Bill Cosby on social science and race

“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.”

Dr. William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.


6 responses to “Bill Cosby on social science and race

  1. I can’t tell you how pleased I was when I heard Dr. Cosby’s diatribe about the realities of our moral ethic in this country. It’s about time a man of color told the TRUTH about what is really going on in the world. I used to be on the street at age 14 in the inner city, I prostituted myself for money and ran drugs but I am now a successful business owner and manage a 25 million dollar a year company. WHY? Because I worked my ass off to get where I am at and I used prudent choices wihch showed a respect for myself. Anyone can do what I did if they try hard and stop passing the blame for their situation onto others as a cop out. It is a Bizarre world we live in today. It is foreign to me and so much worse than when i was on the streets. Scary!

  2. Well, Mr. Cosby makes a true, strong, good point but I cain’t agree that he is totally right when I look back in history as I remember The controls place upon us: to work twice as hard and sacrifice to (not even get a head) but just to come close to having a normal life. Ex. getting the job but not being promoted, not getting credit due for work and or inventions, being told we have not proven ourself in history, (as a people) being given very little knowlege of what is avalible to us as aids in life, these things did come slow as we were told change will come if we give it time. Then we had torealize that we control the speed of that time somwhat, Money has always been made from the mass ignorance of us and majority of america has tried to keep it that way(90% consumers; 10% manufacturers) folks were made to be so busy, they didn’t have time to teach anymore. Yea that was controled maneuver and we had no choise but to go with it and sacrifice our time with our familes to have enough while the things we desire get marketed tou us knowng we cain’t afford it. Even Billy hoiday was introduced to drugs by a white guy and then was accused of being a drug addit. The unfair manipulation of a people is evil, just like a little white lie, you can’t always see the magnitude of what it will affect i the future so it was and is best not to tell it or do evil. But how do you tell a country that depends on esploitation this? I’s eve becomming against the law to discipline our children now. I remeber the rod (ok switch and belt was not spared on me)so that the policeman’s rod could be and has beenspared on me. all these years of mental games and control have produced a tired genneration of peoples unmotivated and unexspected to become anything , that really don’t know how to be self motivated or even teach their young anymore.
    And every little attempt to just be humain and live through it all or dipsite of it all makes us look like we begging nd pleading. *Ya see, you should take a thing out of it’s natural habbitat and then blame him for not knowing where he is at or not fully knowing how to survive. That is like taking an animal from africa (dog) then domesticating him, and feeding him, and his offspring, then just letting him go free out of anger to see if he can survive and if he does ake it more difficult for him, then blame him for it. Thatis where the poorest of us are today and that maybe where THEY



  5. Thank you MR. Bill, my name is Wendell Jackson, Chiocago il.

  6. MR. Bill you have been very helpful with your wisdom

    Wendell Jackson
    48yrs old I got some ideas that have been inspired by you and
    Booker T.Washington.

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