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Dr. Boyce: 5 Reasons MSNBC’s Attack on Romney’s Black Grandchild was Repulsive

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Kieran Romney has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight, even though he is not even a year old.   The beautiful black baby who happens to be the adopted grandson of Mitt Romney was ridiculed on national television last week and thrown in the middle of the political tug of war between Democrats and Republicans.

Like little Kieran, black people are caught in the middle of the back-and-forth between two political parties that are built on our enslavement.  It’s as if the left feels that Romney has no right to adopt a black baby because all negroes belong to the Democratic Party.  Their consistent efforts to define blackness should concern us all, since it undermines our right to be who we choose to be.  In other words, this is not the only manner with which Democrats and Republicans alike seek to encroach on your personal freedom, no differently from the way a pimp feels that his “hoes” on the corner are always in his debt.

After seeing a picture of Mitt posing with his wife and grandchildren, the jokes came firing in:

“One of these things is not like the others; one of these things is not the same,” said actress Pia Glenn. “And that little baby, front and center, would be the one.”

“I think that this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party,”  said comedian Dean Obeidallah. “The RNC — at the convention — they find the one black person.”

“My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West,” said host, Harris-Perry. “Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”

As a father myself and someone who happens to respect family values, I was deeply offended by what I saw in this segment.  I also knew that this was yet another example of the typical double standards we see on both the left and the right:  If you’re one of us, then you’re immune from criticism.   But if you’re one of them, then all bets are off.

Here are a few things about this segment that really threw my brain into a tailspin:

1)      MSNBC would never do that to Sasha and Malia Obama, who also have a white grandmother:  Can you imagine how many black women would catch the holy ghost if someone were to make fun of Sasha and Malia the same way they made fun of Kieran?

2)      Because it’s tacky as “hayell” to make fun of children on national television:   He’s a newborn baby for God’s sake.    Leave the boy alone without weighing him down with all of our issues.

3)      They want us to believe that because Romney is a Republican, everything he does is racist:  Here’s a simple fact – not everything that every Republican does, all the time, is due to racism.  The Romneys didn’t adopt this black baby as a photo op, they adopted him because it was God’s will that they give this child a good home.  Who knows?  Maybe the boy was adopted because the Romneys wanted to prove to themselves that they aren’t as racist as the Democrats say they are.   If they do a good job with the child, they should be applauded for this.  But based on the way some liberals think, it’s as if they are upset that Kieran won’t be living in the projects to be used as a political prop for the Democratic machine.  Like that pimp on the corner, Democrats tend to get upset when Republicans steal their negroes.

4)      Melissa Harris Perry and Barack Obama both have white grandparents, so if anyone understands the underhanded nature of this kind of foolishness, it should be MHP:  One of my informally adopted daughters (who went to Columbia, the president’s alma mater) also has a white grandmother and I would be furious if someone were to make fun of her for this.  She gets enough heat from black people who don’t think she’s “black enough” and white people who think she’s too black.  It’s kind of pathetic when you think about it, but happens all the time.

5)      They would never clown a Democratic family in the same way, even though they can sometimes be more racist than the Republicans:  You ever notice that when we ask the Democrats to address the black unemployment crisis, they’ve always got something more “important” to talk about, like gay rights or immigration reform?  When it’s time for us to vote, they play negro spirituals and hip-hop music on the radio to get us to come out in droves, but as soon as the election is over, they remind us that Barack is “not the president of black America.”  Remember when VP Joe Biden said that Barack Obama was the first clean and articulate African American he’d ever seen in mainstream media or when President Bill Clinton said that just a few years ago, Barack “would be serving us coffee”? 

You really think these people are your friends?  MSNBC liberals aren’t your friends, but might instead be better defined as your manipulative overseers.  Unfortunately, Republicans have been unable to offer a better alternative, which makes open-minded black Americans into the political orphans of this country.  There is hardly a single issue that the liberal establishment talks about on a regular basis that is of interest to the black people I live next to on the South Side of Chicago.  But their use of black faces to push their message confuses us into believing that liberal Democratic assimilation is the key to our political salvation.

To understand how such false hope and paternalism are used to manipulate the masses, please do a critical analysis of the latest installment of “The Hunger Games.”  In the film, specific individuals are elevated out of poverty by the elite and paraded to the masses as symbols of hope in order to convince the lower class to buy into a system that continues to ruin their lives.   That’s what’s being done to black America, where a few elite black faces are presented to us as distractions to keep us from speaking loudly about the issues that affect us the most, like black unemployment, mass incarceration, urban violence and inferior educational systems.  But instead of standing together and fighting, we spend our time tweeting about how tall Sasha and Malia have grown since the election.

Since the incident took place, both Harris-Perry and Glenn have apologized, which reflects progress.  But maybe in our own reflection, we should look at what this incident really tells us about our so-called liberal “friends.”  Whether it’s an abusive marriage or a bad business deal, one must be skeptical of “partnerships” in which another group seems to act as if they own you.  The Democrats aren’t here to support black people; their goal is to CONTROL us.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD and the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and author of the book, “Black American Money”. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.