The following is from CNN.com.
"Bill Cosby 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.”
It appears that Jesse Jackson is even taking a break from the “blame whitey” bandwagon for a moment. I found Cosby’s comments about “dirty laundry” and his citing of some of the horrors and sacrifice of the civil rights movement and comparing it to the behavior of many african-americans today particularly effective.
Yes, I’m white. That doesn’t mean that I can’t see some of the same problems Cosby does. But his voicing of them is infinitely more effective than mine would be. Many blacks in the United States will not improve their lives until the mirror is, in fact, turned around.
And before the screaming begins, let me make an attempt at a few preemptive strikes.
No, I don’t enjoy the plight of many blacks and I am not a racist.
Yes, there are many successful blacks and you can’t lump them all together and indicte them as a whole.
Yes, many others of all races behave in the negative ways Cosby references.
All of that said, facts are facts. Dropout rates, addiction rates, arrest rates, test scores, out of wedlock births…the list goes on. All of them reflecting badly on the african-american population in the United States. And all of them are behavoir related and controllable. Cosby is simply trying to shock and shame people into making the right choices earlier in life. I hope he succeeds.
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