Cosby's Speech On May 17,2007 (S552)
From: rfslick on 8/17/2007
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Bill Cosby gave a speech on May 17, 2004, at an NAACP event commemorating
the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme
Court decision that struck down school segregation. In his exposition
to that assembly, the man known to television viewing audiences as lovable,
kindly, yet permanently bemused patriarch Dr. Huxtable spoke harshly about
his perception of the ills affecting black American society. Cosby
cited elevated school dropout rates for inner-city black students and criticized
low-income blacks for not using the opportunities the civil rights movement
has won for them. Blacks, by their unplanned pregnancies, poor parenting,
lack of education, non-standard English, counter-culture dress, and involvement
in crime, fail the black community as well as themselves, he said.
Parts of that May 2004 speech were cobbled together into "We Can't Blame White People," a widely-circulated essay that has been both damned and praised.
Bill Cosby has not repudiated his controversial pronouncements or attempted to distance himself from them. Instead, he has chosen to expand upon his theme on subsequent occasions and to make himself a spokesperson for black self-empowerment through education and better parenting. In serving this cause, he draws upon his celebrity to make his voice heard but, unlike many entertainers who take to the soapbox to decry their bectes noires, he brings far more to the podium than merely a recognizable face and a fan base. This man who is best known to the world as a comedian holds a doctorate in education. He is also
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.
knows it's important to speak English...
marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education,
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?
They're walking around with their nasty underwear showing, and
holding onto their pants to keep them from falling to the ground!
are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?
. .. .
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 saying...
you are hurting us.
We have to start holding each other
to a higher standard.
cannot blame the white people any longer.
percent of our children are dropping out
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