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Liberals And Conservatives Can All Go Straight To Hell.

December 22, 2013 by  
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( I’ve never been a conservative and never will be.  But what I find funny is that, when I go into the media, people assume that I am a liberal.  It might be because I identify with poor black people, support affirmative action and have helped to fight against mass incarceration.  The problem is that I don’t fit very well into anyone’s box, and probably never will.

There are some aspects of liberal thinking that I consider to be entirely uncorrelated with black socioeconomic progress.  I hate the welfare state, since I believe that working everyday is an important part of  building character.  I don’t enjoy watching Melissa Harris-Perry tell a woman with five kids with three different men that no one has the right to second-guess her choices.  I’m not even sure how I feel about articles written by super-liberal whites like Tim Wise, who seems to conclude that every time a black person does something stupid, it’s because racist white people made him do it.  I appreciate Tim, Melissa and others who are trying toliberal-the-same-way-as-a-conservative-2014 help, but there is a point where black people must work on lifting themselves.

In other words, I am uncomfortable with the paternalistic liberal assessment that, by holding black people accountable and pushing us to be self-critical, you are somehow being racist.  You have to push yourself to be better, and sometimes that means admitting that your current strategy is wrong. We’re in horrible shape as a community, largely because we think that by complaining about our problems instead of solving them, everything is going to be OK.  Liberals could care less about any of this, as long as we give them our votes, selling us hope as a tool of oppression in the same way it was used in “The Hunger Games.”

My belief in self-reliance is a large part of the reason that I reached out to Min. Louis Farrakhan for a series of private meetings earlier this year.  I don’t care what mainstream media thinks about our friendship. I don’t care what white liberals think.  I don’t even care what my black friends think.  All I know is that Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have done a better job than anyone else when it comes to helping black men get on our feet and for black families to gain the strength necessary to effectively compete in a system that has worked overtime to destroy us.   By bringing together the ideas of Farrakhan, Cornel West, Dr. Steve Perry and others in our New Paradigm forums, we have been able to help re-establish new and empowered frames of thought that might lead us to a better day.

Many liberals who have an “anything goes” mentality when it comes to destructive behavior in the black community are the ones who don’t have to deal with the harmful side-effects. They tell us that school vouchers are bad when they don’t have to send their kids to those horrible inner city public schools.  We are told to support unions that don’t even give us jobs and have civil rights leaders who spend more time talking about immigration and gay rights than the black unemployment crisis.

An MSNBC liberal might communicate something like this: “I won’t be in the least bit critical of you for having a bunch of kids that you’re not able to take care of and didn’t plan for because I don’t want you to feel bad. Holding you accountable would be racist.”

The problem is that these same people encouraging such behavior aren’t the ones in the community who have to take care of kids with inadequate parents or the ones having their children shot on the way to school by kids who weren’t raised properly in their own households. Mutual accountability is necessary for a community to remain strong: In other words, we can’t sit quietly when we see others doing things to harm the rest of us. We have to challenge those who are determined to be misguided, whether it be selfish politicians manipulating the community for personal gain, or a rapper working hard to convince young black boys to become mega-thugs.

My argument is that black people must get away from the ping pong politics of the Democratic and Republican Parties, stop getting up in arms when the Republicans say something negative about Michelle Obama’s dress and quit believing that by calling out deadbeat dads, we’re somehow oppressing the black man.  We have to let go of liberal ideologies that make us believe that you can win the game of life after convincing your opponents that you are perpetually handicapped.  We also can’t pay attention to conservatives, who are unwilling to acknowledge the massive role that systematic racism has played in the mutilation of black culture.

The next steps in black economic progress are educational and economic.  We must educate our children to the best of their ability, while raising them above the confines of failing American public schools.  That means educating your kids when they are at home at night, during the weekends and during the summer.

We must build and support black-owned businesses.  So, even if you have a job working for someone else (most of us do, myself included), you should have three or four streams of income on the side to give you financial security.  You must also build and develop something that allows your money to work for you and for you to leave to your children.

The fact is that, neither the liberals nor the conservatives are going to help you truly educate your children.  They might give you a job, but will never teach you how to create a job.  They might offer you a hand out, but always have an incentive to keep you dependent.  They will never congratulate you for winning in the competition for scarce resources, so do not waste your time seeking their approval.

We have to work with each other, support each other and challenge each other to make our community strong.  It’s time to focus on self-reliance.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit



4 Responses to “Liberals And Conservatives Can All Go Straight To Hell.”
  1. CD Smith says:

    I am black and conservative for the reasons Boyce Watkins listed in this article. The only place we differ is his mis-characterization of conservatives in regard to “keeping the white man on the hook for slavery”.

    There is a saying we are all familiar with, “There is no use crying over spilled milk”. If you look closely, white people and American society are paying for the sins of the past everyday without us reminding them. And most importantly, keeping white people on the hook will not change one damn thing.

    First we need to turn to God, again, as the source of our strength and identity.

    Second, clean our own house, no more excuses.

    Third, we as black men need to prepare our families and children to be fierce competitors in American society.

  2. Sal says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog . I was an independent voter till moving to Florida from NY.

    I have only seen racist and bigots in the southern republikkkans but esp from the hypocrite so called Christian/Catholic conservatives and Evangelicals.

    I will never vote GOP again after seeing the GOP southern voting base.

  3. Reaman2 says:

    I find it funny how today’s black conservatives like Clarence Thomas, Juan Williams, Herman Cain and the rest of these 21st century Sambos are afraid to speak to a real black conservative like Louis Farrakhan. As a black man in this society I find myself becoming more like and in step with the NOI because of all the pathetic chaos in the black community. Eventhough I am not a member of the NOI I do believe in their order of structure and self disipline is what black America really needs.

  4. lewis orr says:

    I’m somewhat surprised but more delighted we share similar views that don’t fit neatly in anybody’s box. Your ping pong analysis is close to my back and forth good cop bad cop, they both belong to the same police dept. The Democrats and Republicans are a two headed snake with no serious challengers. They both are educated at the same elite schools join the same secret societies and get the same indoctrination. Most if not all are trained lawyers. What one learns in law school is to be impartial and to be able to debate any argument vehemently from both sides. How many and how often have candidates switched back and forth with no loss in funding or their constitutes. I know this doesn’t seem a big deal to many, anyone can change their mind but are they changing their mind or their tactics?
    With conservatism we might not see eye to eye. I was taught that conservatism was love of country, family faith and hard work. These were the tenets of conservatism. Now that its morphed into fiscal conservatism with Black fiscal conservatives its become a contentious term, along with socialism and class warfare. I can only imagine what’s the new interpretation of the French Revolution and the American Revolution. I heard Sarah Palin’s rendition of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.
    One fact 90% of all Blacks in the country were conservatives and Lincoln Republicans, they loved Theodore Roosevelt and voted for Franklin Roosevelt a Democrat only because of his wife Eleanor, who was a strong civil rights advocate and help the Tuskegee Airmen. After Franklin Roosevelt’s death Blacks voted for Ike, a Republican. Only when Kennedy came along offering civil rights and helping Dr. Martin Luther King did the Black vote swing into the Democratic column, before this the Democrats were the Dixicrats with Democrats like George Wallace whose platform was “Segregation today, tomorrow and forever”. So I guess I’ll have to be like the lawyers and politicians and be impartial and be ready to defend my position no matter which side it falls on.

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