At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

Remembering Ken Hamblin, “the Black Avenger”

It’s “Black History Month”—but black conservatives needn’t apply.

One such black conservative is Ken Hamblin, “the Black Avenger.”  During the 1980’s and ‘90’s, Hamblin, labeled “the black Rush Limbaugh,” was a nationally syndicated radio talk show host heard on roughly 200 stations. He also was a columnist who authored two books, Pick a Better Country and Plain Talk and Common Sense from the Black Avenger. 

It’s a pity that about 10 years or so ago, Hamblin left the media world for a life of anonymity, for at no other time has our country been more in need of his “plain talk and common sense.”

From the perspective of the leftist, even the most pathological of blacks is a victim entitled to government assistance.  In glaring contrast, being the native of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and the son of West Indian immigrants that he is, Hamblin knows all too well that while some people really are deserving of compassion, others deserve condemnation.  In the latter group are those who he refers to as “black trash.”  Hamblin says that “the black underclass” that is “at the heart of the black welfare culture today” needs to be called out for what it is: “black trash.”


Against the objection that he “hate[s] black people,” Hamblin’s reply is blunt: If “human trash exists among whites, it also can exist among blacks.”  It is not poverty that distinguishes “human trash,” but, primarily, the “minimal regard for civilized society and the generally accepted rules of humanity” that characterize white and black trash alike.  Hamblin identifies the black teenagers who attacked the Central Park jogger, Reginald Denny’s assailants, and the black adolescent females who harassed and pummeled a white woman at a Detroit festival as examples of “socially and morally deviant black trash.”

The big difference between white trash and black trash is that while the former is called out for what it is, the latter is not only excused but affirmed by “white liberals and black community leaders” alike.  Some “attributes of this [black trash] culture—like its street argot and its high rate of teen pregnancies—are actually extolled…as perhaps worthy of consideration as multicultural counterparts to the values of the white American middle class.”


The legitimation of the black trash subculture has led to the idealization of “black thugs.”  Hamblin is indignant: “These black thugs, these street punks and predators, have been allowed—in some cases, encouraged—to believe that their acts of violence against innocent people and property are merely blows for justice” and “black liberation and black sovereignty.”  In reality, “these boys are a far cry from social crusaders.  These boys are empty vessels.”

There are other “fringe elements” that, when perceived as endangering American civilization, are either “scorned” or, in some instances, “snuffed out.” But the “black gangs”—which places “black trash on the map”—are “not only tolerated but excused by many.”


By romanticizing the black trash subculture, we also encourage and romanticize those young black single mothers who Hamblin refers to as “brood mares.”  The latter are “breeding in unspeakable numbers” with perhaps “more than 90 percent of their babies” being “born out of wedlock.”  While the gang members “are the foot soldiers of the black-trash welfare culture,” these young mothers “are the brood mares whose sole function is to keep replenishing the rank and file, collecting another welfare entitlement for each newborn.”

The glorification of the culture or subculture of “black trash” gives rise to the glorification of, not just “black thugs” and “broodmares,” but “the poverty pimp.”  Hamblin explains: “Poverty pimps are the grossest beneficiaries and purveyors of the Myth of the Hobbled Black,” the ideological narrative that blacks “can’t get ahead in America because white people have kept—and continue to keep—them down.”  Professionally and monetarily, this notion is a win-win for black poverty pimps, for it “is what generates the guilt that produces the dollars for their districts.” Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, California Representative Maxine Waters, and Al Sharpton are among those who Hamblin charges with being “poverty pimps.”


No peddler of the nonsense that has wrought such damage to his country is safe from the Black Avenger—including and especially those suspects to whom he refers as “egg-sucking dog liberals.”  These are “white liberals” who are guilty of “sucking the substance out of the promise America holds for its black citizens [.]”  Along with “black poverty pimps,” white liberals “spread the propaganda that black trash are in their sad predicament only because they are victims of racism [.]”  Their ultimate goal, Hamblin believes, is not to help blacks—they continue to harm them—but to “remake America” by way of a “very anti-American…socialist agenda [that] flies in the face of every piece of the American Dream that got me where I am today.”

At this time, when the left, “by whichever means necessary,” proceeds full steam ahead with the very “socialist agenda” that Hamblin detected back in the 1990’s, we can only long for a return of the Black Avenger.

  • GGallman

    Wish I could tell Mr. Hamblin how much I miss him. He ment a lot to me. I would LOVE to have acess to his audio arcives.

  • SciFi_Freddie

    I remember him well. His book, ‘Pick A Better Country,’ is one of my all-time favorites. I never missed his show or G. Gordon Liddy’s while they were on the air.

  • Robert Schultz

    When I was in the Navy in the 1980/90s I used to enjoy having Ken’s program on the speaker system inside of an IT trailer that I managed. The crew was ‘forced’ to sit in the trailer to log into the ship’s computers. (we were in drydock at the time) More than a few sailors took acceptation to being subjected to Ken’s wisdom. I always said, if you can site what it is that offends you, I’ll change the station… I was so disappointed when the program was discontinued. Polka music it turned out, had the same effect on them!

  • BobFromDistrict9

    So, don’t do that. Don’t make excuses. Also don’t be stupid enough to ignore the causes, the real causes. Here’s a hint, no culture willing accepts a self-destructive subculture. Any culture develops as the best survival method for the environment in which it exists.

    Why are you talking to me about Jackson or Sharpton? Do they have enough votes in congress to make any difference at all? Do you see me even hinting that I listen to either of them?

    Everyone but YOU understands that attacking people for profit makes you a mercenary and a parasite.

    Trashing black women because this country has inflicted a culture of unwed motherhood on ALL it’s women is not some harmless exaggeration, it’s highly destructive hate spewing.

    Yes all. If you look at the stats the birth rate for unmarried black women has been going down for a long time. For unmarried white women the rate has been going up.

    This country has been going family unfriendly for a long time. Because the black population has been long been the most vulnerable population it hit there hardest and fastest. However, it’s hit the white population also, and it’s still hitting the white population.

    So, take your excusing and trashing and try it on somebody who is ignorant enough to believe you have some idea what you are talking about.

    Ken Hamblin was a destructive person to the black community, and he was a media whore.

  • None Ya Bidness

    If you wish to make someone angry, tell them the truth about what they are doing wrong! It got Jesus Christ crucified. To deny the truth about the Black sub-culture and to excuse it is causing the death of so many young men. Folks like Jackson and Sharpton are getting rich on the COFFINS of these young men.
    P.S. Everyone but YOU understands exaggeration when trying to make a point
    i.e. the 90% stat!

  • Joe

    I used to listen to him in the late 90’s when I was stationed in Virginia, it was a great show.

  • BobFromDistrict9

    A response to something from a year ago. Hmmm…

    So, you don’t have a damn thing to contradict what I posted.

    I found what he cited. IOW, I read what he cited.

    Yes, I did read an article about Hamblin, and that was for another purpose, but it fit this discussion. I didn’t listen to his show, I did see him on other shows on TV. He was a piece of excrement.

    I don’t have to watch or listen to every show he ever did, I saw enough of him to judge.

    So, you think because you read it on the web it must be true. Fortunately I never made any such claim, nor do I believe it. I do, however, had sources I consider at least journalistic enough to give accurate information to the best of their ability.

    How disgusting kiss ups like you are.

  • craigc

    You only read what you want to read, then form an opinion and spew it out as fact.
    Obviously, you never listened to his show.

    “I read it on the web, so it must be true”
    What a joke peeps like you are…

  • darkwingdave

    Me too!

  • Arky_James

    Where is he?

  • Shane Behling

    I have one of His “certificates of absolution”. He drove the Leftist Loons CRAZY!!!! LOL Miss you Ken;(((

  • Edward J Max

    His voice is surely missed.

  • BobFromDistrict9

    I didn’t read the Denver Post article. I ran across web reference. I found what you cited, and don’t really care. I found an article about him, and reported what I found.

    His commentary about CNN, when I found your point, was arrogant and ignorant.

    So what. His “persona” was tiresome even to him.

  • walkerstempe

    Reading the 2009 Denver Post article. He mentions not wanting to be on Fox, or CNN.

  • BobFromDistrict9

    The only mention of Fox was quoting Hamlin. Honest quoting is typical of my way of doing things. What’s yours?

  • walkerstempe

    Oh, you mention the Fox reference, but not the CNN reference. Typical.

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