Bill Cosby: Stop Blaming Whitey !!
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Bill Cosby always the consumate gentleman who first raised the ire of comics everywhere by challenging them to try comedy without profane language has always been a believer that You and you alone are the inventor of your own success and failures. Many in the Black community always blame their failures on the "Man", Man being anyone who is either successful or in Authourity regardless of colour.
Again, many in the Black community revile Bill Cosby for his views on " Stop Blaming Whitey and you need to stand on your own two feet". Sterotypes aside, not every black person lives in the Ghetto, though most would like you to believe they are from the Hood in order to facilitate some Street Cred amongst their peers.
Bill Cosby, pretty much spells it out to the Black community as a Black Man from humble beginnings, versus any Non Black Community who cannot state the same for fear of being labeled racist.
Truth be known, one only has to watch a Rap Video, A Maury episode on "Who's my Daddy", or any media story on Gang violence in which a young black man's life is snuffed out by another black man. Those stereotypical examples say it all, negating commentary from any non black community.
Cosby challenges the black community
Bill Cosby is a man on a mission. Since 2004 the Cosby Show comedian has been berating the African American community, saying it has been tolerating its social problems for too long.
His grievances include an upsurge in teen pregnancies, gang violence, absent fathers, incompetent moms and a general erosion of values.
In January 2005, he told a crowd of 2,000 at Detroit’s Wayne County Community College to stop blaming white people for problems they could solve themselves, fuelling a maelstrom of controversy.
And, reports The Plain Dealer, the theme continued as the 70-year-old spoke at both a Cleveland college and a church last Wednesday.
Among other things, he told the audience not to worry about airing their dirty laundry in front of whites. “Why are you worried about them?” he said. “Worry about your own.”
Cosby’s early critics have accused him of spotlighting problems in the black community, focussing on the worst. Now, more people are siding with the actor, who holds a PhD in education and has written 11 books.
“[The issues are something] churches, social organizations and community leaders have long run from," said Michael L. Nelson, of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, a group that sponsored the Cosby visit.
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