Bill Cosby strikes again. This time, with a little more empathy although the basic message is the same. If you will recall, when he caused the big explosion last year he was saying things like this;
Cosby did some finger pointing at "lower-economic people," shoddy parenting, sexual promiscuity, poor English like "Why you ain't?" and "Where you is?" and names "like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap."Not the best way to get a healthy dialog going there, eh Bill? Now he has toned down the rhetoric just a bit and people seem to be more receptive.
Cosby told people to hold their leaders accountable. He told parents to get sober and pick up their kids from grandparents who are raising them. He told teachers to have tough talks with the parents of their students. He told fathers to return to rejoin their families, even if they didn't have money, because their love and presence are needed more than a paycheck.And the response to Cosby is now much more constructive than it was in the past.
Like any good family member, I took offense," said Sylvester Brown Jr., a Post-Dispatch columnist who helped arrange the forum with Cosby and also spoke at the event. "I was very defensive. I defended my people."You know, I remember many years ago watching a news program or Discovery or something like that about Jesse Jackson. This must have been in the early days of the Rainbow/Push Coalition. Jackson was appearing at Chicago neighborhood schools and addressing the minority students there. He had the kids standing and chanting, sometimes shouting, "I am somebody. I am somebody." I thought that was neat. It was a good thing. It was a good thing to do. Then Jackson styled himself as a politician and is now just as sleazy and slimy as all the rest of the politicians, wallowing in the pigsty with the other swine, black and white.
But Brown said he now admires Cosby's courage and can acknowledge that there is some truth in what Cosby says.
"It hurts to be told these things," he said. "(But) I am convinced his criticism comes from his perpetual love for black people."
Another thought, or rather a question. Why does it seem to me that black liberal Democratic politicians stay closer to their people than black conservative politicians? It appears to me that when a black conservative Republican makes it to the big time, he or she no longer seems to have any interest in the 'hood. I never hear of Colin Powell or Condi Rice or Clarence Thomas addressing the problems of black Americans, to black Americans, the way that Jackson, Sharpton and other black Democrats do. I don't believe that Jackson or Sharpton serve their people well, but they are there, visible, verbose, in their people's view and in their minds.
Am I wrong? I dunno. Remember that I see things through the eyes and life experiences of a WASP.
From Gateway Pundit via Instapundit (sounds like a Kentucky Derby runner's bloodline, doesn't it? "And starting from post position 4 is Punstagate, by Instapundit out of Gateway Pundit. Instapundit, if race fans will recall, is famous for running the entire 1984 Preakness Stakes backwards with his head up his a**.")
UPDATE: Where is my mind, today? I should have named the mongrel nag mentioned just above, "InstaGate". More coffee...must have more coffee.
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