*As a political analyst and social commentator, Dr. Boyce Watkins must know that he hasn’t made a lot of friends.
Controversial figures rarely do.
But it is his seemingly constant flux of uncomplimentary jabs at president Barack Obama that now has one writer questioning the scholar’s intellect and blatantly accusing him of being ignorant, having unrealistic expectations and fostering an agenda that “promotes a culture of whining, begging, and complaining.”
Dr. Watkins, you have been warned.
(Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, too!)
Columnist Eric L. Wattree spares no expense of words in the diatribe he aims at Watkins and – as he often references in his article, Dr. Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself, persons of “his ilk” – namely, Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley with claims they “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.”
Wattree adds, “That’s what it would take to accomplish some of the objectives that you and your counterparts [are] criticizing President Obama for. ”
A longtime blogger on social issues, this wouldn’t be the first time Wattree has attacked the threesome. On his blogsite, The Wattree Chronicle, you will see visual references of Watkins titled, “Black-Blue Dog: Registered Democrat, Think Republican” and Smiley and West appear together in a picture called, “Missing…Last Seen Before The Demonstrations Against Wal-Mart.”
Suffice it to say, Wattree doesn’t like these people at all.
“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.”–Eric L. Wattree, Columnist, Beneath The Spin
Wattree says the scholars are “clueless” and calls their commentary “disingenuous” at best, while creating the term “bligotry” (Black on Black bigotry), to demonstrate their ideas, at worst.
“The president can’t just wave a magic wand and instantly make everyone upwardly mobile,” says Wattree, in regards to the “process” involved for everyone, black or white, which includes education, skills, training and focus – or refocus as he puts it.
Wattree doesn’t believe the scholars will be satisfied unless the president uses a more direct, yet divisive measure. “This is what I’m going to do for my people,” which he says causes him to question their intellect even more; seeing as the “ramifications” of a black president making such a claim and setting such a precedent, leaves the door wide open.
“Think about it – if [the] President 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 we decide to be less charitable.”
Wattree has a whole lot more to say to Drs. Watkins and West,Tavis Smiley, and others of their ilk, and he says it. He also gives them a blow-by-blow of exactly what president Barack Obama has accomplished thus far in his presidency.
To read more of his commentary click here.