Hood Cries

Posted: December 4, 2014 by Coby Dillard in Uncategorized

When there’s blood in the streets (streets)
And you remain quiet, don’t you come with a speech
(When it pop) Man down (down), Gunned by police
Hood Cries, you ignore it? Don’t say nuthin’ to me
(When it pop) (When it pop)
The hood been cryin’ out (cryin’ out), but no one ever hears (yeah)
Until they turn it upside down (side down) Now everyone appears (yeah)

It’s easy for me to look at killings like Trayvon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s and say that the outcomes of the inquiries into them resembled justice. I can do that because, in both situations, there were-and remain-a lot of unknowns; a lot of unanswered questions that could lead an individual to say those killings weren’t outright murders. In those instances, I understand how and why the conclusions were made.

That said, I can’t look at the decision to not prosecute the police office that killed Eric Garner and come to the same conclusion about justice being served. It wasn’t, and there’s no denying that. Even if I grant the police the latitude necessary for them to effectively and safely do their jobs, there is no way that I get to the point of choking someone to their death as a viable method of restraint. No, it may not be murder, but it’s definitely negligence…and New York has a statute for criminally negligent homicide.

I’ll leave that the the federal lawyers to sort out.

These multiple killings-Martin’s, Brown’s, Garner’s-have led to protests and degrees of civil unrest. Rightly so, despite my disagreement with some of the tactics. What we see in Ferguson, what we saw in Florida and around the country last year, is the boiling over of decades of tension and frustration between the black community and the police departments that are supposed to keep the peace.

I notice, however, that people have a hard time acknowledging that frustration. They ask why blacks don’t get upset at the high rates of black-on-black killings, or at the disproportionate rates of black abortions, questioning why some “black lives matter” and those supposedly taken at the hands of other blacks don’t.

To those who I know who make those arguments, do me a favor: stop.

Because those arguments don’t show any concern for what’s going on. They don’t show any compassion for what happened. You can’t dictate to a people-of any color-what they should and should not be upset about. Let’s keep this real: if black police officers were killing young white men in the way Brown and Garner were killed, and if George Zimmerman was a black man, we know what the reaction would be. You do too.

And the funny thing is that the black community would support your frustration. Why? Because we know firsthand what it feels like. Been happening to us for a while.

Do you really think that blacks don’t care about blacks killing blacks, through any form of violent actions? Do you really think we’re not smart enough to recognize the problems that our community has? Do you really think we’re not capable of addressing them?

If you do, I understand. You’re safely insulated. You don’t know what’s going on; don’t see the pastors and community leaders in their streets, going door to door if necessary and pleading for the violence to stop. You don’t see the few-and true, that’s unfortunate-black men who stay in their neighborhoods, working to bring peace and betterment. And the ones you do see and hear about, you cast them as “militants”, because they make you feel uncomfortable.

And yet, when I talk about black murders, black abortions, black kids who can’t read and aren’t learning in schools…..you applaud.

My community has some real issues; I know. We’re doing the best we can to deal with them with the resources we have. Our responses aren’t perfect; sometimes they’re loud. Sometimes they’re profane. Sometimes, yes, they’re self destructive. But they’re ours, with all their positive and negative implications.

Let us have them. Allow us the time and space to get our emotions out…and then help us continue the work of improving.


By Terrence Boulden

A lot of campaign promises and accusations have been made by Republicans and Democrats during this election season. But there are a few facts that have surprisingly gone largely unnoticed here in Virginia. One major fact is that African-Americans have fallen further behind in nearly every economic statistic since Mark Warner was elected Senator in 2008.

I’ll be the first to say that I think Mark Warner is a nice man. But it’s important that we hold our elected leaders accountable for what they said they would do. The African-American community turned out in record numbers to elect Mark Warner, but where is the return on the investment?

Warner claimed to serve as a bipartisan leader who would work to help lift the economic outcomes of all Americans, but the facts show that this simply hasn’t happen. For example if you look at poverty, the national poverty rate recently decreased to 14.5%, its first drop since 2006. Although the overall rate decreased for America, the poverty rate remained unchanged at an alarmingly high 27.2% for African-Americans. And since 2008, when Mark Warner was elected, Blacks have suffered the greatest in the area of poverty compared to other ethnic groups. The facts show that the poverty rate has increased 2.5% for Blacks, from 24.7% to 27.2%, while it has only increased 1% for Whites, from 8.6% to 9.6%. That’s right! Not only is the poverty rate for Blacks nearly three times more than Whites, poverty has grown at more than twice the rate for Blacks as for Whites since Mark Warner has been Senator.

Take a look at the median household income as another example of how African-Americans have fallen further behind. From 2008 to today, median household incomes for Whites have increased by $2,740, but it has only increased $380 for Blacks during the same period. That means the household median income gap between Blacks and Whites are growing wider under the policies of Sen. Mark Warner.

While the jobs and unemployment picture appears to be doing better across America, with a national rate of 5.9%, this economic outlook looks bleak for our community, as Blacks are experiencing an 11% unemployment rate, which is double that of the White unemployment rate of 5.1%. And while Black Americans are only 10% of the employed population, they are 22% of the long-termed unemployed.

We must hold our elected officials accountable for their campaign promises. This must be true for Republicans and Democrats. Mark Warner’s opponent Ed Gillespie has run a campaign focused on robust economic growth that lifts income, poverty, and job opportunities for everyone, no matter where you’re from or where you live.

Early in his campaign, Gillespie released a detailed five-point policy proposal for Economic Growth (EG2) that would get the economy moving again. His plan focuses on unleashing American energy, tax and regulatory relief, education reform, removing the anti-growth provisions in the health care law, and addressing our national budget crisis.

Go to Ed’s website and study it for yourself. Forget whether he has an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ beside his name at the voting booth. Let’s evaluate the campaign promises of our political candidates and then hold them accountable for their actions. Because African-Americans cannot afford six more years of falling further behind.

Terrence Boulden is President of the Virginia Black Conservatives and lives in Woodbridge.

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Political Chumps

Posted: October 20, 2014 by T. Boulden in Uncategorized
In 2012 Mitt Romney garnered 17 percent of the minority vote, while unemployment was at a staggering 14.4 percent. Today the minority unemployment rate is 12.2 percent, not better off than we were 2 years ago. Why do we continue to keep voting for a party that does nothing for us, but keep us happy in debt and regulation.
Why should minorities vote the Republican ticket this year? Simply put, the Democratic Party has done nothing but enslave the minority community with big government promises and bigger government lies.
Malcom X spoke about this issue in plain terms back in 1964:
“The Democrats have been in Washington D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been    down there four years, and they’re — all other legislation they wanted to bring up they brought it up and gotten it out of the way, and now they bring up you. And now, they bring up you. You put them first, and they put you last, ’cause you’re a chump, a political chump.”
“Anytime you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that Party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that Party, you’re not only a chump, but you’re a traitor to your race.”
What would Malcolm X say about today’s 95 percent black vote? Did the Democratic Party keep its promises to push education reform and encourage job creation? Absolutely not. With failing schools in low income minority neighborhoods, without giving parents a choice to take their children out of those failing schools, and into better ones. The Democratic Party has failed to bring down the jobless rate in the minority community, and have pushed minimum wage earnings as a way of life.
It’s time that minorities take a different path, instead of continuing to go down the road of broken dreams and promises.


Posted: October 17, 2014 by T. Boulden in Uncategorized

After word came that the Gillespie camp was going dark on ad’s..this gem is released today….a shot right into Warner’s arrogant attitude



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VBC Announces it’s Legislative Goals

Posted: August 15, 2014 by T. Boulden in Uncategorized


The VBC announces these legislative goals for Virginia :

Restoration of rights for prisoners – make it automatic for those convicted of non-violent crimes to have their rights automatically restored

 Education reform – performance based funding, the approval of additional charter schools

Creation of free enterprise zones – businesses won’t be required to pay certain taxes (BPOL) or implement certain regulations for ten years if they move into economically disadvantaged areas around the state; tax credits and guaranteed loans for individuals who wish to start businesses in those areas (democratization of capitalism)

Criminal justice reform – creation of special family courts across the state, like the one in Richmond, to handle the most difficult issues and cases (non-payment of child support, custody issues, etc.) in more sensitive ways; expand job training services, as well as educational opportunities, for prisoners ‘

Additional reform of state welfare programs – expand and require job training for recipients, provide/require nutritional and financial literacy classes for recipients, pro-rate payments for recipients who are working


– Virginia Black Conservatives



Today The Virginia Black Conservatives Forum is pleased to announce our new executive team as well as our Board of Directors. They are as follows:


Executive Team

Chairman and Founder – Coby Dillard

President and Director of Operations – Terrence Boulden

Vice President – Carl Tate

Executive Director – Eric Wray II


Board of Directors:

DJ. Jordan

Daniel Webb

LaToya Gray

Ali Akbar

Ted Brown


The VBC will also be adding Patrick Murphy as the Director of Special Projects, which will include social media and other marketing projects.

Our new team looks forward to promoting and expanding conservative values. We will do this through promotion, education, and recruitment, in communities where conservative ideals are not prevalent.

As the VBCcontinues to grow and expand across Virginia we ask for your support and encourage your suggestions.



Terrence Boulden


Virginia Black Conservatives


Stereotypes don’t tell the story

Posted: August 13, 2014 by T. Boulden in Uncategorized

From Coby Dillard

You probably picked this up from my picture, but I am a black man – or an African American, if you prefer. It’s a distinction I wear with pride, as I am at once usual and different, known and unknown.

What makes me different is that, according to some of my friends, I’m “safe.” I don’t drink or do drugs. I haven’t been to jail, save for a brief stop for a traffic violation. I don’t have multiple kids by multiple women. The stereotypes that society would apply to me don’t fit.

Along with that, I’ve made a conscious decision to stand up for my community when I feel we – yes, we – are wronged in some way, as well as to call attention to wrongs that are largely self-inflicted.

Whether those stereotypes apply to me, I am still subject to them and to unwritten rules. One of those principles, placed in my psyche at an early age, is respect for authority, especially when it comes in the uniform of a police officer. As black men, from our youth we are taught to not question the police or confront them in any way that would cause trouble, or give that perception.

This duality – wanting to see my community do and receive better, while carrying an awareness of the stereotypes and situations that make that goal difficult – isn’t unique to me. Talk to any black man, and you’d get the same sense of inner conflict.

As I watch the events in Ferguson, Mo., surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, the internal conflict flares anew.

I get the outrage that surrounds police shootings, especially ones where the victim’s guilt or innocence is determined quickly and subjectively. But we have to be honest with ourselves. If initial reports prove true, Brown lacked a basic sense of respect; one that requires a level-headedness and awareness of the unfortunate realities of being black in America.

That’s if, however, the reports are true.

If not, and a young black man was killed needlessly by a police officer, that’s a matter for investigation and prosecution.

What it isn’t, however, is an excuse for anyone to react violently, to vent frustrations on the property of others. That’s a purely emotional response, one that prevents or diminishes the effectiveness of those who seek to right a grievous wrong.

I can only hope that from this tragedy comes change. I pray that we will teach our sons – of any color – the basic tenets of respect, not just for others, but for self. I pray that as we reintroduce respect, it’ll spread to others in our circles, our communities, our cities.

Maybe, at that point, the police won’t need to shoot, and people won’t need to riot.1095092_703459139684788_326287036_n

Don’t Suffer Alone

Posted: August 11, 2014 by carltate81 in Uncategorized

Tonight the world mourns the loss of comedic genius Robin Williams of an apparent suicide. Williams suffered, unknown to most of the public, from depression and bipolar disorder. The stresses of this world got to be too much for him. How terribly, terribly sad.

Depression is a real disease. Many people cannot help the fact that they’re afflicted with it. The symptoms of depression can be treated but often the fight lasts for a lifetime. Unfortunately too few do recognize this and because of embarrassment refuse to seek out much needed help and support.

I was one of those folks who refused to seek help. For years I suffered in silence and in pain. I nearly allowed my life to overwhelm me. And I came to a point where I felt I had no choice but to seek out the help I needed. And once I did my doctor put my mind at ease. He explained to me exactly what depression is and how I can successfully treat it. He encouraged me to put certain events in my in perspective and let me know his door was always open if I ever needed someone to confide in and talk to. He also explained to me about the genetic predisposition most folks have toward depression and other mental health problems. He explained that my depression wasn’t my fault and that some people need an extra bit of help in life

The problem is that too many folks don’t take the steps that I did. Too often we have people in our lives who frown upon seeking help and advice for mental issues. For instance as someone who attends church on a regular basis I’ve witnessed many occasions where mental health issues are chalked up to spiritual deficiencies. Many in the church believe the sadness and despair that grips those who suffer from depression can be cured through prayer. And it’s simply not true – prayer can help but medical attention is needed, just as it is when a parishioner suffers from diabetes or cancer. God has provided doctors, counselors and therapists to help soothe His followers and His followers need to take advantage of those who are out there.

As an African-American I’m also keenly aware of the stigma many blacks attach to mental health issues. Often African-Americans will refuse to seek help for their mental health problems and issues. We’re taught to suck it up and just deal with the problems. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves or our families by “airing” dirty laundry, even if we’re just talking to our doctor or a counselor. And as a result too many of us are allowing the stress of mental diseases to eat us up inside.

Mental illness and depression affects all of us. Many, like me once, are suffering in silence, afraid to speak up. In too many cases people are taking their lives because they feel they have no other choice. Each death is a needless loss. Be mindful of those folks, be sensitive to their feelings, never make light of this serious problem. Robin Williams untimely death, along with those of Freddie Prince and Don Cornelius, shows us that this silent disease can strike anyone, that it knows no race, creed, or social status.

We Know Better

Posted: August 11, 2014 by carltate81 in Uncategorized

Tragedy has struck the black community once again. Yet another black mother is left mourning the loss of yet another black son. And yet again hoodlums (and many who know better) are taking the loss as an opportunity to rob, loot and steal. Michael Brown and his family deserve better.

Rioting is never the answer to these tragedies. Clearly our community and our nation has still to learn, process and absorb the lessons of Dr. King, who taught us that the only way to conquer hate is through love and that violence only leads to more violence. King not only talked the talk, but walked the walk, as he implored black supporters not to riot, even when his own home, with his wife and newborn baby inside, was bombed by domestic terrorists.

Want proof? Look at the legacies of the 1960s themselves, as that era fades into America’s collective memory, the devastation of the riots that hit every major black city still linger on. The cities of Newark, Detroit and Washington, DC never fully recovered from the damages wrought by looters some forty-five years ago. Those cities, once beacons of black accomplishment, began their long, sad descent after our people nearly destroyed them. And that’s the saddest part of all this, we’re destroying our own neighborhoods, we’re looting our own businesses, we’re setting our own selves back.

Our community suffers from double digit unemployment, our schools are failing, more of our young men are in prison than in college and we’re out there rioting. That is not who we are or what we are. Black folks, we’re better than this and we know it.

And so, yes I too am angry about what appears to be yet another senseless death of a young African-American man, and yes I am pissed off about the racism America can’t seem to shake, but black America has got to wake up. We’ve got to put an end to the foolishness and ignorance. We’re a people who endured 300 years of slavery and state sanctioned discrimination and somehow we survived and thrived. We need to pull from that inner strength when these events occur.

Imagine the anger felt when a young black boy was severely beaten and lynched for the “crime” of looking at a white woman. And even though many could have argued the death of Emmett Till should have been answered with more violence and death, our people and our community answered the hate and anger with prayers and love; we waited on the justice system even though we knew it was a farce at the time; we mounted peaceful protests and let the actions of those on the other side speak for themselves.

That’s how Brown’s death should have been answered. Imagine what would happen today if we employed the same tactics of those in the civil rights’ movement, just imagine the reaction. Instead, too often, we choose to act like fools and common hood rats, scurrying about for our next victims. Dr. King would be embarrassed.