Bill Cosby is continuing his campaign to get blacks to take responsibility for their own problems. And he’s speaking to receptive audiences.
“Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it’s cursing and calling each other n—— as they’re walking up and down the street,” Cosby said during an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund’s annual conference.
“They think they’re hip,” the entertainer said. “They can’t read; they can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.”
Cosby’s talk was “interrupted several times by applause,” says AP.
He castigated some blacks, saying that they cannot simply blame whites for problems such as teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.
“For me there is a time … when we have to turn the mirror around,” he said. “Because for me it is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us. And it keeps a person frozen in their seat, it keeps you frozen in your hole you’re sitting in.”
. . . He also condemned black men who missed out on opportunities and are now angry about their lives.
“You’ve got to stop beating up your women because you can’t find a job, because you didn’t want to get an education and now you’re (earning) minimum wage,” Cosby said. “You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Cosby’s statements, though he spun them as a call to “level the playing field.”
Cosby also said he wasn’t concerned that some whites took his comments and turned them “against our people.”
“Let them talk,” he said.
Cosby’s invitation to speak at the Rainbow/PUSH event is significant. Jackson knew what Cosby would say, more or less, and gave him a forum. An awful lot of blacks must be fed up with the old rhetoric. Cosby’s call for responsibility is liberating.
Via Number 2 Pencil.