Gut Rumbles
 

June 04, 2004

notice the reaction

I've admired Bill Cosby since I was a kid. The man is a brillant comedian, a great actor and a fine father. He also got a college education and took the road to success at a time when it was much more difficult than it is today for a black man to do it.

Have you ever noticed that he can do a one-hour comedy routine, have the audience rolling in the aisles and NEVER use the word "motherfucker?" In fact, Cosby doesn't cuss on stage at all, except for that hilarious story about believing his name was "Dammit" when he was a boy, because his father always yelled, "Dammit! Come here to me!" when young Coz was in trouble. (Wasn't Coz also convinced that his brother was named "Jesus Christ" because that's how dad called his brother to task? "Jesus Christ! Yeah, you. Not YOU, dammit. The other one. Jesus Christ, come here to me!")

Cosby said some things that a lot of black people and guilty liberals don't want to hear. I am not surprised that the speech he gave didn't get a lot of coverage. It was politically incorrect.

The guy who really nailed the Cosby story was Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service editor Gregory Clay. He witnessed Cosby's speech, and penned an op-ed. Clay wrote, "Cosby openly chastised some black people for our dirty, little secrets. We are exposed.... Cosby broke the black code.... Give Cosby credit for having the guts to voice his displeasure at such a regal event.... Some have said Cosby is pitting lower-income blacks against middle- and upper-class blacks. That's silly. Cosby's central theme simply was this: Better parenting and educational achievement are in black people's best interest, and some have failed miserably. Don't let the Brown case die on the vine. We have to admit this; it's about survival."

I've beat this drum before and received a lot of flack about it. But I don't care. I WANT to see black people succeed in the USA. I WANT this place to be a true melting pot, a gumbo of every cultural ingredient anybody can bring to the party and throw in the stew. I WANT to see rich, prosperous people all around me, and I don't care what color they are.

But blacks will never get to the party if they stay on the track they've been following for the past 40 years. Illegitimate births. Gangs. Ghettos. Prison. Murder in the street because somebody "dissed" you. Wearing pants around your goddam knees with only boxer shorts covering your ass. Illiteracy. Dropping out of school. Becoming "street-wise" instead of educated. Crack cocaine.

That IS NOT the path to success, people, and when society either turns a blind eye or condemns you as a racist for saying so, we're in a world of trouble. I don't give a damn what the Democrats say--- I know one thing for a fact. NOBODY can help someone who isn't willing to help himself.

Just look at Bill Cosby. He is rich, successful and he also has the intelligence to recognize a problem when he sees it. But when he speaks his mind, he is ignored or chastised for doing so. There are some things you just don't say in this free country, because the truth pisses people off.

I don't buy that philosophy.

Comments

Preach on...

Posted by: Dirk the Jerk on June 4, 2004 12:35 PM

Well, it was discussed a couple of weeks ago on Fox...

...course you probably missed it, as you were on your little tropical escapade. ; )

They interviewed a man who was outraged, as well as a man who saw both sides.

Now, if they had pitted the first guy against Ann Coulter...that would have been fun.

Posted by: Key on June 4, 2004 12:36 PM

Careful Rob, some people may get their feelings hurt!

Not only can the concept behind this post, but also Mr. Cosby's speech be accurately applied to those among the black community, but it needs to be reviewed by every cross-section of our wonderful nation.

We are a nation losing its moral compass and suffers from a deteriorating will. A will that brought freedom to Europe, put men on the moon, and brought the equality of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution to reality.

We do not have a right to sit back and expect good things. No, we only are afforded the opportunity to pursue our dreams with the resolve and grit that has made America great!

Ok . . . stepping off the soapbox especially since this is your blog and not mine.


Chris

Posted by: Websch01ar on June 4, 2004 01:27 PM

That was the post you should have written first, instead of the one with n-this and n-that.

You can appreciate that there is some difference when criticism is made by somebody in the family or out. Cosby can say things about blacks that you or I should not, because it wouldn't be taken the same way. You would not, for instance, accept in the same frame of mind comments about your relatives by a stranger, as you would from one of those relatives. (Not that there is anything wrong with your relatives.)

It was reported, by the way, that some black leaders supported Cosby's remarks, including Kweusi Mfume, which debunks your generalizations about black leaders (another source of offense).

You have already said that your remarks apply to poor white folks too. White college kid riots have already been mentioned. So why confine such remarks to blacks?

There is no discredit for regretting ill-chosen words. The capacity for shame is a manly virtue.

Cheers.

Posted by: Max on June 4, 2004 02:54 PM

"Just look at Bill Cosby. He is rich, successful and he also has the intelligence to recognize a problem when he sees it. But when he speaks his mind, he is ignored or chastised for doing so. There are some things you just don't say in this free country, because the truth pisses people off."

IGNORED? Hell, it led all the morning shows. Some people chastised him, some praised him - what's the big deal?


Posted by: RoguePlanet on June 4, 2004 03:56 PM

You may be right. Sorta kinda!

Posted by: Jamille on June 4, 2004 03:59 PM

"When we were kids, I thought my name was Jesus Christ! My brother thought his name was Dammit!

'Dammit, boy, come over here; JEEESUS Christ, get out of there!'

So one day I was outside playing in the rain, and my dad came outside and yelled, "Dammit, boy, get in here!"
And I said, "But, Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!""
~Bill Cosby

IIRC, that's how the bit went.

Posted by: Baxter M. Rollins on June 4, 2004 04:41 PM

"You can appreciate that there is some difference when criticism is made by somebody in the family or out. Cosby can say things about blacks that you or I should not,"

Bullpucky!

This is the same as saying blacks using the word nigger among themselves is o.k.

A word, phrase, or comment should, or should not, be used by all or by none.......Period!

The only way we will all play on a level field and have true equality.......is to have one set of rules we will ALL live by. Judge a man by the content of his character, not his color, and judge what he SAYS the exact same way.

Posted by: wes jackson on June 4, 2004 08:25 PM

He is ignored and chastised for the same reason the white population is called "racist", they don't want to hear it. The whole issue has (for black, white, hispanic and asian communities) become "society" and "social", not personal responsibility. It is always easier to cop an attitude and "blame" someone, or something, else than to take credit for your own screwups.
"That" is what needs fixed. Responsibility will cure most of what ails us. And most of that rests on the parents shoulder to teach and the children to learn. If they won't teach, or learn, shoot 'em. Save us all a lot of problems regardless of race, creed or gender.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on June 6, 2004 11:22 AM
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