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