THIS IS AN EMAIL THAT WAS FORWARDED TO THE PUBLISHER: (As publisher, though I cannot agree with Cosby’s method, I had thought we all knew the truth in what he said…however, there are some of us that really don’t know how dire the “victim” lifestyle is in the Black community and I believe Ayesha gives a very good discription below….AND TRUST ME…IT IS NOT EXAGGERATED!)
Dear Audrey, first of all, this is old (teeheehee), and the reason why lots of Black folks are angry with Cosby. Jamilah, my middle daughter, who works with at risk teens/first offenders, was so outraged with this speech that she wrote a letter to Cosby. Basically, she reminded him that the population he was ranting about probably wouldn’t even know he made the speech, and that if he was attempting to help she had some suggestions as t how he could be more effective, etc. etc. When I heard the speech, I defended his right to express his point of view and also pointed out that what Cosby was saying, many of us have said in private :o) Recently I stayed with a relative in the projects of Pittsburgh and got a real taste of how some of our people are living, i.e. gun shots, shootings, killings, drugs, teenaged pregnancies, welfare, bad parenting, laced with parties, barbecues, etc. etc. I felt like I was living in a third world country, or Iraq, as we were instructed to “hit the floor” when guns were fired close to our house. It’s a different reality, a different world…geez! I didn’t even speak the language (laughing, but serious). I survived the trip, but came away thinking “what can we do to impact the world of these people?” What is the solution? I do believe we can move from victim mode to victor mode, but how we do this I don’t know. I’m glad that Cosby aired our “dirty laundry” in a public way. Maybe he’s just the messenger bringing us the bad news. Instead of shooting the messenger we could use his words to fuel us into action. Something needs to be done. Since making the speech Cosby has refused to apologize or take anything back. He also has co-written a book with Dr. Alvin Poussaint called “Come On People: From Victims to Victors”. I think Cosby’s speech created a necessary dialogue that made some people think about the pathologies that plague some of us.
‘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, What he drive, Where he stay, Where he work, Who you be… 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. They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what? And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics. 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? Or who is his father? People putting their clothes on backward: Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong? People with their hats on backward, 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 and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from?? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail. Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We have got to take the neighborhood back. People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now. We have millionaire football players who cannot read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living. People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard. We cannot blame the white people any longer’ The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. Dr. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.