Cosby in Milwaukee

In a Milwaukee speech, Bill Cosby preached parental responsibility and criticized the media, reports School Information Systems, which links to a column by Eugene Kane in the Journal-Sentinel:

Many of his words were met with cries of agreement, including shouts of “Tell it, Bill” or “Preach, Dr. Cosby!”

Just like we were all in church.

Whether it was describing teenage pregnancy rates as an example of young girls without fathers “wanting something to love” or young men who go out and attack and rob because they aren’t allowed to reveal how much they hurt inside over their turbulent home situations, his comments were as sharply formed as a surgeon’s scalpel.

. . . He said he wanted the audience to consider his comments as if they came from a favorite grandfather who wanted his children and grandchildren to do the right thing.

Cosy also said, “The teacher can’t hug your child anymore – you need to hug your child.”

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  1. Bluemount says:

    I think it’s pretty exciting to see the Black community embrace Mr. Cosby’s remarks. Eugene Kane did not, until he personally attended a rally.

    Bill Cosby’s challenging words of inspiration – and that’s what they are – should not go unheeded. We should feast on them and decide to walk in our divine order by not settling for second-best and the status quo.

    In the spirit of Mr. Cosby’s leadership we could all focus our energy introspectively to each fix ourselves and our own families. We can choose to not excuse crime, bad behavior, and have no excuses for corrupting the trust we earn from placing integrity before personal gain. I hope it is an example that would apply to each of us whether we work for the system or use the system. We make it what it is. In that spirit I hope we accept the challenge of introspection rather than accusation.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    So much for the Age of Aquarius.
    What a waste.

  3. Left in Texas says:

    This kind of thing drives me nuts. Cosby’s right in diagnosis, at least in part, but people don’t change their behavior because someone preaches at them.

    Wholesale changes in behavior come from changing the incentives, largescale counseling and intervention, and policy changes of other sorts. Its hard work, and it can’t be done in occasional speeches to the mostly converted.

    Give me a prescription besides “Be a better person.”

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    How about stop being a worse person, do what your mommy tells you, obey the laws and respect the persons and property of others.
    Will that do for a start, Lefty?

  5. Left in Texas wrote:

    This kind of thing drives me nuts. Cosby’s right in diagnosis, at least in part, but people don’t change their behavior because someone preaches at them.

    “Don’t be a chump. You can make more money in an hour selling crack then you can in a week of flipping burgers.”

    How about that kind of preaching? Think that changes people’s behavior?

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    …and you can get free room and board for 2 to 5, too. Plus at 19, all the burgers you can eat isn’t too shabby.

  7. Left in Texas says:

    I am less, not more likely to do all those things because you wrote them. Which proves my point.

  8. Left in Texas says:

    Cosby has the resources to drive some real changes. He’s probably already donating to some of the programs that tackle the problems he identifies. He needs to talk about the ones he thinks will work and use public profile to lift them higher.

    Maybe he already does, and the press only prints the controversial stuff. I don’t know. I just want more than a sermon, because people go to church, listen to the sermon, and usually don’t do a durn thing to change their behavior.

  9. Texas,

    Given that most of the people preaching to the black congregation are saying exactly the opposite of what Bill Cosby is saying and that Bill Cosby is pouring tons of money into educational programs to raise the learning curve of blacks, then what he is saying should start to resonate with the crowd. It is really, at that point, up to the rest of the crowd to pick up on what he is saying if they agree or tell us what they do not agree with. Once they pick up on what he is saying, then just maybe some good will be done and it will be because of more than just this one man who is saying what needs to be said. The preaching has to start somewhere and Bill is a man who is highly enough thought of to do it. The rest of the story is the people following through. What you are saying is kind of like “wake me when you get to the good parts” and that is a big reason the problem exists.