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posted 12/16/2007 4:13:02 PM |
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Bill Cosby is a man I have always admired.The "Jello Man" tells it like it is with the following a few years ago.I agree with him 100% ....(the following from the internet)

“The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting,” he ranted at the stone-faced crowd of America’s black elite. “They are buying things for their kids—$500 sneakers for what? And won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics!

“I can’t even talk the way these people talk. ‘Why you ain’t?’ ‘Where you is?’ … 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.”

Back then, Cosby didn’t get a lot of “Amen, brothers!” from that crowd, nor from many others back in the ‘hood. At least, not out in the open.

Cosby’s critics excoriated him for delivering his rant from an elitist ivory tower without offering solutions. They argue that the black poor are the helpless victims of white supremacy and institutional racism. In other words, it’s not their fault—the deck is stacked just too high.

But he was right then. And he is right now


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Comments:
Peachdejour

Dec 16 @ 4:17PM  
I agree with him. Education should be the most important investment you make for your children. It will get them farther than those damn sneakers will.
Mellajenn

Dec 16 @ 4:17PM  
I love him too and he is very funny!
moodymama

Dec 16 @ 4:19PM  
Do they still sell Jell-O pudding pops? I used to love them. yum.


Oh and on the topic... We don't speak English in America... rather it's only a step up from Ebonics... Just ask any Brit.


Since we are on the subject. What about those southerners? They hardly have proper grammar. They don't get a mention?
onoudn

Dec 16 @ 4:24PM  
Interestig blog. FYI, I've started a thread in the dating forum on " race-bating blogs" what I'm going to do is post every blog on this subject. It not that I think this one is but I just want to see how many blogs are on the subject of African-American's causing their own discrimination, whites dictating what the direction of the black community should be, etc. its all meant to be none discrimatory, just FYI in nature.

Go here if you are interested in participating. That way no one can delete your commments or block you.
oppositeview

Dec 16 @ 4:47PM  
I totally agree. To me, speaking correctly doesn't need a school, it starts in the home. It's the parents and siblings that call everybody "Girlfrienn", "Doggg", and "He was all up in his grill..." that is screwing up the kids. It sounds ridiculous. And when it comes from affluent white kids.... and even the "grown-ups", it's even worse. It's my biggest pet peeve about society today.

Everybody wants to be treated equally, but when people talk like they've never heard proper English... I don't treat them equally.

Okay, I just reread this, and I'm writing like a 3rd grader. Sorry. My mind is all over the place!
LipGlossQueen9

Dec 16 @ 4:47PM  
Since we are on the subject. What about those southerners? They hardly have proper grammar. They don't get a mention?

LOL your mailbox will be full this evening, nice can of worms to open Not saying I don't agree, though.
oppositeview

Dec 16 @ 4:49PM  

when people talk like they've never heard proper English... I don't treat them equally.
Okay, that should read: I can't treat them equally.
kweenzrike

Dec 16 @ 4:51PM  
Not all of "those Southerners" should be lumped together moody. I was born and raised in the south. I know English, how to use it and speak it properly.
moodymama

Dec 16 @ 4:57PM  
I didn't say "all". I was just pointing out that it is mainly a case made against black people... which it shouldn't be.

Unless you are assuming that all black people talk one certain way? Which they don't.

Sorry if you were offended by making that assumption. But I did not mean it in that way.

onoudn

Dec 16 @ 5:08PM  
I'm just curious where you got the quote from. And, also, why you felt compelled to bring Bill Cosby up, as I'm not aware of him making any recent comments of this sort.
kweenzrike

Dec 16 @ 5:18PM  
I'm not the one who assumed anything..... and I know you didn't say "all" but you said "those southerners" which pretty much lumps southern people together.
daisy315

Dec 16 @ 5:25PM  
Bill Cosby is a definite hero of mine also..

Boston wrote that this quote was from a few years ago Ono..
PROVIDENCE_BOSTON

Dec 16 @ 5:25PM  
This blog is NOT about how or what British people think about our American English.

It is also NOT about the different acents we have here in the US.

Please ,keep it on point about Bill Cosby's words about Black Americans taken from his previous books on that subject.
moodymama

Dec 16 @ 5:28PM  
You did too assume. Had I meant "all" those southerners I would have said exactly that.

My total point of my post was not to criticize anyones speech. But why just pick on black people? Why not open it up to everyone. Southern people was just one example.
onoudn

Dec 16 @ 5:50PM  
Why did you delete my questions Boston ? How do you expect people to comply with your mandates if you don't elaborate on what you mean ? Again, why do you want to limit comments to the way the "black american's' speak when the quote you , yourself, used clearly indicates "everybody" ?
PROVIDENCE_BOSTON

Dec 16 @ 5:58PM  
Why did you delete my questions Boston ?

Because they are off the topic posted.

FYI, I am not limiting comments.I am deleting comments not expressly about Bill Cosby's statements .

I hope I have made myself clear enough for all that comment to understand .

Regards


goodcatch57

Dec 16 @ 6:16PM  
Listen to Cosby say it himself. There is a part 2 as well.
Part 1 Cosby

Part 2 Cosby
luvmycats

Dec 16 @ 6:23PM  
I will probably regret this... but WTH.

O, This was taken from his Address at the NAACP' on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

You might want to read it.


justlkn853

Dec 16 @ 9:50PM  
I'm from the South..speak perfect English, got a southern drawl that would knock you socks off and I am damn proud of it...and I am not predjudice....pass the peace pipe brother...
SunBabe

Dec 17 @ 1:00AM  
Here's a link to the discussion we had on this same speech (and a bastardized exerpt, lol) in the Forums a while back...lots of good info there, which may also be some of the links provided by commentors to your blog:

http://www.matchdoctor.com/thread_88_22573_1/Bill_Cosby_on_Personal_Responsibility.html
enigmasrook

Dec 17 @ 1:20AM  
What I don't understand about Bill Cosby detractors are why they don't give him credit where it is due. White Americans say the same thing about many poor, uneducated whites by calling them hillbillies, rednecks, etc. IMO......because he is successful playing the game and being intelligent while doing so, some members of the black community consider him a sell out. That's like calling my mother a sell out because she had locution lessons to lose her thick Kentucky accent because it didn't fit in with the direction she wanted her life to go in......sell out, sell out, sell out....sigh......I think he is an amazing role model, intelligent, and earned my respect for the person he is.... anyone that overcomes oppression like he did deserves it. Good blog.
mordru

Dec 17 @ 8:53AM  
Damn PB i never thought we would agree on something Wow how in the hell did that happen.
530Meliss

Dec 17 @ 10:00AM  
He DID offer a solution. Get off your butt, get an education then choose to be a contributing member of society... not a drain on society. His words are good for any person who just sits back and lets the government provide for them. We have third generation welfare families that live in this town. It boggles my mind how much work they do to stay "in the system."

I don't believe in welfare but work fare with exceptions for the truly disabled.

One of my idols is a young man who just graduated high school in June. He's now taking classes on how to live independently as well as graphic arts so that he can support himself. Tony was in a boating accident 12 years ago. He's in a motorized chair because he can't move from his chest down. His speech is impared from lack of oxygen during the accident... yet he gets up every day with the GOAL of getting work and living on his own.
Sterling555

Dec 17 @ 1:11PM  
the black society will never better itself till it looks in the mirror

quit blaming white people and start doing what is needed to make personal life changes

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