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Dr Cornel West: America has become Morally Obscene

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  1. You so-called Black intellectuals are a bunch of self-serving fools. Where was all of your bluster when Bush was in Office?:
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    Dr. Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself
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    Dr. Watkins, every time you open your mouth these days you seem to have something uncomplimentary to say about President Obama. You always seem to be implying that he’s not doing enough for Black people. You don’t seem to understand that it’s not the president’s job to go house to house passing out gift baskets. It’s the president’s job to try to create an environment where we can help ourselves, and it’s our job to organize the community to establish the political clout to assist him in that effort. But I have yet to hear you address that side of the equation at all – or at least, not with the same kind of energy that you’re constantly attacking President Obama.
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    The entire agenda of you and your ilk seems to be promoting a culture of whining, begging, and complaining. You’re telling the people what they WANT to hear – that everything is everybody else’s fault – instead of what they NEED to hear – that we’re bringing some of these problems on ourselves by failing to address important issues in the community.
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    I don’t know why so many of you so-called Black scholars don’t seem to understand that there are some things that even the president can’t do – and signing a bill abolishing ignorance is at the very top of that list. That’s what it would take to accomplish some of the objectives that you and your counterparts are criticizing President Obama for. That’s also what lets me know that much of the ranting and raving that many of you so-called Black intellectuals are doing is disingenuous at best, and a form of unbelievably stupid “bligotry” (Black on Black bigotry) at worst.
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    The president can’t just wave a magic wand and instantly make everyone upwardly mobile. It doesn’t work that way. There’s an educational process that goes along with upward mobility, and that goes for whether the person is Black, or White. While there are many in the Black community who have the skills to hit the ground running, there are others who need to be trained, motivated, and refocused in order to simply maintain a job that pays high enough wages to lift them out of poverty, even if a job was given to them.
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    But it seems that you’ll never be satisfied until the day that Obama throws is fist in the air and says, “This is what I’m going to do for my people.” That’s what causes me to question the validity of your claim to be intellectuals. Because if you were indeed the intellectuals that you claim to be, certainly you would have considered the ramifications of Obama setting such a precedent. Think about it – if President Obama sets a precedent of saying, “This is what I’m doing for Black people,” what are you going to say when the next White president comes into office and says, “This is what I’m going to do for White people?” He’ll call it the “Obama Doctrine.” So clearly, what you’re demanding can only be characterized as poorly thought through at best, and absolutely boneheaded if viewed less charitably.
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    In addition, with all of your “education” it would seem that you would understand simple eighth grade civics. The United States Constitution gives the United States House of Representatives SOLE control over government spending. And as I assume you’re aware, the House of Representatives is controlled by the Republicans, so Obama can’t do anything for anyone without getting the Republicans to go along with him. Yet, all of your guns are aimed at this one lone Black man instead of the Republicans who are trying to abolish the Voters’ Rights Act, obstruct everything that the president is trying to do for the people as a whole, and who are leaving
    no stone unturned to reinstate Jim Crow and drag America back into the 19th Century. Why is that?
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    I know you’re not stupid, but you’re not saying a mumbling word about these fascists who are, literally, the domestic enemy of not only Black people, but ALL poor and middle-class people in the United States. You’re purposely making it sound like all the president has to do is go in his pocket and throw some change our way, but he’s just being heartless and stingy. Please explain to me why you’re misleading the people like that.
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    People like yourself are even trying to blame the prison industrial complex on Obama. Don’t you know enough about state’s rights to know that’s a local issue that you should be taking up within each state? This is not a monarchy. President Obama is merely a president, not a king, or a dictator with absolute power.
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    When we say “federal government,” that means that this country is a “federation.” Each state is like a little country in and of itself, and each of the fifty states have come together to form “the United States.” So President Obama cannot dictate how they run their prison systems: “Federation – a country formed by separate states that have given certain powers to a central government while keeping control over local matters.”
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    Due to the fact that you didn’t seem to understand this simple concept of government, I decided to research your background, and it was very enlightening. Your bio says, “Watkins struggled in school, earning very poor grades all throughout. His teachers placed him in special education and also told him that he was not smart enough to go to college.” So I figured that they must have covered the above concept of government while you were struggling through special education instruction.
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    But even if you don’t understand the concept of presidential powers, I would think that simple common sense would suggest that if you’re worried about Black people being used to support a prison system for profit, instead of running all over the country blaming it on President Obama, your time would be better spent by anchoring down in the community and educating young Black people to the need to adopt a lifestyle that won’t lead to getting busted. I mean, with all of your tremendous intellect, did that ever even occur to you? I haven’t heard a word on the subject..
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    Boyce, people like yourself are spewing millions of words about what Obama’s not doing, but what are you doing? It seems to me that if you were serious about your concern for the poor, instead of holding televised seminars and book signings, you’d be in the community with your sleeves up helping to upgrade the skill sets of those who need it – or at the very least, helping to promote the idea of how important it is to do so.
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    That’s what Barack Obama did. As the first Black president of the Harvard Law Review, when Obama graduated from law school he could have gone to work as a law clerk for the Supreme Court, or pursued wealth by going into any one of the top law firms in the country. He could have also tried to make a name for himself by running all over the country on a bus chasing sound bytes, selling books, doing lectures, and trying to coin phrases and sound profound. But he didn’t do that. Instead, he went quietly back into the community and went to work helping people to get their heaters fixed. That’s the way to show that you care. You, on the other hand, have been all over the internet trying to SELL knowledge to poor Black people for $40 plus tax. If you have knowledge that you think will help the community, why not just give it to them? Why cause even more hardship by forcing them to come up with money that they don’t have?
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    I’ve been very reluctant to put you on blast like this – I even took the time to warn you that it was coming if you continued your counterproductive nonsense – but you, and other Black people of your ilk, have become so disgustingly reflective of 19th Century Uncle Toms that the urge to speak out just became overwhelming. And I’m sure that many others are going to follow suit, because it seems that some of you people just can’t stand to see another Black man move forward, and watching that attitude being played out with such disingenuous self-righteousness makes me want to throw up every time I even see a picture of either you, Tavis Smiley, or Cornel West – and it’s not just me. I’ve spoken to other Black people who told me that they find your attitude, literally, sickening, because it’s so petty.
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    Thus, while you can continue to try to hide behind your self-righteous rhetoric, and claim that all you’re interested in is the best interest of the Black community, the only people you’re fooling is a handful of your fellow backward-thinking followers and yourself. The vast majority of the Black community see what you’re about very clearly – just like White bigots, it’s simply killing you that Barack Obama is President of the United States instead of the White House butler. You see it as diminishing your accomplishments, and the fact is, it does. But that’s not the president’s fault, it’s yours. So hating him for his success is counterproductive. You still Have time. Put your brain cells to work searching for an idea to revolutionize the world instead of putting all your energy into hating. Because regardless to how much energy you spend hating Obama, at the end of the day, he’ll still be President of the United States, and you’ll still be insignificant.
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    So Boyce, you should sit down, read a little history, and take inventory of yourself. Because the fact is, people like you, Tavis Smiley, and Cornel West are not only undermining the Black community by making it easier for White bigots to demonize the first Black President of the United States, but you’re also embarrassing the community by making complete damn fools of yourselves, and thereby, undermining the credibility of legitimate Black scholars and intellectuals.
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    Here’s What President Obama Has Done For America

    http://pleasecutthecrap.com/obama-accomplishments/

  2. About Cornel West:
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    These Are The Kind of Black Men Who Sold Us Into Slavery in the First Place:
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    To Penguin Board of Directors,
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    Here’s the follow-up on yesterday’s discussion that I promised you. Yes, I’m on an absolute mission, and if I’m successful, which I intend to be, I will have made a huge contribution to the Black community. So this has gradually become a life’s mission for me. As I mentioned in our discussion last night, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West represent the very same kind of Black people who delivered African-Americans into slavery when we were in Africa: “Hurry, everyone, and bring your children! The nice White man wants to take you for a boat-ride!” And these are not opinions I’m putting forward here – these are facts. Thus, anyone who wants to argue this point, can argue with the facts.
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    So, for me, the exposure of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West as frauds represents a debt that’s way past due. And they need much more than to simply be admonished. They should to be completely, and permanently, boycotted by the Black community. Everything they touch, or is associated with should be boycotted. Because as long as Black people continue to give them a platform, they’ll continue to be used by Wal-Mart, ALEC, the GOP, and other enemies of the people to undermine the Black community. So they need to be made an example of, as a warning to anyone who may be contemplating following in their footsteps. We’ve got to make pimping the Black community an act of treason against the community, and we should bring it to an end, once and for all. Four hundred years is long enough to tolerate such nonsense.
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    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
    The Real History of The Poverty Tours
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    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2014/02/these-are-kind-of-black-men-who-sold.html

  3. 2 little 2 late, Whites now have a HOLD on your Inner Cities/Talented Kids and most older Rich Blacks spent the 70’s/80’s/90’s in White Institutions enjoining Big Pay Checks, so now you want to complain. Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton, Magic, M.J. Oprah, Jesse J, Al Sharp, NOI and the rest are Rich Blacks, let Detroit, Compton, Chicago, Black NYC/Boston, Phili, Baltimore etc fall prey to Whites and did nothing. Now you want to cry WOLF, Malcolm X, King Jr, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, S. Truth etc. never had/took the BIG CHECK with the BIG WHITE HOUSE, then cried WOLF. All Blackmen including myself are to BLAME! So much MONEY made on the B BALL Court/Hollywood/Music etc. by Blacks.. How much $$$ made it back to the HOOD to circulate? Didn’t Travis Smiley & Public Enemy accept WHITE AWARDS. We complain, then are happy when White includes US in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a Hollywood Star on the side walk, let us bounce a Ball on their Courts. Do you see the HYPOCRISY. Dr Dre preyed on Black kids with $330 headphones just like Mike J., Lebron, D Wade with their $100 plus sneakers. Biz is Biz I get I know! It would be nice to see some of those goods made in local Black factories, that’s the only way you get complete control, instead of being smiling Magic J/Oprah etc (prop for Jews) or Mike Jordan just a Logo made in China. Peace :)

    • What have You done? If you haven’t done anything don’t complain.

    • Kms blvck You could not have put your words any better i hope it woke up a lot of people to some true facts.

  4. I applaud the work being done and efforts on behalf of this group for attempting to provide answers and a solution for blacks in America. Our neighborhoods are poverty stricken there’s very little unity amongst us and it appears that conditions are worsening as each day passes. Our schools are in shambles, the murder rates have skyrocketed, poor health (mentally/physically) and medical facilities and to many of our people are bound for prison. The self esteem of our people is at an all time low.

    Dr. Boyce you have been given a (gift and a curse) responsibility and also willingly taken on this huge task of being the consciousness and voice for black America.

    In my humble opinion the movement should not in certain instances be monetized this forum of great thinkers should be free in audio or individuals should be able download the transcript . Those we really need this valuable information can’t afford it or won’t pay because their lack of consciousness doesn’t allow them to see the value.

    I see the value, understand the cost associated with running a business. I’ve purchased your book, several cd’s, read your articles on line every day and have gained tremendous knowledge from your movement.

    You have a degree in economics and have a great understanding of finances. There are so many other ways you can gain financially (speaking engagements, books etc.). Much sacrifice comes with the path you’ve chosen as difficult as it may be at times don’t become a hypocrite.

  5. Richard Beavers,

    You are a true diplomat and obviously a very wise man to have formulated the eloquent slapliment above. You are obviously one of those well-meaning people in the community who are of the opinion that Black people shouldn’t be publically flagellating one another for the entertainment of the masses. But your true sentiment comes through loud and clear in your final sentence, even though you even pad that with a stroke to Boyce Watkins’ ever-expanding greed, tendency to be selfe-serving, and ego, when you said, and I quote:”
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    “Much sacrifice comes with the path you’ve chosen as difficult as it may be at times don’t become a hypocrite.”
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    That was as brilliant a piece of diplomatic finesse as I’ve ever seen. I salute you, good brother. But I’m not a diplomat when it comes to the four hundred-year history of Black people pimping the misery of other Black people. So we need to stop biting our tongues when it comes to poverty pimps, because they’re not only preying on their own, but they’re also keeping the community divided in order to do so.
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    In spite of their pious claims of only having the Black community’s best interest at heart, the very last thing they want to see in this world is for the Black community to wake up and become highly educated, informed, and upwardly mobile – because that would put them out of business.

  6. A Sensible Response to White Supremacy – Let Excellence Do Our Swaggerin’
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    I’m sick to death of continuously hearing so-called Black “intellectuals” talking about how the “White Supremacist” system is holding the Black man down. While we should always be at war against any and every kind of supremacy – White, as well as religious, ideological, sex and class – can’t these so-called intellectuals see that if they concede that White Supremacy can hold the Black man down, they’re also conceding that the White man is indeed superior!!!?
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    The complaint is directly analogous to a man going home and telling his wife and family that he can’t feed them because “Willie won’t let me.” Any real man would die before he’d go home and admit that, because he’d immediately recognize that if Willie can prevent him from feeding his family, that means that Willie is more of a man than he is. Thus, every time we say, “The ‘White man’ won’t let me,” we’re admitting cultural impotence, and also reinforcing the idea in our own minds that the White man is indeed superior to us. It shouldn’t take Socrates to see the simple reality in that logic.
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    The White man is not our daddy. We’re the masters of our own fate – or should be, unless we think of ourselves as children – so it’s time for these “intellectuals” to come clean with the Black community. Nobody’s going to GIVE us anything, and that includes justice. The only way that the Black community is going to get its piece of America’s pie is to make ourselves strong enough to demand it, and competent enough to hold on to it.
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    But there’s a reason that these professional poverty pimps won’t tell us that – because they know that once we begin to realize that reality, we will no longer need them as our highly paid envoy to the White man. So instead of telling us what we NEED to hear, they’re telling us what we WANT to hear, because that’s what they get paid to do, to make us feel comfortable in our misery, and in our rapid decline into irrelevance. Isn’t it curious how they can continuously tell us that it’s the White man’s fault that we’re in poverty, yet, they’re just as Black as we are, but none of them are in poverty. Why is the White man giving them a pass?
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    While I understand that “the White man” has a system in place that is designed to give him the upper hand, all the whining in the world is not going to change that system. How long have we been whining so far, and what has it done for us? It hasn’t done us a damn bit of good, has it? No it hasn’t, and it never will.
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    The fact is, we will never be able to out-whine, out-scream, or out-fight, the White man. The only way we’re going to overcome the denigrating affects of his system is to OUT-THINK him. So what we need to do is shut up and stop telegraphing our every thought, turn off BET, MTV, and ESPN, and then start educating ourselves so we’ll have something of substance to bring to the table. And this is the perfect time to do that.
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    The powers that be are currently embarked upon an agenda designed to dumb-down the entire poor and middle class segment of this society, because the fact is, we’re currently knee-deep in a not so covert class war. What the paleo-conservatives (social bigots) fail to realize – at least, at this point – is that the fiscal conservatives (corporatists) don’t care any more about them than they do Blacks, gays, or women. So while the corporatists are engaged in dumbing the rest of society down, if the Black community had the insight to start quietly embracing education and knowledge, that would serve to level the playing field that we’ve been traditionally complaining about – and what makes this the perfect plan is, knowledge is free. The only thing necessary to obtain it is to want it, and to have sense enough to respect it.
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    The root of the problem that we’ve traditionally had in the Black community is our attitude toward knowledge. As a direct result of our history of slavery, we’ve developed a sort of aversion to knowledge. We tend to equate the pursuit of knowledge with selling out. We see knowledge as part of the White man’s domain, so we look upon Black people who have a love of knowledge with disdain, because we see them as “trying to be White.”
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    The reason for that is simple. During slavery the only Black people we knew who spoke anything close to proper English were the “house niggas,” and many house niggas had a tendency to look down their noses at those of us who worked in the field. As a result of that experience, today, even highly intelligent Black people will often try to hide their intelligence, because, ironically, over the years we’ve developed an attitude where many feel that we have a moral obligation to remain ignorant in order to prove that we take pride in being Black. Think about that. Isn’t ironic that many of us embrace ignorance as a sign of Black pride? That’s why you hear educated young Black people going around saying things like, “What it is?” or “What it be like?” They know that’s improper, but they see it as giving credibility to their pride in being Black.
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    That’s one of the weapons that’s being used against President Obama by many envious Black intellectuals. They’re trying to convince the Black community of the following:
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    “I’m cool – see my long, wooly Afro, how cool I act, and how I can quote Lil’ Wayne when I’m on stage? I’m one of y’all. I just have enough intelligence to speak the White man’s language, so I’m keeping an eye on him for the people. But that Obama, he’s not like us. He don’t have no Afro, he don’t never quote Lil Wayne, and he’s obviously much too intelligent to be trusted as a genuine Black man.”
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    People like those mentioned above, while posing as intellectuals themselves, are reinforcing a negative attitude towards knowledge that we desperately need to get past. And at the same time, they’re promoting a negative stereotype of the Black male that even we embrace. Instead of quoting Lil’ Wayne, they should be on a mission to get the kind of ignorance he’s spewing banned from Black households. But they can’t do that, because in spite of the damage that his message is doing to Black youth, they’re afraid that if they speak out against him too aggressively it might damage their street creds.
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    Now, I want to be clear. I’m not saying that we should go on a mission to destroy the careers of hip hop artists like Lil’ Wayne, because he’s a victim of the system as well. But it is incumbent upon the community to place pressure on artists such as Wayne to modify their message and image so as not to send ten minute commercials around the world with their every video that negatively profiles the Black community.
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    That sort of pressure is nothing new. During the sixties and seventies even James Brown had to cut off his process and start sending the message that “I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and any Black activist, entertainer, or athlete who didn’t actively support the dignity of Black women and the upward mobility of the Black community didn’t get our support.
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    It is essential for all high-profile Black people to represent the Black community in a serious and dignified manner, because most of what we think we know about ourselves comes from the very same sources and stereotypes that informs White Americans about who we are. That’s a serious problem in our community because we’ve allowed ourselves to buy into a negative stereotype of ourselves that’s destroying the self-image of our youth, and our popular culture has not only embraced this negative stereotype as a romantically heroic image, but it’s embellishing upon it. Then we complain about being profiled by society, when we’re actually profiling ourselves! Much of our popular culture is nothing less than an updated version of Stepin’- Fetchism.
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    So instead of benefitting from the luxury of defining ourselves in a positive light like every other culture in America, many Black people have quite literally embraced a form of gross ignorance regarding our own character. Thus, it is imperative that we take the time to stop just long enough to consider who we really are. Then once we become cognizant of that truth – warts and all – we should address our issues, and then teach our young people to embellish our assets rather than our dysfunction.
    Who Are We As Black People?

    An excellent example of who we actually are was reflected around the turn of the 20th Century when you could find Black musicians sitting along the side of the road playing washboards, tubs, and anything else they could put together that would make a sound. When people passed them by, including White musicians, they would simply smile, and sometimes even throw them a few pennies for the modest effort and industry that they displayed for even attempting to make real music with such crude instruments.
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    These simple music-makers were looked upon as “quaint” at the time. There was no hostility towards them at all, because they weren’t a threat. After all, they were no threat to the White musicians, since they could never hope to get any real instruction in music. Most of them couldn’t even read their names, so why should anyone ever worry about them learning to read music; and they had to struggle just to get through grade school, so what threat did they pose to White musicians who had access to the great music conservatories of the world?
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    Well, little did the world know that in the very near future those simple little ragtag musicians with their makeshift instruments would develop into some of the greatest musicians the world has ever known, and they would contribute one of the most important and harmonically complex forms of music to the world in the history of all mankind – modern jazz, and as an offshoot, Big-City Blues, R&B, Rock &Roll, and literally, everything that most people think of as music today.
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    Few knew at the time that one day Universities, musicologists, and music conservatories all over the world would struggle to understand the complexity of their musical genius, and even fewer could have guessed that many of these “quaint” musicians would someday become world renowned, and synonymous with their respective instruments–Louis Armstrong, Jellyroll Morton, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, just to mention a few.
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    What we’ve got to recognize and absorb as a community is that creativity is not restricted to just music. The reason that the creative genius of Black people has been reflected more in music than in business, science, or technology is because it was an area where we didn’t have to depend on the approval of others, and more importantly, we were rewarded in the community for its development. We’ve also got to recognize, as any scientist who studies cognition well knows, that creativity is not stagnant – it has associative properties that allow it to be transferred from one endeavor to another. Thus, as Barack Obama is clearly demonstrating, Black people have much more to offer the world than a twelve bar blues.
    The Pursuit of Excellence is the Key to Black Viability

    So today the Black community is in a similar situation as those early musicians were in their day, but this time we have the advantage of not having to sit on the side of the road. We have a supportive Black man in the White House, an economic environment that’s thirsting for innovation, creativity, and new ideas, and no one to hold us back but ourselves. Therefore, all that’s left for us to do now is to recognize our potential as a people, shed all of the defensive excuses and bad habits that were a part of the old paradigm, and get to work.
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    And our very first task should be to reassess and rid ourselves of the negative cultural mores that we’ve developed over the past hundred years or so. That involves discarding, and refusing to reward or romanticize the image of the Black man as an urban predator – that’s what directly contributed to the racist attitude that the brutal murder of an innocent Black child constituted a public service.
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    Mass ignorance is at the very root of our problem. How can we possibly expect to raise a well adjusted generation of young people when they’re being sired by idiots running around in unlaced tennis shoes, wearing baseball caps sideways, and whose most heartfelt ambition is to be looked up to as serial abusers of Black women (the very womb of our culture) and successful gangsters? It can’t be done. This is the real world. We can’t base a culture on trying to relive the life of Al Capone. It’s time to grow up. So we’ve got to stop rewarding such behavior, and make that a community effort.
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    When I was a kid my grandfather use to tell me, “All I want from this whole damn nation is a pretty little wife and a good foundation.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was relating the key to life to me in that one little lyric – the foundation of happiness and success starts with a solid family.
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    So we need to start with our girls in order to get the attention of our young men. We’ve got to start teaching our young girls from birth that young men who assume the gangster image are bad news, and we’ve got to keep such images out of our homes. We must also create an environment where if BET wants to continue to enter our homes, its call sign will have to be changed to mean Black Excellence Television.
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    In addition, we’ve got to demand more responsibility from our other community institutions. We’ve got to make it clear to our churches that if they expect to take collection money out of our community on Sunday, they’d better be prepared to put some kind of service back into the community during the week. Our churches should be serving as low-cost childcare facilities for working mothers during the week. They could then employ unemployed mothers, and at the same time hold classes in child rearing. So the community should send the following message to our preachers -“Don’t just preach me a sermon, live me one.”.
    And we should also encourage the promoters of these awards shows, like the Soul Train Awards, to be more responsive to the needs of our community. We don’t need yet another parade of swaggering millionaires staggering up on stage, snatching microphones, and acting a fool. We need to start placing more emphasis on honoring young scholars, educators, and the people in the community who are helping to move Black people forward. That isn’t to say that celebrities and entertainment shouldn’t be involved in the shows (I’m a musician myself), but they should be the “help,” not the honorees. After all, if all our young people ever see the community honoring are singers, movies stars, and athletes, why should they aspire to be anything else?
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    The only hope for the Black man is to make knowledge, the new “soul” of our culture, because God made birds to fly, fish to swim, and man to think. Thus, it’s no longer enough to simply say “I’m Black and I’m proud.” It is long past time for us to start investing in our excellence, so we’ll have something to be proud of.
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    The axiom that “Knowledge is power” is no myth. The truth of that assertion has been repeatedly proven throughout human history. For that reason, with very few exceptions, it has been the most knowledgeable who have ultimately prevailed, not the coolest. Thus, those who simply continue to advocate what’s been repeatedly tried and has failed miserably – attempting to whine, complain, and protest their way to equality – are on a fool’s errand. It’s time to give the novel and completely obvious a try – the stability of excellence, and the strength of knowledge.
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    And this advice is completely free of charge.
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    Eric L. Wattree
    http://wattree.blogspot.com
    Ewattree@Gmail.com
    Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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    Religious bigotry: It’s not that I hate everyone who doesn’t look, think, and act like me – it’s just that God does.

  7. Finally!!!! This is beyond truth that is long overdue! You are right on target and I’m amazed that I haven’t heard of you before today. Grateful is all I can say!

  8. Thank you, Ollie.

    If you’re on Facebook, join the mission. Even if you’re not on FB, join the mission. We’ve got to wake up the community and shut these lames down.

  9. Eric Wattree you are dead on point, those dudes are some straight up clowns. A fool know if we pool our money together for example: 30 million black give 1.00 for 52 weeks = billions. Why the so called brilliant men continue to beg the same people who put us in this position a long time ago. I will connect with you on Facebook brother Eric.

  10. Thank you, Keith,
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    I’m looking forward to meeting you, and getting to know you better. We’ve got to come together and spread the word about this kind of unconscionable behavior within the community. We’ve got to shut these people down, and start sending a positive and inspirational message to the young people in our community, because we are what we think, and as the article above clearly shows, the individuals above want us to believe that we are powerless victims who need to PAY them to become our envoys to the White man – and their purpose is clear. Reread the last paragraph:
    .
    “We hope you’ll spend the few dollars it takes to give your family a wealth of knowledge that will last them for generations. You can make a purchase here.”
    .
    The link goes directly to Boyce Watkins’ bank account. So not only is their motive clear, that also makes their character is clear. They represented the above as an article, but it’s actually a commercial. Why didn’t they identify it as such?

  11. Keith,
    .
    I’d like to add this to my comment with respect to your point of pooling our resources:
    .
    FACTS THE GOP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

    The vast majority of Black people in this country are middle class or above. African Americans are the second largest consumer group in America with a combined buying power of over $892 billion currently and likely over $1.1 trillion by 2012. In 2002 African American owned businesses accounted for 1.2 million of the US’s 23 million businesses, and 47% of Africans Americans own their own homes. – U.S. Census Bureau

  12. Once again, the Black American is the object of Fraudsters. Boyce Watkins, the self-proclaimed Scholar is one of the most dangerous Negroes and instruments of degeneracy. Boyce Watkins and Cornel West are licenced Slaves of White supremacy. These licenced Negro-slaves teach the mis-guided Africans, God is Jesus, a Caucasian who "dyed" to make these Negro white. Sure these Double-talking Fraudsters Condemn Racism while simultaneously teaching their negro followers that God is a White man – and these brain-damaged, mis-educated Africans follow these house negroes to Hell.

  13. Eric, good insights! I prefer to avoid some absolutes; I also prefer not to necessarily adopt an “us against them” posture as it relates to other blacks who make consider taking a different path to try and help black people — examples of that exist throughout our history: Dubose/Washington; King/Malcolm etc. This is an old mistake that too easily and predictably facilitates division and conquering. A different approach is not inherently an insincere or foolish approach. Look for ways to extract and synthesize the best of differing ideas.

    Stay with it. You are doing a good work!

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