Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  If you broadcast our audio commentaries please consider a recurring donation to Black Agenda Report.

Dr. Boyce Watkins's blog

  • Sharebar

    Perhaps Black People Should Stop Expecting Equality


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Watkins, an esteemed author, economist and social commentator, has seen the error of his ways. He has been wrong to argue that President Obama be made accountable to Black people, his most ardent supporters. Instead, Blacks should be accountable to the president. “Only whites, Jews, gays, women, labor groups and illegal immigrants are allowed to expect anything from the president.”

    Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous Should No Longer Be Invited to the White House


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous may do a lot of good for the White House, but what about the actual conditions of Black people? “It saddens me to see our most powerful civil rights leaders bowing to a racist American power structure by giving Democratic leaders carte blanche to leave the black community in ruins.”

    How King Barack’s Administration Has Neutered Black Leadership


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    The Obama presidency has squeezed the vitality out of Black politics, which is now defined by obeisance to the Black resident of the White House. “There are some who feel that the value of protecting a president from any form of black accountability far exceeds the consequence of seeing millions of people suffer in poverty, death and despair.”

    Is Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett the One Who Keeps Barack from Dealing with Black Issues?


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    We can no longer live in a world where anyone who asks President Obama to do something is defined to be an enemy of the administration.” Yet, it appears the president’s top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, believes her job is to silence Black critics. “It’s as if we’re being told to ‘stop snitching’ on the White House, while Obama Administration officials sit back and laugh at how stupid we are.”

    Al Sharpton Says Biden’s Slavery Comments Were “Over the Top,” Then He Retreats


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Barack Obama sends his number two, a white man, to tell Black folks that Republicans want to throw them back into slavery. You’d think Al Sharpton would object. But no, because “Black leadership has been effectively co-opted by the Obama Administration and the goal is to keep us doped up and afraid to use our Democratic voice.”

    President Obama: “I Am Not the President of Black America”


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    President Obama has made it clear once again that his role as president, as he sees it, renders him useless to Black people – although other groups find him quite helpful. “If the respect shown to black Americans does not match that which is shown to the gay community, Hispanic community and other demographics, then the Obama Administration has fallen woefully short in its duty to America.”

    With Poverty Worst in Decades, Maybe We Owe Tavis and Cornel an Apology


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    In much of Black America, it is dangerous to one’s political health to put forward a critique of the First Black President. Just ask Dr. Cornel West and veteran broadcaster Tavis Smiley. “Whenever Smiley and West try to bring up poverty, they are shut down, like the cousin who wants to tell grandma that her delicious soul food is going to give her diabetes.” It seems that protecting the political prospects of the Top Black Icon is more important than fighting growing poverty among the Black masses.

    Obama Stingy on Pardons


    by Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Clarence Aaron got three life sentences for a drug deal he wasn’t present at and for which he was not paid. The truth is, “there are thousands of men, mostly black and brown, who received several life sentences for very simple crimes, while their foreign ‘connects’ who imported billions of dollars worth of drugs were given very light sentences.” Aaron’s only hope is a presidential pardon. However, President Obama “is on track to be the least forgiving president in US history.”

    Syndicate content