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Why is this one a "Special"? It belongs to at least three (3) of my Rumors categories:
- Attribution because there's no doubt Bill Cosby said the stuff below.
- Advice because I believe that's what Cosby originally intended (pointing out the negatives, and in some cases, suggesting how to correct).
- Attempted Assassination (of Character) because someone appears to have taken the comments out of context, rearranged, them, and sent them out to promote their OWN agenda.
Because it's not one of those continually circulating emails, it wouldn't normally be one I'd include here. However, in an email I sent to some family and friends, I added comments to it. I had intended to put them here, but, since they are not proof or refutation of the facts of the email; because they became an entity unto themselves; because at least a couple of people I passed the whole thing back to said they were good comments; and because it's my website and I feel like it, I've put them elsewhere. See below for more.
NOTE: This piece was actually excerpted from the speech mentioned in the Snopes analysis. The full speech can be found in one of the source links. Be sure to read the full text of Dr Cosby's speech in the source links, below.
Except for formatting, the white section is as I received it.
Looks like New Orleans is waking people up. Cosby is shaking their bed again.
"We Can't Blame White People"
by BILL COSBY
Bill Cosby, 05/11/2004
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? 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. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.
We cannot blame the white people any longer."
- Urban Legends Reference Pages (Snopes): Cos Cause (Please read. It's very enlightening.)
- American Rhetoric: Bill Cosby - Address at the NAACP's Commemoration of the 50th of Brown v. Board of Education (Includes a transcript of the full speech and an audio clip)
- CNN.com - The outspoken Bill Cosby - Nov 11, 2004
- Bill Cosby Biographies (normally mini-bios)
- Discussions of the speech
- ByronCrawford.com - Bill Cosby = Not an actual doctor (appears to be a black man's blog... some like, some don't - EXTREME LANGUAGE and NON-PC WARNING)
- SouthCoastToday.com - SouthCoast Massachusetts News - "Dr. Bill Cosby, I respectfully disagree: 6/ 2/ 2004"
You know? The more I read this, the more I realized that someone took Dr Cosby's own words from a speech he gave, edited out some pretty important comments and clarifications, rearranged it to fit their own "agenda" and sent it out. As always
WARNING - BE AWARE THAT MANY OF THE ARTICLES BY REPUTABLE AND FAMOUS PEOPLE READ ON THE INTERNET AND ESPECIALLY IN FORWARDED EMAILS HAVE VERY LIKELY BEEN "TOUCHED" AND EDITED BY SOMEONE WITH AN AGENDA OF THEIR OWN.
- THEY MAY BE TRYING TO DEFAME THE PERSON IN QUESTION
- THEY MAY BE TRYING TO MAKE US BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE OF THESE COMMENTS, THE PERSON IN QUESTION BELIEVES IN THEIR CAUSE
- IF THE ARTICLE/EMAIL IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH A RACE, RELIGION, CREED OR COLOR, THEY MAY BE TRYING TO DEFAME THAT GROUP
Again, after reading the full speech, and having grown up with Bill Cosby through his comedy albums, television shows, occasional movies (yes, even the duds), and his numerous appearances on various talk shows, I believe the emailed piece may be of the #3, above, type.
Before I came to this conclusion and after I had sent it to a couple of family members and friends to read, I got these comments from a friend who received a copy, and with whom I was IMing as he read it, these while reading Snopes' analysis:
Now HERE'S an idiot...."He unerringly and wrongly blames the poor. He seems to think that if they would only change their minds, all their problems would go away," said Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland. "
What BC is saying is to take responsibility for yourself and your family.
Studying in school (especially public school, where taxes pay for your education) and re-enforcement of same at home should NEVER be an issue, yet this guy seems to think it is.
[NOTE: He was mistakenly blaming Walters for unspecified "critics" in the paragraph following Walters' remarks, in the Snopes article, above. -LE]
Be that as it may, these "out of context" comments WERE made by Bill Cosby, he's defended many of them, and the email provoked me to write regarding them.
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