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Barack Obama, Dr Boyce Watkins on BET

This week, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Marc Lamont Hill and others went to New York city to tape a program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) to discuss Barack Obama and the 2008 Presidential election.

Barack Obama has been a point of curiosity for black scholars, as many have been both impressed and confused by Obama’s campaign strategy.  The challenge for Obama will be to find ways to win over conservatives without making African Americans feel that he is taking them for granted.

“Obama has flip flopped like a pancake,” says Dr. Watkins, who wrote “What if George Bush were a Black Man?” “The hope is that he is flipping for a good reason, since the black community is paying a huge price to get this man into the White House.”

While Dr. Watkins says that Obama should be supported, he says that this should not be an “anything goes” election. 

“We have to decide where we are going to draw the line.  Just how many denunciations are we willing to accept in order to have the chance to get elected.  We might wake up owning the White House and losing everything else.”


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