What Bill Cosby Said
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Education: \"Fifty percent dropout rate [among poor, black high school students.] People marched and were ...
July 10th, 2004 04:37 AM
What Bill Cosby Said
I thought what Cosby said was right on the money:
Education: \"Fifty percent dropout rate [among poor, black high school students.] People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we\'ve got these knuckleheads walking around.\"
English: \"They\'re standing on the corner and they can\'t speak English. I can\'t even talk the way these people talk: \'Why you ain\'t,'\'Where you is\'... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. Everybody knows it\'s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can\'t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.\"
Cosby elaborated Thursday on his previous comments in a talk interrupted several times by applause. He castigated some blacks, saying that they cannot simply blame whites for problems such as teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.
\"For me there is a time ... when we have to turn the mirror around,\" he said. \"Because for me it is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us. And it keeps a person frozen in their seat, it keeps you frozen in your hole you\'re sitting in.\"
Parenting: \"The lower economic people...are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. Five-hundred-dollar sneakers for what? And they won\'t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics? I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange [prison] suit. Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18, and how come you didn\'t know that he had a pistol? And where is the father?\"
Sexual responsibility: \"People used to be ashamed...[Today] a woman has eight children with eight different \'husbands'- or men or whatever you call them now...\"
Role models: \"We have millionaire football players who can\'t read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can\'t write two paragraphs.\"
Cosby declined to speak to the Daily News, but he stood his ground Tuesday morning on Mary Mason\'s WHAT-AM show. \"The majority of the callers said, \'Amen! Amen!'\" says Mason, who strongly agrees with her friend. Only a few callers were critical.
Cosby then expanded his criticism to rap music, quoted by Mason as saying, \"We\'re the only race of people who will listen to artists calling us bitches and ho\'s and we dance to the tune of it.\"
\"You\'ve got to stop beating up your women because you can\'t find a job, because you didn\'t want to get an education and now you\'re (earning) minimum wage,\" Cosby said. \"You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity.\"
Cosby made headlines in May when he upbraided some poor blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. He shot back saying his detractors were trying in vain to hide the black community\'s \"dirty laundry.\"
\"Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it\'s cursing and calling each other n------ as they\'re walking up and down the street,\" Cosby said during an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund\'s annual conference.
Cosby lamented that the racial slurs once used by those who lynched blacks are now a favorite expression of black children. And he blamed parents.
\"When you put on a record and that record is yelling `n----- this and n----- that'and you\'ve got your little 6-year-old, 7-year-old sitting in the back seat of the car, those children hear that,\" he said.
\"They think they\'re hip,\" the entertainer said. \"They can\'t read; they can\'t write. They\'re laughing and giggling, and they\'re going nowhere.\"
July 11th, 2004 07:08 AM
I Agree With His Comments
He pretty much hit the nail on the head, but I expect he hit alot of nerves as well. I really wish people were more objective about themselves, their situations, and what got them (or what is keeping them) in those situations. Until that happens, not much will change.
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