Dr. Boyce: So, Eddie Long is a King Now…How Delightful

And they say that there’s no more authentic black leadership…..

Anyone who was in doubt about the quality of black leadership today need only see the crowning of Bishop Eddie Long as King.  In a ceremony fit for a pimp, Bishop Eddie Long was given a scroll, a WWE wrestling belt and a bunch of other artificial trinkets that led him to being crowned by some guy who obviously doesn’t care that this so-called “man of God” might be a child molester.

To make the scene even more dramatic, Long was then lifted up and carried around the room like royalty, with the cheer of the congregation in the background.  Looking as proud and happy as the Homecoming Queen, Long accepted his new-found anointing as gracefully as one could imagine.

Like most of black America, I sat watching the video with my chin hanging down to my kneecaps, wondering what kind of psychotic kool-aid was being given to the people cheering for Long in the audience.  The New Birth Missionary Baptist Cult, I mean church, has officially proven to the world that they are not only willing to look past their leader’s “little indiscretions,” they are actually willing to elevate and praise him for it.  Jesus would be just so proud.

I have no idea what the nature of this ceremony was, and all of the pastors that I’ve asked have no clue what the Rabbi was doing.  So, in a contrived and ridiculous display of gluttonous self-righteousness, Long has embarrassed his church even more than any of us thought would be possible.

I feel terribly sorry for Bishop Eddie Long.  His strong stances against homosexuality obviously showed that there is a part of himself that he absolutely detests.   I feel sorry for his wife, who likely knew about her husband’s deviant ways long before they’d been revealed to the public.  I feel sorry for his congregation, who has yet to learn that a man who sleeps with vulnerable children might not be the best person to guide you into the afterlife.

But mostly, I feel sorry for those poor boys who trusted Bishop Long with their lives and their innocence. It hurts my heart that they looked at him like a father, only to find that he was just a dirty old man seeking to use his penis at every available opportunity.  I hate the fact that the adults around them were so busy worshipping their charismatic leader that they forgot to care about their young.  So, if it appears that I have a personal vendetta against Eddie Long, the answer is “yes.”  When children give you their trust and you use it to your selfish advantage, you are serving as the human lifeblood of Satan himself.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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6 responses to “Dr. Boyce: So, Eddie Long is a King Now…How Delightful

  1. Renelda Moorehead

    Astonishing! But, Dr. Boyce, you made the ridiculousness of this funny. Humor
    does help us cope. But this speaks to my people’s need to worship a demi-god. Our culture is definitely not a candidate for a leaderless movement.
    We, in this and other political instances, behave like sheep people. This behavior underscores a slave mentality. According to Eric Fromm, religion, which is necessary for sanity, is in loco parentis. Religious folk enjoy a child-
    parent relationship with their clerics and hiearchy. I have seen this repeatedly. God is good all the time; but religions can be the opiate of the people. Not always. But these Eddie Long folks have definitely drunk a lot of kool-aid. Some are,not doubt, laboring under the delusion of redemptive love. ‘Tis a pity. My hope is that they will wake up sooner than later.

  2. Thabo Borole

    this is frightening what this says to me is that indeed we are of the same blood and mothers. if there is anything that for me proves our link over the years is how we deal with religious matters . We cry scream and obey.oh poor us

  3. Dr. Christopher Mobley

    What’s he King of? King of D.L.’s?

  4. CHARLES

    Like MARVIN said,WHAT’S GOING ON…..BROTHER BROTHER BROTHER; IT’S SO SAD TO SEE OUR PEOPLE CAUGHT UP IN A CULT LIKE (CHURCH AND ITS SO CALLED LEADER ) THAT IS MATERIALISTIC ,AND PERVERTLY EGO TRIPPING AND DOING IT OFF THE MIND ,BODY , SOULS, AND POCKETS OF BLACK FOLKS, I GUESS THAT THEY FEEL THEY WILL BUY THEIR WAY INTO HEAVEN, BUT YOU KNOW WRONG IS JUST WRONG AND AN EDDIE LONG CHURCH IS JUST WRONG (WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD WOULD SAY –GO RIGHT TO HELL EDDIE ) MESSING WITH YOUNG BOYS, MAN – COME ON, YOU ARE DESTROYING YONG LIVES AND YOUR CHURCH SAY’S IT OK ,THE DEVIL IS ALIVE AND WELL IN EDDIEVILLE!!!!!!!!!

  5. Aleece

    I would want to know what kind of ceremony is this? He is an embarrassment to our culture.

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