Dr. Boyce: Five Questions Dr. King Might Have for Obama

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, we also get the wonderful opportunity to see a man with black skin starting a second term in the White House.  The re-election of President Barack Obama is an extraordinary symbol of Obama’s genius, intelligence, focus and political savvy.   The president has done a reasonable job of fighting for various liberal causes within the constraints of the presidency:  Healthcare reform, women’s rights, immigration and gay rights all saw significant advances as a result of the president’s hard work.

One group that seems to be forgotten in all of this is the black community.  African Americans continue to be the only political group that gives all of their votes to a politician and asks for nothing in return, effectively making us the convenient mistress of the Democratic Party.  Even as President Obama chose a group of white guys to run his cabinet and continued the Supreme Court’s legacy of locking black women out for its entire 224-year history, there are still those who hold out hope that perhaps deep down, this bi-racial president who was raised in a white household somehow cares enough for black people that he might put his neck on the line for us.

So far, the evidence that President Obama loves the black community the way we love him has been disappointing.  Even staunch supporters of the president have either given up on him entirely, committed themselves to settling for political scraps, supported him on faith without evidence or found themselves completely disillusioned by the world of politics.  One disappointing litmus test might be the Martin Luther King holiday, set to take place on the same day as the president’s inauguration.  This is the day where one man is conveniently measured against the next, like asking someone to stand on a scale to prove that they’ve actually been working out every day.

If I may, I’d like to humbly submit some questions that Dr. King might have for President Obama if he were alive today.   If a man is allowed to lean on your legacy for political gain, then one might expect that he is at least partially responsible for helping to continue that legacy.   I can’t put a PhD on my wall while simultaneously refusing to learn how to read, and the president cannot say that he was inspired by Dr. King’s work while disrespecting those who fight for those very same values.  Here are some questions that Dr. King might ask President Obama were he alive on this day:

1) Do you have a commitment to racial equality?  If so, why are you not willing to speak on the matter?  I can’t recall the last time I heard the president say the words “Black man” or “Black woman” in public.  It appears that he believes that his racial equality card is embedded in the color of his skin, but men like Clarence Thomas remind us that this is not the case.  While the president might make politically neutered statements about Dr. King such as “Dr. King was committed to service,” we also know that without the battle against racial inequality, there wouldn’t have been a Martin Luther King, Jr.  This was the cornerstone of his memory, and we should not allow him to be softened for public consumption.

2) Why does your administration refuse to mention poor people? With 40% of all black children in poverty and the wealth gap between blacks and whites increasing during the Obama presidency, it’s difficult to say that the president has shown a great deal of concern for the economic challenges of black Americans.  From the beginning, both President Obama and his evil sidekick Valerie Jarrett made it clear that black unemployment was nowhere on the radar screen for the White House (as the president plainly said that “the rising tide will lift all boats,” which is a racialized version of Trickle Down Economics).  As a result, whites have seen their unemployment rates and economic fortunes improve since the start of the recession, and black people have seen even more misery.  But then again, it’s never been fashionable to care about poor black people, and even some black people believe that this lack of progress occurs because black people are lazy and don’t want to work.

3) Are you a man who seeks peace or are you part of the American war machine?  Likely due to no fault of his own, President Obama must make himself an extension of the American military, which has filled its free time conquering nations that have never threatened us.  We topple regimes around the world, drop bombs on young children and let thousands of soldiers die, all so corporations can get access to cheaper resources to fill their coffers.  I am not one to say how much the president’s conscience weighs in these decisions to start wars around the world, but I can say that Dr. King would probably not approve.

4) If you agree that the War on Drugs was wrong, then why haven’t you pardoned hardly anyone or given retroactive sentencing?  The president, to his credit, played a role in the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the Crack-t0-Powder disparity from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1.  But what we must first realize is that 18-to-1 is not fair; it’s just not as horribly unfair as the prior disparity.  To be sure, 1-to-1 is fair sentencing, and 18-to-1 only means that a five year sentence translates to a 90-year sentence.  The fact that this has become the standard for racial equality in the criminal justice system in America is a reminder of just how sick our nation has become.

Secondly, even with the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, the president and his binder full of white men have done NOTHING to allow these sentences to be applied retroactively.  This means that there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who remain incarcerated under laws that have been banned.  Even the most extreme Obama apologist can’t explain their way out of this one.  The president has the power of the pardon, where he can correct many of these wrongs with the stroke of a pen.  Dr. King gave his life to fight against inequality, Obama won’t even pick up a pen.  Yet some want to believe that these men are similar.

5) Why did you cry for the dead children at Sandy Hook, but not for the far higher numbers of dead children in black communities?  This week, Minister Louis Farrakhan called on President Obama to come and see about the families of gun violence victims in Chicago.  The president said that the deaths of the children at Sandy Hook made for the worst day of his presidency.  This statement is stunning in light of how many more children have died on the south side of Chicago and in other urban areas all across America.  I dare say that if those Sandy Hook children had been black kids in a poor neighborhood, this would have gone from being the worst day of the Obama presidency to being a normal day at the office.  No one’s child deserves to die, even if they have the severe misfortune of being inconveniently black.

One of the things that we don’t want to admit is that most of us have little interest in truly connecting to the legacy of Martin Luther King, largely because the truth behind his beliefs makes most of us uncomfortable. Dr. Cornel West has been attacked from all sides for critiquing the Obama Administration for it’s lack of interest in racial inequality, poverty, mass incarceration and violence.  Ironically, before he died, Dr. King was also heavily criticized for his remarks on very similar issues.  Also, notice that Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was as close to Dr. King as any public figure living today, has not been invited to the White House largely because he speaks on issues that the administration would rather ignore.

Some like to excuse Obama’s deliberate oversight of Jackson by referencing Jackson’s ill-timed remarks on Fox News five years ago. But if this is President Obama’s excuse for ignoring the needs of 40 million Americans, then that would make him as petty as someone accused of being upset because he didn’t get tickets to the inauguration.  We can’t accuse Cornel West of being a petty man on one hand, but then say that Jackson’s unfortunate remarks about Obama give Barack an excuse to put his personal vendetta ahead of the interests of millions of Americans.  That would be a clear and immature double standard.

In America, truth-tellers tend to be persecuted, and liars often emerge as heroes.  Right now, we are living in the den of political thieves, as Dr. Martin Luther King’s hard work is being borrowed and leveraged by people who would never invite him to the White House if he were alive today.   Dr. Martin Luther King made sacrifices to create opportunities for Obama, but Obama would probably not sacrifice his political opportunities to support a man like Dr. King.  The two have as much in common as a soldier on the battlefield and a teenager who plays military games on Xbox.  These men are very, very different.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

263 Responses to Dr. Boyce: Five Questions Dr. King Might Have for Obama

  1. That’s all good and worthy, but if the president cannot hear or read what you’re saying, how is he going to answer you?

    • He already knows it. And if he doesn’t, wait till he gets out of office in 2016. I honestly believe that President Barack Obama will not react to a lot of things until he is away from the Presidency. That is when this whole thing is going to really hit him. He is in a tight fish bowl right now. The real Barack Obama will be tested after he gets out of office. He does not have the time to see the whole picture of this. He knows it. But this job is full of duties. You are too consumed with duties and responsibilities in it. The real Barack Obama will come back after he is away from this office. There is no citizens who can understand what it is like being President except one who has been one. Be patience folks, this saga is a long way from being over.

      • What good is O’Drama AFTER his time is up? HE NEEDS TO BE DOING SOMETHING, NOW!!!

        It’s amazing how you caucasoids claim to ‘love’ this mulatto, but when he mentions the words BLACK and POOR, y’all start shaking like a leaf on a tree.

        As long as this mulatto continues to help the greedy gangster bankers, who OWN him, y’all are satisfied!

        HE SHOULD BE MAKING ONE OF HIS “DUTIES” TO HELP THE PLIGHT OF BLACK PEOPLE!!!

        Get over it!!!

    • Go harder Dr. Boyce. I imagine Dr. King would not ask questions about the obvious. I argue that He would suggest,then demand concise, targeted solutions to the problems at hand, a relatively easy fix today if we embrace the truth of the matters at hand and present these truths on a unified front. (Thank You Dr King,PetefromDetroit Loves You. I listen to your orations and read your writings often and share them with others,RIP)
      P.S. He would ask how did the enemy or antagonists to whats right for everyone get complete control of how the story of his service to mankind is told?
      How is it that his entire legacy, as taught today is that he was a “dreamer?”
      How is it that one man, with black skin ascension to the US presidency is his dream realized without King-like policy for the underdogs(us)?

      They/We got us bleeding Yall. We are in the 11th hour asofar as civil change of policy is concerned. 7 meals from anarchy. Stay Up.

  2. Very well written Dr. BOYCE. And to you as well Minister Farrakhan.

  3. Very well-written Dr.Boyce and to you as well Minister Farrakhan. Thank You!!!

  4. I want to believe that if President Obama din’t follow the ‘party line’ on all the issues dear to the New World Order, he would be in serious trouble. Just to keep him in line, all the ‘powers that be’ have to do every so often is sit him down and roll the Zapruder film for him, just as a subtle reminder. He has a wife and two daughters to worry about, too.

  5. Barack Obama is “self serving” and used black folks to get to the White House without doing a d**n thing for us! Sad but very True!

  6. I am in total agreement, what has he done for African Americans. Not a darn thing!!!

    • The question is Carol, what have you done?

      • Dr. Buckley:
        Slavery…Jim Crow…Racial Discrimination. If a Black man reaches the highest office in the land, and cannot bring light to racial discrimination, which affects young children to the elderly who are the citizens of this nation, but can mention immigrants and gays, then something is wrong. There are laws that were enacted, due to struggle to prevent racial discrimination, but they are not enforced. All he has to do is enforce the anti-discrimination laws in our land. Do you know because he has not acknowledged the blight of Blacks in America racism has increased.

      • That’s a stupid question to ask Carol because u may not know this person to ask what have they done or doing,but we do know the Prez to question what he his done.

      • It’s not Carol’s job to do anything. Carol didn’t run for president and promise anything to the people. Barack Obama did.

      • Brilliant and well-thought out retort Dr. Lorraine-Mayes-Say Less-Dolittle.

    • Fair sentencing act of 2010, the justice department defending the voting rights act RIGHT THIS INSTANT! (so you better wake up), increased Pell Grants to low income students.

      You cannot say this stuff without doing research.

  7. How does anyone know what would be on the mind of MLK or what kind of questions he might ask President Barack Obama if he were alive today?STOP IT!Now that he has been re-elected,I’m sure that alot of issues in the black community will be addressed now that he has 4 more years.GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE!We need to do our part as well and STOP complaining so much.What and how much are we doing to better the black community?How much time and we spend and how much affection and love do we give to our children and teaching them right from wrong?Can we honestly say that we do enough?Not likely.Instead we point the finder at one man and put the whole burden on the President.Look in the mirror and ask yourselves these questions that Dr. Boyce raises and YOU TOO DR. BOYCE!Talk is cheap yo know.Stop being a bunch of winers and get to work and better our own lives and be accountable for a change and stop trying to find ways to take the focus off of what we ourselves lack when it come to improving our live in America.

    • Quit whining over this Prez,he works for us we tell him what to do whether he can or not if we need it we’ll tell him anyway to see if he can do. That’s what he there for,he’s not ur baby boy.

    • Oh Bryan…. We can very safely assume what he (MLK) would say to Obama based on his life’s words and great deeds to back up his words. Hows that cake?

  8. We Black Americans need to make sure that we don’t become complacent in our cause. Our cause is not all of a sudden Barack Obama’s stand alone cause. Kiba Bones, the United States presidency is and always has been a protocol. Yes I to feel that our involvement overseas is very extreme, and in a very large way a bit much for a country that has been regarded as a super power. And I think that this president has done more than half of what he first campaigned on as far as ending wars and limiting our involvement in such activity.
    This president said in the beginning that change would not come easy or quick. He also said that this was something that he couldn’t do alone. So I ask. What has Black America presented to this president in the form of and agenda? Or do we feel as if He should do this for us?

  9. I must be a glutton for punishment due to the fact that I stated last year that I would not respond ever again to you Dr. Watkins but I just had to respond to the self-hatred that you perpetuate through your articles. We, as a people have deteriorated since we received our civil rights (which we had more than deserved). I have seen our people lose our culture, kill each other and lose our ability to raise our children. I am a child of the fifties and sixties and remember the struggle we as Black people endured to obtain our right to recognized as American citizens. When Pres. Obama fights for changes in American, he’s fighting for all Americans. I have yet to read anything positive you have to say when it comes to Pres. Obama. You referred to him as “this bi-racial president” which really offends me. You apparently have not read his autobiography; while I have. He is born of a White mother,true, but he has never denied his Blackness. He married a Black woman and had two Black children. When fight for Americans, he’s also fighting for us. Bear in mind, that his job is the hardest; and that is being a Black man. Not only does he have to fight against the dominant society but also against his own people. I’ve seen pictures of you, Dr. Watkins and from what I see, you may have a little white in you too. Stop the hating, please and be proud that we have finally a Black president. If he did everything Black folks wanting him to do, he would have been killed. Learn your history and while you are at it, teach it. We still have a long way to go but we can’t continue on the journey unless we stop hating each other.

    • Dr. Mayes-Buckley I totally agree with you and I like you said that after the re-election I would unsubscribe to this ridiculous anti-Obama propaganda rag but I find myself coming back because I’m hoping that this man who calls himself the “people’s scholar” would finally see the light and stop poisoning the minds of Black people with his negative agenda regarding the President. Black people are in the best position we’ve ever been in history and we’re just p*****g it away and blaming everyone else but ourselves. I just wish anyone of these people would or could explain to me exactly what they think the President should be doing specifically for Black people. It’s beyond me how some people think and believe that the President is anyway responsible for the position Black people are in today and that he can solve it.

      • Are u saying that black people should love this Prez uncondictionally the way u do and never questioning his stance toward u, like all boats rise with the tide. as u should know due to racial descimination past and present that most of us don’t even have a boat or one without holes in it. So you’ll be left there to drown. Do u think ur Prez know this or does he really care.

      • He wasn’t responsible for the situation gay folks find themselves in either but he’s behind them 100% (no pun intended). He wasn’t responsible for the situation immigrants found themselves in either but he supports every effort to get them on a path to citizenship. Some of us are perfectly happy to have a man in the White House to worship and make excuses for. Some of us have so much contempt for other black folks that we don’t think black people have “legitimate” issues for a president to address. I could list 100 things but it wouldn’t matter to these people. To them, the problems that are relevant to black people are simply dead weight to Obama’s rise to the top. They feel that black people are the ugly stain on Obama’s Brooks Brothers suit. They didn’t elect a president, they crowned a king.

        • “He wasn’t responsible for the situation gay folks find themselves in either but he’s behind them 100% (no pun intended).”
          ——————————————–

          I think you’re on to something with that comment. It’s a fact that O’Drama likes ‘shyty’ deals!!! He has a tranny, who is OVER the commerce department. He’s ‘deep into’ I mean supports gay rights, illegal aliens can get license (in his home town of Chicago), more foreigners can get business loans, than Blacks, who apply. No Black businesses have been BUILT since 1922 when Black Wall Street was prosperous!!! What these negroids don’t OVERstand is, there have been 7 mulatto presidents BEFORE O’Drama!!!

          These caucasoid knew that ‘selecting’ O’Drama would messermize negroids so much, that he would be their Black Knight In Shining Armor…BUT, the only problem is; he’s battling for caucasoids!!!

          Ya Dig!

  10. 2 questions I would like to ask Pres. Obama
    1) when are you going to look into the justice system for having our loved ones incarcerated so harshly or for crimes they never committed yet still behind bars? If your daughters were to end up in prison would you do something for change in this area then?

    2) when are you going to rid of that wicked EEOC admin that you have your wife’s best friend as chairwoman doing nothing for those of us who lost our long hard working years in a career and because of the bigots this country permits to have in office we went from high middle class to the extremes of life in poverty?

    3) Is ja z and Beyonce always invited to the white house because of the pilgrimage you all have in with illuminati?
    4) When does this change occur that you keep mentioning? Where is the American dream for ppl who keep hoping and hoping never giving up but each decade that passes nothing changes for them?

    5) Is it true you are building a 60 million dollar home in Hawaii for your retirement? Jus curious!

    • @Kim, please allow me to answer your questions.
      1) Why should the President be the one to look into the justice system? How do you know they didn’t commit the crimes? Have you ever heard of the Chain of Command? Have you called the Mayor, the City Council, the Governor, your State Representative, your Congressman? Did you ask these questions of G.W. Bush or any other President? I won’t even address your ridiculous question about the President’s daughters.
      2) Why should he get rid of the EEOC? They aren’t the ones responsible for you or anyone else losing their job(s). Why didn’t you start your own company and then you wouldn’t be at the mercy of the bigots? You should have known that anytime you work for someone else there’s a chance you’ll lose that job for a number of reasons. Why Blame the President? Blame yourself.
      3) Ja-Z and Beyonce are successful Black entertainers and the wealthiest couple in Black America. Who would you rather be invited? As far as the Illuminati, I don’t think you know enough about it to raise the question.
      4) What change are you referring too and what change would you like to see within the realm of common-sense and reality? The American Dream is there whenever you’re willing to do something to get it rather than wait for it to fall out of the sky into your lap. Nothing is changing for “them” because they aren’t anything to change. Remember, the definition of insanity is, “doing the same thing day after day and expecting different results”.
      5) What does it matter to you or anyone else if he is building a 60 million home in Hawaii? It’s his money and as long as it isn’t taxpayer money I’m cool with it. He deserves it but personally I doubt it.

      • The Shine Has Worn Off

        Hey Mr. Educated, it is the tax payers’ money. His administration is filled with Wall Street deregulationist who have funneled trillions of dollars to the banks and corporations. His sixty million dollar home would be a thank you for continuing our agenda “boy”. Jack Lew is next in line. Every year that he’s been in office, the banks and corporations have made record profits and bonuses. Every sensible person knows that the wealth gap is greater than it’s ever been under Barak W. Bush. Yeah, he calls himself Mr. Hope and Change. He speaks beautiful lies to you and anybody else who is awed by his magical presence. You let him fool you with his lies of ending wars and that’s good enough for you because if Barak said it, it must be true.

        War is no longer defined by just a ground attack with troops sir. But you wouldn’t know because Barak W. Bush said it aint so. The drones and other technologies provided by the lobbying military industrialist are a form of warfare, as well as small special forces provided by this government or through private sector contractors. Also, supporting other countries’ militaries with weapons, technology, and aid is still having your hand in wars. The guy has a kill list for goodness sakes. His passage of the NDAA and FISA bill has destroyed constitutional rights for American citizens. And he’s fighting the courts to keep his or any future president’s ability to detain any American citizen without trial or charge.

        Why does he have a Nobel Peace Prize?

        You see, people like you won’t see it until it’s too late. Or, you’re one of the black elitist sell outs that enjoys serving your corporate master. From the looks of your FB picture I believe it’s the latter.

        If you don’t like the truth about Barak W. Bush, take your blind, ignorant behind somewhere else where you can be filled with happy propaganda about your beloved “First Black President” and leave this site alone.

        You are just another sleepwalker.

        Have a dreamy evening sir.

        • You ignorant fool. It’s you that should leave if you’re so unhappy with the President and what he’s doing. The only sell-outs are you slave mentally negroes with your hands stuck out looking for somethng for nothing. When you learn something about Government and what the President’s job is you may be of use to somebody. In the meantime you should STFU because you don’t know what the h**l you’re talking about. As far as my FB photo you picce of s**t, where is yours? The shine has worn off, you d**n right it has.

          • Why not address the issues that The Shine Has Worn Off has mentioned, like this admin.’s stripping away of our civil liberties w. the passage of NDAA,the extension of FISA, the Anti Protest Bill etc, if u can? Instead, like most Obamamatons, u go on a rant & start calling ppl haters & cursing. That’s b/c u don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to the issues, b/c u r so busy w. ur head n a politician’s b**t, no less. No one is looking for a hand out jes a hand up, & u r the ignorant fool if u think that anyone that is critical of a public servant that we put n office w. over 90% of our votes should jes go somewhere & shut up. If u choose to blindly support, defend, & give undying allegiance to someone who never acknowledges Black America until election time rolls around when he pimps us for our votes, then that is ur folly & foolishness! What is a prez’s job if not to serve the interests of the ppl that elected him? He serves every other grp EXCEPT Black America(whites,gays, Hispanics, Jews, Wall St., the banks, corps). WHY? B/c they make his @ss tow the line, that’s why! They don’t jes blindly support him like a two bit w***e on the street like u & many others do. This is not a monarchy & we did not elect a king!

      • U must have a little change in ur coffers.because u don’t give a d**n about the less fortunate who unjustly criminalize in this country.tipical black man in America who will sell the rest of us down the river.

        • If you read James’ writings, he has a deep hatred for the poor and disenfranchised. He almost sounds republican, but he’s decided to be a ride-or-die supporter of the president – even if some of Obama’s rhetoric conficts with his own beliefs. To him, Obama’s shyt could never stink. He could have given Michelle a break last night and been the one dancing with the president at the ball.

      • ‘Bama Cream….

    • 1. Fair sentencing Act of 2010, which did slow down the incarceration process of black men in prisons. A pardon of a black woman from Chicago. Although he does need to end the war on drugs and I am p****d on him doing that.

      2. there are things he is doing around the education system that specifically do things like fund historically black colleges and community colleges. He is also pushing for universal early childhood education

      3.WTF is with the illuminanti conspiracies?

      4. What do you want it to be? There is definitely a lot to be done, but what did you interpret it to be. He’s politician.

      5. You sound like a right winger. Every president takes vacations. That has nothing to do with policy that is goig to help black folks.

  11. X-cuse me I meant my 5 questions for Prez. not 2 sorry!

  12. These are great questions, questions we must all ask of Obama and all of our leadership, both national and local. If Obama doesn’t change the national discussion or attempt to change the national discussion, who will?
    We always want to honor Dr. KIng and then abandon what he stood for in part or in whole. But remember it was the people who kept the heat on Dr. King to address those questions. We must keep the heat on Obama so he will at least address those 5 questions and more, consistently, and it becomes a part of his narrative.

  13. Boyce, you are a “all bark and no bite” hustler. With all the money you make on your sites with advertisers, you should be focused on solutions instead of complaining about Obama. We all know he’s simply a figure head, yet time after time, you do nothing but complain.

    Listen professor, we need community based strategies to help ourselves.

  14. Excellent article of which I can totally agree.

  15. Wow, an Obama bashing article on his Inaugural Day. Just couldn’t let him have this huh? Why is it when someone likes Obama or defends him, they are sheep? Why can’t they have their own opinion? Black people are not of one mind. Since being on american soil we have had different thoughts. Some of us wanted freedom some would have stayed slaves forever. Some of us followed Dr. King others Malcolm X etc. Let’s just agree to disagree. I think Dr. King would ask what the h**l was black america doin about these issues before Obama became president and what will we do after? Dr. King didn’t wait for a certain president he saw he had to do something and he did it.at the end of the day the President is a politician and he goes with the pressure and the sway. Where is our pressure?sitting at home on the freakin computer. Let’s mobilize and let’s scream and let’s shout. Let’s rent buses and and march in washington. Let’s do a mass protest and put pressure on him I mean a whole lot of pressure. Remember Trayvon, there were marches everywhere and everybody protested, it got results. Rodney King verdict, remember? But we won’t do none of that now, you know why? Because its easy to shout at the white man. But if we march in Obama face and demand action then we have to go home and kick the s**t out of pookie and ray ray. Our gang bangin, drug dealin, murdering son, baby daddy, husband, uncle, brother. And that my people we just won’t do

    • You say that Martin Luther King didn’t wait for a certain president, he did what he had to do. But the historical facts speak for themselves. Dr. King was a frequent visitor to the White House trying to encourage Lyndon Johnson to support Civil Rights legislation. He was VERY influential in Johnson signing the public accommodations act. He was a pain in LBJ’s side up until the time he (bravely) spoke out against the Vietnam War. So presidential influence matters greatly. But you are right to demand that we mobilize.

  16. Another thing, if we stand on his neck about policies for those of us living in poverty. Then we have to stand on each other to go out and grab those options. But will we? We don’t even enforce getting a good education now, so what will we do with more policies? And as for the wars goin on around the world but I’m sorry and this may sound selfish…..but I can not even begin to think about that now when our kids over here are wiping each other off the map. How can I think about drones when everyday our young men are not living to the age of 21? I can not.our kids are living hard and dying harder I don’t have the room to worry about people half way around the world

  17. @James A and Dr.. Mayes Buckley. Im with you, but I’m hoping that eventually people will get tired of him always bashing Obama but not helping to mobilize. Then I am hoping this will light a spark and we will work for our own salvation. These articles make it sound like our only chance to get anything is when there is a black man in the oval office and I refuse to believe that. The power lies with us, but will we yield it?????

    • Trice I hear you and my bro. J. A. Problem with black folk is that we’re always looking for a savior (King, now Obama)to heal our dilemma. Well the savior has come and gone and has done all he’s gonna do. The answers lie within each and everyone of us but if you choose to look outside of yourself for it you wont see it! Let’s begin with focusing on the economic strength we posses as still arguably the largest ethnic minority group in the land. Now that’s the power to make a difference.

    • Dr. Watkins is doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s not bashing the president. He’s helping to wake us out of our slumber with each article he writes. How can you begin to mobilize people into action when the people are so in love with a politician that all they want to do is baby him and not demand anything of him? This ultimately puts us in a horrible position. We are squandering every day we let go by without action. You talk about being called a sheep, but staunch Obama supporters come out like a pack of wolves to maul any critical comment about the president. His critics are completely villified in a cruel and personal manner. Look how many of you jumped on Dr. Watkins for this article. In the end, the true losers will be the black community. You are wrong if you think we can just let this president put his feet up when it comes to black issues. If we don’t keep the fight going, we lose our moral authority. We can’t make demands on a white president to make changes to help our situation when we didn’t ask Obama to lift a finger. Obama IS our best hope for institutional change in our community. We can’t let this time go to waste because it’s uncomfortable to fight.

  18. This whole premise is silly. First, Who has so much ,time to waste day dreaming about putting questions in the mind and mouth of a man who died in 1968? Second, this is just signifying monkey negro foolishness and expressions of self hate. You negroes had eight years to vent against Cheney and Bush, prevent the destruction of Iraq, reveal the economy destroying games of Wall Street and what did you do? You kept your dark skinned mouths shut and your dark skinned butts out of the streets of Wash. DC.

    Take Kings name out of it. Ask yourself these assanine questions. Then in 2016 run for President of the USA and win and show Mr. Obama how it ought to be done.

    I’m sure you didn’t vote for Pres. Obama. His election proved the insignificance of your non vote dear backward looking conservative ones. Yet you are still in shock. He won. Your argument is irrevelant. What are you doing for Black, Black, Black beside your Black self? Winners don’t talk about problems. Winners think and talk about solutions.

    What revolutionary acts did you Watkins et al, or your parents, friends, relatives and pastors engage in during Dr. King’s lifetime?

    No you didn’t. You ran your fearful mouths and you talked bad about Dr. MLK Jr. just like you are now down on President Obama.

    I was there when Negroes were not supporting Dr. MLK Jr in 1957 and 1968. When he was not welcome in y’all’s negro churches. When he was speaking real truth to illegitimate power. When he began to speak out against the American War in Vietnam. When he made Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson mad at him. I was there.

    You negroes be the Samuel L. Jackson character. Y’all ain’t nobody’s Django.

    Quit romanticizing Dr. MLK Jr and quit pimping his name.

  19. I wonder what 5 questions Dr. King would have for you. You are pathetic. Dr. King’s dream was based on equality, yet you make EVERYTHING about race. Are there not African American women, gays, people in need of healthcare, immigrants? I implore you to use your platform for good and not as a venue to continuously bash the President. Find another way to make a name for yourself.

  20. Dr. Boyce Watkins, YOU ARE NOT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.!! How dare you presume to ask what he would ask!! You have lost it!! It’s African Americans like you who, through your jealousy and enviousness, that keeps us from progressing!! We may never see another Black president in our lifetime. Yet, you, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and other so-called Black intellectuals do nothing but criticize everything the President does.

    FIRST OF ALL, YOU LIE ABOUT THE MAN. DO UOU LISTEN TO HIS SPEECHES? How many times does he have to mention the plight of minorities? What did he have to do with the war on drugs? Didn’t he get us out of a war that he inherited but had nothing to do with?

    I HOPE YOU MAKE YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND SPONSORS HAPPY!!

  21. yOU KNOW WHAT JAMES – ITS PPL LIKE YOU TO WHY BLACKS DON’T GET AHEAD. JUST LIKE THOSE TOMS IN THE OFFICE WHO KNEW THAT BIGOT WAS SETTING ME UP AND DID NOT SPEAK UP. I AM ENTITLED TO MY OPINION AND I KNOW WHAT I WAS TOLD BY MY CASEWORKERS ON THE EEOC. AS FAR AS CRIMES, WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY SET BEHND BARS FOR SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T DO AND SEE HOW IT FEELS. EVIDENTLY YOU DON’T WATCH SHOWS ON TV THAT SHOWED ACTUAL PEOPLE DOING TIME FOR CRIMES THEY DID NOT COMMIT SAT FOR 25 YEARS AND EITHER THE ONES WHO COMITTED SPOKE UP OR THIER CASE WAS INVESTIGATED TO FIND THE TRUTH. SO BASH THAT NON SENSE. WHO CARES ABOUT RICH ENTERTAINERS. I MEAN REALLY CAUSE THEY d**n SURE DON’T GIVE A d**n BOUT ME OR YOU. I KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT SECRET SOCIETY MORE THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT – THEY WNTED ME TO BECOME A MEMBER I REFUSE TO BECOME A PART OF ANYTHNG SATANIC. SO YOU READ MORE ABOUT IT. MY QUESTIONS ARE ADDRESSED FOR THE PRESIDENT NOT FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS FAME BY SPEAKING THIER OWN OPINION ONLINE. PA LEASE GO GET YOUR LIFE. GIVE ME THE MONEY TO START MY BUSINESS AND I WILL. I WAS ON MY WAY BUT BIGOTS GOT JEALOUS. MY PENSION WA$ GOING TO BE HUGE IN 2019 IN ORDER FOR ME TO DO SO – SO DON’T TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO GO AND DO. MIND YOURS OKAY? OH AND I WAS IN HAWAII WHEN OBAMA WAS THERE FOR CHRISTMAS, MY DAUGHTER LIVES 60 SECONDS FROM WHERE HIS PLANE LANDS WHEN HE VACATES THERE. h**l WE WERE AT PARADISE COVE WHEN THE TROOPERS WERE SHUTTING THE TRAFFIC DOWN FOR THEY KNEW HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO BOARD HIS PLANE MY SON N LAW KNEW A BACK ROAD SO WE WOULD NOT BE ENTRAPPED. WE WENT OUT TO THE AREA WHERE IT IS RUMORED HE IS GOING TO BUILD/RESIDE I WAS JUST CURIOUS. YOU MEAN YOU YOU NEVER IN YOUR LIFETIME HADD CURIOSITY? YO TALK LIKE YOU SO ME TEMPORARY GOD. MIND YOUR OWN d**n AFFAIRS. YOU ARE NOT BARACK YOUR NAME APPEARS TO BE JAMES!

  22. wHAT HAS ANYONE DONE? wHAT CAN WE DO WHEN WE ARE BLOCKED BY WHITE SOCIETY? WHEN WE DON’T HAVE $20,000.00 TO GET INTO THE OVAL OFFICE FOR A MEETING? WHEN WE INITIATE A GOOD PLAN AND TURNED DOWN BECAUSE OUR OWN RACE IS AFRAID TO SPEAK UP FOR TRUTH DUE TO FEAR OF THIER MASSA’S, WHAT CAN AN AVERAGE EVERYDAY HARD WORKING BLACK AMERICAN TO DO BEING THROWN INTO A STRUGGLING BRACKET BY WHITE SUPREMIST MS. DR. LORRAINE? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE OR DOING TO HELP YOUR PEOPLE THEN. I AM GETTING MY COLLEGE EDUCATION BECAUSE NO ONE IS GOING TO HIRE ME STARTING OUT A 25.00 AN HOUR.I APPLIED FOR A TOTAL OF 18 MONTHS IT JUST GETS TIRESOME SO A DECISION HAD TO MADE QUICKLY. BUT I AM INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR PPL?

  23. MLK MIGHT ALSO HAVE ASKED HIM WHAT HE MEANT BY HIS POEM AS FOLLOWS AND TO WHOM IS IT IN REFERENCE TO:
    One Today
    One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
    peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
    of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
    across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
    One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
    told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

    My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
    each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
    pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
    fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
    begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—
    bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
    on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—
    to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
    for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

    All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
    the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
    equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
    the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,
    or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain
    the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
    today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
    breathing color into stained glass windows,
    life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
    onto the steps of our museums and park benches
    as mothers watch children slide into the day.

    One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
    of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
    and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
    in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
    digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
    as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane
    so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

    The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
    mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it
    through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs,
    buses launching down avenues, the symphony
    of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
    the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

    Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
    or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
    for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom,
    buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días
    in the language my mother taught me—in every language
    spoken into one wind carrying our lives
    without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

    One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
    their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
    their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
    weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
    for the boss on time, stitching another wound
    or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
    or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
    jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

    One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
    tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
    of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
    that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
    who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
    who couldn’t give what you wanted.

    We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
    of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
    always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
    like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
    and every window, of one country—all of us—
    facing the stars
    hope—a new constellation
    waiting for us to map it,
    waiting for us to name it—together

  24. @There is no comparison between the two. King worked for black folks( or the Negro as he said in most of his written works) and Obama works for the aristocracy and plutocracy! ! When ghost Chinese have all of America’s bonds, this shyt is gonna fall down hard. Prepare yourselves black folks for that, cause as Romney says ” China owns us” and they laughing all the way to the bank, along with the fake Joos….Hotep

    • Yep. The US, Dems and Repub will soon conspire cut most of the black safety net for poor and needy within 10 years. Starting these next 4. Hispanics will soon hold almost as equal power as the monied elite minority I suspect, ’cause they got it real good now dog and getting better.. They have knowledge of their history and
      family values,(ours tricked and beaten out of us, then re-installed with a template for burden-bearers), self-pride and unity,
      U.S Amnesty for their criminal immigrants with information readily available to them on how to enter the US illegally and how to get on and use welfare to come-up,
      Bazillions of our tax dollars spent on accommodations for them in american schools,etc. (For spanish press 2)
      Lots of work available in building and construction trades compared to blacks (men)
      … and they send mega-loot from america to their home country. They are getting richer collectively, even in this economy in so many ways
      Its gonna be get it how you live way worse than it is today for us.
      I going to Canada. Its gonna get ugly. The powers that be are building 100′s of new prisons every year. They are going to get a return on this investment too by filling these prisons up with us bad black people.

  25. Correction -the Chinese ..

  26. Plus King sent Malcolm a letter wanting to meet because he saw that his non violent shyt wasn’t working and felt bad for letting us be beaten and maimed without recourse. THE FBI FOUND OUT ABOUT THAT PROPOSED MEETING AND THE REST IS OURSTORY…A REAL LEADER TAKES THE HITS FOR HIS FOLLOWERS AND SOLDIERS AND ALL OF OUR TRUE REBELS DID. WE HAVE GROWN SOFT LIKE TOM BRADY AN NEW ENGLAND, ASK BALTIMORE …LOLOL ..HOTEP

  27. Greg need to awake out of his slumber and quit dreaming, the POTUS has not addressed the issue when he has the power to do something what make one think he will do any thing when he is out of office with no power, Dr Boyce said the key word they are opperating on blind Faith they are believing that Obama will do more for them than Jesus Christ. He is in the loop with the high power of the political system and their game is smoke and mirrors, as the seniors say “fools gold” You are wright he is the president of all America and Afro-American are a part of America when do we get some attention to the problems that effect our community?

  28. DR. M L K WOULD HAVE A TALK. ABOUT THESE POINT AS TO GRILL THE PRESIDENT. OF ALL THESE REMARKS NO ONE HAS EVEN ADDRESSED WHAT THIS MAN IS UP AGAINST. WE CAN’T IMAGINE RIGHT NOW WHAT HE’S UP AGAINST. IT’S SO EASY OUTSIDE LOOKING IN AND MAKE ALL THESE ” SMART” ASSUMPTIONS. JUST BECAUSE HE’S PRESIDENT DON’T GIVE HIM THE POWER OF A KING. HE’S GOT TO DEAL WITH ALL SORTS OF INTENTIONS , SOME ARE EVIL.
    WE GOT TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES. WE CAN’T SEEM TO KEEP OUR OWN FAMILIES TOGETHER,A MOM AND A DAD. OF COURSE WE HAVE TO GIVE THANKS TO OUR FORMER PRESIDENT FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE HIM TO BE PRESIDENT. WITH THE HELP OF “WHITE” AMERICA WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY.

    THE MAN HAS DONE A LOT MORE THAN ANY ONE OF US, HE IS PRESIDENT.

  29. If nothing else Dr. Watkins has, in any case, made Black people think and that’s better than not thinking. Sadness is what I feel, however, as I read posts on the varying sides of the Obama presidency. They just seem to fortify the fact that Black people will never be a race of any significance. We were divided and conquered a long time ago.

    One thing for sure Blacks have been somewhat progressive and have moved into the “middle” class as it were. This is ideal for America as someone has to pay taxes. And Black people–who don’t know how to intellectually assemble–will bear the brunt of the taxes.
    The next political group–and they will get paid attention–will be the Hispanics. And we the Black people–via taxation–are financing their expansion.

    We are being told not to accentuate race and rise with the tide but we are actually sinking. Are we able to give birth–a very expensive endeavor nowadays–for free? No…we are having to forego having children because of the related expenses. Yet the Hispanics will soon outnumber us and be able to politically control us.

    Many of our middle class dollars go towards financing Israeli endeavors as well.

    I don’t know about the Obama lovers and haters, but we as Black tax paying Americans need to get a better return on our money.

    • UM hHMMM. Yep.

    • Hispanics have already passed us in population G. And they’ve passed us 3X in financial resources. Their men are working gainfully. Black men are not. If yo take black employed women out of the equation, The black male unemployment rate is simply astounding. Hispanics control building trades, hospitality, drug trafficking, etc, etc. and the Prez “has their backs” too? Must be nice I reckon.

  30. We must do for self! We as a people have got to stop depending on others. If we want the murder rate to go down in Chicago…d**n it….it’s us who’ve got to to stop it! The Nation of Islam has been telling us this for the last 50 years but we still want white America or a half black President to help out a condition that we should be taking care of our problems ourselves.

  31. Blackallaround365

    Hear this one time.

    President Obama…needs to pay the debt.

  32. Hotep Dr. Watkins,

    Thanks for having the courage to speak the truth. One of these respondents had the audacity to ask how would we know what Dr. King would ask? I guess this person knows little about Dr. King’s work. He was an outsider that used his superior intellect and big voice to champion the cause of the least of society. Obama represents everything that Dr. King worked to change.

    Maat Hotep!

  33. I agree with you Boyce.All can read Clybourn Carson “Martin Dream”.Mr Carson gave a interesting interview on Tavis Smiley PBS show.

  34. As a black man who managed to work my way up from the projects in Wilmington, NC, to a 6-figure job in telecommunications, I feel the vitriol of those who spew here very disturbing. Unlike most of you, I was born in the fifties, grew up in the sixties and seventies. Friends of mine are part of the Wilmington 10 (read your histories). I know all about the Jim Crow south.I know all about the “grinding our people down” of the past, as I lived it. All of you who think that Barack Obama is doing something good for the country, I have a question: Where was he when people were losing homes and jobs after the crash of 2008/9? Answer: He flew to Germany to tout for Chicago for the Olympics. His big deal? Getting mandatory health care. What good is having something you HAVE to pay for if you don’t have a job to pay it with?

    Another thing: when I was growing up, as one of the writers above stated, the number one thing that was on parents minds was education. And I mean a real education, where, when you left school, you can actually read, write, perform mathematical functions, and argue articulately. Nowadays, if you manage to graduate, whether you can read or not, is considered an achievement. Shame. The democrat party is working hard to dumb down America, especially black America, yet people fall in line to support the democrat party “because they provide us with government money!” In other words, they give you welfare, so you don’t have to work. And Barack Obama likes this. Now that I got your attention, let me bring some facts to you:

    The republican party, the party of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Abraham Lincoln, was the first, and the only party, to continually fight for the black American, throughout the history of our country. Don’t get mixed up with conservatives and liberals. There are conservative republicans, but the majority of republicans believe in equality, the right of the individual to grow and become more than what they began with, the right of every individual the pursuit of liberty, freedom, and to live without fear of tyranny. Republicans have always helped others, because that’s what America is all about, making sure we all reach our potential, instead of settling for a lot less. And the democrats? A history lesson: The Good Ol’ Boys that were constantly hanging “nigras”, keeping our people down, raping our women, forcing our families into near-slavery after the Civil War? They were all democrats. Democrats believe in keeping the upper hand. After all, we all remember George Wallace, Governor of Alabama. He was a Democrat. Huey Long, infamous governor of Louisiana? Democrat. The KKK? All democrats, because the democrat party was the only official party of the south for a long time. The hatred that was spewed from the party has been changed to a lullaby, sweetly lulling our people back into the same thing as before, back in the good ol’ days of Jim Crow. Yes, there were some northern democrats that came down, led by the Kennedy brothers, to help the republicans who had been working hard to free everyone from the grip of the Good Ol’ Democrat boys. But when the Kennedy boys died, so did the chance for a change for the party.
    Republicans, as much as people in the media revile them, stand for standing on your feet, being your own person.

    I know that many of you will scream, not ask, not query, but scream “WHAT ABOUT ALL THEM RICH REPUBLICANS THAT DON’T CARE??” For each rich republican that seems not to care, there are several thousands who have given, generally without fanfare, to various charities, to uplift people regardless of race, creed, religion, orientation, etc. Now, let’s look at the other side: Jay-Zee and Beyonce have billions, and are miserly in giving out charity. Oprah Winfrey disdained helping throughout the US. She decided that Africa was where she needed to put her money, so that she could uplift children. We have thousands of children in ghettos around the country that need help, why leave the country? Ahh, but she does her famous “Oprah’s Favorite Things” for her fans. Yup, and the fans have to deal with the tax reprecussions, Oprah doesn’t care. Use the money for a good cause. P-Diddy, Puff Daddy, whatever you want to call him, where is his support for the black American.

    I know that I will get a lot, yes, a lot of vituperative (that means nasty) remarks. I have a thick skin, I was born in the Jim Crow south. I was born on the couch in the projects on 4th street. You think you’ve had a rough life? I say grow up, use your brains, and lets get back to what we were before people let TV turn themselves into couch potatoes, and video games, youtube and facebook, and apple messaging systems (iphone, ipad, idontcare)as well as android, took over our lives.

    If you really want to slam me, or if you have any comments for me, please feel free to come to http://teaparty4me.blogspot.com/ and drop me a line. We are Americans. We are Black Americans. We are not African-Americans. We are not Afro-Americans. We are Americans. Let’s act like we are.

  35. As usual, people writing the diatribes against Dr Boyce Watkins cannot look at his message instead of hating on him personally. I do not agree with everything that he says- indeed, I think that he has taken certian liberties when making assumptions about the President, but he is not wrong.
    We cannot place the onus of the blame on the President, though. Neither is it a crime to cry for those at Sandy Hook. I don’t care what colour those children were, tht crime was heinous and tragic beyond belief. If I was President, that too would be the worst day of my Presidency. Every shooting of an innocent would also be on my mind.
    People criticisng Dr Watkins don’t seem to realise that he respects the President too. He does not hate him. He is proud to see a black man in office. However, that does not have to entail being blind. Many Africa Americans hating on Dr Watkins are just unconditionally accepting of everything the President does. That is not intelligent.

  36. To say its not Carol’s responsibility to do anything is just plain WRONG! It is every black person’s resposibility to do something and to do everything. Do we just expect Obama to do for black people because he is black? What about the presidents before him? Do they get a pass because they are white? What about the president after him? The last time I checked, black people are americans and we should demand something from every president? Do we have an agenda? No. I want people to post exactly what he should do. Be specific. Gay people want to get married and have their partner share in their benefits. Specific. Immigrants want to become legal citizens and not be deported because they came over illegally. Specific. Now its our turn. He gave more government funding to HBCUs. That’s on my agenda , I have 2 daughters in one and 2 more kids on the way. Thank You Obama. He is raising the free grants that college students can get. Now you will pay on your student loans 20 years, after that you are done. The interests rates on those loans are lower. Thank You again. Now your turn, what should be on the black agenda. Again, be specific

    • Glad you are happy with your piece of cake Latrice
      Here is some of the my black agenda I respectfully submit.

      1) Community-Oriented Policing of Black Communities, End the war between police and blacks.-Assign enough beat-walking police to walk the streets of black neighborhoods 24/7 for now and to knock on doors during the day and get to know the people personally in the area and they must serve that area for at least one year.(The vast majority of us blacks are not criminals) This established and highly successful policing tactic is reserved today for affluent,white or rural communities, would drop urban crime dramatically. (But what would they do with all of the penitentiaries that they have built/building now)

      2)Give black women an honest assessment of the job they are doing as de-facto head of black households, including a candid discussion of the black woman’s role of complicity in children growing up without fathers (we cant make’em alone, she chose the dude to procreate with).

      3)Mandate and fund entrepreneur training in black schools by successful entrepreneurs, MBA’s, etc Lets teach our black kids in public schools how to create wealth, make jobs and legacy-type equity the real american way instead of huntin’ for jobs.

      4)Stop spending money on killing people and use same money to make peoples lives better.

      5) Use the Canadian prison model where incarceration is used to punish and rehab convicts by offering skilled vocational trade training opportunities for the prisoner to have marketable skills when he/she hits the streets. Give tax breaks, companies that hires newly released prisoners. Teach inmates how to start their own (legal)businesses

      There’s more. lot’s more. Holla back.

  37. To all African Americans nationwide comatose and clueless about the the need to hold Barack Obama accountable to seriously and tangiably addressing major issues negatively impacting African Americans’nationwide such as, for example, off the chart nearly 20% unemployment.

    Millions of middle-class and working-class African Americans nationwide have rapidly lost life savings, homes via foreclosure, depending on food stamps/medicaid for the first time ever, and have fast fallen into becoming the nation’s new poor joining the long existing African American poor. Dr. Boyce Watkins, Cornel West and others are absolutely dead on right about Obama callously ignoring African Americans and surely brazenly taking African Americans’ votes for granted big time.

    Given that previous former white POTUSs met with African American leaders and tangiably addressed major issues negatively impacting African Americans, why in the world should Obama be given a free pass? You know who’s not giving him a free pass? Hispanics, gays, women’s groups, and veterans. This January 2013 prior to his re-swearing-in, Obama announced that his priority to create and pass legislation to make Latinos living illegally in America legal.

    While Obama has long ignored and done absolutely nothing about record highest ever African American unemployment nationwide and steadily climbing, helping illegal immigrants is somehow a much higher priority for him than African Americans whose ancestors as involuntary slaves and treated like animals built this country. This in addition to the fact that Obama also believed no African American fit to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court as he also previously first rewarded the Hispanic community by appointing a Latina Supreme Court Justice and ensured many thousands of Latinos were hired in key executive service and middle management positions throughout the federal government.

    Hispanics and others don’t care about Obama’ race, but they d**n well expected him to address their issues in exchange for their votes. They understand that it’s politics and how the game is played. Black people, on the other hand, have remained so freaking awe-struck over 1/2 black Obama and foolishly protective of him and his assumed fragile presidency. And, guess what? Shrewd and clever 1/2 white Obama and his rich white Jewish backers very well knew you all would be and that Obama could easily pimp / milk African Americans’ votes for free just by the color of his skin and that African Americans would be so darn happy dancing, prancing, crying and blinded by historic symbolism of Barack and Michelle in the White House they would twice back him demanding nothing in return for their overwhelming votes and Obama certainly wouldn’t do anything either.

    So, many of you may say, well what in the world can Obama really do about high African American employment? You know it’s funny that Franklin Roosevelt had no trouble coming up with a program to put white, black, and other Americans to work following the 1929 stock market crash. Given all of the incredible brain power, think tanks, academics, and intellectuals available natiowide and worldwide to Harvard educated POTUS Barack Dolittle Elitist Obama, surely Obama and all those smart rich white men he has surrounded himself with could certainly come up with something too. Like for instance, some particular product or service greatly needed and highly marketable in America, Europe, Asia, or Africa that could be manufactured right here in America to provide jobs. Or, how about Obama giving American corporations who’ve shipped millions of jobs overseas tremendous incentives they simply would not refuse to immediately bring those jobs back to America.

    Rather than continuing to foolishly fawn over Obama, African Americans nationwide should without fail not only expect, but also very quickly unite to demand that Obama do something at minimum about soaring unemployment and desperately needed jobs. Afterall, without overwhelming African American votes, Obama d**n well wouldn’t have his.

    • You must OVERstand, that O’Drama, and I repeat, was ‘selected and hired’ to keep the needs of the rich and greedy…RICH and GREEDY, and the needs of the POOR and HUNGRY…POOR and HUNGRY!!!

      He was not hired to HELP BLACK PEOPLE! Can’t y’all tell, he LOVES caucasoids? His entire entertainment ceremony consisted of mexicans and caucasoids!!! HE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION MLK’S NAME IN HIS INAUGRATION SPEECH!!! Were y’all listening?

      I keep telling y’all, our votes mean NOTHING! Our votes only help ALL of these foreigners, who are taking over OUR communities. How in the heII, can negroid females SUPPORT and GIVE these asians their money, when those mongoloids HATE THEM? Fake hair is a 9 BILLION dollar business, and asians have kept Black hair stylist, and business owners out of this economic monetary business!!! BUT, negroid females continue to give them THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY…and laugh, skin and grin when they do it!!!

      These clownish negroids on the news are the same…Always skinnin’ and grinnin’ with those yankees, who HATE them.

      NEGROIDS WILL NEVER WAKE UP, AND IT’S OVERTIME FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO UNITE AND ORGANIZE AND ‘TAKE’ AND ‘DAMAND’ WHAT IS DUTIFUL OURS!!!

      O’DRAMA AIN’T GONNA DO A godda*mn THANG FOR YOU NEGROIDS!!!

  38. He already knows it. And if he doesn’t, wait till he gets out of office in 2016. I honestly believe that President Barack Obama will not react to a lot of things until he is away from the Presidency. That is when this whole thing is going to really hit him. He is in a tight fish bowl right now. The real Barack Obama will be tested after he gets out of office. He does not have the time to see the whole picture of this. He knows it. But this job is full of duties. You are too consumed with duties and responsibilities in it. The real Barack Obama will come back after he is away from this office. There is no citizens who can understand what it is like being President except one who has been one. Be patience folks, this saga is a long way from being over.

    Greg’

    Personally I think he has already been tested in his first term and the second one will be full of tests which I hope he is learning from.
    One of the things that one needs to appreciate when it comes to taking on the job of being a public official is that one’s life is no longer their own when they go into office and those who they obey and are obligated to are people of so-called stature who we will rarely meet or see.
    In short, public interests have been sold out long ago and to think that these public officials will make an effective change on behalf of the people with that kind of reality behind them would be foolhardy to say the least.

    Before public officials enter into any electoral race for office they are fully aware of this reality and when they win it becomes most apparent to some of us that they’re there to serve their own interests as they hardly ever deliver on anything that they promised the people.

    By and large one’s entry into public office presents a unique opportunity to violate our endorsement of them by trashing the peoples’ mandate by telling lies, selling empty promises and planting seeds of corruption…this unfortunately is the nature of the job whether state or federal.

    Pres. Obama will not deliver on any of his promises accept those who have lobbied him effectively. He does the bidding of very powerful global institutions and they’re the ones who control his seat.
    What Pres. Obama will find after 2016 is that he would have alienated himself from the very community that helped to place him where he is today and he would have no choice but to further alienate himself by serving the white establishment until they’ve had enough of him.

    The divine winds of change are blowing in this country, lets hope that Obama and indeed us learn our lessons with wide awake eyes.

  39. Since we were celebrating the birth of MLK, why wasn’t his son MLK 3rd, sitting up in the front row at the inaguration with the others. President Obama was using his dad’s BIBLE. If you look at the soundbite that was televised of Kelly Clarkson singing and President Clinton looking around Joe Biden to get a glance of her, you would see MLK the 3rd sitting there and no one even mentioned him. Did they even ask him to speak? Did they give his dad’s BIBLE back to him or what? I thought it was so out of place and he should have been right up there with the others.

    • O’Drama hates Black men…plain & simple! Sharptongue is nothing, but a scapegoat kissin’ O’Drama’s azz, so he can stay on tell-a-LIE-vision.

      If you OBSERVED the show (inaugration) there were NO BLACK MEN AT ALL on the program, when he placed his hands on that bible, spoke, or gave a speech!!!

      THIS MULATTO IS A SLAVE, AND ALL THAT godda*mn KISSING (Michelle) AND WHAT-HAVE-YOU, DON’T MEAN A DA*MN THANG!!! HE NEEDS TO QUIT KISSING cracker’s azzes AND START BEING A MAN!!!

      THAT godda*mn bible and integration are what have negroids fvcked up!!!

  40. Ms. Laws-Bennett I agree with everything you said. I like most everyone on this blog voted for President Obama twice standing in long lines each time to do so weeks before the election. I understand Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, & Dr. Boyce’s point, however, our President is our President & everyone else’s. He is the President of the United States of America, not the NAACP!!! That said I am wanting more from our President in regards to black people. It would be disheartening to have him go through his last term feeling as though he has turned his back on his own kind. The ones largely responsible for putting him in office. I have faith in the President and hope some of the issues Dr. Boyce spoke on he will address in this term; Hopefully! Time will only tell though.

  41. When will we wake up Black people and realize that Obama’s agenda is for every other group except Black People’s. We gave this man ninety five percent of our votes and we have some fools who say we should not ask for anything from his administration, that he is the president of all people.

    Well all people have an agenda and we certainly do too. This man is only interested in pleasing his white surrogate advisers. He has an agenda that is not in the interest of Black people, face it Negroes.

    Dr. Boyce you are 100 percent correct as well as Dr. West, Tavis Smiley, Minister Farrakhan, Dr. Claude Anderson any many others.

    This president does not give a d**n about you and our children dying in the streets. Wake up NEGROES he has to answer to his WHITE BOSSES!!!

  42. Preach sista Debra preach! And lets not forget the black appointments that he gave up on without a fight-Susan Rice, Errol Southers, Van Jones! Twice elected, but no pardons! What would Dr. King say about that? Now, blacks who want to continue to apologize for the president’s lack of action in addressing issues that affect the African-American community, are now calling for blacks to “do for themselves”. Well, blacks can’t enforce civil rights laws/labor laws! That’s the president’s job (Eric Holder DOJ) Black folk still get fired and laid off from jobs in disproportionate numbers! What about a labor agenda and pushing back against these weak labor mechanisms concerning the National Labor Relations Act? In Indianapolis, we’ve had (I believe) instances of election fraud, media malfeasance and judicial misconduct! Where’s the Obama/Holder Justice Department? And if you can really handle the truth, Indiana is where the president actually won his re-election because we kept Governor Mitch Daniels from running for president! And Mr. Obama knows it! Too long a story for this post though! But as Tavis said, “Unless something miraculous happens in the next four years under this president, blacks will have lost ground and we will be left wondering if we paid too high a price for the Obama ticket” I knew we should have went with that white woman! I love seeing the Obamas in the White House, but the president has to get his “s**t” together! Put me in the Drs. Watkins, West and Smiley column!

  43. Never be afraid to speak the truth my brother,
    For to know it & not speak it is a disrespect to our people & yourself !

  44. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-916114

    Dysfunctional Elected Black leaders, Black on Black Crime, Apathy on the part of the Black middleclass, High Unemployment of blacks, Amnesty/Dream Act, and the Mexican Mafia’s Green Light on killing U.S. born blacks is sending the Black community to the “Gallows”.

    1. Dysfunctional and treasonous elected black leaders

    “Barack Obama and the Betrayal of Black America” By Chidike Okeem, June 2, 2011, TheAmericanThinker.com

    “A conversation between President Obama and the black community” Published on Jun 7, 2012 by drboycewatkins.

    ….and it makes no sense pertaining to why any U.S. born black elected official would promote this, when communities of U.S. born descendants of slavery are being displaced by illegal aliens from around the world.

    Why The Black Caucus Looks The Other Way On Immigration-By Joe Guzzardi on May 9, 2003.

    YouTube: “Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 1” Uploaded by crowdiforniaon Jun 10, 2009

    YouTube: “Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 2” Uploaded by crowdifornia on Jun 10, 2009

    2. A treasonous, self serving and elitist Black middleclass.

    “The Negro Family:The Case For National Action” U.S. Department of Labor and the Patrick Moynihan Report, 1965

    Chapter V. The Case for National Action

    Selected Excerpt:

    “The fundamental importance and urgency of restoring the Negro American Family structure has been evident for some time. E. Franklin Frazier put it most succinctly in 1950:

    “As the result of family disorganization a large proportion of Negro children and youth have not undergone the socialization which only the family can provide. The disorganized families have failed to provide for their emotional needs and have not provided the discipline and habits which are necessary for personality development. Because the disorganized family has failed in its function as a socializing agency, it has handicapped the children in their relations to the institutions in the community. Moreover, family disorganization has been partially responsible for a large amount of juvenile delinquency and adult crime among Negroes. Since the widespread family disorganization among Negroes has resulted from the failure of the father to play the role in family life required by American society, the mitigation of this problem must await those changes in the Negro and American society which will enable the Negro father to play the role required of him.”

    “Palmdale woman accused of torturing her children” by Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2013

    3. High unemployment of U.S. born blacks

    4. Treasonous, sleazy, and greedy beyond belief no good stealing from his or her church congregation sacrilegious reverends.

    YouTube: “My Problem with the Black Church” Uploaded by SpadeProject on Mar 23, 2008

    5. Senseless black on black killing, maiming, and other serious criminal acts perpetrated by other U.S. born blacks.

    “Fond Memories of Tookie” by Cobb, November 23, 2005.

    “Teenage Girls Charged With Robberies At U Of C”

    6. Mexican Mafia’s Green Light on killing U.S. born blacks, and major drug trafficking network in most any black community…

    YouTube: “Mexican Mafia Targets L.A. Blacks” by panchovilllla.

    ….can only lead to. the extinction of U.S. born blacks in Compton, CA, Inglewood, CA, Oakland, CA, Detroit, MI, Chicago, ILL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD., etc., etc.

  45. William B. Johnson,Sr

    The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States is still hard for me to believe.I woeked like h**l for his election both times and do not regret it.I have seen his moves so far and agree with 90% of what he has done knowing that the repubs are a thorn in his political side.However, it is time that he “come on with it”.He should appoint more Black folk to positions of power (Blackmen in particular).He must speak directly to the needs of Black folk and take steps to make a difference for us.Yes, we are deserving of special attention. These other folk have gotten special attention all of these yrs.I sincerly hope he does not listen to the wrong counsel and simply play it safe with that “President of all the peop-le bit”.That has gotten old.So yes, I agree wholeheartedly with Boyce Watkins and look forward to this Black president addressing Our concerns during this 2nd term.What is there to be afraid of now? Only fear itself

  46. It is not easy for President Obama. Those who are critizise him cannot do any better. He is doing very well under the circumstances, and he should be supported.White people are strange and even setanic like people, and he has to be very careful with them,and as the first black president in the so called white house in racist American , with European racism knitted into its very fabric.I often wonder when and how he sleeps.The old racist white men who control the American Repuplican Party all expected him to fail, they are surprised that he is so smart,and has done such a good job, because the Europen theiving former presidents, from George,and the other so called founding theiving fathars have messed up the system which he is being blamed for and honestly trying to clean up.He has opened the door wider for black men and women,and even white women, for they did not give them the vote until the 19th amendment.Stop pressing and perming your hair, change your name, stop celebrating European holidays, starting with their Christmas.Unify behind African, support African, live and breathe African, wear something African every day, be deathly proud to be African.Stop critizing the brother president it is not easy for him in this racist society.

  47. Amen, Amen. Dr. Watkins, you have said everything that I am feeling so well, I cannot find words to thank you. I will admit that I got cought up in the Obama excitement. h**l I even given him my money. But it did not take very long to see through him.As I said he is just another STINKING POLITICIAN. And on top of that he is black, and blacks dont look out for other blacks. I believed he would have been different, how silly of me.,
    Any blacks who look out for other black interest pays with their lives.Example Dr. King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey That is if they are sincere and are true to the cause.They did not kill Garvey, because they know that Jamaican are MAD PEOPLE, they would walk on water to the United States.
    Insstead of leveling the playing field for blacks could compete and improve Mr. Obama, has put up a fence to keep us out.It is sad when one have to say blacks have a better chance with a white administration than with anther black man like Obama in the white house.
    Instead of supporting blacks, Mr Obama, is helping the Europeans recolonizing AFRICA. He is supporting the French in Mali., which is taking over Mali, for the URANIUM, GOLD, and OIL that have been discovered in the northern part of MALI.WE HAVE BEEN DOOPED AGAIN.

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