In it, he acknowledges the sacrifice and struggle made by many to give blacks equal opportunity in education. Yet, he was criticized for saying that African Americans should not blame discrimination, segregation, governmental institutions, or others for higher unemployment rates among Blacks or the racial achievement gap; rather, they have their own culture of poverty to blame.
Today, fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty”, is Cosby right to blame the poor for creating a culture of poverty? Have the poor stopped encouraging and promoting for their children, excellence in education? Does this keep them from a share of American prosperity?
One of those criticizing Cosby after the speech, was Michael Eric Dyson who wrote in his book, Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Middle Class Lost It’s Mind? that, “Cosby built up years of mainstream credibility by ignoring race in his comedy routines and in his television programs, but that Cosby has now chosen to address the issues of race by chastising poor Blacks rather than by defending them.”
Dyson says that in blaming low income blacks for not taking personal responsibility, Cosby is ignoring “white society’s responsibility in creating the problems he wants the poor to fix on their own.” Is Dyson correct to blame Cosby, Whites and others? Or is deflecting responsibility from poor African Americans and the poor for that matter, the reason many fail to achieve American prosperity?
See Cosby’s comments below and share with us, “What you think?”
“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.
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.
The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
These people are not parenting. 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?
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 …..
I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.
I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands . The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa . So stop, already! ! !
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.
We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..
We cannot blame the white people any longer.’
~Dr.. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed..D.