Bill Cosby's recent speech

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Bill Cosby's recent speech
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Mon, 06-07-2004 - 7:55am
By now most every one has heard of Bill Cosby's recent speech where he blamed low income Afircan americans for not keeping their "end of the deal". I'm pasting in some excerpts from his speech below in case you missed it. What are your views on this??

BILL COSBY SPEAKS OUT

Here are excerpts from Bill Cosby's remarks May 17 at an event at Constitution Hall in Washington marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

On parenting: "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? . . . "

"The church is only open on Sunday and you can't keep asking Jesus to do things for you. You can't keep saying that God will find a way. God is tired of you," Cosby declared to loud applause.

"I wasn't there when God was saying it, I am making this up, but it sounds like what God would say. In all of this work we cannot blame white people. White people don't live over there; they close up the shop early. The Korean ones don't know us well enough, so they stay open 24 hours."

On language: "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?' 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!"On fashion: "People putting their clothes on backwards: Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong? . . . People with their hats on backwards, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn't it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up to the crack and got all type of needles (piercings) going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from? Those people are not Africans; they don't know a damn thing about Africa."

"With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail. Brown versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem. We have got to take the neighborhood back. We have to go in there - forget about telling your child to go into the Peace Corps - it is right around the corner. They are standing on the corner and they can't speak English."

On sports heroes: "Basketball players - multimillionaires - can't write a paragraph. Football players - multimillionaires - can't read. Yes, multimillionaires. Well, Brown versus Board of Education: Where are we today? They paved the way, but what did we do with it? That white man, he's laughing. He's got to be laughing: 50 percent drop out, the rest of them are in prison."

On teenage sex: "Five, six children - same woman - eight, 10 different husbands or whatever. Pretty soon you are going to have DNA cards to tell who you are making love to. You don't know who this is. It might be your grandmother. I am telling you, they're young enough! Hey, you have a baby when you are 12; your baby turns 13 and has a baby. How old are you? Huh? Grandmother! By the time you are 12 you can have sex with your grandmother, you keep those numbers coming. I'm just predicting. . . . What is it - young girls getting after a girl who wants to remain a virgin? Who are these sick black people and where do they come from and why haven't they been parented to shut up? This is a sickness, ladies and gentlemen."

Source: Washington Post, from a tape recording by staff writer Hamil R. Harris.


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Mon, 06-07-2004 - 3:38pm
Title: And exactly what does this have to do with Understanding The Opposite Sex???
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Wed, 06-09-2004 - 3:22pm
Kudos to Dr.Cosby for being *brave* enough to speak up & try to incite others to look at what is happening. Other than his derogatory comment that the "white man is lauging"-he has very valid points. I'm sure there has been some backlash against him for it.

Certainly the Naacp was not happy w/him afterwards & tried to discredit his commentary about the high percentage of blacks on welfare. While denying this claim they failed to mention that the NUMBER of blacks on welfare is only slightly lower than whites yet they account for only 13% of the population (in contrast to whites being 75%) So of course Dr.Cosby is *right*-there is a disproportinate amount of blacks on welfare.

However, all that being said, I don't think that it is truly about being black or white. Although certainly blacks typically have more to overcome societally *still*.

It boils down to the lack of intact family units that seems to be more & more prevalent for all races. I think that is what Dr. Cosby was trying to say as well (lack of Real parenting). If I were black I would be saddened that so many (3/4ths!) black children are being born out of wedlock! So much talk about being a "strong" women, yet too many of these so called "strong" women choose men that aren't even willing to marry them or take care of the children they created.

As a resident of a very small town, I am saddened that so many of our teenagers (99.9% white fyi) get pregnant. So many that there is actually a DAYCARE at the high school. I have no doubt that they account for the astronomical welfare roster in this county.

I applaud people like Dr.Cosby who is willing to use his celebrity to speak up. Maybe he will make a difference.

Thanks for the interesting question. I'll step off my soap box now. LOL. Fyi welcome to our board Heidi-we have a very eclectic (sp) & interesting group of posters here.

Regards, Barbara

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Wed, 06-09-2004 - 7:55pm
Thanks for the welcome and for posting!!!! I think things are starting to settle down a bit...and I look forward to getting to know you all a lot better. Take care!!!
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