Bill Cosby Speaks Out on Zimmerman Verdict and the Black Community (Video)

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Bill Cosby is a well respected, educated man in the Black community and for years made audiences laugh with his stand-up comedy, hit movies and classic hit series THE COSBY SHOW.  Bill Cosby has also penned a few books and in them has made some people upset, but truthfully he has only spoken the truth about what he has observed among the Black community.  Mr. Cosby who saw the struggles of Blacks as they fought for equal rights and an equal educational system sees all too clearly now how many Blacks today are squandering away that opportunity.  Many are choosing to drop out of high school, never giving college a chance because they would prefer to be called someone’s baby momma or baby daddy.  As they continue to perpetuate the negative stereotypes that the media have set forth upon the Black community.

Now, not all Blacks fall into this category. Many do make it to their high school graduation and on to college to earn a bachelors, masters or Ph.D degree before moving on to successful careers.  Still, Blacks are underrepresented in the classroom and on college campuses and the numbers of black men in higher education are even fewer.  It seems black men only want to attend college only if they can play sports, forgetting that getting an education is far more important.  There are many athletes today who bypassed college or only attended college for three years because a lucrative contract lured them away.

If only a college degree looked more appealing. But as tuition prices rise, many find it difficult to attend college but should realize that getting an education is a priority, and your tuition is one of the best investments you can make.   America has the best colleges and universities in the world and there is financial aid available for those in need so there is no need for blacks to eliminate educating themselves and therefore continue to perpetuate the negative stereotypes that is frequently portrayed by the media.

Blacks come from a strong history of educators, business owners, leaders, writers, lawyers, scientists, doctors and so much more that there is no reason for us as a group to emulate such people as Lil Wayne, Kim Kardashian, The Basketball Wives etc.

Instead we have real leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King Jr, President Obama, Huey P Newton, Bobby Seale, Oprah Winfrey, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison,  and California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris to name a few.

In 2010 Bill Cosby spoke about his observations of the Black community, saying why it is not African-American, but ‘Black’.  Many applauded Mr. Cosby but some just cannot accept his honesty.  Still, it makes you wonder, have some Blacks given up and don’t want to do things for themselves?  Would some prefer that President Obama play savior as they sit back and do nothing but simply reap the rewards?

Mr. Cosby at the time was speaking to a crowd of students and was asked about his opinion on the bailout in America, here is what Mr. Cosby said:

“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,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…
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.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.
The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.
$500 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 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? Or who is his father?
People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?
People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?
What part of Africa did this come from??
We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa …..

I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.
I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands . The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa . So stop, already! ! !
With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap ……… And all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.
We have got to take the neighborhood back.
People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.
We have millionaire football players who cannot read.
We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.
Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.
We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..
We cannot blame the white people any longer.’

~Dr.. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed..D.”

Recently, Mr. Cosby spoke on Zimmerman verdict saying he does not watch or listen to the media until after the jury speaks, here is what he had to say:

“The prosecution did not tell the story well and they lost. If you’re a lawyer and I’m a lawyer and I’m going up against you and we both have to talk to a jury, we present our story and I think if I don’t present the story well enough, that you will win.  Let me just tell you this man. See this racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can’t prove. You can’t prove that somebody is a racist unless they come out and do the act that is found to be that.  But I do know this. I do know this. I heard the person say, “Don’t go there.” You understand? Okay. “Don’t do that.” I know that if you have a gun, it changes your whole feeling about what you can tell people, about how people better do what you say. Your mind can turn in such a way that you have a sense of control and power. I see a thing and the so-forth and so-on doesn’t look right and say ‘Okay, just stay where you are and don’t …’ But I got a gun. Let’s not go into a racial discussion unless we really have something there. But we do know they got a gun. And we do know that the Florida state law says you have a right to defend yourself. That means both people. So you have a gun. You come up to me. I don’t have a gun. But then, you show me your gun. And I become frightened. And according to the state of Florida I have a right to defend myself. According to the state of Florida the person with the gun has a right to defend him or herself. I mean, this is getting out of line.  I would never pay attention to information given to me by media, radio, whatever, about a high profile case until the jury says what it says.”

Look for Mr. Cosby and his return to television this fall (November) as he makes way to premiere a brand new TV special “Far From Finished.”

Bill Cosby has also penned a new book entitled I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN: BUT I’M GLAD I WAS and is currently traveling the country with a stop in Las Vegas today at Treasure Island, for more details and other tour stops check billcosby.com

-Kelly J Newson

12 Responses to "Bill Cosby Speaks Out on Zimmerman Verdict and the Black Community (Video)"

  1. Gina McGill   June 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Sanford police knew Trayvon Martin was NOT on top when Zimmerman shot him. Visit ginamcgill.com Please spread the news.

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  2. ken   June 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

    just like dr Cosby said a lot of what people think is brought on by the actions of black people themselves. it is actually very sad that people fear most black folks or think they are all losers. when in fact there are a number of them that are good folks and believe exactly as dr. Cosby does. that the actions of 80 percent of the black people that are doing the wrong are wrong themselves. in fact if a person wearing a black coat keep shooting people for no apparent reason eventually people will be afraid of people wearing black coats. the same as with black folks 65 percent of the people in prisons are black and they are for violent crimes that is why people fear black people not because they are black. because of their actions. I never knew how bad it actually was until I moved to Detroit with my family at 9 years old that is where my views came from not from something I was taught but from my own observations.

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  3. Larry   March 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Dean, what part of “we don’t need you to do that” did Zimmerman (and you evidently) not understand? It may be colloquial, but how could any sensible English-speaking person interpret that as anything other than an explicit instruction to NOT follow Martin?

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    • lakawak   May 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      “we don’t need you to do that” is not even close to being the same thing as “DON’T do it” no matter what the ignorant people say. It doesn’t mean the same thing, and doesn’t even IMPLY the same thing. And if the dispatched wanted to say the latter phrase, she would have.

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  4. Dan Sullivan   July 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The Zimmerman case gives every black and white person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance and show their true colors.

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  5. Andres   July 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    @James Davis-The NAACP is a group for all americans!!! That’s a joke right!!!bahahahahahahaha!It is a group of people lead my ministers that don’t push the love and unity of God, but create racial tension and cry injustice at every turn while the group they claim to represent kills each other off!! 93% of blacks that are murdered are done so by other blacks. White folks are very little threat to blacks anymore! ” the only thing to fear, are blacks themselves” Martin Luther died for this statistic?? Medger Evers, Emmit Till?? What a waste! Keep following Jessie Jackson and Al sharpton. They lead a movement that doesn’t move! It’s called the NAACP!

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  6. Betty A. Stanley   July 20, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Dear Bill, I am not a racist. I wish you would create, start, bring about a movement that ALL Americans would join together with a simple statement, “I am an American and I honor The Golden Rule.” Somehow the media continues to jerk us around with their false statements.

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    • James A. Davis   July 20, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Dear Betty, This organization already exists. Its called NAACP. Read their mission statement if your in doubt. So much for “ALL Americans” they seem to be as lost in their on rhetoric as Dr. Cosby.

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      • Joe   August 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        James,

        Mr. Cosby has a very thorough answer and is a very well respected person. I don’t believe his rhetoric is lost – like the NAACP. NAACP is lost period, NOT Mr. Cosby. Do some inner thinking, man.

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      • lakawak   May 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        “read their mission statement” That is hilarious. Only a fool judges someone based on what they CLAIM to do rather than what they ACTUALLY do.

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    • Joe   August 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Nice reply Betty.

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  7. Dean Weingarten   July 20, 2013 at 5:23 am

    It is sad to see such a brave man make stupid comments out of ignorance. I wish he would actually look at the facts presented instead of relying on the lies and distortions presented in the old media.

    No one ever told George Zimmerman “Don’t go there”. The correct quote is: Dispatcher: Are you following him? Zimmerman: Yeah. Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.

    George Zimmerman had every right to be where he was and do what he did.

    It did not turn out well, but it was not because George Zimmerman did something wrong.

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