Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

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!) 

I also believe we have to understand all the dynamics of the causes of our condition as a whole.  And, rather than pass judgement because, as some of us say, “I’m not like that” …we need to seriously find a way to chane the course of our future.  MY THEORY:  when we forced those who hated us to teach our children…we should have known the outcome would be dire!

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. 




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  1. Beloveds, if I had known my comment to a friend was going to be published, I might have checked the grammar and spelling before sending it out (smile). You see the condition of our people cannot be summed up in a few choice words because it is so deep. When the first bullets rang out, I naively thought that some child was lighting cherry bombs. Then when someone yelled “hit the floor” the realization that what I heard was not fireworks, but gun fire was unnerving and a bit scary. The other thing that occurred to me was that no matter where we’re living today, we are all connected. It is not a case of them versus us, but a problem that can only be solved when all of us decide we’re in this thing together. The other realization that creeped in during my “wake up call”, was that the Robe of Light Prayer for Protection works every where, and I strongly urged my relatives to use it and to keep it around them at all times. It appears that all of the shootings and killings that happened that week were drug related. One guy was shot in the head because he was a “burner”…english translation, he sold bad crack to his customers. Another young man who was shot but not killed had gotten into an argument over territory. His shot in the leg was a warning to sell drugs some place else? Getting back to the Light. I know, that I know, that I know that the Light works and have been using it for over 30 years now and have shared it with others. The reason why I know that it works is because back in the 70’s, when we first moved to Harlem, we used the prayer for protection and shared it with our teenaged meditation/prayer group. It was the young people in our group who brought back stories about how they used the Light that helped me to know that it truly works. If you’re interested, go to my website: and click on “Power of Prayer”
    and you’ll find the Robe of Light Prayer. In the meantime, we must do something to impact the problem of violence in our communities in a meaningful way. Maybe we could start by rolling up our sleeves and getting involved in our communities. Violence is every where. Only yesterday I talked to my daughter who is living in Harlem. She was recounting stories to me about muggings and sadly the recent shooting death of a 14 year old child. In recent weeks there have been 7 shootings in Harlem. I urged my daughter to use her organizational skills to form a community group that would address this problem. I also reminded her to keep the Light around her and my 14 year old grandson. We all are responsible for what is happening in our communities, and we can’t assume that “others” will do what we need to do. Bullets don’t have a name on them, and sadly, the people who are doing the shooting don’t care where the bullets
    land. Some of our young people are simply angry and/or depressed, and need to find the way out of their particular situation. They are subjected to an educational system that is racist, oppressive and with teachers who don’t care much about them. Unless they are blessed with conscious parents who encourage them to thrive, they drop out in huge numbers, no education, no job and a society that tells them they’re worthless. They are listening to music that encourages them to be overly sexual or violent or both. These young people simply don’t know who they are. They don’t know their potential for greatness, because nobody told them. The only way for them to express their manhood is through the gun or through sex, or both. We need to hold the record companies accountable for the trash they are selling. We also need to be responsible for buying that trash and allowing our children to be brainwashed by it. And that’s just for starters. None are innocent at this time on earth, either you’re part of the solution or part of the problem, and the problem is getting worse. When Barack Obama stood up and said “Yes I Can”, it was a clarion call to all of us to get up and move towards our goals.
    If he could successfully become the nominee for president, against all odds, i.e. the DNC, Hillary, McCain, Black folks who were/are treating him with suspicion, jealousy, etc. etc. then we surely could learn a lesson from our brother and get up and move out of our apathetic comfort zones. I’m going to close with the words of Michael Stewart, a young man who was killed by police many years ago. Michael came into my dream one night and said these words…”Don’t Cry, Do Something!” or Macy Gray…”Get Up, Get Out, Do Something”.


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