Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Good grief, Bill Cosby!

Bill Cosby's comments have drawn much attention. I was surprised to see some leader of some organization commenting about the remarks! It's all over the news!

Granted, I don't think its all that serious. I thought this was Bill Cosby just being Bill. However, there is a darker side to this whole controversy. Say for example that Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage makes these same remarks. They would immediately be condemned for their statements, and that's the way it should be.

This whole controversy makes it so every right wing blowhard can say, "Yeah, we were right all alone, it just took a one of your own, a successful black man to put YOU PEOPLE in check! It's not far off to think that it will be open season for these right wing loudmouths, like Bill O' Reilly to say what they want about black people and then say:

"Well, Bill Cosby said it, why can't I?"

But do they have a right to make these statements? In America it is about free speech, but Rush Limbaugh and Micheal Savage have proven themselves irresponsible and reckless in their mannerisms. Furthermore, their audiences already have a negative image of black people burned in their minds, and this makes things worse because this encourages that negativity.

I wouldnt fool myself into thinking that what Bill was talking about wasn't true, but there are plenty of kids from the ghetto who get straight A's, plenty of single mothers who work their butts off to raise up their sons responsibly, and plenty of black teens who speak "proper" and are interested in more than Jay-Z and 50 Cent. I wish there were more, but I think that there should more praise for the winners and less focusing in on the losers.

Trifling as it was, it does not merit the controversy and attention it has gotten.

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