Dr. Boyce: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Black Agenda – It’s Time for a Unified Front

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Rev. Jesse Jackson pulled off something that the US State Department could not.  The pastor and activist went across the world to Gambia and saved 38 lives in one meeting.   Jackson met with Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, and was able to leave the country with Amadou Janneh and Tamsir Jasseh, two men who’d been incarcerated for treason after protesting against the government.   The rest of the prisoners were also set to be executed, and Rev. Jackson got the president to reconsider his decision to move forward with the executions.  His achievement was nothing short of phenomenal.

I spoke with Rev. Jackson this week while appearing on his radio show.  We were all a bit surprised to see that none of the big three media outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS) covered his trip to Gambia.  Surprisingly, only Fox News sent a correspondent to cover the negotiations.  This surprised me, since Fox was the network that seemed determined to destroy Rev. Jackson back in 2008, when he was caught making problematic remarks about Barack Obama off the air.  Maybe Rev. Jackson has forgiven Fox News for what they did, but I have not.  At the same time, Rev. Jackson also takes responsibility for his mistake and has apologized multiple times.

I asked Rev. Jackson how he was able to go to Gambia and do something that the state department had been unable to do.  Rev. Jackson mentioned that the civil rights movement had achieved a type of moral authority around the world that the US government does not possess.  The model that African Americans used to obtain our rights within the United States has inspired the world, earning respect from leaders who appreciate what we’ve accomplished.

“I can have meetings with people who won’t talk to anybody else,” he said. “Our opinion matters in the world in a way that the government’s opinion does not.”

With regard to Rev. Jackson’s achievement in Gambia, it is important that we support all black public figures who are seeking to make progress for people of color, even if they are not being invited to the White House.  Part of the reason that such little progress has been made in the black community since the advent of the Obama presidency is that the powers that be have made people choose between those who are passively loyal to Obama and those who are loyal to black American issues.  This should not be a decision that we are forced to make, for we are not betraying Barack Obama by asking him to address African American issues.

I’ve spent a great deal of time around both Rev. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton over the last four years, and both of them have been strong supporters and defenders of the president.  The primary difference between the two is that Rev. Sharpton is taking Obama’s agenda to black people and Rev. Jackson is taking the agenda of black people to the president.   While some say that the black community has not been clear on what it would like President Obama to do, selective listening often leads to a set of conclusions that are patently false.

Rev. Jackson has been very consistent in asking the Obama Administration to address poverty, inequality and violence as part of the Democratic Party platform.  Poverty is as bad as its been since Dr. King was alive, economic and educational inequality still limit opportunities for our children and violence is killing our kids every day.  I would personally add the mass incarceration epidemic to the mix, to argue that the black agenda has been presented loud and clear.

Given that a black agenda has been long presented to the White House, the primary question is “Which leadership is the Obama Administration listening to?”

Are they listening to black leaders who come to White House functions and fight for gay marriage, the Dream Act and other matters that have been handed down by the Obama Administration?  Or are they listening to the leaders who have been consistently beating the drum on poverty, inequality, violence and mass incarceration?  I argue that while the Obama Administration certainly has the right to have ideas of its own, we can no longer have black people wasting their votes by supporting an administration that uses this political capital to go fight for someone else.  It is important to make it abundantly clear that there IS INDEED a black agenda, and that this agenda is just as important as anyone else’s.

As we move forward to a second term for President Barack Obama, I remain hopeful that the president will understand the importance of sitting down with a multitude of African American leaders, and not just the ones with whom he feels most comfortable.   Rev. Al Sharpton has been a great support mechanism for the administration, but meetings with Obama must also include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Wilmer Leon, Dr. Ron Daniels, Michelle Alexander, and perhaps even his old pastor, Jeremiah Wright.  Meetings should include others who are in a position to intelligently discuss poverty, inequality, violence and mass incarceration in ways that are both understanding of presidential limitations, but substantive enough to encourage the White House to make these matters a priority.

We can’t continue to allow ourselves to be bamboozled.

Dr Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of YourBlackWorld.net. He also stars in the Janks Morton film, “Hoodwinked,” with Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill and Jawanza Kunjufu. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

106 Responses to Dr. Boyce: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Black Agenda – It’s Time for a Unified Front

  1. That is the problem. The President is not interested in sitting down with leaders; black or white. He is h**l bent on doing it his way without the input of those with experience and knowledge.

    Don’t hold your breath for this type of meeting.

    God bless anyone who is trying to make this country a better place in which to live.

    I am just angry that this country is still sooo separated by color. It is sickening to me as a white person whose friends are as diverse as this country.

    When are we going to become color blind and treat everyone the same with regards to fairness, equality, and respect. My mother and father never behaved like people do today. I guess that is why I just do not understand those who hate. Thank you mom and dad for teaching me that we are all God’s children.

    • A great reply. America still has a long way to go in terms of breaking the colour barrier.

      • Yes, we do have a long way to go, and as long as old negroes run over to black africa when americans of any color, should be their only and first priority, we’ll never get past rascism.

        Perpetuating rascism in america is how jackson and sharpton eat. They never want it to end.

        • Analysis of the federal budget from a little more than a decade ago reveals that the Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 are the reason for the deficit we are dealing with today. The decline in government revenues was felt to be sustainable with economists predicting sunny economic skies over the next 10 years. What they didn’t expect was the republican party would create a severe financial crisis and two expensive wars. That has made all the difference in the world for president Obama and this generation.

          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 buying more gold teeth, tattoos, hair extensions, expensive tennis shoes and handbags, alcohol, tobacco products, crack, popping bottles-making it rain and other insignificant BS. Caucasians created a fake god- a white man with long hair 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 only response is to- Love and Pray for Them. Black ppl, please realize you must overcome your fear of caucasians 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 it’s fake religion.

  2. Boyce, how can anyone take you serious about a unified front when you have been the biggest divider/hater within the black community?

    In your greed to stir up mess to generate traffic on your sites, you will change your opinion at the drop of a hat to get paid. I guess one would call this PAID BIPOLAR DISORDER!

    • I agree 1000%

      • Boyce, I have just inlightend after reading a reader,s comments about you and your weiws on this unified front, I have been reding your your articles for years now and it just hit, You have been hard on some our leaders, Oh your hard on white leader,s too. But don,t ever recall you ever being pro active for any real black issue or cause, You just sit back and nit pick.

        • I have to agree with you here. You have not mentioned what Obama has done for the black community- which is considerable. I am sure that you speak for us as well, but please acknowledge some of the good things that Obama and any other candidate has done for AA’s, too.

          • Call me ignorant.(lacking knowledge) What has Obama done for the black community. Don’t get me wrong, I’m for Obama. The other choice would be much, much worse I’m afraid.

          • I agree. Please list the many things that Obama has done for the African American community, because despite my on-going tracking of policies which come out of the Obama administration, I find it hard to locate these things. Obama keeps stating that his overall policies should suffice, as all Americans benefit from them. This trickle-down philosophy did not work under Reagan and they have not worked under the current administration. The African American community has the highest level of unemployment, lowest levels of educational attainment, ect, and very few of Obama’s policies have sufficiently addressed this, and where there has been some impact it has not been significant or meaningful. In some areas, i.e. home ownership, advancement of Black professionals, small business ownership, and educational attainment, to name a few, we have actually lost ground and are moving backwards under this administration’s watch. I voted against Romney for obvious reasons, but to be truthful, my vote was not in support of Obama. It was for the lessor of two lacking candidates. If there was another candidate who could offer something much better, I would have voted for him or her. I worked hard for Obama during the first election, soliciting votes and raising money, and I continue to do similar work on the local and state levels today, so don’t tell me about getting up, putting on my bedroom slippers and getting to work. People keep saying that Obama is not the Black president, as if those who are critical of his lack of policy and leadership regarding matters in our community are so ignorant that they don’t know this and have some crazy expectation that he would only work for Blacks. (I find this quick go-to response to be downright insulting, but I digress). The statement about Obama not being Black’s president solely is not a cogent response to legitimate criticism and concerns raised, but is more about silencing other’s voices. Yet, other communities, i.e. gays and Latinos have been quite vocal about their needs and no one tells them that Obama is not the gay or Latino president. What if Romney had won, we would have been in a really bad place, because how could we hold him accountable, when we said nothing while the previous president ignored our needs and concerns? It leaves our community without a cogent agenda for Uplift, which I agree should include folks getting engaged in the political process and stepping up their own game in various facets of their lives. In the end, if having a Black president means that we can not hold him accountable, or that we can accept mediocrity in terms of addressing our concerns, then what have we really achieved? I wonder.

    • Agree!

    • You’re a d**n fool. Expressing different views should always be WELCOMED, not stifled. Anyone who has ever been in the scientific community knows that intelligent people are taught to ‘THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX”. iT IS THE ONLY WAY PROGRESS IS ACHIEVED.

      You’re probably the kind of dummy that would have laughed Bill Gates out of creating Microsoft.

      So many weak minded negroes is why our race is not better off.

  3. I agree with some of Dr. B’s assertions, but if so called black leaders have a clear agenda they want addressed, why not start a petition online and get thousands of our signatures and then as soon as the election is over, go enmasse and request a meeting with the president. If he refuses or hems and haws then demand a meeting oir go public and put his feet to the fire. Personally I think we as a people need to pressure those people of color who we vote into office to represent us, to stand up and be counted. Let them know we are watching, paying attention, and regardless of party affiliation, their response will determine where our votes go in the next election.As for so called “black leaders” I detest the term because as an intelligent black man I don’t need anyone to “lead” me. They can represent me or speak on my behalf but they are not leading me anywhere. We never hear about white “leaders” so why is it we need black leaders?

    • Is it not obvious why we need black leaders?? Some forms of intelligence are shown by just the slightest bit of common sense.

      • A politician, community organizer or Civil rights leader for example, in any community or of any race, does not have to lead people personally to demonstrate leadership in their position or role. It could mean leading in terms of working to develop meaningful policies and practices, or in terms of ensuring that important/key matters are addressed in the political, social or business realm. Someone has to pay attention to these matters and take on the job of getting these concerns addressed. In this respect, they are leaders, who also by the way may have the responsibility of of heading a team or being accountable to a constituent group. It is in this spirit that many people talk about leaders on this and other such blogs.

    • @Willie C.: “As for so called “black leaders” I detest the term because as an intelligent black man I don’t need anyone to “lead” me.”
      —————————————————-

      No further comment is necessary!

    • To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

      To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

      To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines, and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

    • To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

      To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

      To fight race baiting we need Rush limbaugh off the air, jackson/sharpton and all entertainers who race bait. And we need obama to institute stiff penalties for instituional rascism in housing, jobs, education, and the legal community. We need easier prosecution for these offenses. Whites will stop only when stiff penalties are put in place like huge fines, and jail time. Let’s see if Obama earned his second chance, which so far he has not deserved.

      • There is no need to have race on job, bank, and other applications. It is there only to make discrimination easier. The president can order it removed.

  4. if they can talk simple…..and change the black people mines them may-be….but they got to create jobs….real jobs that products….if the black don’t produces of products they can for get it…..making things get help from the black schools….turning trash in to products…..they call it recycling…..the white people are making product from the trash….and when blacks start to do it…..white men law will come in to play…..this is how bad they want to keep black under them…..build black farming systems…and packaging system from the trash…refrigeration from trash…

    • The last plan that came from a Black person’s mouth was the Domestic Marshall Plan from the late Whitney M. Young, Jr., in 1961. What you hear from Black folks is a response to the plans of the White power structure. The National Urban League issues “The State of Black America” annually. This is a digest of data collected. It is not a plan. It could be the basis for a plan. Our first mission is to agree who is in the group. That is not an easy question to answer.

  5. I can not for the life of me understand why you are trying to keep Black folks from voting for President Obama.

    I would think that you have a small amount of common sense and know that Romney will never meet with the folks you mention in your asinine article

    Also that Romney and Ryan don’t give a d**n about Black folks so what do you hope to get out of your many attack on the president ?

    Do you hope to get a seat in Romney’s cabinet the man is a Mormon, surly
    you know what mormons think of Black folks.

    Does thirty pieces of silver mean that much to you

    • I agree with you 1005. Ever since President Obama has been in office, Boyce has done nothing but tear him down. Romney/Ryan don’t give a rat’s behind about people of color or the Hispanics or Latinos. Boyce should make a concentrated effort in encouraging those folks to get out the vote. Guess he forgot the Reaganomic era and the Bush years.

    • Again, you are right. I too have been curious and considerably annoyed with Watkin’s attacks on Obama.

    • Any time a community is not provided basic police protection, our babies are shot in our arms, and all of our communities are under the siege of a drug lord, YOU HAVE TO ASK BOYCE WHY HE DIDNT ADVISE YOU TO VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT WHO ALLOWS THE VIOLENCE TO CONTINUE AND FLUORISH????

      YOU’RE THE KIND OF N8GGAH WHO WONT BELIEVE SH8T STINKS UNTIL YOU SMELL IT PERSONALLY, AND QUITE FRANKLY THE NEXT 4 YEARS JUST MIGHT GET YOU THE BULLET INTENDED FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

      ROMNEY WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE VIOLENCE. HE WOULD BE THE PRESIDENT OF 100% OF THE PEOPLE.

      ROMNEY WOULD HAVE CREATED JOBS, INSTEAD OF A WELFARE STATE THAT WILL TEACH OUR YOUNGSTERS A WELFARE CHECK IS PREFERRED OVER WORKING AND EDUCATION. THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE VIOLENCE AND WELFARE STATE WILL TAKE BLACK AMERICA BACK 50 YEARS.

  6. David (The Wish he was a Senator)

    Why are there No Black U.S. Senators? The hispanics have 4 U.S.Senators.

  7. Dr. Ron Walters has made his transition, last year.

  8. I am not understanding why Jesse jackson and Al Sharpton are always at the front of the plite of Black America and nothing ever gets done. We need proactive blood . Those out here making a difference everyday . Not photo opts for the status Quo! Where is Minister Farrakhan, Professor Marvo,The brother from Howard university Law school. Etc . People who are in the communities making a difference. Not those who keep pimpimg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    • Guess you weren’t aware that Jesse Jackson was right there side by side with Dr, King or that JJ was there when Dr. King got assasinated. How soon we forget.

      As for Al Sharpton, he does make noise and get attention and get things done when he is righting a wrong. Both of these men has been a positive in the black community. The problem I seen with some of the folks in Blac America is that there are too many Chiefs and not enough Indians.

      • I think there needs to be a plan, not a restatement of the problem(s). By plan I means a tool that can be grasped by all who qualify and can be communicated in a consensual manner.

  9. “I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in h**l are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin L. King, Jr.

    Credit where credit is due to Rev. Jackson for saving our people in Gambia, particularly after his deafening silence while racist forces facilitated by President Obama were lynching and raping Black people in Libya.

    There have been some serious efforts over the past 50 years to form a united front, which was the life-long goal of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael). Two of these efforts had serious potential.
    The National Black Political Assembly which was formed in Gary at the 1972 National Black Political Convention had serious potential because it was the result of grassroots activity in the Afrikan American community. The effort began to fall apart when the NAACP and some other moderates pulled out because they thought the agenda was too radical. As a young student I wrote a paper on united front’s urging the radicals—Black Nationalists/Pan-Afrikanists/Black Panthers, etc to either soften their hardcore positions or build a united front amongst themselves. I preferred the latter; neither happened.

    The next best opportunity came in the form of the Local Organizing Committees of the Million Man March. These were grassroots united front organizations. Unfortunately the leadership of the MMM abandoned the LOC model in favor of the National African American Leadership Summit which had been organized by Benjamin Chavis in August of 1994 while Chavis was the CEO of the NAACP. NAALS was a top-down organization which attracted moderates (Urban League e.g.) after the success of the MMM. NAALS collapsed after a few leadership summits.

    Anyone attempting to organize a Black united front should first and foremost be aware of this history in order to avoid previous mistakes.

  10. President Obama may ask Romney these questions during debate:
    1. What is your plan to create jobs? Romney answer: none
    2. Do you have plans to increase professionals in this country to avoid importing? Romney answer: None
    3. What is your economic plan? Romney answer: None
    4. What is your plan for Medicare? Romney answer: None
    5. What is your plan for poor people? Romney answer: None
    6. Would you order Bin Laden brought to justice? Romney answer: None
    7. How would handle the uprising in Arab world now? Romney answer: None
    8. Why did you ship your money to be used by Swiss people? Romney answer: None
    9. Why did you close factories and shipped American jobs to China? Romney answer: None
    10. Why do you allow Paul Ryan to lie? Romney answer: None
    11. Why are Republicans running away from you? Romney answer: None
    12. Would you allow raped women to have abortion? Romney answer: None
    13. Are you mentally fit for the WH job? Romney answer: None

    Case closed

    • What happened to the Northern tier of Africa is a crime against humanity. Please refer Barack Obama to the International Court of Justice. He will be like George W. Bush, unable to travel to many nations because he will be arrested and jailed as a war criminal.

    • Shut your foreign stupid mouth! Go to africa and control your dictators. You’re not qualified to comment on anything in america.

  11. Jesse get a lot done you just need to research what he has done and is
    doing !!! ask the NFL ask the Toyota (car manufacture) ask C0ke Cola
    ask the black foot ball player… well maybe they don’t know.Ask any CEO
    that is head of any large Company. As was stated above ABC NBC CBS/they
    will never let u know

    Can’t u see that is planned to give Jessie Jackson bad Press.
    and we love bad press on one another.

    I voted for the Democrats last time 4 years ago as i usually do.
    and i haven’t seen anything changed in the school system nor the
    black communites, just pay Day loan companies more and more everyday.

    It is sad how we take the President of the US and see him as a super
    star. If we just research and read and stop watching the TV.
    TV is controlled by who ??? so don’t look to the TV Media, to inform
    you what Jessie Jackson have done. Now when you read DR. Martin Luther
    King’s book “Where do we go from here Chaos or Community” u will understand what Jessie is about he was right there with Dr. King.Also
    read Barbara Reynolds book /about Rev Jackson David’s Golitha. We not taught this in school. So go to Amazon Books and order DR. King and
    Rev Jackon’s by Barbara Reynolds. I am sure none of you will read the
    book i just mention about Jessie and DR. king talking about public
    policies. Everything he said then is still going on today. Read people
    READ turn your Tv off

    • As long as we ask for hand outs we will always get the crumbs. We need to be more productive by owning and supporting our own businesses so we can hire our relatives, and friends. We have buying power of 1 trillion dollars/yr, but how much of this is circulated among Black folk’s businesses and communities.Very little since we own less that 1% of the businesses in the US while being 10% of the population. Something is wrong with US, and we cannot blame the white man for this. We had more businesses, more skills, and more common sense when we were segregated. In fact we got a better education during Jim Crow then we do now, everything being equal. This tells us that despite our social conditions, we can still progress. Nothing can stop you from learning when the desire is there to learn. Thus no one can stop a determined person, so lets be determine. Education & dollars are power.

      We get our education from our parents, school teachers, self and each other and we obtain our money from savings, and owning businesses. Control these and you can control your own destiny and the h**l with racism because its here to stay forever. Jackson and Sharpton are stars making money. Tell me what they have done to help Blacks or any other race? March in the streets for a couple of days so they can keep their names in the public. We have to do for self first and then ask for help when you hit a stone wall. Cannot depend on Jackson and Sharpton, we have to do it and when all start to do it, then we have something in common, we will trust and love each other more and we will be a strong unit.

      So folks, like Bill Cosby says, we need to pick ourselves up from our boot string and move forward. My only addition is to seek help when need it and this help should come from our surroundings (parents, friends, other relatives, etc) and government.In fact many help will come without your asking if you are trying to move forward. There is always someone willing to give a helping hand for those who are doing for self.

      • Excellently written.

      • Obama said he gave minority businesses $60 million dollars and all we see is foreign blacks/browns braiding shops, jerk chicken shops, arab stores, and when they come black american fried chicken, BBQ, barber and beauty ALL CLOSE!!! that’s what obama did for black america.

        Obama said he gave minority businesses $60 million dollars and all we see is foreign blacks/browns braiding shops, jerk chicken shops, arab stores, and when they come black american fried chicken, BBQ, barber and beauty ALL CLOSE!!! that’s what obama did for black america.

        Obama said he gave minority businesses $60 million dollars and all we see is foreign blacks/browns braiding shops, jerk chicken shops, arab stores, and when they come black american fried chicken, BBQ, barber and beauty ALL CLOSE!!! that’s what obama did for black america.

  12. These men have been doing a disservice for black people for 40 and 50 years.

    Jackson has never had a JOB he is a shakedown artist, back in the day he talked us into boycotting different companies and he kept the money paid to him to call off the boycott. He is a rhyming womanizing clown.

    Al is a even bigger joke! Al was given the TV program to help insure blacks do not think for themselves and tote the Democratic party line. What do we do? Believe something must be true because they said it!

    Why have we not gone further as a people, Jessie and Al keep us with our hands out begging for crumbs. They got young people thinking if they can Dance, Rap, play a Sport they will be a success.

    Hey Al and Jessie, when will you pay back the money you stole when they told you to run for President to keep the blacks in their place?

  13. What J J did in the Gambia is good, the state dept. could have called on any number of blacks to explain to various dictators why it’s in their interest not to murder their own people or do justice by them. Min. Farakhan could have saved lives in Libya; Rev Jackson has risked his life doing what he does best but never offered an official state appointment I bet. Point is, we have to prepare to lead ourselves, we don’t need STATE REVerends, IMAMS, RABBIS,PRIESTS, OR black LEADERS to set us up for failure.We need to Face our FEARS…

  14. First of all I resent and reject Dr. Watkins list of “leaders”. The Rev. Al Sharpton is a leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was a leader but the rest of the people he mentioned are not leaders of anything except maybe in their minds. I’m surprised that he didn’t mention himself, Tavis and Cornell. Leaders lead, they don’t just talk; they don’t just point out problems, they come up with solutions and take action to solve them. African-Americans definitely need some leadership but they are none existent. Ministers have historically been our leaders but now they’re just pimps. The Black church is the biggest joke of all mankind. If the church was doing what it’s supposed to do Black people’s problems could be solved almost instantly? I spend a lot of time in the “hood” and other areas highly populated by African-Americans and I’m always amazed at the number of churches. In some neighborhoods they seem to be on every other corner but the crime and poverty is still abundant. The ministers in almost all cases don’t live anywhere near the church; in-fact most of the members don’t either. The problems of African-Americans can easily be solved if we go back and look at history and follow the path laid out by real Black leaders like, Dr. King, Malcolm and Marcus. The people that the good doctor is calling leaders need to unite and start doing something constructive by uniting these “pimps” who control the masses of the people and start taking responsibility instead of criticizing and blaming the President.

  15. Very sorry about Barbara Reynold’s book on Jessie Jackson error on my part
    The title is American David !! must read

  16. Well written article. Its a shame mainstream didn’t give this any airtime….let me be clear on something, as soon as Obama is re-elected I will be more vocal on what he really needs to do in office, focus more on the black agenda. There
    is a nationwide crisis going on that I won’t play Rover and ignore not even for our beloved president and neither should you. He is allowing for too many people to walk in the White House and tell him what agenda to tackle.

    • So why would you wait until reelection? He has not accomplished very much in his 1st 4 years has he?

      I understand President Obama right or wrong, because he looks like me!

  17. Not sure what all this has to do with a United Front? We do need a united front. Many earnest leaders have been working on the Black United Front for more than 40 years. Many of the “leaders” mentioned in this report have been an obstacle to the establishment to a Black United Front. I’ll leave that there.

    As far as what is discussed in this article its hard to disagree. We can’t chance that romney would win while we now a month before the election try to get our agenda heard. After nearly 4 decades we still as a people don’t know how national politics work in this country. In essence we have thrown away our votes….the votes our people fought bled and died for. And inexplicably we attempt to seek solace for continued disgraceful misuse of this tool by mear retreat to “you have to vote”. It’s weak and we can’t continue to have these low standards….our ancestors are turning in their grave.

    political favors are given in return for votes or money. we give ours away without asking for let alone demanding what we need and want. WE are still as our dear Ancestor Malcolm admonished us “political chumps”

    • I think United Front was used to get Obama supporters to read this c**p and then he would trick’em with his own agenda in the end. IJS!

    • I think United Front was used to get Pres. Obama supporters to read this c**p and he would then trick’em in the end with his own agenda.
      IJS!

  18. Rev. George Brooks

    Brother Jesse and Al have done a lot of great things for blacks, but Al Sharpton is now working as a flunky for the Jews that are Obama’s boss in the White House, and I would like to know what Sharpton’s salary at MSNBC. Which has reduced him to parttime in his work in civil rights, which is what he’s really supposed to be about. And he should never be dominated by these d**n Jews who ave made he and the president their puppets, as well as Valarie Jarrett. And he nor Jesse will say anything against these anti-Jesus Jews, including those in Israel who are mistreating brown and black Palestinians and Ethiopian Jews. And will mistreat Jesse and Al too if they go over there and make the mistake of talking about Jesus and Christianity in public, or say anything about Jews. They both should be calling for more strong-voiced black advisors to help advise the president, rather than Jews telling him everything to do and say, which is what has and will continue to happen. Obama is not in control of anything, nor anybody, includhim himself. But ,then, most black folks are lapdogs of the “bloodsucking” Jews, who have long been doing this to blacks. I like Obama, but I can’t go along with “the company he keeps.” — Rev. George Brooks

    • Rev. Brooks, listen to yourself. You’re one of the “pimps” I was referring to in my earlier comment. Its people like you that call yourselves leaders (by your own definition) but what are you doing besides collecting your money from unsuspecting people who believe you’re legitimate. Every time I see the words “Rev” in front of a name I just want to puke. The Black church is the most powerful institution in this country and it’s the most corrupt. You have the power to right all that wrong with Black people but all you want to do is use them and shuck the responsibility; because you are just “pimps”. Grow some b***s and start working towards helping people by uniting them instead of prostituting them. Your priority is not to save souls; it’s to save yourself.

  19. SpareMeTheBullShyt

    Rev. Jackson, I commend you on another rescue! This is not the first time Rev. Jessie Jackson has gotten people release abroad. He did it before when Reagan was in office. The thing is, most countries, outside of the U.S., don’t hate black people and they don’t like white racist people, especially of the Republican Klan. The other thing is, the media “never” tell people the great things black people do. They only spill the bad. There are more good people in the world than bad but you only hear the worst about folks. I consider Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton as black’s spokespersons. Blacks must lead themselves but it doesn’t hurt to have someone to speak up on your better behalf. You can always disagree.

    Most people miss the point on what black americans should be doing in the black community. There is one thing no one ever mentions and that is LOVE. If you love your brothers and sisters (stop listening to the negative stereotypes), then there is nothing the back community can’t accomplish. With love comes respect, with respect comes trust, with trust comes unity. United we stand, devided we fall!

  20. Speeches”No More”Start with “The GDP” of African Americans”Start with “The MONEY” ” Put Up or Shut Up!We need a” Master Plan”(Marshall Plan) to build -Up our communities! All of the leaders.politicians,Athletes,entertaners,must rebuild their neighborhoods to great societies.Tell the leaders”They Talk Too Much”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I can assure you that the first thing Mitt and Ryan are going to do is invite a group of Black leaders to the White House to discuss the issues of Black folk and other minorities.
    Oh and we know they really care about Black folk and Hispanics because the guy that does his yard is Hispanic (and he is hoping that if he is illegal he is willing to self deport back to Mexico) and his garbage guy is black.
    I don’t think Mitt sees a problem with minorities, at least two of them that he knows has a job. That is probably good enough for him.

    • That’s a crappie statement and has no relevance to the topic!

      Document it!

    • stupid negroes always looking back, instead of forward. then u wonder why u never make progress. the election is OVER, your negro won HIS JOB back. now let’s see if he is decent enough to create and demand to corporate america that you have one. mitt romney is on his yacht with his beautiful family living the high life, sorry that he had to trust a do-nothing negro to keep america safe for his grandchildren, and going on to plan 2.

  22. We don’t need any “leaders”, we need investors and venture risk takers who will invest in the community and help the minds with great ideas flourish like the other communities do. Self-sufficiency is how you gain the power and respect deserved from the ruling elite. Until our people help those trying to help themselves( Is there a 51% majority black owned bank in your city?), all of this is a moot point. ” Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime- and own the neighborhood fish market.” The Vietnamese own the one in my community. go figure. And everyday its full of black folks!!! Hotep

    • there is no d**n separate black community dummy. the fed govt can and does shut down everything u try to build up. GET REAL! and work with the system, and work for all of america, and stop your d**n racial talk.

  23. Samuel G. Bailey

    Honorable Reverend George Brooks,
    You and two other people, esp. Stoneless, I believe, are the only people who supported me in my Copyright Infringement case against BET, Paramount Pictures, & Viacom. These other so-called “brothers & sisters” never rendered one word of encouragement or support. I will never forget that. You will always receive my respect & admiration.

  24. It is right that a united front is needed, but it will not be with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in the mix. No chance.

    • U VOTED A NEGRO IN THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE U SAID HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR YOU. WHAT THE h**l U FIGHTING FOR??? YOU WON BISH! YOU WON! ALL U HAVE TO DO IS ASK! ASK IN ONE HAND AND SH8T IN THE OTHER, AND SEE WHICH ONE IS FILLED THE FASTEST!

      U VOTED A NEGRO IN THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE U SAID HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR YOU. WHAT THE h**l U FIGHTING FOR??? YOU WON BISH! YOU WON! ALL U HAVE TO DO IS ASK! ASK IN ONE HAND AND SH8T IN THE OTHER, AND SEE WHICH ONE IS FILLED THE FASTEST!

      U VOTED A NEGRO IN THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE U SAID HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR YOU. WHAT THE h**l U FIGHTING FOR??? YOU WON BISH! YOU WON! ALL U HAVE TO DO IS ASK! ASK IN ONE HAND AND SH8T IN THE OTHER, AND SEE WHICH ONE IS FILLED THE FASTEST!

      U VOTED A NEGRO IN THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE U SAID HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB FOR YOU. WHAT THE h**l U FIGHTING FOR??? YOU WON BISH! YOU WON! ALL U HAVE TO DO IS ASK! ASK IN ONE HAND AND SH8T IN THE OTHER, AND SEE WHICH ONE IS FILLED THE FASTEST!

  25. Highly Important Message To Mr. POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

    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

  26. Come On My African American Brothers And Sisters, Let’s Help President Obama Rebuild Our Race, Save Our Children, Our Women, Our REAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN And Destroy These Racist Pieces Of Trash. I Have Been Helping Him For Four Plus Years And I Still Am. If He Had Not Been Re-elected I Was Going To Start Helping Funeral Homes Make Money But Getting Rid Of As Many Of These Racist Pieces Of Trash As Father God And Lord Jesus Would Let Me.

    • All you have to do is take your black azz to africa. Plenty of jet black voudon devil worshippers just waiting for you.

      The continent of black africa has proven that we need white men leading america. Just cause you got one negro in office, doesn’t mean he is going to have the power that goes with the office.

      Gays and white women are the reason he is in office, so dont get your head too big.

      EVERYBODY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH KNOW THAT WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE BETTER OFF UNDER WHITE MEN. YOU WONT FIGHT .

      IN THE TIME OF CALAMITY THE WHITE MAN SAYS ‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST’ WHILE THE SELFISH BLACK MAN KNOCKS THE CHILDREN TO THE GROUND SAVING HIMSELF, AND YOU THINK WE WANT YOUR BLACK SELF IN CHARGE?????

      EVERY BLACK WOMAN IN AFRICA WOULD TRADE PLACES WITH GHETTO WOMEN IN AMERICA JUST TO GET AWAY FROM BLACK AFRICAN RAPIST WHO MUTILATE THEM BY THE MILLIONS, AND DONT TAKE CARE OF ANY OF THEIR 50 CHILDREN.

  27. Obama is too Weak Dealing with Crackers! He is Half African & this is the Problem! We don’t want Kunta Kente,We Need Toby upin this Black House! Put these Crackers in Check! If your a Real Blackman! As some of y’all know I live in Australia & the PM is a Woman & Athiest ! Over here are our people The Aboriginals & some Dark Vader Black Africans lol so if you come over beware lol Alot of Whites using the Dark Side lol I’m Married to an Aboriginal Woman Beautiful Black & no Weave I love it! We are direct Descendants of the Aboriginal Nations about 78 Trillion years ago! We have only been in East Asia (Al Kebular)Africa-a whiteman’s Name the last 25,000 years at this same point The Native Americans were exiled from Indian for Breaking the Laws of Islam(Hinduism) & walked to Alaska North & South America

  28. Blackman & Woman the Entire Planet is ours! We are the Root to all Civilizations so never call us a Race,when you use such Language the Enemy knows you are ignorant about who you are! Now Allah(God)said he would come after us! And He would send Saviours,and a Great one would come after us(the lost sheep)of the bookBible! A Race has a Beginning & Ending the Blackman has neither our Roots go Directly to the Lord Himself! And yes he is a Man & not some Spook! Read Prophet Abrahim who met the Lord face2face! Moses met Allah(God)Jehovah face2face Prphet Enoch met the Lord face2face,The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad met the Great Mahdi Allah(God) face2face! Bob Marley told you the truth! Allah(God)is a living Man!

  29. I don’t Believe in Casper lol

  30. I thought the fronts was united

  31. Jesse Jackson is right, President Obama does need to address poverty, police brutaliy and abuse of blacks, incarcenation of blacks, fake charges against black men and sending them to jail when there is no evidence or fake evidence, COME ON PRESIDENT OBAMA WE SUPPORT U AND VOTE FOR YOU, BUT THESE ARE VERY SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

  32. I am fascinated by the expectations projected on to President Obama on issues that should be addressed by the “community ” itself. We never want to take responsibility for our own self destructing issues.
    1. Parents teach your children the importance of Education, self reliance, MANNERS, financial responsibility, in other words BE A PARENT!
    We are constantly wasting tax paying dollars on poor parenting that produces hip hop monsters that cannot speak effective English, dress like someone of suspicion ,males who speak so timidly you can’t hear them ask for a work application, and you want the U.S. President to address YOUR failures? Get a. Grip! The violence is produced by an industry that is tolerated and glorified in our community, RAP which has DESTROYED our gains in Education, and has contributed to unprecedented crime and ignorance that puts the youth in jail. We are our worst enemy! Put ourselves to task not the President!

  33. Jesse Jackson did not work? I suppose that Jesus did not work either. Shame on you!

  34. The mired and ongoing hi-tech lynching by blacks of civil rights leaders like the Reverend Jackson, needs to end. Clearly, they did their parts. The real question is why so many of our own people have not done their parts, instead of waiting to burn out the next black leader? Thank you Reverend Jackson… would be more apropos!

  35. The problem with all this talk of the Black Agenda, is that nobody knows what the Black Agenda IS. They didn’t ask me, or anyone I know. Did they ask you? I think we all would be more supportive if someone gave a more definitive answer to what we’re standing up for.

  36. mR. wATKINS, PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF A REALITY CHECK. aL sHARPTON, jESSIE jACKSON, COME ON MAN. tHOSE GUYS HAVE BEEN HELPING THEMSELVES AT OUR EXPENSE FOR DECADES.aND WE ARE IN THE SAME POSITION. lOTS OF OUR YOUNG MEN ARE STILL IN PRISON, SELLING DRUGS IN THE STREETS OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND MURDERING EACH OTHER OVER TERRITORY.WAKE UP BROTHER, THEIR TIME HAVE PASSED. THERE IS OVER A BILLION OF US IN THE WORLD, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE A TRAINED ARMY TO DEFEND OUTSELF, AND FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM.WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RESEARCH FALILITY TO SPEAK ABOUT, WE ARE LIVING UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE WHIT MAN, AND WE HAVE NOT FIGURED HOW TO FREE OURSELVES YET.

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