Home
Loading
  Contact Us    
Hey, Hey, Hey. Cos is at it again

He's cutting no slack to the black community.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
July 11, 2004

Bookmark and Share


One of my favorite people in the whole world, even though I have never met him in person, is Bill Cosby. I saw him perform a couple years ago but have been a fan of his since his routine of Noah back in the early 60’s. Being an education major, I remember that my college professors in the 1970’s used him as a great example of someone “thinking outside of the box” in the field of education for children. But “Cos” has stepped out again and made the national news. This time it was in a speech given to the annual conference of the Rainbow Coalition’s Citizenship Education Fund in Chicago earlier this month. He has always been one to call it the way he sees it and his speech to the conference was no different.  

He addressed educational issues for black children by saying they are running around not knowing how to read or write and “going nowhere”. He also had words for some abusive black men by telling them: "Stop beating up your women because you can't find a job." 

To the parents he commented on their kids: "Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it's cursing and calling each other nigger as they're walking up and down the street … they think they're hip, they can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."

Continuing his remarks: "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."

Now one might think that his comments might be offensive to the black community. But during this event, Cosby found a receptive audience and was interrupted several times by applause. He did what few others could do. He castigated some blacks, saying the black community could no longer blame the “white community” for problems such as teen pregnancy and school dropout rates. He was basically saying “take responsibility for yourself and don’t blame someone else.” Now there is a lesson for all people, regardless of ethnicity.

Cosby’s most vocal concern came regarding the use of the word “nigger”. The slur was once used by “those who lynched blacks” and is now becoming a favorite expression of black children. And he blamed the parents. "When you put on a record and that record is yelling 'nigger this and nigger 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." 

Cosby found an ally in the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who is the founder and president of the education fund. Jackson said: "Bill is saying let's fight the right fight, let's level the playing field. Drunk people can't do that. Illiterate people can't do that."

Even though it was only 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education and less than 40 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Cosby said many young people have forgotten those important events in recent American history. Young people have responded to those heroic stands by not caring about their own lives and dropping out of school. That response is unacceptable, according to Cosby.  

Cosby continues to be a highly respected individual in many areas and his comments are not to be taken lightly. The comments would not have been as powerful coming from outside the African American community. But the comments were made by a leader who has fought hard to see a change in his community and in education. The comments couldn’t have come from a better spokesperson.

(0 Comments)
Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*


Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Location:


Comments:*
Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.



Verification:
Please type the letters you see above.

  Printer-Friendly

Bookmark and Share


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore: RSS Feed for Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
EMAIL ALERTS
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
Hey, Hey, Hey. Cos is at it again
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
Hall of Fame is for the Best
Baseball's Vote Will Say Volumes.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 1/7/07
Troops, Duration and Pay Per View
Crunching numbers surrounding the war.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 12/31/06
Passing on Partisanship
Democrats give open mic to a preacher.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 12/24/06
Priorities in our world are all jacked up
Should it be who controls the US Senate or a human life?
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 12/17/06
Everything Worth Knowing This Christmas
... I learned by playing Santa Claus.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 12/10/06
Changes in Midwestern Politics
Go figure, Religion is an issue raised.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 10/15/06
It's Wrong - No Matter How You Spin It
Congressman hits on underage pages.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore, 10/8/06
» Complete List (127)


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore: RSS Feed for Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore

Recently Published
View Article The Word Cup in a Cave
Celebrating the rescue of the Thailand soccer team
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 7/13/18
Let's Hear It for Liberty!
Celebrating our independence takes more than just one day
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 7/6/18
The Big Black Dog
A prayer for those with depression
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/29/18
And the Children Cry
A lament for the illegal immigrant children separated from their families
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/23/18
A NEW Poem About OLD Glory
What does Frances Scott Key have to do with Flag Day?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/15/18
Oh, the Places You Will Go
A poem for high school graduates (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/8/18
So What Does an "Open and Affirming" Church Mean?
It depends on how you define the terms
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/1/18

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.


RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?

Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2018 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top