Obama Insider Says Criticism from Black Leadership is “Bullsh*t”: The President is Having a “Beyonce Moment”

31 Aug

 

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action 

Politico recently quoted an Obama insider who had some interesting things to say about the criticism the president has been receiving from prominent African Americans.  “The whole thing is bull——. … We have met with [black leaders] more than any other group, and we are increasing our outreach,” the insider said.

The remarks are interesting and show a natural frustration to the rising tide (remember those words?) of well-known African Americans who no longer fear the stigma of using their Democratic voice to speak up on the challenges being faced by the African American community. 

“Our people are hurting,” said Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.). “Unemployment is unconscionable,” she added. “We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why this trip that he is on in the United States now, that he’s not in any black communities.”

Waters then pushed the issue further by daring a representative from the Obama Administration to actually say the word “black” at an event in Miami.  The staffer eventually said the word, but only reluctantly.

“We want him to know that from this day forward … we’ve had it,” Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said about President Obama. “We want him to come out on our side and advocate, not to watch and wait.”

Yes, President Obama is having a “Beyonce moment.”  In one of her most famous songs, Beyonce forces her boyfriend to use her name in conversation, proudly professing his love for her, rather than sneaking around and having sex with her when no one else is around.  Rather than simply allowing herself to be used as a tool to fulfill his needs, she demanded that he acknowledge her needs as well.

Black America’s political relationship with the Obama Administration is the subject of that Beyonce song.  The intense racial dichotomy of America is one in which almost no candidate can openly and prominently express love for or affiliation with the black community without experiencing a significant political backlash.  Bill Clinton got away with it, sort of, but President Obama was able to get where he is today by convincing white America that he is “not really one of those people.”  They considered him to be the exception to the rule, as Vice President Joe Biden once openly applauded President Obama for being “clean” and “articulate,” which Biden had apparently never seen from any other black political candidate.  Also, conservatives and independents love a black person willing to chastise black Americans with those “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” speeches, which lets elected officials off the hook for racially-discriminatory policies.

Things have changed for the president, at least in black America.  There is no number of appearances on the Tom Joyner or Steve Harvey Morning Shows that will clean up what has happened in black America due to the unemployment crisis.  The community has been economically hammered by a force no less violent than the hurricane and earthquakes that kept us from celebrating Martin Luther King’s memorial this week. In spite of the massive support the president will receive from black Americans in the next election, the votes of 2012 will come with a sigh instead of a smile.

It is the loss of hope for real change that serves as the greatest danger to Obama’s black support.  By convincing black Americans to let go of their expectation of political marginalization, Barack Obama was like the man who teaches an abused woman that it’s OK to love again.  But similar to the scorned lover in the Beyonce song, the president’s inability to say our name has served as the greatest crutch to his administration’s credibility within the African American community.  Black people don’t expect much; they have excused the administration for nearly every misstep, consistently arguing that Obama is “everyone’s president,” and not just their own.  But what started off as tremendous political flexibility turned into serious neglect – in fact, I can’t recall the president speaking publicly on any black issue in the last two years. The black community needed to know that the Obama Administration has been with us throughout the struggles we’ve experienced during this recession, and by refusing to acknowledge the community’s pain, the administration has failed the loyalty test.

Can the president recapture the support he had during the love affair of 2008?  Probably not.  Only politicians with a clean slate can produce such naïve optimism from the American public.  At this point, the president can only redeem himself with real jobs in black America, and that is only going to come through targeted economic policy.  But with the Obama Administration’s history of choosing economic advisors who favor Wall Street and corporate America over the rest of us, we’ll likely be standing in line behind the white folks again.

Black Americans are looking for real results, not just song and dance.  So, the president may not want to put all of his stock in Tom Joyner.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. 

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71 Responses to “Obama Insider Says Criticism from Black Leadership is “Bullsh*t”: The President is Having a “Beyonce Moment””

  1. BuckwheatsMomma August 31, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    I hardly think the President is putting ANY of his stock in Tom Joyner!

    What a foolish thing to write!

    We need to get involved with our so called “representatives on the local level, and stop trying to blame this President for everything that is wrong with black folks!

    I would like to know exactly what these CBC reps have done on a local level for the communities/people they represent?

    How many jobs, locally, have any of them provided for their districts?

    Maxine and all the others who are driving horse & buggies need to step down and allow new blood/ideas/talent to shine!

    I am so tired of these old worn out politicians who have not done the job we elected them to do, and they have the nerve to attack this President with this bull crap!

    • Cheryl August 31, 2011 at 3:51 am #

      Touche`

      • Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 6:57 am #

        Touche again. Give me a break. Where were they when the Republicans were destroying the country. Were they screaming and protesting then ? Will we as Black people ever stick together ? I guess they won’t be happy until we are back in the cotton fields or working in the white man’s kitchen or sitting in the back of the bus. Which is exactly where we are headed if Blacks don’t come out and support our president but insist in helping the others make President Obama a one term president.

      • ebonyeyes September 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

        How ignorant many of you sound. I applaud Maxine Waters for stepping up and calling Obama out. Mr. President didn’t have a problem stepping up and speaking up for LaRaza and other hispanic groups that demanded deportations to be stopped. He even signed an EXECUTIVE ORDER to stop deportations of hispanics who BREAK THE LAW. Now all of a sudden he comes up with a jobs bill to help who? These people still dont have to hire blacks because no one is holding employers accountable. We need some old fashioned boycotting and marching, and BLACK FOLKS STOP SUPPORTING THESE BUSINESSES THAT DO NOT HIRE US, STOP SPENDING EVERY DIME YOU GET!!! LET’S HOLD THOSE BLACKS ACCOUNTABLE THAT ARE MANAGERS, DIRECTORS, CEO’S. GET RID OF JEALOUSY AND START HELPING EACH OTHER. HOW MANY BLACK FOLKS WORK FOR “COACH PURSES?” WE LOVE TO EAT HOW MANY GROCERY STORES DO WE OWN? WE EMPOWER THEM WITH OUR DOLLARS

    • Phinesse Demps August 31, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      I agree! If Black America is really interested in seeing what President Obama is doing visit the website and see the MANY bills that will help Black out. Stop listening to MAINSTREAM media and silly post like this (Sorry Dr. Watkins this is another blog that is so wrong!). Ask the HBCU’s if the President looked out!…The ones that are saying that Black America is being ignored are: 1) Those who are in danger of loosing their political status for not looking out for those in their communities or district and 2) Because THE PRESIDENT is not trying to make this the homeboy network and is the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES, they are mad because they are not getting these high positions or favors…..It takes (2) terms for a President to really be able to do something. This PRESIDENT is cleaning YEARS of mess EVEN from the Clinton era. BLACK AMERICA RESEARCH, STUDY, AND READ TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH!

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

        Phinesse I agree with you. It seems to me that some African Americans voted for this President because they want him to do more for them than any other nationality. He is really in this thing alone (thank GOD for a strong woman like Michelle). The criticism from caucasians alone is horrible, then to have African American leaders like Maxine Waters who I admire to come out swinging at the President. He can’t win for losing!

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

        Wow a website! All our problems have been solved. The President has given us a website!

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

        Phinesse, you have served up. Some blacks thought we had a “homeboy” in the White House and it was gonna be all about “bubba and nem”.

      • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

        A visit to Obama’s website is nothing but pure and simple propaganda and fiction.
        Yes We Can Have The Highest Black Unemployment Rate in 24 Years. Yes We Can !

    • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      I applaud your comment. Maxine Waters should step back and take a look at her tenure as a representative. All she does is “mouth” off. Actions speak louder than words Maxine and your actions are at a minimal. Putting the blame off on the president is rediculous. Dr. Watkins, comparing the president to Beyonce is disrespectful…another inclined moment of disrespect toward him, but I must remember, you talk out of the side of your neck sometimes too. I don’t give a big rats butt if people think that he has not done a great job there is no reason for the disprect. It is senseless!!!

      • Anonymous September 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

        I agree. The gross lack of respect for our President by such prominent African American leaders only gives added fuel to the Republican far-right. How dangerous is that for Black America?

      • Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 7:04 am #

        Thanks again. There is no reason for the disrespect. ‘ Wake up EVERYBODY” TIME for thinking ahead…..”

    • chantaey August 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      Old and worn out?!? You are worn out early with your weak-ass mind. They are doing the work EVERY day!! Well you are young and dumb to overlook the accomplishments of all that came before Obama and paved the way for him to get in office. You are also stupid and willing to be deaf, dumb and blind and overlooked your own self . You are foolishly and ignorantly thinking that you will be the one to get the come up in the end if you hide behind those who hate you. You better check history! How about for your life, all of the blessings that came to you from those who weren’t afraid to represent for the original race- the Creators, “BLACK”!!!- now depart from you!! Let the silent slaves- forever types and white thieves determine what you get you ignoramus!!!

      • Anja September 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

        Ditto! What an passionate, intelligent and appropos response to such blatant ignorance!! Some people are so quick to attack or dismiss any black advocate or political figure who vehemently disagrees with President Obama’s policies!!

        It as if Mr. Obama is above criticism because he was elected as the first “colored” President. EVERY CITIZEN has the right to question the President or any other elected official. President Obama does not get a free pass because he a person of color.

        I have watched Mr. Obama and his benign neglect of the African American community. If he were white, people would be up and arms and ready to take him behind the shed for a good, old-fashioned posterior flagellation! Double digit unemployment, blatant employment and other discrimination, loss of homes and assets at unprecedented rates and there does not seem to be any sustained remedies or resolutions to these quagmires in our communities!!

        While I applaud ingenuity, hard work, education and the like, there is only so much that an individual can do if the right national policies are not enacted or enforced. The President, along with our congressional representatives, are expected to LEAD on these issues!

        In spite of all of the death, blood, sweat and tears that emerged from the civil rights movement, black people would still be political third world citizens without national laws and policies from the White House and congress.

        So, please do not be so quick to be overly critical and irreverent in your dismissal of our old, tired and worn out black leaders. And, finally, if you have better ideas, why don’t you run for political office, get elected and show them how it is really done!

    • evon September 3, 2011 at 4:19 am #

      How many times, before a few weeks ago, have the Black Reps sponsored a cross country job fair, not unless it was for their own family members(Ms. Waters). What have they done for their communities since being in office? The President was elected by the people of the U.S. for all the people and the Black Reps were elected mostly by the black vote in their neighborhood and cities. Perhaps the community should pose the question to them; Where are the Jobs? Why are the unemployment numbers so high in their district? Hold them accountable. R- Conyers and Waters guess what? We have it …had it with you.

    • jay September 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      Hold up BuckwheatsMomma! As a black man, I voted for Obama because I felt he was the best candidate, not because of what he would or would not do just for black people. You’re the one who seems to be hung up on his race. In fact you sound like a black version of one of those racist fox-fan republican who will vote for a republican, even though they act against your best interest. You need learn for yourself instead of getting your information only from the likes of Steve Harvey.
      Because I voted for Obama based on his rhetoric, I feel free to express my disagreement with his actions as should any other black person. I am no Fan of Travis or Boyce Watkins but not ending the “Bush Tax Cuts” was not in the country’s best interest; cuts in Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare without taxes on the rich is not in the country’s best interest; bailing out “Wall street” with no financial obligations/penalties was not in the country’s best interest; bailing out the Banks with no mandate they give home owners some understanding was not in the country’s best interest; being bullied by a few Tea Party members was not in the country’s best interest; of the country’s; compromising for sake of compromising is not in the country’s best interest; put balancing the budget, at this time, instead of creating jobs is not in the best interest of the country. The country need the president to develop, support, and fight for a plan that is for the good of the country instead of wanting simply to please the republicans (which even he should see is against the best interest of the country). I firmly believe “what is for the good of the country “will also be good for blacks. But Obama’s constantly wimping out to a group of racist tea baggers, whose only interest is to see him fail in not in the best interest of anyone, and he deserves to be criticized for his actions so far.

  2. Lawrence Campbell August 31, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    …A “Beyonce moment?. Can we get a little more serious than that? The “usual suspect” names constantly become manifest when election time rolls around. We know, the same self serving black man and woman imposters the system serves us up for every degenerate issue to do with the systematic destruction of what we do best as human beings, regardless of color or features. We once looked out for one another. Celebrity divisiveness, slogans of better things to come…all the while issuing directives furthering the great divide between the “HAVES” and HAVE NOTS” – this is not the stuff of the mouths of minstrels and stage tricks/sportsfreaks and the like. It’s much more pervasive and diabolical than that, mr and ms police state. No amount of positions on the force will translate to the truth of what’s happening right before our eyes. The intentional confusion of Americans keeps us all looking to one man or woman for solutions to problems that continue to plague all of humanity…a hand full of people control all the world’s resources, keep us at one another’s throats, separate us from access to sharing the natural resources with policies, police force(s), and establishing who our leaders are for us. In truth, we have any number of leadership positions filled at every level of government. WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE IS LEADERS!!! Just look at the foulness and corruption. No decent people are represented by “elected”, nor, “designated” leaders. The “Opportunity Cost” is much too high. Need a bit of logical proof?..Who in their right mind spends millions and billions of dollars to purchase a job that lasts a few years, pays merely a few hundred thousand dollars, for the right to represent the poor and downtrodden? Can you really trust such a person, knowing where the monies come from that get them elected? If you do, then I am available (at a price).

  3. Cheryl August 31, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    “Our people are hurting,” said Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.). “Unemployment is unconscionable,” she added. “We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why this trip that he is on in the United States now, that he’s not in any black communities.”

    “We want him to know that from this day forward … we’ve had it,” Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said about President Obama. “We want him to come out on our side and
    advocate, not to watch and wait.”

    Wow! it is so good to hear from our black leaders that have done nothing for the past two years. They are just as dangerous as the racist tea baggers. Instead of them bashing the president they could be educating the blacks and letting them know that the reason the president is having some many problems is that Mitch McConnell and OTHERS have vowed to make PRESIDENT Obama a one term president…”By any means neccesary” The black leaders have not been seen until now and considering there is no other democratic presidential candidate…if PRESIDENT Obama loses then a racist, ignorant person would become the president. Now do you think their priority will be African Americans? Do you think their priority will be poor/working-class Americans? If the Tea Baggers get one of their committed candidate in the White House…it would not matter how many letters you have at the end of your name or in the front of your name. The truth of the matter is we will become a third world country…where one will either be rich or poor, so where will the African Americans be? This is not the time for the bullshit that has made us a divisive race for so many years. I find it offensive that most do not call him President but will call Sarah Palin Govenor. The blacks are falling for the Koch Brothers skeme and it is working. Now before some of you write that I am for the President beause he is black…well when I voted for him…I did so because he was/is the best man for the job…and he just happens to be black. The other candidates were not an option…the thought of Palin being president if McCain died gave me great concern. We have got to stop being so jealous of each other…and instead of standing together and fighting together we always can find the good black folks that throw out that spirit to divide us. The black leaders know their constituents and they should be telling them why the president’s hand are tied. They should explain how the system works…you vote for your president…then you go back and VOTE in two years to send them some help. As a precinct judge I had less than hundred voters to vote in 2010…and we got stuck with Rick Perry again who is a very dangerous man and he don’t give a damn! The black leaders don’t really give a damn about African Americans either…some have their personal agendas like Smiley/West and the the elected officials are still pissed that he beat Clinton even after the Clinton’s resorted to race baiting. To say that they are concern about their constituents is pure BS…simply because the options of PRESIDENT Obama not winning will be hell to pay for African Americans and poor/working -class Americans. They should be ashame of themselves…I know that I am shame of them and the educated fools that are feeding the fuel of this anti-Obama agenda among blacks. The only ones that are delighted are the ones that has his hands tied and working to make him…a black man… a one term president. This is a black site and it is sad at some of the posts that I read when it comes to our president. Tea baggers are contaminating any site where blacks meet…and there are some here. I watched King Sunday night…the part that was most disturbing was when the black youth taunted him like the KKK and later found that they were paid by white folks (FBI) just like blacks have always had a price tag on them for sale outs…we see that hasn’t changed! When the president was elected many beautiful balck children saw that opportunity of one of them being president one day…if he loses by way of voter apathy, their chance to be President of the United States will probally be over.

    Having PRESIDENT Obama on a bad day is far better than any of the other candidates on any day.

    • Pat August 31, 2011 at 5:07 am #

      So very well said! I am a little upset with the President that the focus has been on raising $1 Billion for the campaign. It says to me that he will make promises that,once again, are not in the best interests of the people. I think the pharmaceutical deal behind closed doors before the healthcare debate even began is an example of that. I am thrilled about the voter registration push though. Why won’t he raise the issue of the outrageous size of our prison population to the nation? I won’t vote for a GOP, but these are questions that plague my soul.

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

        Pat, you should not let that plague your soul.

      • evon September 3, 2011 at 4:31 am #

        Pat, perhaps you should raise the question of prison population with your local officials where your laws and statues are implemented not expect the president to solve that issue for you.

    • Anonymous September 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      Cheryl,
      You are on the mark and I agree. Talk about voter apathy, those African American leaders beating up on the President should look at the percentage of registered African American voters who DID NOT cast votes in the last Presidential Election. If this bashing from Black leaders continues, voter apathy will surely set in and the number of voters staying home in 2012 will double. The Republicans will be able to say mission accomplished, “he was a one term president.”

    • Anonymous September 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      I agree wholeheartedly with what you’ve said. A strict caste system will be enforced that goes deeper than the “have and have nots” or formal educational training. A more potent form of self-hate, degradation and seperation will become prevalent: you will get what you’ve got coming based on skin shade, hair texture, eye color and the like. We will indeed take steps backwards if President Obama is not re-elected.

      However, we must hold ourselves accountable if this happens. We have mouths, social networks, religious organizations, etc. that ought be used to motivate our people. Politics have not been for power of the people for decades. Thankfully, there are still “laws” that can be used in our favor…if we only read and band together. If not, just prepare for the storm.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Cheryl: You and other Negroes have fallen for the George Soros sheme and its working.
      There is no difference between the George Soros and the Nazi Zinonist KOCH BROTHERS. Do your home work and research.

      • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        Cheryl: Correction: You and other Negroes have fallen for the George Soros scheme which is no different than the duplicity of the nasty Nazi Zionist KOCH BROTHERS.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Cheyl: Tell me good sister who has a higher price tag than Barack Obama? I guess you have already answered that question about the price tag.
      Our strong American Negro ancestors survied our Capture in the Motherland, The Middle Passage, Slavery, 3/5 Clause, A Rodger Taney Led Supreme Court, Reconstruction, James Crow, the Second Recontruction, Segregation, Discrimination, Institutional Racism, Benign Neglect, A John Roberts Led Supreme Court, and present day White Supremacy.
      The American Negro has been through hell in the USA and having another cracker in the Presidency from the Tea Party, Coffee Party, or Republican Party will be like taking candy from a baby.

  4. Bob Lee August 31, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    O.K. That’s just fabulous. Maybe next time we will get that ‘change we can believe in’. We must note; the office of Presidency for ‘The United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands one (any) nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all’ is a most hostile environment. I mean the ‘players may change’, but the game remain the same’…winner takes all. Let the games begin.

  5. Yve Smythe August 31, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    When did it come down to one man saving our people. The time and energy should be put into other things. Way draw attention to what myself when I can point the finger at someone else…

    • Leroy Avery Jr August 31, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Correct, black people have for over two years tried to make Obama one of us, but he is not. We see how the dems use us for their gains and throw us aside until reelection time by saying we are doing this for you. Obama gives more to the illegals than black people those are the people he cares about. You can call the teaparty racist all you want but we are not. We just want a responsible government, we have a government that picks and chooses laws to enforce and that bad for all of us. Obama shows he has no respect for black people, becuase he wants to make us all welfare slaves to be used when election time comes around. Obama is the worst person for black people because he causes many of us to support him no matter what, and not judge him on his policies and we are seeing the outcome of that.

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

        Leroy, so, you are a teaparty participant? Being responsible is not having one of your members threaten the life of the President and Mrs. Obama is it and then say it was only a joke. That is a criminal offense to threathen the life of a president. FOR REAL? Are you kidding me? Respect is a part of being responsible….so you say that you want a responsible government? That is sad…

      • Jackson1986 September 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

        I read the comments on this site with interest. The complaints were noted. When has the democratic party ever done any thing to assist black people. I am 86 years old. Just had a birthday and it was nice to participate rather than be counted. A few points from history. From the time the northern occupation military was removed from the south, the Democrats

      • evon September 3, 2011 at 4:37 am #

        Leroy, I believe you bumped your head…Why dont you google Obama’s accomplishments and find out exactly what he has done you, a citizen of the U.S.

      • ebonyeyes September 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

        VERY WELL SAID MR. AVERY!!

  6. Richard Packard August 31, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    “Unemployment is unconscionable”, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), “We want him to know that from this day forward..we’ve had it”, John Conyers (D-Mich) what a pile of horse sh*t. These two House of Representative members represent more that forty years combined legislative experience in Washington, D.C., and during that time neither one has come up with a proposal to address the disproportionate unemployment of African Americans. Not only these two black representatives but the entire Congressional Black Caucus “has not” put forth an agenda/proposal to help create jobs for their “natural” constitutency (black folk). To cast blame on President Obama whose total political experience does not equal even one of these two “woe me” complainers is ridiculous and disingenuous. As Cheryl stated above, these black elected officials should be “educating” their constituency on “how” the system operates and “teach” the community to engage itself in the process. What is lacking in the African American community (nationwide) is a “political infra-structure” and a “national agenda” to address the most critical issues confronting the black community. With all these divisive “island kingdoms” (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, etc.) there is no collaborative effort to come up with an agenda that will do the greatest amount of good for the African American community, and there is no “apparatus” to implement that agenda once it has been established. The first hurdle that must be overcome is the “blame game”, second is the “humility” to follow and receive counsel and not always wanting to be the “HNIF” (head negro in front). After these two things are accomplished I believe we can began the process of truely helping the black community move forward and re-asserting itself in the American political process. At this point there isn’t really any other person “qualified” to bring this country out of the mess it has gotten itself into “prior” to President Obama’s election in 2008. Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. John Conyers both were a part of the economic and political morass we now find ourselves in “pre-Obama” administration. I would suggest that they both along with “other” so-called black leaders take a look in the mirror to see where the problems we now face really stem from.

    • Leroy Avery Jr August 31, 2011 at 9:03 am #

      Waters and the CBC did not care about black people for over two years, because they had control of the congress and could pass anything they wanted. Now with a repub house they have a little problem doing that and they need black people to call repubs racist now. The dems are the racist.

      • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

        That is all Maxine Waters do is mouth off. I totally agree with you, the dems do not have control and now the blame is pushed off on the president that he is not doing enough for the “blacks”. Shame on you Maxine!

    • Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 7:38 am #

      Well said, Mr. Packard. The entire CBC should read your comment and respond with action that will make a difference if we all stick together and stop the blame game! Or maybe, they should just resign and be replaced with a newly elected CBC that’s ready for business .

  7. Karen Carter August 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Hey let’s all vote republican…

    • Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      Karen Carter…

      Surely you don’t mean that do you? I’m voting for President Barak Obama, so let’s all get on board because this is only his first term. As said previously in one comment, he is cleaning up Clinton’s mess, GEORGE W. BUSH’s catastrophe of a mess and George W. knows more about 9/11 than he is saying. NOW THAT IS A MESS!

  8. jaleel shakir August 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    We still don’t have any unity and trust among our-selves as a people.
    The only way forward is to join like minded people who are making progress in the land
    of opportunity and get your share of this world. Stop putting your trust in these politicians
    who have been bought and paid for by the lobbyist and who really don’t give a damn about
    us until election time or the need arises to do so.
    Man (MIND) only gets what he / she strives for.

  9. Mai August 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Dr. Watkins,

    You’re a idiot. “Beyonce” are you for real? Black folks are unemployed and you bring up that trick. Do I feel like Obama has done enough for blacks?, “Hell Naw” and if things don’t get better I’m going to do like white folks and vote someone else or stay at home period. And people (Buffoon Sharpton) need to stop saying Obama has been mistreated, Hmmm…Did y’all really think he wasn’t going to be treated that way?

    Regular folks go to work at a shitty job everyday and get treated “BAD” and like we’re told at our jobs if you think you treated bad keep it moving. Obama can always get another job, and if he doesn’t stand up to these white folks he’ll be back in Chi-Town before he’ll know.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      Mai: It takes and Idiot to know an Idiot.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

      Mai: Obama is not from Chi Town he is from Kenya via Indonesia.

  10. Bob Lee August 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I agree with Mr. Packard on this one. To a large degree, a/n national agenda for the millions of Nubian (I prefer to call myself this moniker as it is not derogatory as the ones the rest of the world has placed on us) ex slaves is definitely overdue. To say America has a problem with its economy, and Nubian population is an understatement. Outside of the Jay Zees and other entertainers, the majority have always been under duress because of the rank hatred some americans have for their former servants.
    When are the ‘leaders’ going to talk about doing what everybody the world over is doing, RELOCATING to a more suitable place? The chinese are here in the states, and are buying and developing land in African countries at dirt cheap prices, but doesn’t look like americas ‘negro’ population can even fathom the reality of looking into developing new land for themselves, like that done by european Jews in palestine, only anywhere on the continent of Africa – outside of what the Arabs are stealing themselves- would due just fine for our millions of sons and daughters bored with being seen as out cast in the land they were born in. Hey, it’s either that or keep filling jails and prisons.
    President, take a bow. Your doing what you were hired to do, and that’s great.

    • Yourblackresources September 3, 2011 at 6:13 am #

      Bob Lee– Brother I feel exactly where you’re coming from on the continuance of the Marcus Garvey idea! And I know exactly where you’re at on the Nubian identity! Only those of us that have been allowed to attain the american dream can be deemed as americans, and the truth of the matter is, the majority of us haven’t… Knowledge is power! We need to educate ourselves at every opportunity and I say this because many of the responses I’ve read on many Black blog subject matters clearly reveal that, not only have we been stripped of our language and culture we’ve also been bamboozled away from our “human dignity.” The fact that we’re no. 1 on the unemployment, prison, health disparities and homeless roles is not an accident, but rather, we’re the victims of a systemic design with an agenda to wipe us off of the planet earth! Did you know that the Black ppl in Haiti, Dominican Republic Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and throughout the Caribbean Islands are your “cousins?”

      So we have a Black prez, who campaigned on doing all of the right things, barreling out slogans such as: Yes we can and Change we can believe in… The lesson, so far, has been that it’s not about the prez signing any policy into law until it passes congresses approval. What’s interesting is that all of the bills are just what they are bills(!) while the money allocated within the bills, are shared on a cronyism, nepotism and favoritism basis along racially biased lines… It was recently revealed that corporate lobbyist transfer written proposals to specific congressional members, drummed up by corporate “think tanks.” So we’re dealing with a whirlpool of corruption and it’s been going on from day one! Pan African ppl have never gotten a fair handshake in the US…. Never! This US economy was built from a Plantation Economy ideology and that same idea is fueling wall street to this day! For those who didn’t know, the stock market and wall street was created from the forced free labor of our ancestors (imagine that!)… I’ll end by saying: Pan African ppl need a leader that’s going to fight for our interest, we need the “correct leadership.” A leader that’s surrounded by his ppl and not surrounded by a gang of wicked, schizophrenic racist, on a 247 basis! Pursuant to the racial imbalance of the US’s political arena, I hate to say it, but I believe a significant number of us know now, that having a Black prez is simply not enough. As it’s said the POTUS is the prez for all of the ppl, so we all have to ask ourselves: When did the POTUS initiate and signoff on a policy that rendered total sustainability with regards to the social and economic well being of all Negroes/AA’s/Nubians/Pan Africans e.g. Black ppl? I speak from the love I have for my ppl because I’m firmly aware that WE, as a ppl, deserve much better!!! We just need the “correct leadership” that has the moral compassion for our children’s future…We have the resources amongst our entertainers, athletes and actors etc. to attain our independence, the problem is many, if not most, have been indoctrinated to see us through our enemy’s eyes, ultimately making us our own enemy…

      PEACE

      • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

        Why hasn’t Obama signed a pardon for brother Marcus Garvey or the great Jack Johnson? Why has Obama refused to sign pardons for those two great Black Americans? Maybe Obama doesn’t think it is in his best interest to sign those pardons.
        American citizens need to call the WH, E-mail the President, write lettters to President demanding that he sign pardons for Marcus Garvey and Jack Johnson who were both victims of America’s racially bias laws and criminal justice system.

        I wonders who is advising Obama not to sign those pardons? Or is it solely on Obama?
        The corrupt Bill Clinton signed pardons for some of the most morally repugnant people in the country.

  11. Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Hope and change my black a$$. Obama is just like every other politician to come down the pike. They make promises they can’t/don’t keep, they play the political scenery by ear and they are so concerned about getting RE-ELECTED that their political decisions are dictated thusly. He’s (Obama) like the Black cop who’ll treat a Black suspect like a dog, in order to prove to his fellow white cops that he’s not going soft on crime, ESPECIALLY Black crime!

  12. Walter Simmons September 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Come on supporters of “DO THE RIGHT THING” Lets’ put the issues on the table rather than the people. There is strength in numbers. The people must unite and show the Congress, House of Representative, and all the elected officials that the American people are demanding equal opportunity under the law and we must not let a bought and paid for media speak for the masses of the people. To put new people in office and expect a herculean political, social and economic overhaul of an immature system of democracy is rather naive. Change must come from the bottom up and not top down. The grass root must get involved. We must put the people of America to work before we go across the water. Yes go across the water but with strength.

  13. Ruby Johnson September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    For more than 100 years racist whites have practiced “divide and conquer,” and we have let them. We as a group don’t understand that we need to put aside our personal, petty gripes and come together for the good of all Black people. I have been complaining about the people who voted in 2008 and then sat on their hands in 2010. I have said the same thing that the man from Texas said: you have to elect people who will support the President and his policies. That happens in the Congressional elections. Other groups come together to help their own, no matter what they disagree on. Why can’t we? We never learn. Yes, we come from tribes that were traditional enemies, but now that we are in a different place geographically, we cannot afford to to be petty and narrow-minded.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      Ruby Johnson: Whites have been employing divide and conquer tactics since their first contact with Africans roughly around 600 years ago not 100 years.

  14. willie lynch September 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Quote from watkins, “so, the president may not want to put all of his stock in Tom Joyner.” i continue to lose respect for you, are you trying to be a leader with love for black or a journalist to promote your image for wealth. why do you continue to confuse and create division with attacks on tom joyner? your relationship with west should not supercede your love and welfare of our people. god blessed you with influence and favor with our people, you are using it for evil.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      Willie Lynch was a nasty cracker who owned Black people. So why would you choose the name of Willie Lynch on this Black site?
      So I guess using the name of Willie Lynch is based upon your level of consciousness.
      Why not call yourself Alabama Coon Jigger?

      • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

        Willie Lynch:Who the hell was more evil than those lazy ass slave-owners like Willie Lynch?
        Why didn’t you choose a name like Nat Turner, Cinque, or Gabriel Prosser?

      • willie lynch September 5, 2011 at 2:04 am #

        if you know anything about the purpose of the letter to divide black people then you might understand. to explain to your dumb ass, the name was used as a reference to watkins dividing black people with his personal agenda against obama/joyner to support his friend west. as to your elitist ass, the willie lynch letter is a hoax, as in a fake, so do your homework genius before popping off next time.

      • soulbrotha 1 September 5, 2011 at 2:23 am #

        what kind of name is anonymous, is it because you’re a tea bagger on a black site?

  15. myilanna jones September 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    i so agree with you Ruby our government has pulled the whole divide and conquer strategy for hundres of years since slavery even they broke up families they divided light against dark skinned people etc. they are still doing it too but now it is just blacks against every other race why is it that blacks seem to be the most hated race on the planet it seems like we get no respect whatsoever i mean what president have we ever had were they recieve as much disrepect as president Obama he had to prove he was born in America that he went to the college he said he went too etc and now there is these so called black leaders who does absolutely nothing for their people except when it calls for a tv opportunity then we see them all over tv with their so called outrage and now we even got other black folks knowing how hard it is to be black in america turning their backs on the president .how much can one man do in four years to our country when #1 no one is supporting him or any or his ideas/plans he wanted a way better health care reform but lo and behold he go no supporters so much so that he had to comprimise. the same thing goes for any other policy,rule or idea he had including the recent debt ceiling crisis how much work can any president get done regardless if he is black, white,latin or asian if he is all alone and has no support. he will be turned down at every attempt just like President Obama was until we all start working together instead of seperate but equal ( we all know how that worked out)

  16. ronald knight September 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    I’ve been around for sometime now and it never ceases to amaze me how black folks and white folks and any other folks always want something for nothing well, let me school you if you’re not aware. We all voted for change and I don’t care what kind of change it might be change always takes time. So many people are ingrained into the old ways that they’ve been doing things so much, that when change occurs they don’t know how to handle it.
    From the day Barack Obama became President change began to occur(think) since when, did this country ever have a black President?(immediate change).
    Ever since slavery black people continue to work against each other playing right into to the hands of people who have no concerns for them whats so ever. Wake up black America other races lose respect for races that do not stick together and it’s been a long time coming that black folks must stick together even if it is only in your community.
    Barack Obama is the best we ever had as a representative even if you don’t agree on the job he’s doing(remember we have never had a black President) Change.
    If you as a black person are not going to get involved please remember not to criticize
    your opinion doesn’t really count because you are a non-doer.
    In a nut shell if you had a car and you took your car to a certain mechanic to be fixed and every time you got your car back from the mechanic it was still not fixed you would have no choice but to take it to another mechanic right? change.
    Well, that’s what Barack Obama has received in trying to govern America, a broken down car that need a whole lot of new parts, that the first rip off mechanics didn’t replace.
    On the scale of 1 to 10 I give Barack Obama a 10 for just having the guts to take the Presidential job as a mixed black man(remember he’s half and half) but to some of his fellow workers he’s just another black man (thank the Gods a smart one).
    I hope my brother Barack gets a good nights sleep each day because I would think working with some of those Republican ass-holes would be a night mare not counting the bogus Tea Party and fu_ _ _ _up corporate business issues.
    Barack Obama deserves a chance like anyone else with the fortitude to run for the US Presidency—- No one questioned George Bush and look where we are.

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      I am very disgusted with your gross lack of substanitve knowledge on President Obama.
      I am so glad that I’m not hooked on Obama juice because its quite addicting.

  17. Talala Mshuja September 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I think if we spent more time working with and helping to develop our youth, and working with other parents to help our youth so they don’t end up n the criminal justice system, we would see a little progress made in our communities… Some of our people continue the divide and conquer approach, without even supporting other Blacks that are working to better the conditions in our community. The effects of tribalism continues today when we put each other down, making it more difficult to see any progress or positive results in the hard work and dedication that committed members of our community are providing. I think President Obama is doing a great and wonderful job, and is an excellent role model for all of us… he can only do so much, and we as the Black community should close ranks behind him and show that we can come together on a positive level and continue the hard work in our own communities. It’s a shame that so many of our youth strive only to be “rap” artist, athletes or singers & entertainers (and forever into partying), without putting time into studying and working hard to gain a good education in other areas of society. Our community is like “crabs in a barrel” that is if we see someone striving to better themselves, instead of supporting and rallying behind that person, we are reaching up to pull them down… when are we going to learn as a people to support each other… Peace & Love Black People

    • Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Talala Mshuja: Supporting President Obama is not supporting Black people. When you support President Obama you are supporting Corporate America ( George Soros) and his well heeled interest that really don’t give a “Rats Ass” about you.

  18. soul brotha September 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    ok watkins, enough…we know you don’t like the president and joyner…can you put your personal agenda to the side and let it rest? from your behavior, i for one can never respect nor trust information from your mouth. you have become one of the educated fools!

    • evon September 3, 2011 at 4:47 am #

      great comment…

      • charlie September 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

        good comment

  19. Anonymous September 3, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Obama looks out for the rich,the banks,wallstreet,Obama has not done a damn thing for poor,workingclass Black,white or other.Obama attacked a Black African nation,Libya.It is not his business to invade another country.He needs to worry about people in the USA who are out of work. Obama is a war whore like Busg,I will not vote for him again.What a disappoinement

  20. Anonymous September 3, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Look at the people around Obama,mostly white bankers and one or two very light skinned “BLACKS”.

  21. evon September 3, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    When the President attempted to schedule time with the House & Senate to speak with the American people Rush Limbaugh said that Speaker Boehner should reject the time frame requested by the President, because he could and he asked the question; “Who does Obama think he is? The speaker should put him(Obama) in his place.” My question can someone please tell me…Where is the President’s place?

  22. Lawrence Campbell September 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Apparently some of just don’t “get it”…if the sitting president has to beg, scratch and claw at the back door of the speaker of the “House”, then the real question is “Of whom is Mr Obama president”?..for that matter, can we anticipate anything more, when “we” call Mr President the “Black President” of the “White House”??? Come on, get real!!! If the “Holy Seat” of our so-called government is identified by a color, is it realistic to expect folks from the Triple K Ranch,( The Coneheads), The DAR, John Birch Society, Bookends Institute, FBI/CIA, or even Mc Donald’s to show respect, or pay homage? Now, we are seeing a whole host of diversionary splinter groups with very dangerous agendas as their underpinnings, claiming rights to the House, Senate, and Oval Office.This is the kind of strategy that drives hate and disguises it as some vague connection to “our founding fathers”. Not one would be seen in uniform defending those so-called principles…they’ll send you and yours to some ideological death on soil foreign to us all, establish anything “we” do as criminal on a whim(excuse for prison business growth), sell your slave name and prison number on Wall Street. We so-called African Americans- every new Blond/Redheaded half naked(or mostly naked) ball scratching (manhood check?)one of us need to access just exactly what’ in stoe for the immediate future…not far down the road. Oh, by the way Mr and Mrs “Smartass”, that’s you too! Once your usefulness has been tapped into, there’s a a surprize party in store for you too. America is no different that the rest of the world when it comes to what’s Real, not what’s on reality television “programming”…let’s all be aware of the “tipping point”. The splintering of the American People, all of us- cannot be a positive thing. Humiliating our elected leader is as far away from solving real problems as we can get… Where’s the talk of recall elections of those whose sole purpose is to thwart the President’s every positive move? Since there have have so many jobs lost, why do we need so many elected officials anyway? Let’s establish a rule…for every fifty thousand jobs lost, one or two representatives should be sent packing.The sitting senators from any region slashing school and teacher funding, should not be allowed to vote for additional prison/police resources. Anyone voting to reduce, tamper with or eliminate funding for medical coverage,social security for a society of people who paid into what was the so-called American Dream should be immediately brought up on Federal and State investigation, for their real motive(s) .Trials for violations of the public trust should be swift, and in public forums/galleries. Perhaps then we will see what some of the people current holding/bogging down these offices are really all about.

  23. 3rd I September 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I’m through with Obama! He appears on television to tell black men to clean up our act. Yet, unemployment in the black community is at an all time high. We can’t pull ourselves up by our boot straps if we can’t afford the straps. He needs to grow some balls and stand up to the republicans. Stop talking about it and be about it Barrack!

  24. DAD September 9, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Black People have been in serious trouble since slavery and remain for the following reasons:

    1) Black Race’ Refusal to Unite in Covenant & Obedience to Almighty God Worldwide

    2) Black Americans’ Belief in White Race’ Power Values / Long Huge Historical Lies

    3) Blk Americans’ / Africans’ Psychological / Family / Education / Income Separatism

    4) Blk Americans’ & Africans’ Refusal to Love / Know / Help One Another to Unite

    5) White Supremacy’ Racism / Greed / Lies in Every Conceivable Overt / Covert Form

    6) White Race’ Treachery via Military / Media / Every Manner of Black Race Genocide

    7) White Race’ Greatest Weapons are Psychological / Physical / Economic Theft, Divide (as well via rampant Black/White Interracial Procreation primarily beneficial to the White Race), Conquer, and Destroy.

    OBAMA IS NOT THE SAVIOR OF THE MOST BRUTALIZED, DESPISED, AND SCORNED PEOPLE ON EARTH–BLACK PEOPLE.

    THE SAVIOR IS JESUS CHRIST–WHO WAS ON EARTH A CARPENTER &
    A BLACK MAN– A BLACK MAN AS WERE ALL OF THE BIBLICAL HEROES, SHEROES, & PROPHETS. JESUS THE SON OF MAN & SON OF ALMIGHTY GOD.

    OBAMA IS A HALF WHITE MAN FULLY BOUGHT & PAID FOR BY RICH WHITE JEWS “SEMITIC” CERTAINLY NOT VIA THEIR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE GIVEN THEIR MUCH VOLUNTARY MIXING WITH WHITE EUROPEANS AFTER THE SECOND FALL OF JERUSALEM AND SCATTERING OF THE ISRAELITES (Romans labeled them “Jews”)–GOD’S ORIGINAL CHOSEN PEOPLE WHO WERE INDEED BLACK PEOPLE.

    OBAMA IS MOST CERTAINLY FAR MORE CONCERNED ABOUT RICH WHITE JEWS AND HIS PRESIDENTIAL LEGACY THAN ANY SUFFERING OF BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA OR AFRICA. OBAMA IS NOT BRAVE. OBAMA IS NOT COURAGEOUS.
    OBAMA IS AMBITIOUSLY SELF-CENTERED & OBEDIENT TO THOSE HOLDING THE PURSE STRINGS & STOLEN DIAMONDS, GOLD, LAND, PEOPLE.

    BLACK PEOPLE KNOW THYSELF! UNITE WITH ALMIGHTY GOD & EACH OTHER!
    THESE ARE LAST DAYS AND TIMES. EVIL WILL NOT PREVAIL. DON’T BE FOOLED.

  25. Ruby September 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    I certainly don’t appreciate your injecting your religious beliefs into what is a secular discussion. Believe what you wish; just don’t try to make the rest of us follow what you want. I disagree with most of the reasons you give for our lack of progress. Yes, we don’t work together, and we allow ourselves to be divided and conquered. Racism is an ugly disease, and you have it. Please stop writing vile comments about President Obama. Are you aware that such comments play into the agenda of the White Man whom you claim to despise? If you are so religious, have you read in the King James version of the Bible that Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render unto God that which is His”? This discussion is not about religion. We don’t choose our parents and don’t ask to be born.

  26. ebonyeyes September 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    @RUBY, I AGREE WITH MANY THINGS DAD POSTED AND YOU MAYBE NEED TO DO SOME MORE READING IN THE BIBLE. OBAMA IS BI-RACIAL AND USES THAT TO HIS BENEFIT JUST LIKE THE OTHER MIXED FOLKS DO, SO STOP GRINNING AND GET REAL!!

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