Pat Buchanan Needs to Take the Word “Boy” Out of His Vocabulary

5 Aug

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

Pat Buchanan, one of the most divisive political constructs of this century, made an interesting comment about President Barack Obama.  In a recent interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Buchanan referred to President Obama as Sharpton’s “boy.”

The remark led to Sharpton responding with the kind of ferocity that the situation demanded, telling Buchanan that he needs to respect Barack Obama as his president and everyone’s president.   Buchanan initially refused to issue an apology, but eventually took the time to “clarify his remarks.”

First, one can understand what Buchanan may have meant by his reference to President Obama as Sharpton’s boy.  Rather than disrespecting President Obama’s manhood, the comment likely applies to the highly public alliance between Rev. Sharpton and President Obama.  Even I’ve taken some issue with Rev. Sharpton over this partnership, for I feel that it is risky for a black leader to express unconditional support for any political figure, which may undermine his ability to lead in an objective way.  It’s OK for Black leaders to support politicians of their choosing, but the relationship must always be conditional upon on-going, renewed, and consistent mutual sacrifice for the Black community at-large (i.e. personal benefits should be excluded).

With that said, Buchanan was still entirely off-base with his statement about the president.  Even if Buchanan’s remark about President Obama was benign, Pat does not possess enough social capital with the Black community to use the word “boy” in any sentence that addresses an adult African American male.  Remember that Buchanan is the man who once threw snow balls at a bus that he called “The Boston Blackie” because it carried African American maids to work.

Sharpton was right to correct Buchanan when he made his comments, and I’m glad that he did.  In many ways, resentment of the first African American president has become so toxic that Obama’s election has led to otherwise patriotic men disrespecting the presidency itself.  Not since the Civil War has America seen such divisiveness between the rich and the poor, black and white, liberal and conservative.   Men like Pat Buchanan lead the charge by reminding every gun-totting hillbilly that having a Black president clearly means that our nation has gone to hell in a hand basket.  We can never believe that we our nation has become so sophisticated that it can’t suddenly regress into a volcano of violence.

Buchanan is a relic of the past, and a hero for those who long for a time when African Americans had no meaningful political voice.  He probably doesn’t understand why Black men take issue with the word “boy” because he’s never been treated like a boy in adulthood. The 73-year old  political dinosaur called Pat Buchanan (who actually wrote speeches for Richard Nixon over 40 years ago) should choose his words carefully and end his career with as little volatility as possible.  Once he’s uttered his last bit of ignorance on MSNBC, the world will move seamlessly forward without him.

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


33 Responses to “Pat Buchanan Needs to Take the Word “Boy” Out of His Vocabulary”

  1. Pudding August 6, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Dr. Boyce: YOU and your ilk have opened the door for people to disrespect President Obama and you should be ashamed of yourself for your significant contribution to this attitude that white politicians now have as a result of infidels like you. As far as Al’s close alliance with President Obama, why is that any different than your obvious personal alliance with West and Tavis ? Where do you think you get off questioning whether someone else’s admiration and respect for our first black President equates to unconditional support, and since when do YOU get to dictate what conditions must exist for someone else to be supportive of the President just because YOU choose to diss him at every opportunity ?! You yourself have been so disrespectful of President Obama that you have forfeited the right to chastise a white politician for following your lead. So go ahead and collect whatever monetary rewards the conservatives/Republicans are giving you for keeping this controversy going but don’t pretend to be outraged when others take up the gamut and run with it. After all, that was your goal from the very beginning. We see the real you and we will NOT let your actions and intentions go unnoticed.

    • Blkpanther August 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      Where the hell do you get off blaming Dr Boyce for something done by Obama to Obama? This man will not stand up for himself, address the racism question and you want to blame Dr Boyce? You’re what is called an inabler, you will condom the bad behavior of this president and will not address his faults…We have the worst depression in the black community with the highest unemployment, homelessness, and who’s fault is that? I see Obama going to Chitown for a 35.8K a plate fund raiser and he has no time to address our jobs issue…The people who’re paying him 35.8K are the ones he’s listening to, giving tax breaks to them, while cutting out the aid to the poor who have nothing to do with corporations and the top 10% not paying their share of taxes…Get a life and wake the help up, I would suggest you put down the Obama crack pipe, back away slowly from the table, put down the cyanide laced Kool Aid you’re sipping on and stop blaming the victim, this is Obama’s problem created by him for supporting white supremacy…

      • gimmeabreak78 August 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

        You can’t be serious in your response to Pudding.

        Minor points, but I’m sure you you meant to write “Enabler” and not “Inabler” and “CONDONE” instead of “CONDOM” (last I checked nothing in this article was about safer sex practices).

        Further more, you are holding Pres. Obama responsible for black poverty and unemployment? Did he not inherit an economy that was already in the throes of a deep recession? Was black poverty and unemployment nonexistent before Pres. Obama was elected? Were you not alive during the Regan, Bush I and Bush II years? How were black people faring economically then? I must say, you are an excellent historical revisionist.

  2. Bob Lee August 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    What’s all the fuss about? President Barak Hussain Obama, told this republic that the ‘federal government’ is flat broke when he was running for this office. He (the President) warned of the American economy becoming ‘worst before getting better’.
    Forget about all the underhanded bullying the previous administration carried out, even to the point of ‘high-jacking’ the presidency!
    Of course them ‘good old boys’ feel threatened this ‘mulatto’ has been elected to represent this great republic. Unfortunately, for them, they let their ’emotions supersede their intelligence’, what ever little they’ve got in the first place.
    They need to attack those corporations that sponsor weapons manufacturing and war, racism and discrimination. Where times are reaching a ‘no holds barred’ kind of mentality, ones best line of defense is offense. Time to draw cards.

  3. lenore August 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Sorry Dr. Boyce,

    I totally agree with pudding. I may be missing something, but I have not seen you being supportive of our President. He has stumbled but i have not seen you ther to give him encouragement or to help lift him up. You come down on him for being friends with Rev. Al Sharpton? You remind me of the people who came down on him for being friends with his former Pastor. He just got into office.He is not magic. I think he is in the worst position a leader could be in. The good ol boys in washington would do anything to discredit him and you nit pick over afriendship he has. Think of someway to help.

  4. Rex A. Faison August 7, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    We all know that Mr. Pat Buchanan is a bigot of the 1st order. Why are WE fussing about that? President Obama did not cause this mess that WE find ourselves in. In fact he has done a yeoman’s job thus far! What other president in recent time has got the Congress and the Senate to begin to do some REAL work and take responsibility for their actions. Those that criticize President Obama should at least give him the same benefit of the doubt that You gave his ‘white’ predecessors. PEACE!!

  5. Claudia August 7, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    First of all, everybody knows that Pat is a red neck who believes in the old times of controling black people and having them beneath him. Obama should be uplifted by as many people as possible whether they be blacks or whites. Al Sharpton has done no harm in supporting Obama. Doesnt the white supremist supports one another, doesnt the racism that goes on with the Republicans supports each other and stands up for one another. I think our President is the best he can, afterall all hell has broke out since his Presidency against him. And no doubt conspiracies had availed as well. Especially looking at what hes up against everyday. He didnt bring our economy to this point nor the wars, nor whats happening in the black communities. It is the Republicans and people like Pat Buchanan whos the problem with our communities, taxes, homes and jobs not Obama. They are the ones whos fighting to cut programs that cater to the poor so they can continue to rob and feast off of you. With all respect Obama should be appreciated on even what he has accomplished already.

  6. Meanchick August 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I’m really angered by the criticism Mr. Obama receives for evry little thing. When he took office, there was no case with a magic wand to make it all better overnight. We are in trouble becuase Mr. Obama put the mounting war debt on the books, something Bush did NOT do, in order to start tackling it and dealing with it. We are still living under the crap Bush created, don’t be confused about that. Mr. Obama is still cleaning house in order to run it more efficiently. He has a tall order since every closet racist senator and congressman continue to oppose him no matter what to make him look bad and keep their wealthy friends pockets over-flowing. They even refuse to compromise! Waht does that tell you? They’d rather see us all go to hell-in-a-handbasket before they let Mr. Obama do his job! THAT’S how much THEY care about this country! Mr. Obama has ignored the ignorant and yes, at times, I’d love to hear him stand up and “go there,” but what good will it do? He’ll only be seen as ‘the angry black man.’ We’re waiting for Mr. Obama to do what we ourselves needed to do a long time ago; stand up for ourselves and not let even one instance of racism and inequality go unchecked!

  7. Chaddi K August 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Folks, come on now… Each comment has good points. Some off based ones too, but still. Pat B. is not worth us talkin about..period. So I wont. But yes waaaaaay too many folks have been incredibly harsh on Mr. Obama. He was handed a double dose of $hit and expected to turn it into sugar overnight. Still dont see the set up huh? The way the Bush admin left the country, it was time to LET a black man in as Pres. Exactly what I expected. Everyone and their mammy is blamin this country’s current screwed up state on the first black Pres sayin, “see what happens when we GAVE them a chance. Cut the man just a partial piece of the slack yall cut all the previous presidents. Also realize that the Pres doesnt have near as much power as u think. And stop expecting him to make things right for blacks in this country. THATS NOT THE JOB OF THE PRESIDENT. He can only do what he can do. H
    If he shows favoritism towards blacks like so many of u think he should, then he’s no better than his white predecessors. He does address issues regarding race, maybe not as much as some would like, but he does. Realize we as individuals have to make the changes that we want, expect and deserve. Stop waitin on the govt or white folks to stop bein racists numbnuts because its not gonna happen! Criticism is needed and expected, but try to be fair. Really think about how we came to this country and what we’ve overcome just to get to this point and maybe u can start to see how this was all ‘intelligently” designed to be exactly the way it is for us; F’d up all across the board. WE NEED TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE! Noone is gonna do it for us folks. Peace and much love. -Chaddi Kaufman

  8. theprovider August 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Pat Buchanan is a racist and should be fired by MSNBC. To all of the black critics of the president. A lot of black leaders wish they had become the first black, or wish that someday they could. It’s easy to criticize a person, but get in the same position and its a different situation. Only four other living presidents can understand what the president is experiencing now. He has done alot while he has been in office, remember he is the president of all people and he can’t focus one race. I agree that afican americans are being hit the harder than any other race. The world is changing and we have to prepare ourselves for the future and right now mere not doing a good job. The president can’t do it all we have to help. In closing it is said this economy is itellengence driven technologically enforced and african america unfriendly.

  9. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    I take issue with Pat Bauchanan, not Dr. Boyce. Dr. Boyce is intitled to his opnion, as individual person, however Pat my Boy, is a racist pig and all the rest of those Tea-Publican. The Tea Party came about because they could not stand the idea that a Black man is the comander of the the most powerful country in the world. Pat Boy doesn’t respect the President. The Tea Party and GOP, screamed about taking back my country, where did this country to, it is in the same place, that was code for get that Black man out of the white house. They are all so racist. where in any world have you heard any one scream during the State of the Union “YOU LIED” No Dr. Boyce is not the problem, Pat DUMB BOY ,and the rest of the ungreatful TEA_PUBLICAN. The President can not get one Black person confirmed for any position, other than
    Eric Holder, now that is true racist.

  10. Mr. Charlie August 8, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    I prefer the N word myself lol!

    • donkortez August 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Shame on you. The N -word was probably the last thing a lynch victim heard as he/she was being murdered. Ignorance is not bliss.

  11. Chaddi K August 8, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    A comment to a comment. Please read up pn the ‘willie lynch papers’. This ‘intelligently’ (sadistic) document will shed some light on why it is so hard for blacks to realize how we contribute to the racist propaganda that engulfs us on a daily basis. Also, how far can most of us trace our family lineage back? Not that far. Most of us have no clue who we are direct decendents of or from what part of the Motherland we originated. Its not just a cliche to say that “you dont know where u are going until u know where u came from. We dont know the strong and proud Africans that we are decendents of. All we know is the BS garbage in HIStory books that starts with being mass abducted and brought here. With the lack of that true knowledge, are u surprised that so many of us go down the wrong path in life? Stack that on top of the fact the we are constantly lied to and degraded. The ingenious plan to make the whole world believe that we are the “savages” that white America consistently portrays us to be? Its not by chance folks, THINK! RESEARCH! Peace and Love.

  12. oldwiseandcurious August 8, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Why are Americans segregating themselves based on the color of their skin? And if black Americans are doing this (and we are-) then white Americans can do this. And they are starting to…. What goes around., comes around. The racists are the original authors of this piece, and this web site. Race pimps…getting rich off of the ignorant. Sad….

  13. Chaddi K August 8, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I recommend that u view my earlier comment about the willie lynch papers. Separating us based on light and dark was devised long before we even spoke English. U dont even need to reference the wl papers. Just look at the house and field slave division and relationship. Ignorance is not always bliss old and curious. You still need to work on the wise part.

  14. nat turner August 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    can we stop with the willie lynch papers? if you do your homework you will find that the story is false…couldn’t have been written at the time said! Please stop it….already!!!!

    • donkortez August 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      Thank you! Too much of what goes as history is fiction. To many people don’t read history so are easily duped. Will Lynch was written in the 1920’s.

  15. oldwiseandcurious August 9, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    I don’t deny that racism exists. I am just trying to encourage black America not to encourage it. Enough already. Our President is black. White voted for him, and not based on the color of his skin. Whites will vote against him, and not based on the color of his skin. When we start voting in our interests, and not our pregudice of color, we will have achieved intellectual, economic and moral equality. Until then, the race pimps win.

  16. Chaddi K August 9, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    To “nat t” do more research genius and dont believe everything u read. Peace.

  17. nat turner August 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    to chaddi k, i researched the papers while earning my ph.d but i am sure the tenured professors on my committee should also do more research and refrain from accepting the empirical evidence that the papers are a fraud. wake up brotha, it’s a hoax and you drinking all of the kool-aid! i can explain it to you but i can’t understand for you. love and peace lol

  18. Chaddi K August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    To Nat T. Congrats on your phd 🙂 The document is an amalgamation of various documents and thought processes of the time. Dont take everything at face value. Those principles were most definitely in effect then and to this very day. They dont need an official name, but the wl papers is what they were given. May not be an actual official document of the times, but no doubt the frame of mind that cant be disputed. So please, no need to argue with me or anyone else on this site. We are all in the same boat and strive for similar goals. And enough with the coonery kool aid comments. Peace and love Nat T. Thats a powerful and well respected name. Dont shame it, honor it.

  19. nat turner August 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    spin it however to justify your point, but it still does not erase the fact that the story is a hoax…no different than santa claus, big foot; know white and the easter bunny! if you want to use it in that context, understand many people have never heard of the wl papers and will read your post and assume the story is true, unless noted. in addition, i don’t think i am shaming my name by exposing this story as a hoax to ensure black people are educated on the subject. your position to support a spurious document without notifying the reader is laughable, but if you cannot laugh at yourself, let me do it for you! peace…no hair grease

  20. Chaddi K August 10, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    Its your world phd nat t 🙂 I wont continue this waste of time back and forth with you. Peace.

  21. nat turner August 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    sorry…i didn’t mean to hurt your feelings; i was aiming for your head! you cannot control nor argue with facts… so take your ball and go home. i see your arrogance–sarcasm and i am sure you have been told about your propensity to be right all the time. don’t be a richard in life…admitting you’re an asshole is the first step. phd nat

  22. donkortez August 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Enough said about WILLIE LYNCH. Now, prepare for the big fight. Have your government-issued VOTER REGISTRATION CARD handy. Don’t have a VRC?. Go to Town Hall and find out how to get one. Your vote does count!

  23. D.a.g August 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Great editorial on this devotee of the founding (deist) Fathers!

  24. Chaddi K August 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I wasnt even goin to waste time replyin to u, but this comment shows you’ve been trained well by massa. You keep believing in votin and what u ‘think’ u know about Willje Lynch. Peace.

    • nat turner August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      but you did…your ego is too big…you have to be right and in control…lol! is massa attacks the best you can do? everybody is entitled to be stupid, but you are abusing the privilege!

  25. Chaddi K August 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    So now you are stalking me phd nat t? Im not readin your comments because u are childish and think u know more than u actually do. Please spare me your juvenile rhetoric and find a hobby. I know you’ll reply and it wont get read either. 🙂 Peace phd nat t.

  26. Nat Turner August 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    not stalking you and i don’t think i know everything…like you. what i do know is how to expose a pretentious, condescending person like you. twice now you have stated you will not read and respond…but you continue responding…is it your ego or ignorance making you (mr. intellectual) look like a complete ninny? peace, you big dummy! lol

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