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Thursday, July 01, 2004

bill cosby is one brave dude

my hero bill cosby is one brave character. he is railing against the whole "victim" mentality prevalent in large swaths of our society today. he is becoming a relentless campaigner for "getting with the program" for america's black youths. his total lack of fear is refreshing. he has slowly become america's dad, through years of "the cosby show" and various venues including books and concerts. it's good when dad finally talks tough. the only problem: who is hearing him? his intended audience or guys like me?

5 Comments:

Blogger Alison said...

I just read an article about that on AP. And I thought "Go, Bill!"

I do hope that his intended audience is paying attention. I also wonder if white folks like myself who agree with Cosby will be perceived as racist for doing so.

7/1/04, 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He gave that speech a while back to the NAACP convention. Caused quite an uproar, but the more reasoned African-American pundits in the press were in total agreement with him.

7/1/04, 11:00 PM  
Blogger bothenook said...

i'm with you Ali. what frieght does agreeing with cosby carry if you're not black? sad to think that in today's society, this is still an issue. if something is messed up, everyone in the society is affected, and should/could have a say. and anon. i read the first speech cos gave that started the storm. i remember reading that there was a backlash against him from the "let's keep our dirty laundry to ourselves" crowd. i'm glad he's carrying the message forward. more and more of the people that he's trying to reach need to hear that message.

7/2/04, 12:56 AM  
Blogger Edvardicus said...

Cosby is a hero. He is a hero in the African American Community. I am lucky enough to work in the African American community for Head Start. The families there are generally black or Hispanic, hard working folk who labor at minimum wage jobs, live in substandard housing, and have dreams of a better life for their children. There are some people with an entitlement mentality, but that form of self pity and self absorbtion aren't racial or cultural. The genesis of this mentality, at least in the bay area is social and grew out of the WWII experience as millions of poor southerners migrated to the area to work in the ship yards where they received child care, food assistance, good paying jobs in the ship yards and NO EDUCATION on how to subsist on their own. Then the war ended and the ship yards ratcheted down and suddenly there was nothing left but AFDC. This was the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and the Welfare State, that persisted throughout the second half of the 20th century through Republican and Democratic administrations. LBJ was well meaning but,the great society was ultimately a failure. An unfortunate side effect of the civil rights movement was the break down of the black middle class as African American owned business failed in the wake of increased opportunites for upwardly mobile african americans moved to the suburbs and corporate america moved into the urban core. Massive educational programs coupled with free and available birth control and family planning education would have served America better. Enough for now!

7/2/04, 7:40 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

Nook,

The comment from Anon above was actually from me (n4ku). I finally took the plunge and signed up with Blogger.

7/2/04, 7:29 PM  

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