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Pres. Obama: “I am not the President of Black America”


Pres. Obama: “I am not the President of Black America”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,

During a recent interview with Black Enterprise, President Barack Obama was asked about some of the criticism he’s received for allegedly not doing enough to support black businesses.  In response to the question, the president had this to say:

“My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African American businesses.”

The president’s remarks reflect a consistent perception that there are members of the African American community who expect too much of the Obama Administration.  The portrayal is that they are demanding that Obama re-paint the White House black and put a picture of Malcolm X on the front door.  The president is absolutely correct that he has to be sure to serve all of his constituents, not just the black ones.  That point has been duly noted and consistently reiterated by both the Obama Administration and all of its surrogates in the African American community.

The concern about the president’s remarks is that he has actually forgotten one undeniable truth:  Mr. Obama, you ARE the president of black America, in addition to being the president of white America, Jewish America, Gay/Lesbian America and all the other groups that came together to form the melting pot that broke their backs to put you into office.  The “I am not just here for black folks” defense certainly excludes you from having to spend a disproportionate amount of time looking out for black interests, but it does not exclude you from the responsibility to treat the black community with the same degree of legitimacy as every other group that is being consistently patronized by the White House.

If I own a restaurant and my own family comes through the door, I can’t simply say “I’m not here to serve you” and then leave them without any food.  This is especially true if my relatives loaned me 20% of the money I needed to buy the restaurant in the first place.  Instead, I should make sure they are taken care of like the other patrons, and then tend to the rest of my job.   By refusing to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus for years at a time, and speaking specifically to almost none of the issues plaguing black America (i.e. mass incarceration, urban violence and unemployment inequality), it’s easy to argue that the Obama Administration has gone too far in taking the black vote for granted.

We’ve all seen this before:  A teacher has her child in class and treats her worse than the other children, or the football coach who mistreats and humiliates his son in front of the other athletes.  All of us are tempted to substitute preferential treatment for abusive treatment.  And when one considers the fact that black quality of life has worsened over the last four years, while simultaneously improving for whites, it’s hard not to argue that the Obama administration has pandered to conservative (and racist) white Americans by showing how far it can go in ignoring African American interests.

So yes, Mr. President, you ARE the president of black America.  The same inconvenience being hoisted onto your administration when we ask for targeted (not coincidental) action is no less than the inconvenience being thrust onto the black community when people are asked to take off work to show up to the polls. One favor deserves another, and it is disappointing to see a presidency predicated on the idea that black Americans are their employees.

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Anyone who compares transcripts of Obama speeches to black Americans vs. speeches to other constituencies notices that the tone tends to become a bit condescending, non-committal and even disrespectful when black people are being addressed (as we were once told to “stop complaining, take off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching boots” – something that would never be said to gay people or women’s groups).  If anyone can prove me wrong on that point, please do so.

The modified rhetoric is not by accident, since the white guys working with Obama in the White House (I include Valerie Jarrett in that group) know that black people can be swayed more easily by style over substance.  Also, it’s easy to interpret standard black political advocacy as the stereotypical whining and complaining of welfare recipients (we are the only group with a collection of  compensated media Nazis telling all Obama critics to be quiet).  Similar to the Obama Administration, Mitt Romney leaned on stereotypes when he said that NAACP members booed him because they wanted “free stuff.”   But when white folks show up at the White House door and demand action for the issues that matter most to them, they are simply utilizing their democratic voice.   That, my friends, is White Supremacy 101, and you don’t have to be a racist to use it to your advantage.

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.  The president has stood strong for marriage equality for gay Americans, and single-handedly shifted immigration policy for hundreds of thousands of undocumented aliens, so I’m sure he’ll understand those of us who stand up for political equality for African Americans.  If the action and rhetoric is not equally respectful across the board, then it is entirely unacceptable.   There are no two ways about it.

The saddest thing about the experience of the black political orphans in America is that when you ask them why they support the Obama Administration, a large majority of them can only say “they’re better than the Republicans.”  That’s like a wife saying “I’ll never divorce my husband because he’s better than the man who used to beat me.”  Perhaps a more meaningful endorsement from his wife could be “I won’t ever leave my husband because I am absolutely sure he loves me.”  Even the most ardent Obama supporter can’t make such a claim, for there is hardly an utterance of action giving any clear indication that the black community is anywhere on the policy radar screen.

The very same broken, two party political system that the Obama Administration complains about is the one that’s keeping them in power.   The black vote is held hostage by fear of a Republican presidency, not hope for a better future.  Rather than being able to point to any evidence that black quality of life has improved over the last four years, they simply win the black vote by default.  There  is not much to celebrate about that and more should be expected from any politician who asks us to give so much.

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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  1. Urban ledjen

    August 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    For Christ’s sake are you serious? You can’t on one hand preach empowerment and on the other hand chastise the POTUS for not giving out handouts. Please stop Dr.Boyce your hypocrisy and your slip are showing.

    • Leslie

      August 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Amen! !

      • Juke booty

        August 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        Now, ladies, Boyce has made some legitimate points. I’d like to see him run for local public office so he can implement some of his ‘great’ ideas. It may be that if he ran, he wouldn’t win because his ideas are perceived as being too radical. In a predominantly Caucasian city, he most likely would lose. As a presidential candidate, and great liberator of black people, representing the cause, he most definitely would not win. Let’s suppose that Obama had the same approach, would he had become president? So, is the better approach to take a more neutral position and become president, or to offend the majority who has the vote, and lose? Of course, if Obama hadn’t won, we wouldn’t be having these arguments — would we? Personally, I think Boyce, using his proposals, should enter a mayoral race in his hometown, and show Obama how things should be done.

    • AfroTapp

      August 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Noone is looking for handouts, but they are looking for consistent political considerations that is offered to other groups Dr. Boyce mentions in his article. If people would deal with the points Dr. Boyce makes in the article rather than “blind” trust and personal attacks it would lead to a more enlightened conversation.

      Some of the points Dr. Boyce makes:
      1)Lack of political advocacy for African Americans (cancelled CBC meetings, speaks to almost no AA concerns) comparatively to other Democratic American bases.

      2)When Blacks want their problems heard and dealt with its a “handout” when whites do it utilizing their democratic voice.

      3)Speeches to Black America differ in tone to other constituencies.

      4)Still the Black vote is held hostage(like in previous elections though some less so).

      Deal with those issues. Its a critique not a personal attack. Deal with the critique.

      • dp

        August 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        afrotapp, you are correct. he is not the president for black people, he is the president for all people in the united states, that includes black people too. boyce is 100% correct, obama is not suppose to ignore our plight. he has not spoken to any black groups but he’s addressed white women issues, gay issues and hispanic issues, but not black folks, he runs away from our concerns, he’s even told us to take off the bedroom slippers and to stop whinning. have anyone noticed that when he wants to approve a bill or pass one his healthcare, he uses a white women’s face, most of his campaign commericals have white women talking about health care. does he not think black women are good enough for the country to listen to us?

        • Joe Whiteguy

          August 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

          Boyce states: “Obama administration has pandered to conservative (and racist) white Americans by showing how far it can go in ignoring African American interests.”

          I happen to be one of those conservative white Americans; and while I’m not racist, I’m confident (from reading over these posts) that many on here will call me a “racist” just because I happen to be white and conservative. Anyway, on to my point . . . .

          I believe Boyce is wrong in this particular observation. I can tell you that, without question, Obama is NOT pandering to conservatives of any color. True conservatives hate the notion of abortion, yet Obama openly promotes it. True conservatives don’t want the federal government mandating that we buy anything, yet Obama openly promotes it. (Note that true conservatives are opposed to mandates of this nature because there is no authority in the constitution for such.) True conservatives want government to cut spending, yet Obama openly pushes for deficit spending that makes even George Bush blush (and for you confused people out there, Bush is NOT a conservative). True conservatives would never try to tell a church, hospital, or business owner that he has to provide abortion pills — at no cost — to his employees; for that matter, a true conservative would never try to force an employer to give his employees any specific “benefit,” rather, a true conservative would let each employer decide what benefits to offer employees, and then the employees could decide whether they want to work there, or quit and go to work for someone who offers better benefits. A true conservative would never advocate for “gay” marriage — an oxymoron of the gargantuan proportion. A true conservative would never say “laws don’t matter,” and then refuse to enforce them so that illegal aliens can get away with their crimes and welfare recipients no longer even have to try to get a job. A true conservative would never use taxpayer money to give multi-million dollar handouts to hustlers who call themselves business men. A true conservative would never use taxpayer money — billions of taxpayer money — to bail out a bank or an auto company — if they screwed up, then they should suffer the consequences (this bailout was actually for crooks who have ripped of the system for years). And frankly, a true conservative would never support never ending handouts to people who don’t — or won’t — work.

          If you haven’t noticed, the true conservatives of this nation are getting absolutely nothing from Obama; Obama is not pandering to us in any way. Contrary to what seems to be Boyce’s bias, conservative white people find no joy in the “black community” being ignored. How does ignoring things that are beneficial to black people, help a white person? Makes no sense. Being totally frank, if some legitimate changes to government policies were done to help the black community — things that led to less crime, less imprisonment, less poverty, better education, stronger families, less unemployment, fewer unwed mothers, etc. — the white people would be better off, too . . . ignoring, or outright causing harm, to your neighbor is not a way to build yourself up.

          I look at it like this: the better looking my neighbor’s house is, the better looking the neighborhood is, and since I live in the neighborhood (America), I want my neighbors to have a good looking house. No white guy in his right mind would think that Obama’s ignoring of the black community is in any way a benefit to white people.

          Obama has pandered to illegal aliens. Obama has pandered to gays, lesbians, and the outright confused people who don’t know if they are gay or straight because they are confused about whether they are male of female. Obama has pandered to a subset of white people — immoral, liberal women with jobs who want to force their employers to pay 100% of the cost of the abortion pills that make their slutty lifestyles possible. But Obama has done nothing to pander to “white conservatives,” absolutely nothing. We want him gone in the worst way, and once he is gone, we don’t want him to ever hold office — any office — again. Now don’t think this desire to see Obama gone is based on race in the least bit, I had precisely the same view of Jimmy Carter. (Yep, I’m an old guy with a computer.)

          • Vickat

            September 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

            Right on the money. And NO this guy Obama who just fell out of the sky like fallout from some unknown place has got to GO.

    • awry

      August 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

      You are right. I thought it was just me who thought this way. The commercial that show up in the middle of his page as fact but is opinion is pretty disturbing. I stay on this sight because it is good to know how you enemy thinks and others who agree w you too. Nonetheless everyone is untitled to their opinion.

      • me112233

        August 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

        What commerical are you referring to?

    • Raheem

      August 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      wow boyce, you have a problem with obama refusing to say he is the president of black america, but would be outraged if a white presidents said he was the president of white america. wouldn’t a statement like that coming from any president be political suicide…my bad…i forgot that’s what you want!

      boyce you are jealous idiot in your hate and double standards for president obama.

      you and your kind are surely educated fools.

    • Danie

      August 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

      unfortunately he is!

    • Margie

      August 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Per comments made by Dr. Boyce regarding the President of The United States Barack Obama, it appears that you have missed the critical point HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA. Now my understanding is that I Am An AMERICAN and I I thought Dr. Boyce was also an American.
      Being that President Obama said America I would think that this would sum up every race/nationality, etc that calls him/her an American.

  2. CB

    August 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    He is absolutely correct. America is a melting pot. It took more than the black vote to get him elected. While in office, why would he not represent ALL the people?????
    Stop the stupid articles…………..

    • Elizabeth

      August 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks CB!

    • Bernieb

      August 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Thanks, CB! Bless you!

    • Daisy123

      August 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      @CB, if you look at Obama’s track record, he has boldly advocated for Hispanics who treats him like he’s illegal, White Women especially, Native Americans, Jews, Gays etc, staunchly supporting issues specific to them because of who they are, but when it came to Blacks he ran like a scared rabbit, he and Michelle, refusing to address anything specificially affecting Black issues. Obama only shows courage when he is downing Blacks! Typical Token!Obama has now only did an AfAm educational initiative for boys simply because he realizes he might lose re-election without Black support. If he is a President for all people then he would have started with the most affected and those in most need and certainly would have the courage to speak out against racism which that too he continues to run like a scard rabbit. Instead he has chosen to cow tow to racist by trying to show them he treats Blacks like they do, which only made racists more bold in attacks and hate toward Blacks. Shame on Obama and those who give him a pass, at the expense of Blacks.

  3. Elizabeth

    August 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Why do you and so many African-Americans show such disrespect to President Obama? I am sure some caucasians in Amerca are having a great laugh.

    Dr. Boyce, what is your problem? You should ask why African-Americans are to lazy to VOTE…sickening!

    • Nell

      August 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Too lazy to vote? Where do you get your information? You completely missed the part where many CANNOT vote. I know plenty of people who do vote and who would love to contribute more even while they feel their vote isn’t being counted. The only thing sickening is the fact that you just tried to tie a stereotype on decent African Americans with no basis.

      • Leslie

        August 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Nell, statistically our people do not vote cause they choose not to. And if you know people who have id problems, you should be helping them get id so they can.
        But know that the stereotype you are barking about is a legit one. With only 13% of us being the total vote in ’08, you can’t honestly believe the other 87% is because they “can’t”

        • sbdjr

          August 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

          Thank you.

  4. Bill Michtom

    August 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Obama is the president of the .01%: black, white, gay, straight, Latino, whatever.

    As Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, if a politician knows s/he has your vote locked up, you have lost all leverage with that person.

  5. Janice Echols

    August 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    President Barack Obama is the president of the United States, which includes several races of people. By the way, what’s the real point you are trying to make? Leave the man alone and let him do his job, please.

  6. Mia McKenzie

    August 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I’m shocked that black people can be so ignorant to care about him saying he’s not the President of Black America. Do you really think Romney gives a flying KucF about any black person? Or any minority for that matter… please get your asses out of the sand!!!

  7. jag68

    August 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Boyce, you can’t control your hate for the President for a day. Are you afraid that Mitt might not win?

  8. C S

    August 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The other groups you’re referring to get out there and demand the Presidents attention. What are we demanding other than sitting back and criticizing the President for what he is not handing us on a silver spoon? Everything he has accomplished includes us.

  9. shirl

    August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    You need to stop your comment CB/ seem like you and others
    like you just don’t get it ???? if all people get him elected then
    why not help all people??? as Janet Jackson could say what
    have he done for you lately?? i am sure you are employed
    and have monetary means to get by. Well you are not Black America you are a lone duck . So to those who want to agree
    with you go ahead and keep being blind sighted i can tell you
    can’t see the forest for the trees.

    He have not done much for the black community, Well he
    extended the unemployment for all people, we could say that\but
    what about everything Dr. Watkins trying to get u to understand.

    I have heard it from other bright minded people saying 10 years from now it will be very sad when the President time is up… and black people will be worst off than during the Bush Administration.
    Then black people will awake from this comotose state of mind
    about we have a black President, and we didn’t demand anything
    from him. Now think use your mind don’t be fooled by the fact
    we have a black President. It sad we get upset for not being
    able to think for ourselves. EVerything glitter is not Gold !!!

    • Know the Truth

      August 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      @ Shirl, please provide a list of things that you think President Obama should do for the AA Community. Thanks. 🙂

    • Danie

      August 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Ignorance is bliss!!! What has any President in the history of the US ever done for the black community alone? What have you ever required? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

  10. BWJ

    August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Well here we go again. Hating on the president. Just like the black kids in Chicago doing drive by shootings and killing each other “A few” and thankfully just a few black so-called leaders doing verbal drive by shootings trying to kill another black man. Wonder where or kids get it from? Boyce you are right about one thing. He is not perfect!!!!!! First of all black people voted for Clinton, Kerry, Gore and Obama over 90 plus percent. Give black people more credit than thinking they voted just because he is black. If you and your boys Cornell and Tavis weren’t such haters you may have more credibility on the issue. I agree that there is much that he needs to do but at least give him credit for what he has done.

  11. altha

    August 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Dr. Boyce Watkins, Why are you such an ass hole? all you do is keep shit going about the president (Obama). Do you really hate this man that much? and you have a PHD where did you get it from Sears? i can’t believe you with such education, would keep MESS going about the president because he is a black man. Mr. Boyce, you never open your mouth when Bush Jr. was president blacks have to stand on their on two feet get off their asses and vote (i’m not saying all blacks) just the lazy ones. How many president have we had before Obama became president? you never open your mouth about the black community why? now that we have a black president you constantly making trouble . And you have a PHD you also need therapy for your jealousy of the president.

  12. Nicolette

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    It is unreal to me that so many black spokespeople and leaders continue to criticize and disrespect Obama all in the name of allegedly “holding him accountable” as if he’s not already being held accountable by the racist white populous for things he shouldn’t be accountable for and he isn’t given credit for many things is ding simply because he is a black president. We as black people, unlike nearly any othr group, hate on each other from within but then get upset when we’re hated on outside the group. What other group of like individuals is so critical of each other?!?!?! Bush was an idiot, everyone knew it yet the Dixie Chicks were chastized for saying it. Some things may be felt or known or believed (wrongly or rightly) but they shouldn’t be spoken on outside of a private setting….to me it’s analogous to a family airing their dirty laundry on a talk show….you expose vulnerabilities for all haters to prey on. How can we expect the general non AA (large percentage that is at least somewhat racist/discriminatory against blacks) population in the USA to respect our black president when we as a black people do nothing but critize that he doesn’t do enough for “us”. How about holding Congress and the Senate and local government in black communities accountable and any others who try to undermine & challenge our president simply because he’s black but then pretend that’s not exactly what they’re doing.

  13. Spencer

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Anytime somebody black critiques the President people always has something to say. No one says anything when women, gays, jews, and every other group constantly push their agenda. Anyone who has any political knowledge has to know in politics “you have permanent interest not permanent friends” The President is a Politician and he should be prodded and pushed by black people as much as possible to get what we need for our Interest Group!! Everyone does it, but black people are simply suppose to vote for Obama and say nothing about the hell we are catching by this political system as a whole!! Way to go Boyce!! Because at the end of the day the President is rich , his family is rich, he only has one more term left, even worse only two years before he is a lame duck. Wake up black people and understand what politics is really about. Who get what, when, and where .


      August 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      its sad to see that so many dont know jack about asking your political friends for polital support for our ISSUES and EFFORTS

    • joceeco

      August 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

      Spenser, the Black folks sitting around defending Obama are the same ones who blame the White man for their station in American life. They are the same ones crying foul when a cop (black or white) shoot the gang members, who terrorize. Obama is Black, so they will support his every move…right or wrong. They think that they are sticking it to the white man by supporting the Black man, even when he’s wrong…and Obama is wrong to not address the issues facing African Americans as strongly as he addresses the issues of gays, hispanics, Latinos and working-class whites in America.

  14. Allen E. Shaw

    August 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    What is your problem Dr Watkins? You did not get an invitation to the White House to voice your opinions? Why don’t you review the policies that have been put in place instead of making negative statements about the Presidents failures to support the American Blacks? You don’t know who President Obama has talked to or any of his staff. You only know that he did not talk to you or Tavis or Dr. “what’s his name”! Concern yourself with assisting in getting Blacks to register and overcoming the obstacle’s being place to block them from voting. It is far too late to complain about this term. If you are a pro Republican Romney Black say so and stop hiding your true agenda!

  15. shirl

    August 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    DR Watkins like Tavis Smiley And DR Cornel West,they are
    analytical and most of u are not. you don’t understand
    politics/ you rather see Black people suffer in the black
    community all across America and let the Black President
    disrepect the black people. How can some of you say
    if one speak up about what is wrong they are disrepecting
    the Presidnet ??? it is what it is . We are not reaping the
    benefits of our labor. Wating in long line to help him get
    elected for what ?? then he quotes DR Martin Luther King
    when he is surrounded by black people. Dr King did a poor
    people March fought for civiil Rights.. so why is he quoting
    DR Martin Luther King and some people comparing him
    to Dr king. Dr. King put demands on the White House.

    With this President people are afraid to speak up so how
    can this be ?? Making a great speech in no way in my
    book will i compare him to Dr. King. But people are
    doing it, Shame Shame Shame

    • James

      August 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      @ shirl, you are a fool. I’m sorry but that’s what you are. You are the one that doesn’t understand politics. Boyce Watkins is negro with an agenda that has nothing to do with his politics. He’s a disgruntled negro who is a failure at what he really wants to do in life. He’s lacking in self-confidence and he has to blame other people for his short comings in order to feel better about himself; in this case it’s the President because the President is a very bright and strong Black man and everything Watkins wish he was. The only way he can feel good about himself relative to the President is to put him down and criticize him at every opportunity. He has become obsessed with finding anything he can that he believes shows the President in a bad light; just like this stupid article which only substantiates his obsession. This whole stupid article is filled with analogies and semantics which have no real value in addressing the President and his views on the American people and especially African-Americans. To the idiots out there talking about “black people lining up to vote for Obama”; just who the hell should they have been lining up to vote for? African-Americans have been fighting and dying just to be included into the mainstream of America and to be treated like every other American, and now that we have a Black President (yes he is Black) some of you want him to separate you and give you special favors because he happens to be the same skin color. How stupid is that? Black people got off their asses and voted for a man who was obviously more qualified than his opponent which is what they should have been doing in all the previous elections.

      • Raheem

        August 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

        thank you speak the truth!

      • Anja

        August 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

        And, James, you are sanctimonious and hypocritical in your observations about Dr. Boyce Watkins and his perspicacious analysis of President Obama and his lack of policies and direct action for black AMERICAN CITIZENS in this country!!!

        He is absolutely correct that Obama holds an avuncular and paternalistic view towards blacks that he does not hold or display with other groups. He can address grievances from other groups in the form of policies and REAL ACTION and is a coward when it comes to instituting the same for African Americans.

        Why is that? It is because he has the full blessing of the Democratic political machine that sees blacks as a hapless group requiring a social “wet blanket” rather than policies that helps us to be a fully autonomous group readily capable of doing for ourselves when the right tone and policies focusing on our social ills are enacted by government.

        And, that is the role of government – to create an environment that is fair across the board for all of its citizens so that they can take care of themselves and their families and, in turn, WE will have a quality society for all to partake in and enjoy.

        Why is it wrong for blacks to criticize President Obama if he is not addressing our specific issues of concern? WHY? Is it because we should have his back when he does not have ours and many of our backs have been flagellated to death and darn near broken in this terribly, broken economy where we have almost double the unemployment rate of whites and our wealth has all but disappeared under his administration? And, you expect us to just sit down, with a pat on our heads and be the “good little Negro” because that will make it easier for this man to be re-elected?

        Well, imagine if MLK, Jr. and the other tireless civil rights advocates had done the same thing and had just been “good little N-words” and sat down and waited ’til the white man got good and ready – if ever – then where would we be now.?!!” In fact, where would President Obama be now? I don’t know where, but (most likely), he would not be the President of these United States with this insouciant attitude that he can do as he pleases and take black Americans for granted.

        As citizens, we have an obligation to ensure that the people WE ELECT put the needs of ALL AMERICIANS first not just the ones in current favor like the illegals (that are not even citizens of this country) and the LGBTs.

        I have said this time and time again. If President Obama was a white president (like all of the previous ones), many of you would have a different take on his benign neglect of entrenched black issues like unemployment, job discrimination (white women in government have done well under this president), foreclosures, lack of access to capital, dogged racism, urban blight and violence and the list goes on.

        You’d be shouting to anyone who would listen about the unfairness and neglect and would probably insert a douse of “racial hot sauce” in the mix just to make your points a bit more salient!! But, you are perfectly willing to give Obama a pass because he is “dual-colored” and is seen as an enduring symbol of black racial progress in America.

        Well symbols are important in time and place, but I would rather have REAL SUBSTANCE, CONCRETE ACTION AND REAL LEADERS THAT ACTUALLY RESPECT ME AND MY PEOPLE AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES!!!!! I could not care less if that leader came in a color other than black, if he/she had integrity and the GUTS to do the right thing, not just what is politically expedient to maintain the status quo or to get re-elected!!

        It is absolutely incredulous to read all the vitriol heaped upon Dr. Watkins for stating his truths about Obama. Even if you don’t agree with his “versions of the truth”, he has freedom of speech and the right to postulate an opposing view.

        He should not be personally attacked with such vehemence and disrespect because AT LEAST he cares about our community and is willing to take these “verbal daily missiles” to make his points!!

        Perhaps, if we directed some of this anger toward President Obama in the form of DEMAND through the so-called black action/civil rights groups that are supposed to be fighting for us, he would not be so quick to pull out the tired old lame, “I am the president of America NOT JUST BLACK AMERICA card” to justify his inaction and woeful neglect of our community!!!

        • Cy

          August 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

          AAAAAAMENNNNN, ASHE and RIGHT ON Anja!!!! Well stated and articulated, I concur with your analysis. The Last Poets said it well…”Wake up n__g___s, or we’re ALL through!” Ditch the emotional reactions people and deal with your interests, get off of the tea party/conservative band wagon where they stand against their own self interest and side with the anti-them!!!! I have and will vote for our president; howevere, he’s STILL a company man that has been dissing US! He is a politician that needs to be remind of his duty to our community. Look at it this way – he’s been acting like a dead beat parent that you have love for, but that doesn’t negate the fact that s/he still has obligations that s/he MUST be held acountable for!

        • Phillip Battle

          August 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

          As late as my compliment maybe I pray for you and your love ones to enjoy a healthy and loving life
          Your enlightenment of the atmosphere that’s surrounding the African American community-and our so called first Blackresident is spot on. I concur withyour observation of his behavior, and the response that is exhibited by the conscious African Americans.
          God Bless you:

          Boycott Christmas 2012


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    • James

      August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      @keith, the comment I posted for Shirl applies to you as well.

    • juan lauer

      August 8, 2012 at 1:34 am


  17. Ann G.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The President is right, he is the president of the United States, which includes all races. It is like this Boyce, God helps those that help themselves, we have to get up off of our butts and help ourselves before we as a race can take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. Starting with….leaving the drugs alone, stop having babies we cannot afford, leave the credit cards alone and learn to save money and stop trying to impress each other with leased cars that we cannot afford. Oh yea and stop killing each other, we can’t blame all of the above on the President or the White folks. Stop hating Boyce and grow up! Too bad that PHD did not give you class!

  18. unclekipper

    August 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Your argument is about as vapid as Romney’s take on the POTUS’ “…You didn’t build this business by yourself”. It doesn’t srry any weight. He is NOT the President of Black America! He’s the President of the ENTIRE UNITED STATES. Get in the game, or stay on the sidelines!

  19. VoiceOf Truth

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’m sure he didn’t say “I’m not the president of gay america” when he spoke out in favor of same sex marriage. If he can specifically cater to them, then he can cater to Black America. He should have just avoided speaking on this topic altogether, or at least say, “I appreciate the strong support I got from African Americans and I look forward to doing even bigger and better things for them and all Americans in my second term.”

    • James

      August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Are you people really that stupid to think that the President’s views on Gay Marriage has anything to do with his views on African-Americans? The man hasn’t said shit but that he supports Gay Marriage, how the hell does that equate to him not caring about or addressing the needs of African-Americans?

      • steven

        August 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        Dam shut the hell up, if you think people who have a mind for themselves are stupid then ignore them but to look for any comments against the president so you can call someone stupid only makes you look stupid.

  20. Delwyn X. Campbell

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    The point he is making is that we are the only group that the President feels NO NEED to respect. We are in the pocket, so he doesn’t need to do anything at all regarding the issues of black unemployment, inner city business development, violence, or anything else that strikes particularly at our homes. Does this not bother you all, or are you so busy being happy that Beyonce sang at the inauguration, that nothing else matters?

  21. etreman

    August 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    What is worrisome is people like Shirl who think a president gets elected and goes down a list and checks off what he will and won’t do for these people and those people and that’s how it works. Such ignorance……. The facts are: we as a people didn’t care enough to vote in the senate, gubernatorial and house races so everything Obama puts forth gets voted down. I wish we weren’t such morons about how our government works!!!!

    • therapist

      August 8, 2012 at 10:17 am


  22. Pastori Balele

    August 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Here is my response: “Yes, Dr. King would support and vote for President Obama re-election November 6. First President Obama is family man. King would give him A+. President Obama believes in GOD and is not biased against any religion. President Obama loves people regardless of their race. If you visit the Obamas in the WH please behave as normal person – do not bad-mouth Blacks because President Obama’s father is black. Do not bad mouth Whites – because Obama’s mother is white. President Obama appointed first Black US Attorney General. CEOs fear this guy – they know if a discrimination case comes to his desk he takes action. Some GOPers and TEA Partiers are calling AG office – Harlem. But little people like me are now safer – we have a tough US AG. Obama appointed quite a few Blacks as federal judges. We have a black woman at United Nations and several Black ambassadors. King would love that. President Obama passed the Health care law. American people, including Blacks have access to preventive health care; cannot be denied covering pre-existing conditions; prolonged stays in hospitals; covering kids in college; if you lose your job and you can keep your doctor. President Obama fought back Ryan-Care – intended to allow doctors let seniors die if they exhaust $5,000 voucher. King would have been old now – would give President Obama A+. President Obama reduced tax for low and middle income people. I have met people saying their payroll checks are bigger than before Obama became President. Dr. King would give President Obama A+. President Obama ended war in Iraq and is phasing that in Afghanistan. Some troops are coming home. President Obama restructured Wall Street. No more cheaters and corruption there. President Obama reformed the banking system. Banks cannot hit you with fees you do not authorize. Dr. King would give President Obama A+. President Obama established business funds to help businesses retool their businesses and therefore hire more people thus rejuvenating the economy. Jobless now is at 8.2%. Private sector is now creating jobs again. President Obama urged homeowners to refinance their mortgages. Banks have been whining but he is on top of cheaters. President Obama restructured student loans. Loans can now be processed at colleges instead of giving bank CEOs undeserved bonuses. Now you can send your bright child to college and get grants and loans easily. We will have more local doctors, professors, engineers, nurses, lawyers, black business people etc. The world now loves Americans. You can now go overseas: India, Malaysia, China, Egypt, and Libya and to African countries and be received as a friend. In fact do you know why Egypt, Libya, Syria, Morocco, Yemen and other African countries want democracy? It is because American people elected an African-American President. People of the world have seen American people, regardless of race and creed are now politically and culturally mature enough to elect anybody they like regardless of race. They elected the first African-American as President. That’s exactly what Dr. King would love best to see. President Obama got Bin Ladin, the Yemen guy and their followers. Now America and the world are safer without those two. Dr. King would pat President Obama on his back – “excellent job Mr. President.” Dr. King would be disappointed what TEA Party and Republicans are doing to people. –planting hatred among races and religions. That is exactly what King preached against. President Obama is easily accessible with Blacks, Whites and other racial minority leaders. Dr. King would be disappointed to see Republicans encouraging CEOs to ship jobs abroad leaving people on welfare or jobless. Romney shipped jobs to China leaving American workers on welfare and then laughing at them as food stamp loaders. Nobody should vote for Romney. Romney has refused to disclose his tax returns for corruption cover-up –has not paid his tax for 10 years. As Mormon Romney believes women belong to kitchen and are breeding machines; believes Blacks and racial minorities are cursed humans from Cain, estranged son of Adam and Eve. Rich Santorum is a racist – says Blacks are more on welfare than Whites—a lie. Gingrich is adulterer, racist and chaser of office women – called Blacks as welfare suckers; Ron Paul candidacy was sponsored by KKK groups – therefore racist. Perry is a drunk and racist- putting N word on his door. Bachmann was heard saying Blacks were better off as slaves. Herman Cain is women groper, harasser and hates Blacks. As a whole Dr. King would see GOP violating his teachings. But Dr. King would vote for President Obama on November 6. I encourage Blacks, Whites and racial minorities to join Dr. King wish to re-elect President Obama on November 6.”

    • Cy

      August 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      First, PB please don’t try to think or speak for Dr. M.L.King; secondly, thanks for such a well documented policitcal synopsis, but I still think that you are totally missing the point of the article. Remembe people, our president – Barack H. Obama – IS NOT the Messiah so see that he is prone to human flaws, ambitions, actions and the like!

  23. WizardG

    August 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Many of us don’t realize it but Obama represents nothing but bad things for us!

    I’d go further to say that he’s the pseudo-president of “white” America. A mere surrogate for the ‘Anglo-elite’ who hold the power over any sitting political or government official! The “elite” are of the same batch who conquered this and many other countries. I would go even further to say that their use of Mr. Obama has made it much easier for them to attack and abuse Africans here, and abroad, in ways we couldn’t begin to imagine. Brutal ways!

    With the face of a “black” man in play, they have literally made all of us more visibly subjective pawns in their game of slaughter and tyranny! Watch Obama closely to see how he represents everything the “white” power-structure has always been! Observe, and you will see their works through using his, and our name! They literally put out little (suspect) teasers (like a weak health-care program) to make it appear that Mr. Obama is doing something “good” for the ‘people’, when that ‘little’ which seems to be politically correct is only a “propaganda-hoax” for our consumption, and it is only to make him seem a little special to us but he is only a “surrogate” and that’s why he gets the big bucks! He will more-than-likely leave office in four more years, ten times richer than he is right now!

    Meanwhile, I urge all my African American, “black” brothers and sisters to literally “watch your backs”, for we are not safe here and our security, as a disenfranchised community, appears to be getting weaker by the month!


    August 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    You ARE NOT hatting on President Obama

    you are pointing out documents FACTS about how he has addressed other group in comparison to the Black American group to which i belong..

    you also issued a intelligent challenge :

    Anyone who compares transcripts of Obama speeches to black Americans vs. speeches to other constituencies notices that the tone tends to become a bit condescending, non-committal and even disrespectful when black people are being addressed (as we were once told to “stop complaining, take off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching boots” – something that would never be said to gay people or women’s groups).
    If anyone can prove me wrong on that point, please do so.

    i see none of the critic’s above can do so but that can wine about ANY legitimate pint made about President Obama

    PLEASE DONT DUMB DOWN YOUR THINKING OR POSTS to accommodate the limited thinkers among us no matter how tempting it may become for reason personal to you.


  25. etreman

    August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Waiting in line to get him elected was only part of the job! Cause it was historical? Cause it was cool? Our not supporting in the subsequent lower level elections is why more hasn’t been done for ‘us’. It’s a system, people. Learn it and you’ll understand why it’s an uphill battle due to our own lack of participation! Once again, blame someone else for our own misgivings.

    • Danie

      August 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

      @ etreman, you are spot on!!!!! The President is taking the blame for things we can correct on our own. It was foolish to think that electing a HALF black President in ’08 would fix all of “our” problems. We left him stranded during the mid-term elections! His hands are tied, we supplied the rope, yet we still expect for him to freely wave his magic wand. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

      • steven

        August 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        So if black people would have voted in 2010 he would have done for us the things he did for gays in 2008 and 2009. And we as black people could have elected enough support for him throughout the whole country even in places that havent voted for a democrat in decades, wow now i see its our fault.

        • Danie

          August 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          The world may never know. He is faced with opposition, and has very little support whereas if ppl would have voted Democrats would still be i control. This is basic Gov’t/Economic, middle school level…you know checks and balances.

          • me112233

            August 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

            Don’t you get it? A lot of people who voted for Obama didn’t like what he was doing, so they voted for Republicans for Congress — not because they love Republicans, but to stop Obama from doing more damage. Just wait until this Obamacare thing hits us in full force in 2014, it’s going to get real ugly then.

  26. maurice fields

    August 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    First, let us all realize that President Obama is only one man who is doing the best he can under extremely difficult circumstances. He cannot stop mass incarceration when so many of our people put getting “paid” illegally over education and sacrifice. The world is changing to a global economy and we as Black people have got to wake up that it is not going to be one man that is going to save us from overselves. The political parties of this country do not respect us because we do not respect ourselves. We have over 25% percent of the vote in our hands and we do not even use have of it. We have Black millionares who don’t even invest in the communities they come from. We have babies who are having babies and we are afraid to address the problem by educating our children about absitence and safe sex. I am an educated Black man with a son in prison, and I have come to realize that to change how people view us we as individuals have to take some, not all, of the responsibility of changing America by looking at ourselves in the mirror. Obama is not perfect, but we cannot Allow him to fail because he hasn’t appealed to us like he is only the “Black” president. We ALL HAVE WORK TO DO!!

  27. Art

    August 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Dr Boyce

    I can’t beleive a man of your intelligence would write such an absurb article about the President of the United

    Please explained to me what President Bush did for the Black Community after 8 years in office.

    Our people inherited the worst financial mess since the GREAT Depression. Explain to me and your readers how that effected Black America.

    President Bush never said he was the President of Irish, Scotch, Italian, Jewish, etc America, and he got elected with Black votes and others with no complaint from you.

    I’m sure if Milt Rommney becomes President he will definately submit proposal aimed only for Black America…RIGHT!

    Please wake up BW and advocate for the reelection of President Obama before its to LATE.

    But I guess your waiting to be invited to the WH if he is not elected.

  28. Sue

    August 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Bravo, Mr. President, Bravo! “Condescending, non-committal, disrespectful,” bull Sh*t, Dr. Boyce. If you’re a GOP-Romney operative, say so and do your thing. Just let Black people know so that we can evaluate your credibility.

    When our President works to bring the economy back from the brink of the Bush Depression, cuts taxes for the middle class, demands that those in the top income brackets pay their share, reforms credit card lending practices, reforms the student loan industry, keeps student loan interest rates low, passes Health Care Reform, stops the unprecedented jobs losses, promotes an environment wherein the economy begins to create jobs, albeit shower than anticipated, encourages us to turn off the television and pick up a book, encourages us to parent our children and promotes good schools, teacher and PARENT accountability, his actions benefit Black people. In case you missed it, it’s us, Black people, with 50% drop out rates in urban areas, it’s our sons and daughters who become gang affiliated and kill or die in the streets of our cities.

    Why in the hell can’t we parent our children, control inappropriate activity in our neighborhoods and take an active role in our childrens’ education. Hell, we say we aren’t working, what else do we have to do? Why is it condescending for our President to ask us to do our part?

    If President Obama had a specific “Black Agenda”, many of us would be b*tching that about being singled out and treated differently. Where was the demand for Bush’s Black agenda? What about Clinton’s? Where they the President of all Americans? Like it or not, accept it or not, Black Americans are part of the American fiber. Instead of bashing President Obama every chance you get, Dr. Boyce, you should we working to support him on the issues that obviously benefit all Black Americans. Since you have a public forum (largely because of President Obama’s election), why aren’t you using it to educate and encourage Black people to elect congresspersons and senators who will work with President Obama to continue to advance the interests of Americans. FYI Americans includes Black Americans.

    • Danie

      August 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

      My sentiments exactly!

  29. Mz

    August 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This article is one of Dr. Boyce’s best. What often is troubling is how Black people have somehow developed an overall “I got mine, you get yours” attitude. No Black person has a right to feel unobligated to give back to this community. The backs that we all stand on are not in dispute. The saddest part of Obama’s statement is that as a community we gave The President these words. We have yet to stand firm amongst ourselves. He gets a pass to be so bold and spurt this out of his mouth! When Tavis Smiley first raised the question of the White House’s role in Black America many of us shut him down by accusing him of betrayal! However, as the number of Black men in prison approaches the 1 million mark and Black Women as a close second we don’t believe that Obama can be questioned about the laws that our “beloved” Bill Clinton signed into effect. I’ve always been a critic to Obama. Having encountered his b.s first hand as he knocked on our doors for support only to flip us the bird after election. For Black folks that think they have it better and that they have no responsibilty to question the real problems of poverty, hunger, crime and education or lack of in our community, I say your day of realization is on its way!

  30. Marland

    August 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Dr. Boyce, you are missing the point. Re-read President Obama’s statement.

  31. WizardG

    August 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    African Americans don’t get the actual picture of what kind of insane group runs this country. They have been running this country since the very beginning! We grew up learning and believing what they wanted us to. They have been lying to, and cheating us since the beginning too! Please believe me when I tell you that nothing is as it seems. They have done a pristine job of tricking, conning, and lying to the whole country! “Blacks” should be able to see through the BS, but most of us have been sold on this hoax! Remember how they took this country, and rememeber what they did to the “Indians”, and our ancestors, and what they are still doing to us!
    We can’t get through a week without hearing how they’ve murdered and abused another “black” person..Our position of prestige in this country is at an all time low! You know about House N’s and black overseers of slave period, but you cannot see that people like Obama, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas et al. represent these types..You are looking at the big picture of this social-structure, and it’s very devious machinations all wrong!

  32. PB Short

    August 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Obama needs Black America to donate to his new campaign…

    If he would not have given one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000.00) to white America, and have given that money to Black America, then maybe we might have a few dollars to donate to his campaign…

    When he wrote a check to donate money to his own campaign, he was trying to get Black America to feel sorry for him, and give up their welfare check, social security check, general relief check, drug money, purse snatching money, etc. to get re-elected…

    Personally, I do not plan to donate a penny, and since my choices are limited two for president…guess I will vote for choice “C”, none of the above…

    Since he is giving so much to the Spanish and the illegals, maybe he can convince them to donate their tax free under-the-table dollars to his campaign…

    Nope, I am not hating, just telling the truth…

    He has done nothing to help Black America…I am not talking about those who do not have a life…I am talking about those who are discriminated by corporate America…

    Did you notice everyone at NASA when that rocket landed safely on Mar’s last Sunday? all of those whites were happy because now they get to keep their job for the next thirteen (13) years, a government contract…and did you notice that none of the Engineers in the NASA office were Black?

    C’MON MAN…

    Having a Black president who does nothing for his people is the equivalent of having BET as a so-called television network for Black’s…

  33. Bishop

    August 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Your points are received; however, stating “I’m not the President of Black America” is the same as saying, “I’m the President of the United States” to me. It’s a trivial point people. I am a supporter of the President, and I am also a critic of the President. For me, and my household, he is the better choice because his policies align more closely with my ideas and outlook on many of the current issues. I’ve read article after article about what the President has failed to do as it relates to Black people, but not once have I seen a suggestion, or recommendation that may be sent to the White House. Not once have I heard of the “Black Intellectuals” getting together to demand a meeting, or force the President to action, like the other groups they love to highlight as receiving the President’s favor.

    I view the good Dr. Watkins as a hype man; he goes into an issue to inflame the sensibilities of the crowd, and then he leaves. I need substance behind the criticism; I need a plan of action behind the “concern” for Black America. Holding the President accountable is our duty. Giving him hell because he has disrespected us, or taken us for granted is understand, so let’s talk about that daily. Let those points take the main stage of our discussion about our perceived “breach of contract/trust” by the President. But don’t cloud pertinent discussions with diatribes about a statement that’s true, prima facie. I’m not impressed with Dr. West, Tavis, or Dr. Watkins (have respect for them) because they can’t seem to get past “the meeting”. Email or call me and my connects when the theoretical becomes a tangible plan of action communicated, and translated across, and to the masses in our community.

    Nobody ever talks about these Senators and House Members that we send and their share of this mess; nobody seems to ever want to hold them accountable. Change has always come from the ground up; if these so called black intellectuals were truly champions of change, nationally, we would see a ground swelled effort to unseat these stagnant deadbeats and vote others in who know, and remember why they’re in Washington.

    • PB Short

      August 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      The President does not want to meet with Black intellectuals at any level…

      Many of us have sent suggestions to the President…one, is that he said these corporate criminals were to big to fail…ok, then remove the current executives who took these companies down and appoint a Black executive board to run this corporate giants…

      I filed two lawsuits with the EEOC under the Busch administration and they moved forward…unfortunately, when Obama became president, the attorney’s representing my cases were removed, and replace with new ones who ruled that I did not have a case of discrimination against these companies…The Obama administration did not even look at all of the documentation, they just ruled in the favor of these white corporate criminals…

      He has not done anything to help the Black community, as the government is still moving forward with plans to buy back the inner cities across America…

      We need jobs, we need corporations to build manufacturing plants in the inner cities,, not in the suburbs…

      The President new campaign staff is 100% white…he did not employ any Blacks at any level to head his campaign, jobs we surely could have used…his current campaign staff marketed to Blacks with the slogan “We Got Your Back” a few months ago and it failed miserably because no one is listening, just like he is not listening to us…

      Everyday during his campaign tour, he stop by Black neighborhoods and say “I will be the first President in history to have his incumbent raise him in campaign funding”….so, who cares…

      Black unemployment is at its’ all time high under any President…when he gave away one trillion dollars to these criminals to save the white peoples jobs, the same people who talk badly about him on news networks, he did not nothing when they started laying off Black people to show their love for him…

      When a white lady sent him her husband’s resume stating that he has been unemployed for a long time, he did something about it…at the same time, when myself and other Black Engineers sent him our resume, he has done nothing…

      As mentioned, I vote for none of the above…especially for a man who claims to be Black and has done nothing for his people…

      Now that he needs money, he is begging Black America to donate…but I guess he forgot that the money gave to those corporate criminals, he could have given to us, and then we would have some money to donate to his campaign…

      You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink…so how can you sit with a man and talk about issues when he does not want to sit with YOU?

      The only Bill’s he introduce to congress are for illegals, guaranteeing them a two year work permit, even if they a criminal record and guaranteeing then an automatic renewal of their work permit…

      Last Sunday, NASA sent a rocket to Mar’s, and when it landed safely, they showed the employees (contractors) who work for NASA cheering and jumping for joy because their multi-billion dollar contract is now guaranteed for the next thirteen (13) years…the problem I have is that I notice not one of the Engineers were Black…as though we are not Engineers and Scientist, but I guess you and the President figure that Black’s are not qualified to do the same job even though we invented most of the technologies…

      • Rasheed7

        August 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

        Ouch!! that was scathing..

      • Anja

        August 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

        Excellent in the infinite degree!!! Thanks for sharing a different perspective!!

      • Daisy123

        August 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        THANK YOU! And let’s all not forget Obama put a Hispanic woman and ANOTHER WHITE woman on our highest court, totally ignoring and dismissing numerous qualified Black women. I’m sure the Obamaites will have an explanation for that as well.

        • me112233

          August 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

          Sure, the explantion is simple. White women may or may not vote for Obama — he knows he must do something they like, or they might just vote for his competition. Hispanics are the same way, it is possible that they could vote for a Republican. But black people? You have to be kidding me. Obama knows that black people will vote for him no matter what. Obama knows that black people are so programmed to vote for the Democrat (and especially a black democrat) that he could appoint the Imperial Wizard of the KKK to the Supreme Court, and black people would still vote for him. Obama also noticed what happened when George Bush Sr. appointed a black man to the supreme court — the black people of this nation called his appointee an uncle tom, and then voted for Clinton (the democrat) in record numbers. In other words, Obama knows that black people will vote for him no matter what he does, so why should he waste his political capital on a group that is an automatic vote.

      • Roosevelt Thompson

        August 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        MR SHORT
        will you contact me at
        I would like to descuss our politices further.

        thank you.

    • Roosevelt Thompson

      August 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      I can’t say it better. we need a black summit to talk policy
      and give the president the direction we want him to go in
      and if he don’t we should vote for someone that will. we will
      support that person with money,man and woman labor,that’s
      local as well national.we for get that black power is still a reality.
      there are 25 million black voters in these united states.let’s show
      the world we are not worshipers. we vote for a politician to be the eyes and ears for our interest if he don’t do that ,we must
      sanction that person. and replace them with someone that will.
      color or party doesn’t matter.

    • me112233

      August 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

      So do tell, which of Obama’s ideas matches up with your ideas? Gay marriage? Abortion? Food stamps for every bum who hasn’t worked in a decade? So-called stimulus programs that do virtually nothing for anyone but fat-cat CEO’s of made-up companies, like Solyndra? No wait, it is Obamacare, where women with jobs now get free birth control instead of a $10 co-pay, yep, that sure has helped America’s economy. I’m still waiting. What’s that you say? You like Obama’s multi-trillion deficits? Oh, I know the one you like, you like how wonderful a job Obama has done on unemployment issues, especially for black folks. Please tell me you aren’t a real bishop.

  34. blackphoenix

    August 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    You k now what kills me….this government supports Israel with millions of dollars as a part of our national budget, why? Jews are the biggest slumlords in this nation!!! However, we look not in the history of things to see why things are s they are today.

    Assimilation, degradation and integration of slaves of the past has created a disunification amongst Black, Negros, Africa-Americans or whatever you wish to be called. Obama has a diifcult task of making sure he is not looked at as being Black, but what is not understood is, he will never get the equal treatment by his own or Whites for that matter. History is where the answers lie as to why this man is under such scrutiny aside from the reality that he did ot cause the mess we are in and then to note also, the congress, senate and the house are filled with those who are working diligently to prove he is incapable of running this country as the Chief!

    Wake up and realize that the world is watching us and they are looking at our conduct as so-called citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world seeing that we surely do not practice what we teach or try to endoctrinate to other countries….DEMOCRACY. Instead we allow guns to be made and wonder how there are driveby shootings, it’s a constitutional right to bear arms…..for what if we are so civilized? We allow cigarettes to be made and yet, we knwo that Cancer kills millions daily in this country and yet, we think we are the brightest and enterprising…..just a bunch of hypocrisy and contradictions of a system that is efficient seeking efficiency.

    Of the people for the people and by the people…what a crock…it should be for the rich of the rich and by the rich…..a classification system created to keep division among its population causing what will eventually be a class war because the rich can give to charities for the purpose of obtaining tax cedits, but rewarded for their generosity.

    Lastly, why can it be basically understood that we need good health and education to be a strong country/nation, but look at how much it costs to attend college and how Reagan privatized the health field to where we see more pharmaceutical commericial with all of its side effects and people dying because they can not affords health care? Wake up folks!!!!

    The human immoralities in this country are shown every day and trust me the Unseen is noting it as it has been given in messages of those with whom He has allowed to give every nation in every toungue on earth a guide to follow and yet, we heed not!!!

    Mr. Obama…I will vote for you because what you as a human being is trying to achieve only doing what you were endoctrinated to believe could be possible, but you will always have evil challenging you no matter what……that is just the way it goes…..and has been since the beginning of time.

  35. WizardG

    August 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Black people do not really understand what kind of ‘sociopaths’ run this country, and have been running it since they stole it and enslaved our ancestors.. They lie, steal, kill, and hide everything to protect themselves! They use “surrogates” to represent them and have us believe we are actually a part of a democratic social-structure! Most Americans are fooled by this great scam, and will fight you if you try to enlighten them! We are being scammed, cheated, and lied to by the best..and too many believe almost every lie we have been fed since our birth..Since the birth of this so-called nation!

  36. blackphoenix

    August 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    You know what kills me….this government supports Israel with millions of dollars as a part of our national budget, why? Jews are the biggest slumlords in this nation!!! However, we look not in the history of things to see why things are s they are today.

    Assimilation, degradation and integration of slaves of the past has created a disunification amongst Black, Negros, Africa-Americans or whatever you wish to be called. Obama has a diifcult task of making sure he is not looked at as being Black, but what is not understood is, he will never get the equal treatment by his own or Whites for that matter. History is where the answers lie as to why this man is under such scrutiny aside from the reality that he did ot cause the mess we are in and then to note also, the congress, senate and the house are filled with those who are working diligently to prove he is incapable of running this country as the Chief!

    Wake up and realize that the world is watching us and they are looking at our conduct as so-called citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world seeing that we surely do not practice what we teach or try to endoctrinate to other countries….DEMOCRACY. Instead we allow guns to be made and wonder how there are driveby shootings, it’s a constitutional right to bear arms…..for what if we are so civilized? We allow cigarettes to be made and yet, we knwo that Cancer kills millions daily in this country and yet, we think we are the brightest and enterprising…..just a bunch of hypocrisy and contradictions of a system that is efficient seeking efficiency.

    Of the people for the people and by the people…what a crock…it should be for the rich of the rich and by the rich…..a classification system created to keep division among its population causing what will eventually be a class war because the rich can give to charities for the purpose of obtaining tax cedits, but rewarded for their generosity.

    Lastly, why can it be basically understood that we need good health and education to be a strong country/nation, but look at how much it costs to attend college and how Reagan privatized the health field to where we see more pharmaceutical commericial with all of its side effects and people dying because they can not affords health care? Wake up folks!!!!

    The human immoralities in this country are shown every day and trust me the Unseen is noting it as it has been given in messages of those with whom He has allowed to give every nation in every toungue on earth a guide to follow and yet, we heed not!!!

    Mr. Obama…I will vote for you because what you as a human being is trying to achieve only doing what you were endoctrinated to believe could be possible, but you will always have evil challenging you no matter what……that is just the way it goes…..and has been since the beginning of time.

  37. Sandra

    August 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    He is the President of America not just one race.

    • Daisy123

      August 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      The problem is Obama has been the President for all others BUT BLACKS!

  38. Imhotep

    August 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I go to a ” Christian barber shop “and when I tried to defend the Pres about his strategy on the gay marriage thing, I almost got run out. I knew it was a vote and money grab and he panders to those with the most change. Bush denied Israel the advanced weapons but the Pres gave them to Israel. There is an old mob saying” follow the money”. He does. We Dnt give him much change so he feels he doesn’t need to address our “concerns”. Ask Karl rove is mitt Romney gonna address their needs and you will hear a resounding yes!!! Powerful white interest will always get something for their money, even more than their vote. Wake up!! Ptah Ra…

  39. Will Dowdell

    August 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I was so disappointed in Tavis and Dr. West that I did not realize that Obama was about to treat black Americans the same way he treated them. When he talks unemployment he never speak about our much higher rate of unemployment , our inability to secure business loans or the black male murder rate that easily rivals our milatary losses over the last 10 years but he can declare national day of morning for other groups that suffer fatal losses , speak up for gays right to marry and equal rights for every other minority group but blacks. My sister told be to beware of drinking the kool aide . What choice do we have. When I fight I want my enemy to be in front me, so that I can win or lose with respect, not beside or in back of me. Stabbing me in the back
    , that shows fear and disrespect

  40. kmad

    August 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm


    • Danie

      August 9, 2012 at 12:59 am

      @ kmad, EXACTLY, half the critics don’t vote anyway

  41. Teresa Abrams

    August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The President of the United States of America IS the president for ALL Americans. Given the diversity of “black America”, I really do not understand what specific policies would or should be enacted that would effect us as a group. My question for the Congressional Black Caucus is what have they been doing during their multiple-year tenure in Washington as their communities sufferi Congress is at fault in most of what has not happened on the policy/legislative level, and yet, voters keep sending these same incumbents back to the Capitol. Barack Obama has always said that change depends on all of us doing our part, that his election was not about him. We should heed those words.

  42. Roi T. Johnson

    August 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    More of the same from Dr. Watkins, who continues to undermine the POTUS for his own selfish gain. I hear little from Dr. Watkins in critique of the CBC, Ben Jealous and the NAACP, Marc Morial and the Urban League, or lesser Black elected officials. Surely they all are not all stellar performers, do not always make solid and rational decisions, nor chart a clear course that offers a cogent and comprehensive Black agenda. Dr. Watkins, why do you insist on big game hunting? You are coming across again and again as Wylie Coyote spinning his wheels in pursuit of the elusive Road Runner. Sooner or later your order of dynamite from ACME Explosives is going to implode your web site.

  43. EBD

    August 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I am just sick and tired of Boyce and his attacks on the POTUS. This has gone beyond “holding the President responseible”. It exposes his hatred for our President. As far as this idiot is concerned, the President has done nothing for African Americans. Either he cannot read or is incapable of doing the basic research to discover policies and actions the President has taken that undoubtedly benefit African Americans. Apparently he has chosen to be ignorant about effotts of the President to, through his policies, help ALL Americans build a better life. Given the political environment in this country, why would this idiot expect the POTUS to be the President of Black America? Oh, I forgot, Presidents Carter, Regan, Bush (Sr.), Clinton, and George W. Bush were all Presidents of White America. How ignorant can Boyce get? We may certainly disagree with the policies of some of these Presidents white Americans never asked or expected them to be the President of White America. I think Boyce would do well if he stops publishing these irrelevant and baseless articles that irritate people.


      August 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

      why don’t YOU list what President Obama has done for Black People

  44. Mz

    August 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    -and of course you’re point became valid because its in uppercase.

  45. jazzy

    August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I’m voting for Obama.

    • Cy

      August 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Yep, I’m still voting for Obama, but I’m still looking at him WITHOUT blinders and reserve the right to critique and speak on his policies and actions toward OUR community!

  46. Fran Washington

    August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I am so thrilled to see someone really “tell it like it is” regarding this president and Black America. I have felt that he did not care for us and not concerned about the issues that we face in our community, but I never thought I would hear him state it so matter of fact.

    I am appalled that he would actually say he not the President of Black America. His actions tell us such, but for him to so blantently state it makes me angry. In his statement he is denying us. His actions have always showed us his lack of concern, but he is really letting us know how he feels about us. He is either taking our vote for granted, or thinks he can be elected without our vote.

    In 2008, and 2010, I spent all of my awakening hours at the Obama headquarters, making calls, walking precients, imputing date on the computer, etc, etc. In 2011, I have not and will not do anything to advance his campaign. To be very honest, I don’t think we will be any better off with either of these canidates. Its just two crabs in a barrell. Neither is capable or qualified to handle the problems we face. Neither is defnitely not interested in the plight of Black America.

    I totally agree with everything Dr. Boyce has said. It is time for Black Amrerica to take their heads out of the sand and see what is really happening to Amerca, and especially Black America. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  47. AJ Brown

    August 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Well..why don’t you just tell black folks to go and vote for Mitt Romney. I am sure he will do more for them than President Obama. This is a story not even worthy of being reported. You see that lynch mob congress we got now and with the programs and appointments they are blocking and holding up… I guess you think the president should come up with a bunch of programs for blacks and they will sail right thru congress . Come on Doc… I know you know better and I also know that you know presidents are defined by their second term. We need to get the president re-elected and that’s just the facts. Folks who think they are having it tuff now…Mitt Romney will show you what TUFF is !!

  48. DC

    August 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    This is truly not a Stupid Article: Every part of this Article is truthful and I agree with every word written. When I voted for President Barack Obama I did not do my homework or take my time and really look into the background of our future President and study his beliefs. I voted for him because truthfully I saw this highly intelligent Black man who I believed would seriously implement changes throughout the Black Community. But from what I see now that my eyes are open I’m going to do my homework and have already begun to do just that. I do not see myself voting for anyone because there skin color matches mine or who speaks of change but refuses for whatever reason to help the Black Community as he has for the Gay and Hispanic Communities. I truly would love to see the President back in the Oval Office but I need to see change now. From my view it’s as if he is afraid to show people that he is and wiling to help the Black Community where it so desperately needs help. The White race has and never will have a problem lifting up their sisters and brothers and putting them in high positions even though they absolutely have no credentials to be there!! When the white race screams they get what they want and even more. I don’t know why many but not all Black people seem to be afraid to help each other rise above and get to a position where they can help the next sister or brother achieve even more. It’s something in our DNA and I can’t put my hand on it at the moment. I do believe it relates somehow to slavery and how many of us at that time turned on each other when many slaves were in pursuit of freedom. Maybe someone is willing or can recommend a book that will explain why we as a race are afraid to help each other and not give a damn what other races think! I’m not saying not be fair to other races. But since I’ve started voting which has been for many years the pass Presidents which they have all been White have never had a problem making sure the white race benefits from it all.

    • PB Short

      August 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      I definitely agree with your writing…

      We are divided by the all mighty dollar…and of course Christianity…we sell out our own race to please the white man and for a dollar…

      We are the same race who would rather work “under-the-table”, “tax-free” instead of working and paying taxes…and then cry foul when they turn 65 and wonder why their social security check is less than $500.00 per month…because you did not pay into the system…

  49. GREG L

    August 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Dr. Boyce’s commentary reminds me of my days in corporate America. Whenever black folks got promoted, the first thing they had to do is prove that they weren’t going to show any favoritism towards their fellow blacks by being harder on them while hiring and promoting other folks at the same time. In the meantime, every other ethnic group was unconcerned about that as they’d being hiring friends, neighbors and relatives in order to help them out. The fact that others are free to do this without raising question while black folks have to go out of their way to NOT help their own is really indicative of the gap in power. The problem is that black folks have no power and as a result can’t influence the actions of Obama or anyone else for that matter. You see, the black man has no place to go if he’s thrown out on his ear. Whites have a number of alternatives in that instance, so they’re much more free to help their own because someone has got their back. The black community lacks an economic or political structure to provide alternatives (i.e. jobs, positions and etc.) to have anyone’s ‘back” and because of that, we don’t have a lot of power to influence. Since we lack the power to hold folks accountable with consequences Obama basically does the same stuff that Clinton and the other dems have gotten away with for years. Of course, this problem is an overlay on the problem of lack of a consciousness and inquiry by the black electorate that can’t get past the symbolism of the black president to the substance, or lack thereof, of his policies. Obama isn’t the only politician, black or otherwise, getting away with this.

    What we need is power to change this equation and that doesn’t involve marching, protesting or many of the other useless activities we engage in. The direct route to power revolves around us solving some of our own issues outside of the political context. In other words, someone or a group of us has to put in some real work to solve some problems INDEPENDENTLY. If we do that, Obama and everyone else will be following us rather than the other way around.

    • Rasheed7

      August 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

      great post^^

      We do have power though… We spend alot of money and we also have a sizable enough population, that if we stuck together on an issue, we would grab enough attention to change things..

      We just dont stick together enough to affect any change. Yu can see it here… Half the posters are SCARED to stand up start thinking for themselves.

      • Anja

        August 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        Great points!!!

      • GREG L

        August 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Rasheed, we’re making the same point I think. In a way, power is organization and if we have money or spending power without organization and consciousness, the only result is that someone else benefits. It isn’t really necessary for 100% of us to stick together. Group dynamics is such that it’s usually a small minority that leads the masses. For example, in King’s heyday, the majority of black folks weren’t necessarily following him, but enough were unified behind him such that they pulled the masses along. Our challenge can be summed up in one word—leadership. We lack an economically independent leadership that will take a stand and lead.

    • Cy

      August 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm


  50. Joe

    August 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    If the president helps the economy get back on track, helps people afford health insurance and helps people get a good education then all these things help black people! We don’t deserve special consideration nor hand outs . Plus aren’t we responsible for the state of our communities? The huge number of fatherless families, huge numbers of incarcerated from our communities, shootings, drugs and crime – is that Obama’s fault? No, it’s our responsibility to get our stuff together- leave the President alone!

  51. James Addison

    August 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Shame on Dr. B. field boy, filled with jealousy about who is in the WH. He will never be invited up for tea or chittlin. So he constantly throw stones, and criticizes the PREZ’ accomplishments. Dr. B, if you want Williard in the WH, be just as bold about endorsing him, as much as you boldly lambast the POUS. He is president of all America. You and others don’t seem to get it. You don’t seem to be as smart as you think you are.

  52. moeblues

    August 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Boyce Watkins headline on this article is misleading, and President Obama’s response to Black Enterprise’s first query wasn’t artful. In fact the President is the Executive of Black America and all the other ethnicities that populate the US. I sense that President Obama is timid on the subject of Black interests and politics, fearing a race-based backlash from his many Republican teabagger enemies that include Fox Propaganda News, a cartel of racist and rightwing radio talking heads, and thousands of bloggers who mirrow the lies and hatred promoted on their massive radio and TV propaganda platforms.

    I think President Obama has done a good job on the domestic front when you consider the sustained opposition the Republicans have mounted against his initiatives. President Obama has earned a solid A in handling foreign affairs. Major combat by American GIs in Iraq have ended and the troops reassigned; there is light at the end of the tunnel for GIs involved in the Afghanistan conflict; and the murderous Usama bin Laden is sleeping with the fishes.

    President Barack Obama deserves to be reelected based on his administration ability to save the automobile and banking industries, stop the massive job losses and stabilize the US economy by investing $787B in Recovery Act Funding in the 50 states. Job growth in the country has been slowed by the Republicans in Congress, who filibustered President Obama’s “Bring Jobs Home Bill” on July 19, 2012.

  53. SHARON

    August 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    @ETREMAN…AWESOME SUMMATION!!! Half the chronic complainers I guarantee don’t have a clue as to how government works! So, KUDOS TO YOU, ABD WE’LL BOTH PUREST FIRE THE REST.

  54. Dr Rita Kiki Edozie

    August 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Watkins is RIGHT! Obama’s statement “I am not the President of Black America” goes against the longstanding trends in US identity politics where minority groups, especially African Americans, remain an important interest group and source for political campaigns and the political process.

    Mainstream research analysts have now confirmed that African Americans were the greatest victims of the 2008 housing financial crisis and recession – highest foreclosures and targeted for toxic loan tricks! A question from the Black community/media (was it Black Enterprise?) asking a President who self-identifies as ‘Black’ about Black businesses warrant a more intelligent and supportive response from Obama.

    He doesn’t deserve our vote!

    be taught a lession – stop taking us for granted.

  55. Audra

    August 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    The reality is that he is not. People must do more than vote and wait for a delivery of a campaign promise. ”All politics is local” -Tip O’Neal People must organize and mobilze on the ground. You need Advocacy, PACs, and Lobbyist to get your issues on the table and addressed. It takes more Political organizing than just voting.

  56. President Obama needs to get his thing straight. Listen: You are President of Black America and other Americans, be they Jewish, Italian, Irish, Polish, Mexican, Puerto Rican. You gotta step up to the plate and swing back for a change and get respect. That’s your major problem! You don’t want to offend white folks. You seem to be so happy they let you be the FIRST Black President, and have some of their power. You, to put it bluntly, act like the “I’m just so glad to be here Negro.” This has got to stop, President Obama. Stand up! You wouldn’t be there if not for Dr. King, Ralph David Abernathy, Andrew Young, Jessie Jackson, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis. “I’d rather have a man respect me than to like me, said Nathaniel H. Bronner, Sr., millionaire cosmetics giant of Bronner Bros. in Atlanta.

  57. Sylvester Boyd

    August 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    You are real savvy on this issue, this is good democracy, open, diverse discussions on an issue. I hate to burst anyones balloon, but this was wasted political capital on this one. Believe it or not, that is the reason he was elected, to bridge the gap between Black and White and the rest of America. The achievements by this President will only benefit a small group of people. I know many great black men that could have fulfilled this Presidents purpose, he was the mainstream choice, he doesn’t speak with any Black American dialects/accents, he has no American Black family roots, and the collective dream of the Desendants of the Institution of American Slavery, from slavery to manifest destiny, he has no clue, but God Bless him anyway, he may get four more years, but even so, we must begin to look beyond them. Our existence or should I say my existence will not end with the end of his presidency, and hope yours will not either. Continue with these vigorous discussions and we will realize the dream. May God Bless you and for our sake, may God Bless America….

  58. Amin

    August 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Another BS commentary by Dr Boyce. You certainly have a one track mind. And your analogy about resturant customers is idiotic.

  59. Shirley Q. Nelson

    August 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Ok – Here we go again. Please can’t we just RESPECT our President. President Barack Obama is the President of the United States, which includes several races of people. By the way, what’s the real point you are trying to make? Leave the man alone and let him do his job, please.

    • PB Short

      August 8, 2012 at 11:19 am


      Bill Clinton was a pervert and gave billions to states to build prisons to incarcerate us…his wife is a true gangster/murderer…

      George Busch took us to war based on WMD’s, which was a lie…he allowed his friends to get rich from this war…

      Obama gave one trillion dollars to corporate criminals for their actions…anyone one else who commits the same crime is going to prison…he gave the money to whites, save their homes from foreclosures while Blacks did not receive one dime for home improvements or to help pay-off their scam of a mortgage…

      I am under the impression that Black people are just happy to have a Black President…I mean, it sounds like you just want to protest and march and then have a cookout…

      What point does it make to have MLK birthday as a holiday on the coldest day of the year, and the situation has become worst for us…nothing has changed but yet we are suppose to be happy because we have a Black president…

  60. Kfighter

    August 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Right on Dr. Watkins and for those Africans in America who don’t overstand what you’ve written are caught in a euphoria of presence and won’t even look for power! I find it quite clear negros lack a political education. In the words of Frederick Douglas “power concedes nothing without a demand” negros beg for freedom but will finance their own oppression. Africans in American need a serious political education! We are on the bottom for a reason, it’s called social engineering. We continue to be used as pawns, while our suffering grows. I voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008 because she had an. Agenda for us as a people. When president Obama spoke before APAC he didn’t say I’m not the president of jewish people, he said he would do everything in his power to help them and the state of Israel. Yet he has chastised Africans at home and abroad. Yall better wake up and do it quick!

  61. jay

    August 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Preach brother. While I’m proud of his accomplishments, I’m not so naive that I blindly follow a man just because he looks (halfway) like me. I’m giving him the b.o.d because if he wins he’ll be a lame duck but if he doesn’t start addressing issues in his community (like all of the other presidents before him have for theirs), I’m cool on him. He’ll be a Sambo to me.

    Just because you can hoop doesn’t make you my advocate. Every other ethnic group in this country has gotten reparations and an apology. They think welfare is reparations. Uh…”hello”! White folks can get welfare too. That by default makes it NOT reparations.

    Honestly though, republicans and democrats don’t work for the average “American”. If you really want true freedom, go libertarian.

  62. Don

    August 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    President Obama like other Democratic presidents before him since Franklin D. Roosevelt, takes African American votes for granted and more so since he is perceived as an African American. And given that fact, he tries to distance himself from anything that will least suggest that he is pro-African American. As a result he goes out of his way in favoring other demographics. For instance how many African Americans hold a cabinet office in his administration in comparison to previous administrations? Besides, he has had the rare opportunity to make two supreme court appointments and none is African American given the fact that African American interest is not fully represented on that court (Clarence Thomas being anti African American). The list goes on and on showing how he intentionally ignore the African America demographic. Republican party stands a good chance of attracting African American votes if it can soften it’s racial rhetoric because the Democratic party has taken African American votes for granted for too long.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Some blacks are complaining about situations that they can easily rectify themselves, such as crime, but Obama has not helped us AT ALL.Those who say we are just whinging, and talking about Romney as the lesser of two evils should just be quiet.

  63. Mustafa

    August 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Black People…. Please Stop Being SLAVES!!!! Obama Bends Over For The Jews, The Gays, The Hispanics, The Bankers, Wall Street, The Rich, Conservatives, The Military……. But He Tells You And Me To Put On our Marching Shoes, …… And That Is After Having His Blindly Loyal African American Constituents Wait 3 Years To Have the Pleasure Of Being Insulted By Him……. African Americans Are Being Murdered At An Unbelievable Rate In This Country By The Very Entities that Are Supposed to be Protecting Us…… Where Is The Voice Of Your President, Or Even Just A Little Influence To Help Curtail This Practice??? The Funny Thing about So Many Of These Comments Is That They Are Filled With So Many Stereotypes That We Have, Through Social Conditioning, Now Regurgitate As Truths……. Obama To me Is Just The Lesser Of TWO EVILS……. From Where I Stand…. Sometimes The Differences Between Obama And Bush Becomes Very Hard To Differentiate!!

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm


  64. Pudding

    August 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Dr. Boyce:

    How much do the white folk pay you to espouse this bullshit ?

    Is it worth it ?

    If Romney gets elected, will you kiss his boats ?

  65. Tony Lindsay

    August 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    It is absolutely shameful reading the majority of these remarks. Nothing that Dr. Watkins has said is incorrect, neither has ANY part of the actual information offered been debunked. These responses are indicative of the state of emergency of not only the country, but particularly, the African American community, which is so caught up on worshipping IDOLS, that they are totally ignorant to the truth as it is laid out right before their eyes….Black people with opinions contrary to the popular “I love Obama because he’s black,” are not haters…they are THINKERS. more of you should try it…

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks, Tony. That is the highest compliment!!!

  66. Tony Lindsay

    August 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Mustafa is CORRECT!

  67. mozlyric

    August 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Most are missing the most vital part of the article:

    Black AmErica IS representative of the True government de jure
    as we are descendants of the Indigenous aboriginals, copper-colored races encountered by Europeans at the onset of colonization (please refer to 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, or older version for REAL definition of an American BEFORE it was bastardized to refer to white Europeans or American Indians)

    As President of the United States OF America, he is recognized as the CEO of the government de facto (please refer to Black Law’s Dictionary 4th edition)

    As a people we suffer for lack of knowledge and FAIL to show ourselves approved in our Own knowledge and wisdom.

    The President spoke correctly. Wake up “black” AmErica. No sitting president can serve TWO nations. He is representative of the status quo no matter how many lame duck laws are passed to continue the illusion of democracy. Among the pages of EVERY bill passed are counter bills that chip away at our rights. Democracy is ALWAYS pitched with a forked tongue.

    It doesn’t take 500 years in a so-called CHRISTIAN nation to once and for all END social inequalities for people of color and the poor. THere is absolutely NO reason for blacks to be warehoused in American prisons as adults AND children. It don’t take that long to tear down these draconian laws.

    They exist and will continue to exist because they serve a purpose that MOST of know but are too afraid or fickle to acknowledge.

    A true leader SHOULD love the people and engage in domestic policies that will IMPROVE human rights within its own borders. This is a FAIR and JUST expectation.

    Its time to get back to our roots Children of God. Leave all these political whores alone and stand in the rightness of our past as true freedom fighters WITHOUT compromise.

    Get yourself those dictionaries I mentioned. Detangle ya’ brains!

    Peace out!

  68. DONALD

    August 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

    What I can’t understand is why you would take his statement completely out of context and give it a whole new meaning. Obviously your intent is to criticize and not inform and educate.

  69. Bryan

    August 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

    All I have to say is that all of you blacks folks who are so displeased with the President,then stay home come November or vote for the other guy and see if he’ll address Black America and help resolve the issues in Black America.If you really want to hold someone accountable then why don’t you hold congress accountable and ask them to address our issues?They are the ones who makes the decisions.I NEVER SEE ANY POST HERE ON THIS SITE HOLDING CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE.All we do is lay everything on the President.Get your heads out of your rear ends and see the light.Anything that the president says or does won’t mean a hill of beans if WE DON’T hold ourselves accountable for our own lives.Stop relying on the president to resolve our problems and be our own resolve.He can’t run the country and pacify us only us.He is the P.O.T.U.S.O.A.,NOT Black America.

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Greetings Bryan,

      Do you have some kind of clairvoyant or other-worldly magical abilities that can predict the future? If not, then why are you so absolutely sure that if blacks stay home in November, that Romney will not address our issues?

      Is it because he is a Republican and that automatically spells doom for black Americans? Well, since you have some sort of “future-predicting abilities”, did you not foresee the hell that blacks and other Americans would experience under this current administration?

      Or, is it that your “special abilities” only kick in when there is a possibility of a Republican or non-Democrat being elected? How was your life under Bush? Were you employed, could take care of yourself and your family? Did your quality of life suffer? Perhaps it did or did not, but it really is the luck of the draw under any administration and there are no guarantees that politicians will do what they say.

      To be frank, I did not vote for President Bush in either of his elections and was angry that he won. I was in a slump for weeks but then I looked around at my life and found that I was thankful and blessed because I had a great job, a nice home and a pretty darn good quality of life.

      I am still doing okay but not as good as when Bush was in office both times. Perhaps it is coincidence, providence or perhaps something else. Political affiliation and support does not always guarantee a happier and/or a better quality of life.

      President Obama’s term is a perfect example.

      • Cy

        August 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Anja, I hope that you aren’t blaming the president for the down turn in America. Bush was a pox on America as is the bulk of the congress and their ilk. I’m rel clear that my Eternal Maker/Creator is the reason that I/we all have made it in this wilderness called America! Listen up people, we can make it no matter who is in office if we practice the principle of Sankofa, cleave to each other, build coiliton politics with others that are willing, and bring “God” back in to our lives. I truly believe that no one party is our answer and we ALL have to get involved with demanding our share of the pie!

  70. laura

    August 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Dr Boyce let it go. I disagree with your point. Sometimes you r very irrational

  71. Dante scott

    August 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

    No wonder you African Americans never get far, y’all are the most subversive and counterproductive idiots on the planet. Blacks complain about everyone else’s agenda but never get off their lazy asses to create and support one another bond together and create an agenda. It’s easier for u to sit back complain and judge everyone else. The president is not some magical negro that gets elected and makes all black problems go away, you idiots he is everyone’s president. You rather he dispense huge handouts to blacks so you can do what with it? Excel, add to your business or go buy name brand luxury products, get tattoos and FLOSS with the hand out because exactly what your going to do. Y’all scream y’all want change and u never work for it, the few that do y’all turn on them never supporting them only seeking to pull them back down into the muck and mire with the rest of y’all. Sad, I don’t claim y’all AND Boyce you are no doctor , you are a bitter man with lOfty aspirations of grandeur but you are part of the black problem by twisting The truth and doing your race a disservice.

    • PB Short

      August 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Dante, you must be a fool…

      Have you notice that theire are no Black owned businesses or organizations?

      Black owned means no WHITES…

      The last Black organization in this country was destroyed by the FBI/ATF/DEA and was labeled a terrorist group which many blacks and all whites truly believe…

      The only way to change this country without violence is to repeat the 1860’s to the 1890’s when congress was over 80% percent Black…

      Once we are in congress we can change the laws, and instead of giving one trillion dollars to GM and others, we can close their business and re-open them under new management, Black management…

      • Deborah

        August 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        Not true. Otherwise Obama would not have gone to this conference. Learn to read.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I object to your racist comments- naturally. What about inspirational blacks throughout history.
      Martin Luther King, Meta Warrick Fuller, WEB Du bois.
      Counterproductive and subversive idiots?

  72. Elizabeth 929

    August 8, 2012 at 12:43 am

    There sure is a lot of bullsh*t in both the article and the comments. I also see a lot of hate coming from Dr. Watkins. But then, he never has anything positive to say about President Obama.

    First of all – Obama had one black parent and one white parent. You can try to twist and subvert that any way you want. The man cannot win for losing. He has people getting down on him from everywhere – whites, blacks, conservatives, Romney. NO one is ever satisfied. I don’t think he is perfect, and I’m not thrilled with everything he has done, but then, I would like to see one of you try to be effective and maintain your cool in an environment like the one he has to deal with. Conservatives have stated their main agenda – to keep the man from being elected again. And they have tried to obstruct every single effort he has made since day one. So, that is where a lot of his failures come from – not all, but many. I don’t know how the man is able to keep his cool.

    I love how people get on his case for being rich – and yet I bet there isn’t one person here who wouldn’t like to be wealthy. He and his wife are both very accomplished people – and that tends to lead to more money. Would you be happier if he were wearing rags and eating from dumpsters? What is wrong with you people?

    It is clear that Romney is President for white and wealthy people only. Would you Obama haters really be happy if he were to get elected? He doesn’t give a shit about anyone except for his white, wealthy cronies. I’m white and he scares the crap out of me.

    And, by the way – stop calling the whole white populous racist. It’s old, it’s stupid, it’s bigoted and it is not true. Some whites are bigoted. Some blacks are bigoted. Hating one another is a little counterproductive, don’t you people think.

    And what makes you think that whites have generally improved their situation since Obama took office? I know of millions of people in this country who are unemployed, disabled, old or middle class who are doing more poorly than ever. Our nations’s current circumstances don’t choose people by race. Everyone is having a tough time.

    The man has accomplished something that no one else has ever done. For the first time in years people who could not get health insurance will be able to do so. That helps everyone, not just whites.

    I’m really disgusted to see that Dr. Watkins has nothing but hate to post about the President. And he doesn’t do that much better about whites in general, either. I find it sad that you are a professor and helping to guide young students in learning to think about the world critically, but you are not able to think critically yourself.

    You should be ashamed, Dr. Watkins. Your thinking is cluttered with prejudices and biases – you seem to have lost the ability to think without letting your personal agenda get in the way.


    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm


      Touché!! It seems that you have intelligently made some of Dr. Watkins’ points about this president. It seems that all races are suffering but the president seems to be able to talk about your white race and others with a straight face but virtually ignores specific problems in the black community.

      So if we are all “in this indefatigable situation” with this president, then why does he deserve a second term? And, what is the difference between him being rich than Romney being rich? Is it because it is okay to be a rich, liberal democrat but it is blasphemous to be republican and rich? Either way, they both are doing better than me, you (I’ll presume) and the average American.

      How do you know that it is clear that Romney will be the president for white and wealthy people only? Did he personally tell you that or do you also have that “future-predicting gene” that a previous poster seems to have?

      And, what does “you people” mean in your comments? I will reserve judgment and try not to be offended until your provide an answer. Of course, it is not a mandate that you respond, but a choice.

      Good day.

  73. Lenny

    August 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

    The problem is Black people were going bananas over President Obama because he is BLACK. And when he got into office, they expected all their “Black problems” to go away. They expected for him to cater exclusively to the Black agenda. When President Obama showed that he had bigger fish to fry, that angered sensitive Black people who still hold on to the age-old mantra “The White man is keeping us down”, while ignoring all the tremendous opportunity Black people have had for a while now. Granted, racism still exists, but damn, President Obama is not Jesus, he is a man and cannot change that. He cannot solve every “Black problem”. Honestly, a lot of the “Black problems” have been created by Black people who sit around and think that they’re owed something. Still waiting on the 40 acres and a mule. I applaud the Blacks who don’t wait around for a handout and they go and do something to help themselves. Everybody needs a little help here and there, and there are programs and other incentives to help the advancement of Blacks. But sometimes Black people rely too much on the “help” and get mad when they’re still not moving forward.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      True, but you have not really understood what Watkins is saying.

  74. Luqman Muhammed

    August 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

    great piece. i cant see the president going to speak in front of lower income whites and telling them to turn off Real housewives of Orange County or nascar to achieve the american dream.

  75. Milk Chocolate

    August 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I have just about had it with all this race baiting, Dr. Watkins. sure, it gets people to respond but is it doing any good? I and others like me are trying to get our President REELECTED becsuse we know where Romney is at. What would you do if you were wearing the presidents shoes, or are you angry at him because you are not?

  76. MessejProduction

    August 8, 2012 at 1:40 am



      August 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

      you too can post the benefit to Black People that has come from supporting President Obama

  77. warren

    August 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I think that as long as we look to the the government, family, the church, and so forth to change the condition of our lives and reshape society to our ideal, we are fooling ourselves. We should become more accountable for our lives and social conditions. if we don’t like where we are currently at, change things! If we don’t like the current president, you have the right to vote for the alternatives! You don’t feel healthy and fit, find a gym or start working out at home, but don’t just lament your condition without being willing to change!!! As long as you feel like a victim, trapped in a cycle of misfortunes that befall you while you let life happen, nothing will change. You have to unshackle yourself from that trend of thinking, make a bold declaration of independence, and commit yourself to CAUSING YOUR OWN EFFECTS! YOU CANNOT COMPLAIN YOURSELF TO AN IDEAL LIFE.

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm


      I hear you loud and clear. We have to chart and actualize our own destinies. But no man is an island and there are vital roles for government, the family and church and the broader community to play in our lives. We need others to provide us with goods and services, use the goods and services that we provide, to be good neighbors and stewards of civility in an increasingly uncivil and violent world…. we need others to thrive.

      We cannot insulate ourselves or exculpate government especially when they are elected by us and should be here to serve us and use our tax dollars to support us and provide us with the tools and resources we need to take care of ourselves and our families.

      If we don’t need or cannot count on our government, then this whole so-called democratic system is a farce and we might as well go back to the dark ages when every man was for himself and would take whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted with little to no respect for his victims.

      If President Obama or any other elected official has no intention of helping to provide opportunities and resources for all Americans and are not astute enough to know that just as all children cannot learn the same way, all people’s problems cannot be resolved the same way, then they should not have sought elected office in the first place and should be replaced by others who understand the fundamentals of governance.

      That is Social Problems and Political Science 101; courses that an educated Harvard Professor could have taken in undergraduate school or at least been familiar with through “problem-solving” during his “Community Organizer” days in Chicago.

      • PetefromDetroit

        August 14, 2012 at 12:10 am


  78. Huge

    August 8, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I have read and studied each and every comment posted so far. Interestingly, most are on point whether they be pro or con towards Black people, Boyce, or President Obama. It is the very nature of politics, sex, and religion. Each contains intricate and often extremely difficult or intractable issues — and for that reason opinions abound. Bottom line: If you have a few extra dollars, send them to the Obama – Biden campaign and do so quickly. And excercise your right to VOTE. Run President Obama, run.

  79. J.D. Hill

    August 8, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Yes, just what is it, Dr. Boyce Watins, do you want the President to do specifically for Black America. List 5 things!
    And why can’t some of us get it in our heads that Obama is not a Black man in the classic sense of the word. He has his White mother’s and White maternal grandparents’ view of the world. They – and he – are all about the American middle class, be it Black, White, blue, green, or purple!
    Obama is a-racial. He is quite comfortable around middle-calss EDUCATED folk of all colors. He has made education a priority of his administration. And Black folk, particularly, need to take advantage of the opportunities Barack Obama has made for every American to get a college eduation.
    So, I don’t see a problem with Obama! In fact, if I were the President, I’d be doing and saying the same things to Black folk. We DO need to stop complaining. It’s way past time for us to help ourselves as other ethnic groups do.
    You, Dr. Watkins, need to stop YOUR whining! You would do better to spend your time teaching Black folk that we must learn early how to compete successfully in what has become a global society. And it takes years of intense training and self sacrifice to do that!
    President Obama has the right message for America, especially Black America!

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I beg to differ.

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm


  80. Blatantgoat

    August 8, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Very well said Dr. Boyce Watkins—Moreover, obviously the closest Mr. Obama has come to African-Americans is “Michelle!” Mr. Obama is first: Barry Soetoro, then Barack Obama; Kenyan, then American—Is there any wonder he’s also “Two-Faced.”

  81. Marvin Gilbert

    August 8, 2012 at 3:25 am

    If there was a “President of Black America”, he would have certainly NOT been elected. Many different people of this great country voted their consciences and elected the man they saw with the best talent for the job today. This must be your same purpose on Nov 6th. If you don’t realize where we are and what the stakes are, then YOU are the fool. It’s not all about getting your piece of the pie, when everyone is at the table with the same interests and baggage. Right now you should be concerned about taking advantage of the opportunities created to assist you in getting on your feet and keeping a job or starting a business, not a hustle or way to get over. Many await the opportunity to throw you in jail or one the front lines of wars to continue raping the world in the corporations best interests, despite your own. So much has to be corrected first, nefore you could even expect any “pie”! Be thakful and supportive that you are still at the table, welcome in the house and clothes on your backs, versus the whips and chains of lower wahes and higher taxes and NO consideration. Become thrifty and vigilant in developing yourselves and stop wanting so damn much of what some of the rich flash in your face.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      You should probably reread what you are saying. Your rhetoric is none better than that of a white supremacist. You basically say that blacks should merely sit and humbly accept what is ladled down to them. Well, excuse us if some of us aren’t going to settle for that crap no more. You can carry on sitting in the back of the bus if you want.
      Think on this: Romney actually attended a NAACP. Did your precious Obama?


    August 8, 2012 at 3:31 am


    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      EXACTLY! Some sensible blacks here! Always good to see!

  83. Rod

    August 8, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I swear… the Obama camp really works hard to sqush dissenting opinions. I see they are unleaching their attack dogs on Dr.Watkins and any other black voice who doesn’t fall in line. I really hope all of you who got on this thread and bashed Dr. Watkins really get paid well. Money has to be the motivation behind the hate and name calling.

    I am convinced that some of us have completely lost our minds to our hearts when it comes to President Obama. The man said ” I am not the president of Black America.” What more of a wake up call do you need? We are like the woman who wraps both arms around her former lover’s knees and is drug across the floor when he tells you he does’t want you anymore. Then we argue about the level of hell we will get if Romney is elected. It’s like that pathetic woman saying I have no place else to go. Here’s a newsflash: WE ARE ALREADY IN HELL!!! One in five of us aren’t working. Our neighborhoods aren’t safe and the police seem to be as much of an enemy as the criminals. The courts are hell bent on putting us in jail to support profit prisons. Our public schools are a complete failure and a deathtrap to our kids. And we have no one to address our needs, let alone do anything about them.

    It is clear that Obama does not respect us or our vote. He knows we will be right there to vote for him come November so he can say whatever he pleases about black folks. This is what happens when we send politicians to Washington without making them accountable to you. Until we demand better, we will always be the political sluts of the democratic party (we are not whores. Whores are smart enough to get something for what they give). We want to attack Dr. Watkins for what the president said, but Obama made his comments freely without fear of reprecussions. You can’t blame Dr. Watkins, Tavis, Dr. West, Harry Belafonte or anybody else for the president telling black folks to kiss his rear end. He can embrace being the president of Gay America and Jewish America and Latin America but he has zero tolorance for black America. Some of you seem to love getting screwed hard and deep without lube by politicians who won’t leave as much as $5 on the dresser after they are done. As for me, I refuse to support Obama or anyone else who doesn’t respect my vote. It would make more sense for me to stay at home and watch cartoons on election day than to sit in a booth pondering over the lesser of two evils.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Well said! Couldn’t have put it better myself.

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm


    • PetefromDetroit

      August 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Wow. Thanks Rod. Make it Plain. Stay Up.

  84. Cornell Harris

    August 8, 2012 at 3:49 am

    The president has to stop saying he’s not the president of black America. We has a wife and two daughters who are black America. Whether he knows it or not, we’re stuck like tar baby to one another. We may as all be black an proud. He sounds ashamed. He has to stop it and do it now. We cannot afford for him to act on race. And that’ s what he’ s doing in reverse where we’re concerned. He takes us backwards. We Will not tolerate that not even from an oreo presidency.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm


  85. Dana

    August 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

    In reading all of these comments especially Rod’s and Greg L’s comments I have to say it feels good to know that I’m not alone in what I see and what’s been bothering me and holding me back from making a decision to vote for President Barack Obama. I see a President that is trying to please everyone but seems to be afraid to go deep within the trenches of the Black Community and make some serious changes without worrying what the White community thinks. Since I posted my comment earlier I’m going to let it speak for itself. I wanted to share a little information with those who might be interested in knowing more about who we are as a race. I ran into a gentleman at the store some weeks ago and he was standing on the side lines listening to my sister and I talk. But boy was I happy that he started talking to us. He mentioned a book and DVD called Hidden Colors. It’s on Amazon and you can find bits of it on You Tube. Also there is another gentleman named Umar Johnson who you can find on You tube also. He is actually talking about the issues that we all are discussing on this site. I never heard of him before but he is truly a powerful speaker so check him out.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you for speaking sense here. If I was an African American, I too, would feel cheated by Obama.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am pleased to have a black President. But I was under the impression that he was black, not a white puppet. Sorry if that sounds racist, but I have to honest. What is he to us if he is too scared to confront our issues? At least Mitt Romney came to an NAACP conference in person, whatever you may think of him!
      Now, I agree that there are some blacks who feel that Obama should do everything for them, without looking to themselves first: stop brandishing guns for no reason. Obama is not a magician. Blacks must do something themselves too.
      However, I see no effort from Obama to align himself with us. In fact, it seems like Romney’s comments about his empathy with blacks are sounding more heartfelt than Obama’s (lack) of comments about feeling for us. Shouldn’t the fact that he has experienced racism from the GOP propel him into helping blacks who are suffering this prejudice evry single day?
      What puzzles me is that the gay commuity can easily come and (quite rightly, don’t get me wrong) ask for acknowledgment of their issues: gay marriage. Duly (or in a politicallly oppurtunist move, as I believe) Obama says he supports gay marriage. Now, this will benefit black gays, he might argue.
      Women want contraception. He supports that openly and vocally. Illegal immigrants want amnesty. He supports that vocally. He says that the policies that he has implemented will benefit African Americans. True.
      But why can’t he step up to the plate and vocally support what Boyce Watkins has suggested? Why is he scared of white voters? Why do all his words have to indirectly help African Americans? Why can’t he also add some words of courage to a disjointed community?
      True, his responsibilities include every American, but I feel he has shirked his regarding blacks.

  86. Milk Chocolate

    August 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

    As long as blacks keep whining, the only thing they are going to get is crumbs. I, nor Obama or anyone has any respect for people who don’t vote, don’t read, don’t respect anyone, least of all themselves or those who look like them.

    • Anja

      August 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      If blacks did not vote overwhelmingly in 2008 to help this man get elected, then he would not be in a position to willfully ignore us. Blacks do vote when we feel that there is someone to vote for who will represent our interests.

      We should vote more; especially in local elections. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that some of us have just given up when we see no veritable “hope and change.”

      And by the way, blacks are no more a “whiny”, monolithic race or group than any other race or group; and, given that many of us have sat on our hands and zipped our lips to appease this ineffective president, then, at this juncture and for the price of our silence, we certainly deserve a hefty slice of the pie.

      It might be hard for you or others to believe, but we actually vote, read, respect ourselves and others even when they have not respected us.

      I wish you could have seen the wonderfully, glorious black children at our local library in a predominantly black community holding on to books larger than they were. What a wonderful sight to behold and if you get out more, perhaps you could witness one of these small wonders for yourself.

      Make no mistake about it, President Obama is still highly favored in our community. And, that is because he is considered one of us. If he were someone else, he’d be toast.

      Take care.

  87. Frank TALKER

    August 8, 2012 at 5:16 am

    President Obama is being disingenuous since he knows that being the first Black US President he is a role model for Blacks – not Whites: White have had such role models since Washington.

    Obama also knows that all previous White Presidents have been Presidents of White America.

    This is just political spin to avoid talking about that thing Whites fear most – ongoing affirmative action for them (White supremacy); none for Blacks.

  88. Frank TALKER

    August 8, 2012 at 5:21 am

    President Obama is being disingenuous since he knows that being the first Black US President means he is very much a role model for Blacks – not Whites: White have had such role models since President Washington.

    Obama also knows that all previous White Presidents have been Presidents of White America.

    President Obama is just engaging political spin to avoid scaring White voters by requiring them to talk about that thing Whites fear most – the ongoing affirmative action from which they benefit (White supremacy); while there is none for Blacks.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Exactly. He should, if he wasn’t so scared of white voters, embrace the fact that he is a good thing for the black community. But no.

  89. Mia mckenzie

    August 8, 2012 at 5:28 am

    This is precisely why black people as a whole can’t get anywhere because we are like crabs trying to keep each other down rather than lift each other up! Whites stick together! That’s why as a whole they are more successful than us. Sad sad sad!!!

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      There have been many successful blacks. Lets not talk ourselves down. Where would whites be without our musical contributions for example? Bar rap….
      What about the Harlem Renaissance?

  90. Loppy

    August 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Wow, some of these comments are interesting and some are sad. President Obama said that “he could have a son who looks like Trayvon Martin”. I think he gets it people! He has been in his Black Skin for 50 years, he feels the same injustices that every other Black American male feels about their position in life! We should try not to zero in on every word that comes out of his mouth, unless we plan to zero in on every word that all politicians say in an election year. Let’s praise President Obama for the things he has accomplished such as HEALTH CARE!

  91. Gerald

    August 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Great work Mr. Boyce censor the post that don’t agree with
    you and tell the people about your capacity to gauge money.
    Mitt Romney’s advertisement is on your site asking for
    donations for his campaign. Well isn’t that interesting!

  92. Monte Moire

    August 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Dr. Boyce, everytime I see you, I say how much I love and respect you. And I, like hundreds of other brothers and sisters out there, always tell you that you are wrong about president Obama. You always say that “we are easy to sway” You are right. Mainly because many black folk understand what president Obama is up against.

    For the last three years, president Obama has been disrespected not only from the GOP members but also from the CBC. We all know that president Obama can’t go out there and just give our (black) community special treatment, time after time! That is like our best friend becoming a manager at some store and we expect him/her to “hook us” up all the time. Pretty soon your friend is going to lose his/her job and then you are left with fond memories of what you had in terms of the “hook up.” Let’s just do our part and the president will do his, which to me, is doing a whole heck of a lot.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      We are not asking for speacial treatment! We are asking for a bit of notice and attention to our issues, just as the women and gays have asked- and fuly received theirs! Read carefully!

  93. Queen

    August 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

    UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Pastori Balele. thank you for your comments. Seem like some people have no clue what our President have done. President Obama is working like crazy to get things done and all some of you all do is complain. How much did you complain when bush made the mess that he did? What did you do? You stupid people put him back in office a second term.
    Don’t blame him for things not getting done. For all of you who didn’t get out and vote during the mid term, blame yourselves. You let the Republicans take control of the House and Senate. YOU are the ones that tied his hands. Everything that he tries to do for “BLACK AMERICA” (as you call it), get knocked down, by the KKK Republicans.

    Go ahead and vote for MITT Wrongley and see what happens. You think we’re suffering now? Not so, just wait! In the first place, there are so many programs out there that have been put in place ” for you” (Black America). If you would do your research, and not depend on others to do it for you, you can find the help that you need. The Department of Social Services is not the only place to get help. Stop depending on others and get out there and work for yourself.

    I think Boyce is trying to find ways to get ratings and to make money for himself. Why tear our President? I was always told that if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say it at all. However, I have to take this opportunity to say this. Some of you are ridiculous!!!

    You saying that President Obama is the less of two evils, you may want to be careful how you use your words. God have anointed this man for this position at this time, so I would be very careful putting my mouth on him. We all have opinions, and it’s ok to state them, but be careful. You will be held accountable!!

    I say to you unhappy souls, Call Bush Back!! Better yet, Vote “Mitt WRONGLY”! See what happens to your children and grandchildren’s future…… SAD AND UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS AGAIN!! 2012

  94. Common Sense

    August 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

    The level of ignorance in these comments is astonishing.

    First and foremost, as a particular group of people, we have to DEMAND that our interests be addressed just like any other group. He’s a politician, politicians do things that will get them votes. I find it quite sad that so many black folk are willing to blindly throw their support behind Obama only to watch him say “I’m not the president of black america” and all the while he’s taking a stance for the gay community, for the Latino community, for the illegal immigrant community.

    He had no problem speaking down toward black fathers, yet I did not see him address the seriously flawed family court system that’s allowing so many GOOD fathers, black and otherwise, to be alienated from their children.

    He sat there and said we need to take off our bedroom slippers and get to work. Had a white man said that, there would have been rioting in the streets.

    Since he’s not the president of black america, why does he feel the need to basically shit on us to prove to the white folk the he’s not going to make us a priority?

    Wake up people, use your head. Stop blindly support a man who goes out of his way to prove he’s not aligned with you.

    If Mr. Obama can address the issues of other groups, then you damn right I want him and WE ALL should want him to address issues specific to us. Instead we sound like sound like a bunch of house Negros defending massa.

    • Deborah

      August 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      You are absolutely right. Gays and co are making their voice heard, and so must we. Obama came into office becuase we decided to go out and vote, and so did others. Now let him return the courtesy, by taking notice of us!

    • PetefromDetroit

      August 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Common Sense.

  95. Joseph L. Bass, EdD

    August 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

    All these words are very interesting. But when it comes to your few minutes in the voting booth, virtually all blacks will again vote for Obama and, if he gets elected, blacks will get the same thing for the next four years, which to date has amounted to nothing. Unlike what Dr. King envisioned, people still put far too much emphasis on the color of a person’s skin. Isn’t voting for a person because his skin is the same color as yours a form of bigotry? Isn’t voting for a person because his skin is a different color from yours a form of bigotry? You are not an American until you embrace and practice e pluribus unum (out of many – one). That goes for black people, Klan members, and skin heads. When we all learn to work together, instead of being separatists, the American society and its economy will improve. Joseph L. Bass, Ed.D.

  96. Mandingo

    August 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Dr. Boyce is right and the only ones who are angry with him are the mis-educated,ignorant and self-hating Afrikans in the U.S. who believe that they are better and will be better because Obama is president.Obama is the agent of the racist Americans/Europeans and Semitic Jews in the U.S. and this is why he bails out the Wall Street gangsters and continues to give the Israelis billions of dollars every year just like his predecessors.Obama invades,attacks and murders Afrikans in Somalia,Libya and the Ivory Coast etc.Keep doing the excellent work Dr. Boyce.

  97. John Graham

    August 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Although well intended, Dr. Watkins, you are a bit out of line to tell the President that he is the “President of Black America,” especially when he has stated very clearly he is not. Such a claim by you represents a very narrow and old way of thinking. We should not really ever limit the President’s representation to certain groups or a group. America voted for and elected him and he represents America. All in all, I think the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, explained himself very well and I totally agree with him. And, one last thing, I am a black educator in the k-12 school system who generally agree with you on most topics, respectfully.

  98. Goldie G

    August 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This is why we are so messed up and full of self hatred. If the president does not win this second election, it will be our fault. You see all the services the republicans are cutting. Boyce and many other Black outlets are not the most healthy places to read up on our news. We slant the news in order to get readers and contributors. I have pulled back on reading and contributing to them. There is a pattern that is not healthy for our people in many cases. I say again, we should have a black cable news network by now and each time I have written about this I am shot down and told it is not the right time? We are the only race that does not have one! If Romney is elected because of all this black stupidity going around as well as the voters suppression, we have no one to blame but ourselves and these black propaganda websights.

  99. Steve A. Rhoden

    August 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I must say Boyce that you make a lot of sense. Therefore, I am
    not going to criticize or chastise you for making this statement
    about President Barack Obama. I, too, classify myself as a college
    educated, and intelligent man as well. No! I do not have a college
    degree just like other folk who do not. However, these same folk
    are intelligent college educated folk. Obama is right! He is not only
    the president of black people. He is also the president of the
    Asian, the Latino, the Japanese as well every other immigrant who
    have migrated over here to the United States which is considered
    the, “land of the free, and the home of the brave.” I can only guess that the average black person who voted for Obama in
    2009 expected miracles from this one black man who is “biracial.”
    Right, I no, Obama’s daddy was a Kenyan dark skinned African
    brother as some of us continue to call each other. Guess what
    though? Even if Obama’s mother was a black woman, which she
    was not, would the plight of black Americans under the Obama
    Administration be any better? Ask yourself the question honestly.
    Remember now, Obama clearly inherited another man’s earlier
    mess before he officially became the first black president of the
    United States of America. This other man, as you know, was
    George Bush Jr.. I won’t go any further with the miscellaneous
    mess that took place in his administration. One must remember that “politics,” in general, is a dirty game, and I mean anywhere.
    I lived in Chicago Illinois for 22 years, so believe me I learned a
    lot about dirty and corrupt politics simply by living in the Windy
    City. Yes, the unemployment numbers for black Americans is
    the highest of all other groups according to current statistics.
    Remember now, it was this same way before Obama took office
    in 2009. I will criticize President Obama, though, for not attend-
    ing the recent collaboration with the NAACP. He sent his Vice
    President Joe Biden instead in his place, and speaking succinctly,
    he made an ASS out of himself to try and make Obama look
    good for not attending. Remember that a president, of any
    country, have other people who work with him in his administration. I also recall former president George Bush did not
    attend a NAACP during his administration, but he did show up
    at a National Urban League function. This should tell you something about this repetitious pattern among these two
    presidents. The important issue right now here in the United
    States of America is the overall economic conditions which is
    basically affecting everyone. Yes, of course, it may be affect-
    some black American, moreso, than others. However, one can-
    not put the total blame on Obama. No! I do not agree with
    all of the current policies of the Obama administration. Aint no
    way in the world that I , personally, could vote for Mitt Romney.
    Why? Because this man was born into wealth. What in the
    world would he know the plight of the middle class workers and
    the underclass poor people in general? I , as one black man,
    have always had a job. I have always had health insurance, and
    a place to lay my heard. Believe me, I have been down and
    out just like any other unfortunate human being. Today I am
    still working. In addition to a job, I have a home based business
    which also helps. A government helps to regulate and to sustain
    citizens within any country. A government works along with the
    priviate sector in creating jobs. A politician is considered as an
    “occupation,” just like any other occupation. There are crooks
    within this line of work just like any other. To me, black folks
    will never be able to lean totally on any government in order to
    get ahead. This is just a pure fact whether one want to believe
    it or not. As Bill Cosby said sometime ago, throughout his
    messages to the black community as a whole, “We must learn
    how to pull ourselves up with our own bootstraps.” I may not
    be quoting him exactly right, but it makes a lot a lot of sense.
    Who is the lesser of the two evils between Mitt Romney and Barack
    Obama. Personally, I would have to say Barack Obama would be
    considered as the “lesser” of the two evils. One may not want to
    hear this, but the black man’s biggest fight, throughout his whole
    life, have been with the word of God starting with the book of
    Genesis Chapter 25. I WON’T GO HERE THOUGH BECAUSE IT IS

  100. Deborah

    August 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I agree with Watkins.
    While I agree that many of the black community are depending too much on Obama, there needs to be more noise from Obama.

  101. A little analysis

    August 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    While I share many of Dr. Boyce’s critiques of Pres. Obama — at least the more substances ones, like education, poverty, militarism, and such — it’s important to note that Dr. Boyce is in reality a closet conservative and petty capitalist opportunist. This is not a slander against the professor. Watch him closely:

    Take a look at his “Blue Dog” internet site, as in the conservative “Blue Dog” Democratic, the conservative wing of the DNC. It’s motto is “The Black People Liberals Don’t Want You To Talk About.” What “Black People” is he talking about? Anti-liberal, politically and socially conservative Blacks like Dr. Boyce who are inherently hostile towards Pres. Obama and the entire liberal establishment.

    Why doesn’t Dr. Boyce simply admit he’s a conservative pretending to be liberal? Because the internet is how he his money, mostly from Black people (myself included, regrettably) reading and responding to his many ridiculous, often poorly written and horribly edited writings. Internet advertisers pay Dr. Boyce big money for internet advertising space on his sites. So he pretends to be down with the Black community while he’s really just out to put money in his own pocket. A reverse “Spook Who Sat By the Door,” if you will. So don’t take him too seriously.

  102. A little analysis

    August 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    While I share many of Dr. Boyce’s critiques of Pres. Obama — at least the more substances ones, like education, poverty, militarism, and such — it’s important to note that Dr. Boyce is in reality a closet conservative and petty capitalist opportunist. This is not a slander against the professor. Watch him closely:

    Take a look at his “Blue Dog” internet site, as in the conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat, the conservative wing of the DNC. It’s motto is “The Black People Liberals Don’t Want You To Talk About.” What “Black People” is he talking about? Anti-liberal, politically and socially conservative Blacks like Dr. Boyce inherently hostile towards Pres. Obama and the entire liberal establishment.

    Why doesn’t Dr. Boyce simply admit he’s a conservative pretending to be liberal? Because the internet is how he makes his money, mostly from Black people (myself included, regrettably) reading and responding to his many ridiculous, often poorly written and horribly edited writings. Internet advertisers pay Dr. Boyce big money for internet advertising space on his sites. So he pretends to be down with the Black community while he’s really just out to put money in his own pocket. A reverse “Spook Who Sat By the Door,” if you will. So don’t take him too seriously.

  103. J.T.

    August 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Some of you folks are willfully ignorant. When corporations demand subsidies and laws that suit their needs no one calls it a handout. When gays demand marriage equality no one calls it a handout. When illegals demend amnesty and in state tuition no one calls it a handout. When billions of your tax dollars are used to subsidies big corn, sugar, and oil there is no problem. But black folks ask Obama to address the drug war, education and prisons and we are asking for handouts.

    You folks enjoy watching our race be reduced lower than undocumented immigrants. Dr. Boyce is right for calling him out. Obama isn’t the president of Israel but he sure told them that he stands with them and continues to send billions over there. There is something called leverage and our people haven’t learned how to use it yet. So sad.

  104. oren elow

    August 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve been telling you for months that Obama do not deserve the Black vote this time around. What is wrong with us Black folks in the first place? We take the dung from people even our jive president and still lick their shoes. Obama has never, ever been any help when it comes to giving the African Americans the same respect he gives to others. The hell with Obama, let us give the White House to Mit Roney. I can amost assure you that he will do more for African Americans and Latinos than Obama. When Mitt was governor of Massachusetts, my home state, he never treated Black unfairly and he won’t as president. I will not vote for Obama again, for I’m fed up with voting for people whom take my vote and shit on it. Give Mitt a chance he cannot be any worse off for us than Obama. Mitt isn’t as bad as others/DEMs makes him out to be. He’s not a racist and that’s all that we should be worried about, for he can’t be worse off in running the country than Obama. Obama is more a racist than Mitt. Don’t stay home vote for Mitt. It was Mitt who showed up with respect for African Americans at the NAACP Annual Anniversary — not Obama. Dosen’t that tell you something? Please wake up my people stop letting politicians use you, even if he’s your Black Brother!!

  105. ken

    August 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It is so sad that black people hate each other and themselves. Wille Lynch must be smiling in hell, to see how black people treat each other. ( Most of you don’t know who Willie Lynch was.) I suggest you google Willie Lynch letter, it will give you a better perspective as to what the President has to deal with and what we as a race has to deal with. We were taught to hate ourselves and we just refuse to give it up. If you are black and you think the Republican loveyou, then vote for them. The Rush group, Tea parties and the klan would apperciate your vote.We have way too many educated fools.

  106. Christine

    August 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Exactly, what is the black agenda, cause I sure don’t know what it is. I keep hearing that our President refuses to address it, but what is it. When other subcultures come to our President that address their issues, hispanics want citizenship, gays want civil rights, women want equal pay and better health care. However, as black folks we already have those things, we are citizens, we have civil rights. What have the opportunity to get a free education, attend any college that we are qualified to get into, go anywhere that we choose to go, so what is the issue?

    • moptop

      August 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm


      Educational requirements considered the issue is political, social, economic and judicial parity. When you understand this idea you understand what the Black Agenda is all about.

  107. Jayson

    August 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Let us hope for better times for all Americans!

  108. Rev. George Brooks

    August 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    If there is ANYONE in these United States that does not know that ANY person of ANY race will naturally do at least a slight more for his or her OWN race, while trying to possibly keep things pretty much nearly equal. But make no mistake about it, a white person president will, and has, always done just what I have said. And the same would be true of a Jew president, a Chinese president, or a president of any other racial or religious group. It’s only natural. But I have for some time now come to believe that Obama does not really consider himself to be black, but of both races, with his major love being more toware whites. And I would like to know what it says on his birth certificate, IF it has a space on it that calls for race. Some certificates long ago use to, but I’m not sure about now. But I certainly do not believe that since his black father was not around, that his white mother and white grandparents would have listed him as being black. Maybe mixed, perhaps, or most likely white. Perhaps Dr. Boyce can dig into this and find out for all to know. And lastly, Obama is not really in charge of anything that is going on in that White House, but the Jews that are surrounding him are dominating and ruling him. They are really in charge, and he’s simply doing what he is told to do and say by them. So I don’t have much confidence in Obama anymore. And myself and many others among my black friends and associates may not even bother to vote, because we don’t want Mitt Romney for sure, but don’t care AT ALL for Jews bossing Obama either. For Jews don’t really care about us, as Michael Jackson said. — Rev.
    George Brooks

  109. patrice

    August 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    114 years ago,Frederick Douglas provided the explanation for why people are so hard on President Obama. The quote below
    is worth remembering next time we are invited to pile on.
    Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale,
    he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements.In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his
    progress. If he comes in ignorance, rage and wretchedness he
    conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a Gentleman,
    a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race.and his comingg is resented as

  110. patrice

    August 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    114 years ago,Frederick Douglas provided the explanation for why people are so hard on President Obama. The quote below
    is worth remembering next time we are invited to pile on.
    Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale,
    he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements.In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his
    progress. If he comes in ignorance, rage and wretchedness he
    conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a Gentleman,
    a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race.and his coming is resented as
    imprudence.In one case he may provoke contempt and derision,
    but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.
    SEPTEMBER 25,1883

  111. s'ann

    August 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    For me, it is heart-breaking to hear President Obama, who is a Black man, say I am not the “President of Black America.” Though he may not intend for his statement to be exclusive, it clearly translates that Black America is not a part of America and it devalues our contribution to his presidential election. It is comparable to him saying that he is a world leader and not a leader of America.

    On the contrary, I am Black and I am also a citizen of America. When I travel abroad, I not only represent America, but I also represent Black America because I am Black. I do not try to pretend otherwise and believe me others see it, too. I am proud of my God-given Blackness and my culture, and I love my country as well! In fact, I often find myself having to dispel negative racial attitudes that have been planted by others.

    I might add, when President Elect Obama was campaigning in 2008, my oldest daughter and I were in attendance, front row, during a speech he gave in Berlin. I was proud of him and was so excited, I could hardly contain myself. It was unbelievable that history was right before our very eyes. One of the first things he said to the 200,000 people, who waited patiently for him and roared with great enthusiasm, as he entered the podium center stage, was that they were not accustomed to seeing a presidential candidate that “looked like him” (referring to HIS Blackness).

    That excitement continued, as we stood, early in the morning, among thousands of others to witness the historical inauguration in below freezing weather. He later, within months of his election, was bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize because he made history in the U.S. And for him to say that he is not our president, too, is a slap in the face.

    I was proud of his election, because we helped send a fresh and powerful team to the White House, who we thought would make a difference. I voted for him because he represented something bigger; he represented change and I believed that he had our best interests at heart, too.

    I will close by paraphrasing a quote (that I am unable to locate at the moment) of W.E.B. Dubois, where he talked about the duality of America, and how America will never be great until it resolves its race issue with Black America. President Obama has the greatest opportunity to make that happen by embracing Blackness as he did in Berlin. The world welcomed it and cheered him on. I was there!

    • Lynn Jones

      August 9, 2012 at 4:50 am

      s’ann your comment was so moving. I share your sentiments. I too feel heart-broken and even betrayed on some level by President Obama. I did not vote for him because of his race – though it was one consideration.
      Like you, I believed he represented change – a fresh perspective. I read his white papers and studied his policy proposals.
      I listened carefully to his speeches and was moved to tears by his race speech. Most importantly, I believed that his experience as a community organizer and his racial backgroud afforded him a unique sensitivity to the challenges encountered by racial and ethnic minorities and people of limited means. I also believed that his background coupled with his intelligence and political keenness equipped him to bring a fresh and new perspective to the Middle East conflict especially since he was taking office at the conclusion of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in which chemical weapons were used against Palestinian civilians.
      The hope and aspiration inspired by Barack Obama caused me to donate money and campaign for a Presidential candidate for the first time in my life.
      Now, I am convinced that was a mistake and my people have been set back even further than we were before he took office because he is loathe to identify with us as a people and with our plight as a demographic in this country.

    • s'ann

      August 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      In addition, my two year old grandson and I went to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s monument dedication and when my grandson saw Obama on the screen, he yelled with such excitement “that’s President Obama, Nanna!!” How do we tell our children that the President of the United States of America, who is Black, does not want to be identified as the President of Black America, too; even though, Black America is a part of America, just like gays, Hispanics, naturalized immigrants, foreigners, the rich, Wall Street, and corporations (as the Supreme Court views corporations as persons, now).

      @Lynn Jones, I did not vote for President Obama because he was Black. In fact, I read his book, “Dreams from My Father” in 2004 and was quite impressed. Shortly afterwards, he and Michelle appeared on Oprah and Oprah asked him if he had ever thought about running for president. Though he denied it, I knew then he was positioning himself for the election campaign. In 2008, I campaigned for him in New York, Philly, and Georgia, and recently campaigned for him this year in Virginia. During the 2008 campaign, I also suggested to David Plouffe, his campaign manager, to have Obama to travel abroad because McCain’s face was plastered all over the Tube in England. Shortly thereafter, Obama was in Berlin. I also had Plouffe to dispel rumors from female voters at a mega church that Obama was a Muslim, persuaded White women to vote for him because he promised to fight for equal pay and place it as a priority issue, persuaded family members, who were initially Hilary supporters to vote for him, and made a financial contribution as well. I still have his campaign promises.

      I said all of that, not to get credit, but to show that I did my homework and did my small part. I had never campaigned for any other presidential candidate as I did for Obama and I did so, because I believed in him and Michelle. And I voted for Jesse Jackson in the 80s. With respect to Obama being Black, I see his Blackness as a value added. Most Black people bring a different perspective and quality to the table that can be appreciated by all. However, when it comes to addressing issues concerning the Black agenda, President Obama disassociates himself from us. Moreover, I don’t think he wants our vote, and I encourage everyone to vote for the Democratic Party because a no vote is a Republican vote, and then hold President Obama accountable.

  112. makheru bradley

    August 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Dr. Boyce is correct. In American politics constituents are supposed to be rewarded for their support. Historically that holds true for every constituent group except Afrikan Americans. Obama’s most ardent Afrikan American supporters (even those in deep denial like Peter), know that they expected that would change under this president.

    Being “rewarded” means that at least some of the most critical issues a group faces are addressed. When we analyze the most critical metrics affecting the quality of Afrikan American life we find that all of them have become even more negative under Barack Obama: unemployment has increased; poverty has increased; wealth has declined; the income gap has increased; foreclosures have increased; war has expanded and “war is an enemy of the poor.” If this had happened under President Hillary Clinton, how many of us would still be blaming George Bush?

    Dr. Asa Hilliard said that “mental slavery is invisible violence.” The Afrikan American body politic is obviously traumatized.

  113. BigJay

    August 9, 2012 at 1:33 am

    All can say is can you all please let the brother get in on his second terfm then get in his ass if he doesn’t meet our needs for Gods sakes, yes it’s true we have to get on line like everybody else but the man is sincere and he will give us the proper financial relief needed in our communities. It’s up to us to get off our asses and demand that we respect from everyone(The President, government, the police,etc). We as African Americans need to stand up and curb down all these ignorant ass niggers/niggas in our communities who are terrorizing and destroying everything we are working so hard to build. We need to collectively take charge of our community so therefore everyone, including the President will know that we collectively are a force to reckon with.

    • s'ann

      August 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      BigJay, if all it took was for us as a community to collectively take charge, we wouldn’t need the president or the government. Moreover, speaking of respect, what’s up with the use of the “N” word? Do you know how many people gave their lives demanding respect from people who degraded us by using that word. I think you are the one that should show some respect.

  114. Lynn Jones

    August 9, 2012 at 3:59 am

    As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. And following that logic, Barack Obama is absolutely correct. He is NOT the President of Black Americans. He may be the President of the entire country, but he certainly hasn’t prioritized the unique needs of Black, working poor, middle-class and poor Americans.

    In his interview with Black Enterprise magazine, President Obama couldn’t name a single thing his administration has done to support minority owned businesses. That’s because it hasn’t done anything. In fact, Black owned businesses have lost more under this President than any other in more than a decade, according to Bloomberg News and The Minority Report.

  115. Lynn Jones

    August 9, 2012 at 4:10 am

    No Democrat since LBJ has called for reducing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, except Barack Obama. Cutting those programs would specifically impact Black Americans. Obama tried to get John Boehner to agree to $675 million in cuts to the programs before the 2011 budget talks failed.

    The Obama administration cut more than $60 million from the HEAP (home heating assistance program) in the middle of winter two years in a row. Black, Hispanic, and White working poor, disabled and elderly Americans were deeply affected by the cuts.


  116. Lynn Jones

    August 9, 2012 at 4:16 am

    To pay for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program, the Obama administration cut an additional $8 million from the food stamp program on top of the $13.9 million cut the previous year at the President’s insistence.

  117. Lynn Jones

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 am

    President Obama has held meeting with representatives of illegal immigrants, gays and lesbians, women, Jews and others. But he has never held a meeting with Black business groups to discuss ways to improve employment.

    But in February his office announced that ALL 5 regional offices of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) regional offices will close by September 30, 2012. Rep. Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.) a House Small Business Committee member said the closings could represent the beginning demise of the entire agency. The agency is vital to the creation of jobs and infrastructures for minorities. Yet, America’s first African American

    President chose to oversee its demise when Black unemployment is at historically high rates.

    • makheru bradley

      August 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Yes Ms. Jones, and while making those cuts his Defense Budget calls for $88 billion for wars even after a reluctant reduction of forces in Iraq in 2011.

      And don’t forget: “At a time of cutbacks, Barack Obama has set aside around $5 billion for Predators and Reapers (Drones), signaling their growing importance and ubiquity as a policy instrument. The air force has struggled to supply enough crews for the multiplying hardware.”

      I suppose he’s planning to expand his “Kill List”

  118. patrice

    August 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Willie Lynch, you know black people!! Please goggle willie lynch. I hope God allows Romney to win and then you people will have something to scream about then black republicans will be picking up the crumbs from Republicans.Rome was not build in a day.

    • makheru bradley

      August 10, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Both Willie Lynch and his letter are a hoax. Who needs fake white supremacists when you have real historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

      Rome was not built in a day but Libya was destroyed in about nine months, resulting in Black people being lynched, with the first Black president of the United States as the prime facilitator. And this war criminal is the politician you support.

      Be sure to step front and center when the chickens come home to roost.

  119. Jean Perry

    August 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Dr. Boyce,

    “Oh ye of little faith” (Matthew 8:26). With all your nonsensical rhetoric you’re really nothing more than a mean ole crab in a barrel. Still, you are entitled to your opinion and the president is certainly not beyond any criticism. Here is my thought about President Obama. IF, Hurricane Katrina had occurred on HIS watch, HE would have immediately flown down to New Orleans and given his support. Bush did absolutely nothing; instead he chose to watch from a distance as hundreds of black Americans suffered and died waiting for help from our goverment. THIS never would have happened sir, not with the president we have in office today. My advice to you Dr. Boyce is to run for political office and then you, too, can sit back and take the black vote for granted.

  120. charlotte

    August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    This is just another example of Dr. Boyce’s dislike of President Obama. Just shut up.

    • Jalen

      August 9, 2012 at 11:47 am


      Why should Dr. Boyce shut up? Is it because you disagree with what he speaks and just don’t want him utilize his right to free speech?

      Here is a simple solution to your request. Please do not log onto this site and you will not have to read his commentary.

      I am sure that on the vast “information highway”, there are multifarious sites that will support your position and enthusiastic support of this president. Obviously this one is not on your list.

      Take care.

  121. Lillian Smith

    August 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    We are so disrespectful to our President. He IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA which consist of ALL PEOPLE. Did we ask former President Bush and President Clinton if they were the President of White America? We need to stop it and stop it now. Wake up!! Not only is this disrespectful it is disgusting. I wish we had balls when the former Presidents were in office.i

    • s'ann

      August 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Well, he doesn’t object to his campaign group named, “African Americans for Obama.”

  122. FLOYD DARDEN, Ph.D.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I am so very proud of my Blackness being represented in this world of ours, I could just weep happy tears. I am so proud to witness first hand respect from people when they see me coming toward them in the mall, on the bus, or in a market place, because I am black and beautiful and proud of it. I am Proud of Mr. Obama for the professional manner in which he conducts his work as one the most important men in the world. I am very happy, excited and grateful that he and the First Black Lady in the white House are well liked, educated and visually positive. How could I not support his desire to make positive improvements and better life for All Americans? I see myself in this powerful figure in the white house. Ask and you shall receive is what is needed from our collective Black leaders. If we have special needs, we should select a small group from the major organizations; NAACP, etc…request an audience with President.

  123. Oscar

    August 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    What is worrisome is people like Shirl who think a president gets elected and goes down a list and checks off what he will and won’t do for these people and those people and that’s how it works. Such ignorance……. The facts are: we as a people didn’t care enough to vote in the senate, gubernatorial and house races so everything Obama puts forth gets voted down. I wish we weren’t such morons about how our government works!!!! THIS is the most sensible comment made on this whole Article ! Get educated to how the SYSTEM Functions..NOT the President, he can only get an Agenda passed HIS MAJORITY has to have charge of the SENATE! Didn’t anybody get this in High School?

  124. moonhead

    August 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Can anyone please explain to me how in the world did this Dr. Boyce, receive a doctorate in anything? He is the most stupid ass man on this planet. President Obama, was elected to office by a rainbow of people, and was elected to represent all races. I have heard this stupid talk by some black people, that thought that they would be receiving a check from Obama, when he took office. Whose money is he suppose to give them? I was on the bus one day, and I heard this woman from one of the islands, tell this white woman, that we got a black president now, and that the white people would be soon riding in the back of the bus, she could barely speak English, and couldn’t possibly been able to vote for Obama, because she wasn’t a U.S citizen. If a white man ran for president, and he said that he was going to be president of the white people, how many votes do you think he would receive? This absolutely stupid assumption, that any black person that runs for political office, must cater to black people must stop, especially from those that have been granted a public platform. Dr. boyce, was not denied tenure by Syracuse university, because of racism, he was denied tenure, soley because he is an unqualified, ignoramus.

  125. steven

    August 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    He is right he is not the president of black america, hell he aint even black. But as a black man i dont owe him anything including my vote, ill be home this november let the gays, illegals and white women have his back.

  126. Cynthia Allen -Sparks

    August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    once again I will never understand the masses of people in this counry somebody please help me to understand why we have allowed our dear president to get away with such a ridiculous statement. Tell me if I’m wrong but does everyone not like receiving gifts? Did he not ask for our support , money,and vote?
    Did he not reach across the isle to the republicans and vice versa?
    Did we not just get out of one war to only have us end up in another in Afganistan over some dam opium. Let me tell you people something my niece and two of my cousins were there to fight this dirty war,thank God they returned many sons and daughters didn’t. Its not over for them because as long as their is war they will soon return risking limbs and life. Don’t you dare tell me ,or anyone else what cannot be asked of this man whom I to voted for!Michelle is always quoting to whom much is given much is expected . Remember that the next time he sticks his foot in his mouth.I will go a step farther to say I expected war from this president .It was to liberate our brothers and sisters in Africa , in the Congo Mr. President if you dare to put my nieces and cousins onthe battle field let them go down for a cause worth fighting for
    liberate those who have been long awaiting America’s arrival.As my grandmother use to say if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

  127. E. Jacqueline Irons

    August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Well, I tell you, I am so shocked at this report on our president. Shocked; It was so well written, it made me think about the future of our country. I weighed in on each paragraph and was stunned to know that all of this was taking place. What are we going to do?? Romney is a clear and present danger to black people, Latinos too. I just cannot believe what I’ve just read. This article truly opened my eyes. We’re in trouble.

  128. Phillip Battle

    August 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Brothers and Sisters it doesn’t matter who’s the President-lets get it together- Do something!!!!!!!!!

    Boycott Christmas 2012

  129. Melvin Dennis

    August 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This is a great article and good food for thought,if your serious about political issues that directly effect the Black community,it should really make you think why you would vote for this ass hole ( Barack H. Obama) a second time. Sadly, there are many who commented on this article who think with emotion and not with cold rational thinking, which is what millions of Black Americans will need when they determine whither to vote for this ass hole in large numbers a second time around ?????????????????????????

  130. Keith "Tart" Bond

    August 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Boyce – Your a joke. The first Black President is in the middle of a contingous Presidential election in which yopu want him to play favs to black people? Do you want to be re-elected? Have you ever ran for office of any kind? I would vote to re-elect him just because he has a black wife. Boyce – Your a joke. I am sorry I wasted my time reading your article!

    • me112233

      August 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Well, at least you admit that your vote is based purely on race.

  131. Mike C. Okereke

    August 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Overall politically, this bodes well for him because this what Whites would like io hear.

  132. Dr. R. Northern, Jr., Ed.D.

    August 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Kudos to the POTUS-President of The United States of America. The “salad bowl” of America’s cultures got it done in 2008! We had better turn out to this election and ensure the POTUS gets a second term in putting America back on track. I do believe that the other party (GOP) seeks to return us to times of slavery and “have and have-nots” when the government was not always for the peolpe but a global agenda. Visit ^-^

    I remember in the first Desert Storm; 15Dec1989-28Jun1990, I was the only African-American workcenter supervisor in my entire squadron of fifteen First Class Petty Officers. I was also the Leading Petty Officer(LPO). That meant that during the war I was trusted with Top Secret material that few on our carrier had access to. However, my mostly White subordinates sought to rebell because I was their Black leader. Needless to say, the war ended and all of us returned safe and feeling very patriotic. Now, not all of those “white supremicists” in my squadron loved me but they respected a “Brother” who got the job done. I was boss of them all! My job was to keep it all together for seven months for the sake of the entire mission-the war;the red,white and blue!

    POTUS, was elected by numerically more White constituents than people of color; there are just more White folk than Black right now. He has to be seen as the CEO of the free world. Black Americans need to do our part; get a high school diploma, graduate college or vocational training, seek to start a business and employ others but pay our selves first. The POTUS is a person who is the executive that all need his attention. Black folk and all other citizens need to be prepared to get paid. Pay your taxes, pay yourself, pay the employees and the profit to grow-only in America. May GOD bless the POTUS of us all! GODspeed! ^-^.

  133. Dr. R. Northern, Jr., Ed.D.

    August 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    President Obama was not the first Black President of the United States of America. Look into some other Presidents who had Black blood; Harrison, Harding, Jefferson, Jackson and yes even Lincoln.

    There are quite a few White folks who are afraid to trace their geneology because Black blood flows where White skin shows^-^! We are all from the land of Pangea-one land mass that has since separated from tectonic plate movements. One world!

    President Obama represents hope to Africans, South Americans, Asians and other people of color. He is a politician and he has to be seen as the leader of the Free World not just the Black POTUS!
    I will vote for my Commander in Chief in a few months because I know that a vote for him is a vote for America’s best. GOD Bless!

    • Tena

      August 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

      So true and on point…

  134. Malik Akbar

    August 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I just wish the POTUS would grow a pair a balls–he has everything else in the package. I HATED W, but one thing I admired about the clown is that he didn’t give a damn, passed the policies he wanted, and didn’t give a F about what anybody said/thought. The current POTUS is too fuggiun concerned with being liked by everyone. A wise person once told me that you can’t please everybody…I am so not opposed to sharing that bit of advise to the POTUS.

  135. Rob Wimberly

    August 16, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Wow. All this nonsense over an omitted word. He CLEARLY through context is not “just” the President of Black America. Damn! He simply is the President of the United States. By the “logic” I read throughout this post, the president of this country is defined ONLY by his race. I hope not because I don’t see another Black man on the horizon… Regardless, he is better for us than Romney/Ryan unless you think that ticket will do what you think will help us. Lol

    • s'ann

      August 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Rob, you reallly don’t get it. Listen, carefully, please, President Obama said, and I quote, “I am not the President of Black America.” What is he telling you?


    August 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm


  137. Toni

    August 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Dr. Watkins,
    I have seen this too many times on your site…What is your point????? This is old news…

    Why not report about the lies that are being put out there by Ryan and Romney.

  138. Nedrea

    August 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I am so glad he responded by saying

    “I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody.”

    Proud of him for this. He is not the President of Black America, he is the President of the United States.

  139. Edward

    August 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Well said Mr. Warkins, there is nothiong to add opr deract from you remarks.

  140. Darryl

    August 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Dr. Boyce you are soooo right!!!! Mass Incarceration is but one issue he promised to address, in fact I was excited that for once someone was going to be in a position to really look at this problem.

  141. Ben Haith

    August 11, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    African Americans have been at risk for mental and behavioral problems since the enslavement of their ancestors. They need a plan of recovery so they can heal from the physical and psychological scares of abuse perpetrated on them by our government and others.

  142. ron*berg

    August 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Black America ya need to stop he is the president of the United states of America that’s it he happen to be black the federal government under his administration has opened Alot of doors that many African Americans have walk thru he has do e his job and he has do e a great job he has put into action many programs other presidents haven’t he can’t get your cuzn Rahim out of jail cus he got that hood hookup cus the president is black he can’t get your home girl a job because she is black you have to do some of the work if there are jobs and there are cus under theoba.a administration he opened up training programs and my son did them and now works 2 jobs and makes more than his dad.

    In fact I have a interview for a Second Job

    We have insurance I have great job insurance but many families I know dont and now have the affordable care act to count on for there insurance he is helping those of all races live longer job unemployment rate has dropped and just for fun he is initiating free college for 2 years for those that qualify but he not sending your ass a personal email to tell you you need to inquire and ask and talk to those who know you can get credit help you can get loans for school or to start a business or to buy a home write a letter make some calls just don’t play the blame game because if we republicans yes I am a black republican if we take back the white house and the Congress there will be no new programs to help those who want to do better be better.

  143. Abena Gerda Belfor

    August 20, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Pr Obama said the truth,because a President should be for all people in the country and not only for his own race.

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