"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.
It's NOT about color...
It's about behavior!!!
I have heard Bill speak on some news talk shows.....oh yes..he said this! He did not pull any punches, and he is right. The black people who sacrificed so much trying to get rid of racism, what are they thinking now? Having taken beatings, the KKK, the humiliation of being rated as subhuman only to have those they strived so hard to 'free' turn around and slap them in the face. It is a slap in the face to listen to the rantings of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and we can add now the Rev. Wright, who do not continue the cause to bring the black race up, but who constantly seem to strive to beat them down by telling them all of their problems are the fault of the white man. Those days are long gone, they need to be gone forever. Nobody can make you be a better person. Nobody can make you learn and educate yourself. It again comes down to responsibility. You can make the best for yourself that you possibly can, or you can sit back complaining that you do not have it as great as the next guy. How did the 'next guy' get there? If you never try to be better or do more, you will never know your potential.
In all reality, this is not just a black issue. Standing in the street corner are blacks, whites, browns...all colors. The rebellion occurs in every generation of youth. The 20's brought about short skirts, bobbed hair and some insane dancing. The 50's had the likes of James Dean, Elvis and his gyrating hips. In the 60's we sported longer hair on men than women, listened to the likes of the Beatles, the Stones, Jim and Janice. We smoked pot, tripped out on LSD, thought uncommited sex was the answer and chanted "Make love, Not war". But in the end, it is time to leave behind the street corner, to 'grow up' and become responsible citizens.