"This picture and the company he keeps says everything I need to say about Dr. Boyce Watkins
YouTube Video of CNN Interview with Dr. Watkins and LaShawn Barber
Forget all of the other stuff and let's focus on Dr. Watkins' contention that Bill O'Reilly's attacks on 'Black Institutions' are proof that he is a racist.
Go to the 3:55 mark of the above video.
Dr. Watson states that since Bill O'Reilly has made a career out of demeaning and degrading Black Institutions. Let us consider the entire set of consequences of Dr. Watkin's statements. It lends to the belief that:
1) Black Institutions (NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, Urban League, Congressional Black Caucus) are SACROSANCT. They are not allowed to be criticized regarding their EFFECTIVENESS or their own actions.
2) These Black Institutions have "the Best Interests of Black people" in mind as their only goal. We are not to assume any universal LEFT WING agenda that predominates many (not all) of them. Thus when they pick up a weapon and begin to fire at their ideological adversaries we are to imagine a "red cross" on their helmet and thus anyone who fires back at them is really killing "medics" on the battle field
3) These Black Institutions that have made their careers on the notion that the great entity called the United States can only be made better by bringing to attention her flaws that have her operate at less than full efficiency for all are THEMSELVES immune from criticism that might in turn make them to consider the flaws in their ways and thus allow them to be more effective.
Dr. Boyce Watkins - surprise,surprise - is a Dr. Micheal Eric Dyson type "Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism-Chaser", very articulate as has mastered the power of language, able to be a very effective verbal pugilist - quick on wit and the attack. They make good radio hosts and television guests. Their major flaw, however, is that they unintentionally DEFEND the status quo WITHIN the Black community as they fight outward.
It is interesting that the ineffectiveness of the NAACP of 2007 is a popular topic even among BQPFRC. They can do a more effective job than Bill O'Relly in stating the case against the NAACP. For some reason, however, when it comes time to listen to a Conservative of any hue echo the very same thing that they argue about the NAACP (or the Congressional Democratic Black Caucus) they see it as their racial duty to DEFEND the NAACP against the EXTERNAL ATTACK.
What they fail to see when they go in the defense mode, particularly when it comes to the defense of the Black criminal when he is guilty is that after fighting off the EXTERNAL THREAT they have often EMPOWERED the INTERNAL termites to continue destroying us absent the threat of critical commentary.
Years pass and everyone looks the other way as to what the termites are doing as those who have tried to comment in the past know not to touch a hot stove. Once the DEFENDERS OF THE STATUS QUO WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY see the devastating impact of the focused work done by the termites to make the roof collapse within many of these operatives will introduce policies that sound strangely like those which they formerly rejected when the Conservative dared to make them years ago. The current focus on ignorant lyrics picked up by Al Shartpon and others is a perfect example of this.
Dr. Watkins and his contemporaries should be judged not on their skills of elocution. They no doubt have that down. They need to be judged on the ability of the POLICIES that they promote to produce EFFECTIVE change WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. Too often we allow our vast ideological divide to cloud our view within. The fact can't be denied that there is a healthy skew within Black America. One side has domineering control but little to show for it in areas that they have this control over.
As will so many operatives Dr. Boyce likes to talk more about his enemies and the few Black Conservatives (though Juan Williams is a liberal and not a conservative) than he likes to talk about the political machine that has POWER over the areas where Black people live in most abundance and have a majority say in who will represent them and thus the policies that cover their communities.