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Friday, July 02, 2004
Bill Cosby had harsh words again for the disgruntled black community...
"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"
"You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity."
"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,"
"They think they're hip," he said. "They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."
"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."
"When you put on a record and that record is yelling n----- and you've got your little 6-year-old, 7-year-old sitting in the backseat of the car, those children hear that,"
I would suggest that there is a sound message for all people of the same mentality that Cosby refers to, no matter what background or race. No ones quality of life makes positive progress while one is stagnant, angry and blaming everyone else. You can shake your fist, protest, and demand the world from your family, community and peers, but if you take no action, it is no ones fault but your own. Further, being a parent I realize the importance of teaching my child self-reliance, self-worth, basic morals, and respect of your fellow human beings. The wonder of the promise that the future can hold for her if she puts in the effort and simply reaches out and takes it. I am by no means wealthy, but my quality of life when it comes to my family is wonderful, and like many other parents, I would see my child excel far beyond any of my accomplishments, and the encouragement is always there. However, like Cosby points out, there are many, many parents, of ALL backgrounds and races, that cannot get over their own anger at life long enough to give their children a chance. They teach their children by example that life has nothing to offer. They cannot succeed because these people, this area, or this Government policy was somehow designed to deny them the opportunity for success. I conclude that the opportunity does not come from an abundance of monetary wealth, as much as it comes from a wealth of positive loving interaction, discipline, and encouragement. Quite simply...If you don't believe your child has a future, how can they believe it? If you teach them to count on failure, what other outcome is possible for them and who’s fault is it?
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Bill Cosby has come a long way since the days when he blamed the U.S. government for creating AIDS to get rid of blacks and gays.
Posted by: Michael Dabioch | 2004-07-03 1:14:16 AM
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