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Clod    Posted 07-04-2004 at 16:46:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cosby Has Harsh Words for Black Community

Thu Jul 1, 7:27 PM ET

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO - Bill Cosby (news) went off on another tirade against the black community Thursday, telling a room full of activists that black children are running around not knowing how to read or write and "going nowhere."

He also had harsh words for struggling black men, telling them: "Stop beating up your women because you can't find a job."

Cosby made headlines in May when he upbraided some poor blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. He shot back Thursday, saying his detractors were trying in vain to hide the black community's "dirty laundry."

"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," Cosby said during an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund's annual conference.

"They think they're hip," the entertainer said. "They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."

In his remarks in May at a commemoration of the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, Cosby denounced some blacks' grammar and said those who commit crimes and wind up behind bars "are not political prisoners."

"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," Cosby said then. "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."

Cosby elaborated Thursday on his previous comments in a talk interrupted several times by applause. He castigated some blacks, saying that they cannot simply blame whites for problems such as teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.

"For me there is a time ... when 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."

Cosby lamented that the racial slurs once used by those who lynched blacks are now a favorite expression of black children. And he blamed parents.

"When you put on a record and that record is yelling `n----- this and n----- 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," he said.

He also condemned black men who missed out on opportunities and are now angry about their lives.

"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," Cosby said. "You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity."

Cosby appeared Thursday with the Rev. Jesse Jackson (news - web sites), founder and president of the education fund, who defended the entertainer's statements.

"Bill is saying let's fight the right fight, let's level the playing field," Jackson said. "Drunk people can't do that. Illiterate people can't do that."

Cosby also said many young people are failing to honor the sacrifices made by those who struggled and died during the civil rights movement.

"Dogs, water hoses that tear the bark off trees, Emmett Till," he said, naming the black youth who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955, allegedly for whistling at a white woman. "And you're going to tell me you're going to drop out of school? You're going to tell me you're going to steal from a store?"

Cosby also said he wasn't concerned that some whites took his comments and turned them "against our people."

"Let them talk," he said.

bill b va    Posted 07-04-2004 at 17:43:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

if you do serious research ( and i ain't talking about david duke and others of similiar views ) you will find the black people sold here as slaves were sold by other black people to the slave traders. some were captured by own their neighboring tribes and sold to the slave traders,others were members of their own tribe and sold as slaves . you can still buy humans today in certain parts of the world .examples north central africa and the far east . i still don't understand the problem with the the N word as it is simply portuguese for black.

Clod    Posted 07-04-2004 at 18:07:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Niger? That is latin for black. Ask a doctor who writes prescriptions. I have read many books on that subject by a number of people,even David Duke. They have moved from slavery of the cotton fields to the pimps and drug pushers.Except they think the latter two types are cool. There is a large number who have done well.They didnt hold themselves back by thinking the white guy is holding him. They set out to do things and accomplished that very thing..You should read the life of George Washington Carver. He is not spoken highly of by the liberals.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-05-2004 at 06:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Read "Up From Slavery" by Booker T. Washington. GREAT book. Talk about about a self starter! His basic philosophy was "Get an education. If you provide a needed service to your community, you will be completely accepted by that community." Completely the opposite of what we are hearing now.

~Lenore    Posted 07-05-2004 at 06:32:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes "united we stand" is still true.
The current mantra is not to join the "winners" and become one yourself.
Now it is do your own thing and blame the winners for you being a loser.

Booker T. Washington spoke wisdom but his message was traded for one that does not work.

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