keep believing, acting, praying, and pretending, like the assimilated fools we are!

  16. After all we’ve learned about this “our” country, all we have found out and all that has been kept secret! After realizing that we, as “blacks”, or African Americans, are in far worse shape than most could imagine, and the reasons are as typical and common as slavery, racism, and discrimination! After knowing for the most part that we are not treated fairly (as a community) by these people who stole this country, inslaved our ancestors, and continue to enslave us in various ways. After all this, many of us still believe in this system as a fair and just intity, and that the democratic and ‘that other party’, are worth even trying to vote for!

    This is why I consider everyone insane on varying levels, because after all of this, everyone still thinks the same things they should have learned not to think, and everyone is still doing the same things they shouldn’t be doing! This is the understood discription of insanity and we are all living in total denial!

    • We will see real soon how well our president loves fighting for “THE PEOPLE” when he is crowned king of the world again. He was chosen to effectively do something that his corporate masters knew that only he could do. Fool the people into believing in someone that can cut the social safety net and empower the wealthy at the same time, without any obstruction from the people who have had to fight for everything they have. Thats right , black and poor people. It’s the biggest scam in history. A symbolic victory to us has blinded us from realizing that this system is rigged. Look up Obama’s off the record remarks about the “Grand Bargain” he plans on doing upon his re-election. He he wanted the statements to be off the record but the weren’t. It was an interview with a Wisconsin newspaper. The Times-Picayune I think. They put a black face on the system, and he is an eloquent speaker who can fool the masses with his crafty speeches.

  17. Dr. Watkins, thank you for presenting another excellent article. I made my vote count by voting third party for president. I did not vote to reelect this president based on every point in your article. I also made sure that I’ll vote in local elections for my best interest and that of my community. Reading some of the reactions to your article,a great many blacks still have this cult like fascination with this president and the Democratic party, while receiving very little assistance for the black community concerns. Keep up the great work good doctor. The truth is a hard pill to swallow for some.

    • you say the truth is a hard pill to swallow…maybe so, but picking cotton is hard a job on the back! maybe romney will allow your black a*s to work as a house negro instead of a field negro.

  18. And I forgot…… All he needs to do is sing a few bars of Al Green and we just melt in his loving arms while the predator drones keep killing innocent men, women, and children in foreign countries occupied with black and brown people. All for corporate interest. Democracy and freedom is a lie. But you wont hear that from the “State” run U.S. Media. Fascism 101.

  19. I’m 100% wiht you Dr Watkins !

  20. Forgive my misspelling . I was a little distracted. However ; I’m still 100 % with you Dr. Watkins. Thank you

  21. If the D party expect our vote than we as a Black community should expect support to what is needed for our sector. But instead we are ignored until the 12th hour. What is needed for us is never mentioned, just their demands are expressed in a I’m down with you. If the Gay and Latino communities issues can be met well damit why can’t ours for our vote from both parties.

    • Taunya, you beat me to it. I’ve been debating that same topic with friends about the prez supporting the Latinos & gay communities, while putting the black community issues on the back burner. I feel what Dr. Boyce is saying, and I feel he was just making a point about the prez speaking on a national circuit for gays & Latinos but not saying much to the plights of AA.

  22. Taunya, you beat me to it. I’ve been debating that same topic with friends about the prez supporting the Latinos & gay communities, while putting the black community issues on the back burner. I feel what Dr. Boyce is saying, and I feel he was just making a point, i feel that the prez (after finding out that the hispanic population is rapidly multilpying )speaking on a national circuit for gays & Latinos but not saying much to the plights of AA.

  23. Dr. Watkins:

    While I agree with what you are saying but NOW IS NOT THE TIME. We have to choose between two evils Obama or Romney….and my VOTE is definitely for President Obama. I do not vote for a party I vote for the individual and between the two I feel that Obama is the better choice in this election. I understand that the President has not addressed the issues of Black America but I know for sure that some Cold-hearted, Billionaire, Business White man is not going to either even more so than President Obama. As a people we need to STOP voting for a party and look at the individual because neither party gives a rat’s behind about our community. Let’s just hope and pray that President Obama give ear to the black community if re-elected and try to make a conscious effort in addressing and resolving some of the issues and concerns of the black community.

  24. I agree with what he said 100%

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