“Boyce Watkins is one of the greatest minds of our time”, is a quote from Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill that appears on Boyce Watkins’ website. “The people’s scholar”. So I went there to research Watkins after seeing his tirade on CNN and his fault finding with conservative people of color and his disrespectful and demeaning treatment of anyone that doesn’t quite measure up to his fast slick style of conversation.
Michael Massey found this out first hand during what was an overtly one sided verbal attack on Massey for daring to give a view that was not in step with Watkins own.
Watching Watkins there was an obvious fear and hostility displayed as he fought to control Massey’s answers to the questions that had been posted to both men concerning comments by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly had paid a visit to an African American restaurant in Harlem with Rev. Al Sharpton, and made comments on his observations to Fox News’ Juan Williams during an interview with Williams.
Though I am not going to debate the context of O’Reilly’s comments in this post, I will take issue with Boyce Watkins and his illusions of grandeur and being a legend in his own mind.
With all of the stereotypes that he accused O’Reilly of watching Boyce Watkins’ exchange with a fellow African American on CNN would make it easy for anyone viewing the telecast to grasp false stereotypes of blacks from his rude and obnoxious behavior.
Rev. Al Sharpton who is scheduled to appear on O’Reilly’s television program Wednesday night, said he has had dinner with the voluble host twice. He told CNN that O’Reilly “said nothing at dinner that time or the time before that was offensive to me.”
“I don’t know the whole context of it,” said Sharpton. “What I’ve read was certainly not complimentary. And I think that if I said that, anything halfway like that about other races, people would not take it as complimentary and they’d jump all over me. Probably some of his colleagues at Fox.”
“But at the same time, I’ve been quoted out of context,” he continued. “That’s why I want to ask him (O’Reilly) what was the context.”
Sharpton said he was already scheduled to appear on O’Reilly’s program to discuss the “Jena 6,” the black Louisiana teens charged with beating a white classmate amid racial tensions in the small Louisiana town.
Sharpton, “I happen to think the future of the criminal justice system is a little more important than me and Bill O’Reilly having dinner in Harlem”.
My opinion, perhaps Mr. Watkins needs to find his mind before taking credit for having one of the greatest of our time.