Mr. Unite Us
Yes, the Truth hurts--
but the same Truth will also set you FREE!!

Powerful Statement, Toya

Welcome to the board.
How did you hear about 1-800 UNITE US?

I agree with your statement, but what do you say those who might say Cosby crossed the line, or he shouldn't air our dirty linen in public.

Personally I'm more concerned about the mentality of those that want to share the underwear in public.
Mr. Unite Us
Cosby's comments

Take a listen

Cosby is 100% correct and most reasonable people agree. The big issue seems to be around whether he should say this in public. Those who say that he shouldn't have been public with his comments are full of it.

The only way we as a people can improve our collective lot is to be a little more self critical. We've been adopting the pink elephant approach for more than 40 years and it hasn't worked.

Big ups to Bill Cosby!
Johnnie Roberts, Jr
I agree with Mr. Cosby's Comments 100%. I thank him for having the courage to say what some of our so-called "Black Leaders" have failed to say!
Mr. Unite Us
We get to agree today. Cosby said
what he needed to be said. I sent the following article
to Power 106 and the 100.3 right after the story broke. That pink elephant you mentioned includes gangsta rap.

May 19, 2004
He's not joking

The audience laughed and black leaders frowned when Bill Cosby mocked underclass blacks at a D.C. event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. From the Washington Post:

"Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal," he declared. "These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.' . . .

"They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English," he exclaimed. "I can't even talk the way these people talk: 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' . . . 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!"

The Post's Hamil Harris reports that Cosby also turned his wrath to "the incarcerated," saying: "These are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?"

When Cosby finally concluded, Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and NAACP legal defense fund head Theodore Shaw came to the podium looking stone-faced. Shaw told the crowd that most people on welfare are not African American, and many of the problems his organization has addressed in the black community were not self-inflicted.

This story has more:

Comedian Bill Cosby wants black Americans to follow the example of civil rights leaders in improving their neighbourhoods and reaching out for higher education.

"These people marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around," he said Monday evening at an NAACP gala commemorating the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision 50 years earlier.

"Take the neighbourhood back," Cosby said, chiding parents who do not take an active role in caring for their children.

. . . In one of the lighter moments, comedian Dick Gregory pretended to run off with the medal he presented to Cosby.

Cosby and his wife were honored for their donations to historically black colleges.

Mr. Unite Us
Hey Johnnie,
Glad we agree. I know they are some parents out there that agree also.

Here is what Black conservative Thomas Sowell wrote.

Hurray for Bill Cosby

By Thomas Sowell | May 26, 2004

Bill Cosby has provided a lot of laughs for millions of Americans over the years but black "leaders" were not laughing after he lashed out at those black parents who buy their children expensive sneakers instead of something educational. He also denounced both those children and those adults in the black community who refuse to speak the king's English.
"Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads," Cosby said. "You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth." He also mocked those who referred to "the incarcerated" as "political prisoners."

At this gathering on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, some in the audience laughed and applauded but the pillars of the black "leadership" establishment -- the head of the NAACP, the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the president of Howard University -- were "stone-faced," according to the Washington Post.

Theodore Shaw of the Legal Defense Fund then "told the crowd that most people on welfare are not African-Americans, and many of the problems his organization has addressed in the black community were not self-inflicted."

Other groups are not perfect -- but is that an excuse for doing self-destructive things?

Bill Cosby and the black "leadership" represent two long-standing differences about how to deal with the problems of the black community. The "leaders" are concerned with protecting the image of blacks, while Cosby is trying to protect the future of blacks, especially those of the younger generation.

Far from just bashing blacks, Cosby has given generously to promote black education. But he is still old-fashioned enough to think that others need to take some responsibility for using the opportunities that were gained for them by "people who marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education."

Now, in too many black communities, dedicating yourself to getting an education is called "acting white."

These are painful realities and they do not become any less real or any less painful by hushing them up. Nobody enjoys being made to look bad in public. But too many in the black community are preoccupied with how things will look to white people, with what in private life would be concern about "what will the neighbors think?"

When your children are dying, you don't worry about what the neighbors think. When the whole future of a race is jeopardized by self-destructive fads, you put public relations on the back burner.

There are still whites out there who think that blacks are innately incapable of achievement -- and some of them support Affirmative Action for that reason. But there is plenty of evidence that innate ability, or even developed mental skills, are not the big problem.

Not only blacks with low test scores, but even blacks with high test scores, do not do as well academically as whites with the same test scores. Among Asian-Americans, it is just the opposite. They do better than whites with the same test scores, whether in educational institutions or in economic activities.

Years ago, Cosby urged a group of young blacks to put more effort into their studies, the way Asian students do. "Do you know why they are called Asians?" he asked. "Because they always get A's."

The differences among all these groups are in one four-letter word that you are still not supposed to say: work.

Anyone who has taught black, white, and Asian students will know that they do not work equally. Studies show it but you don't need studies. Just go into a university library on a Saturday night and see who is there and who is not there.

In some places, you might think it was an all-Asian university, judging by the students in the library on Saturday night.

How surprised should you be when you go into a classroom on Monday morning and find out who is on top of the work and who is struggling to keep up?

What Bill Cosby said was no laughing matter. It is closer to being something to cry about.
Bill didn't do anything but shame the devil by telling the truth out in the open....where people need to hear it!!
Yes, the Truth hurts--
but the same Truth will also set you FREE!!

I totally agree with Mr. Cosby. We Black people need to wake up and smell the coffee. Some of our children are out of control and some of the parents need to gain control! We should not put down a Brother for telling the truth!
There are too many Black African Americans that don't value our history going as far back as Africa. Yes, far too many white people have their hands right in the middle. I am an educator. If you don't believe me, read any history book from the 1940's on. Aren't the 1950's'/60's parents the parents of the children's parents in our school system today? Bring in the drugs, racism, guns, sexual revolution and propaganda about how the whites love Black people in the name of Affirmative Action(which obviously most people misunderstand)and you have just what Bill Cosby was talking about. One important thing about the language BAA's speak. People need to talk to linguists that understand why many BAA's speak the way that they do. I am not talking about grammar. Briefly, West African language was incorporated with the language of the white's w/no formal education. WAfricans do not have in their language "th" as in father, mother, so many say, fatha, motha, etc. There are other variances of course, and this has been passed down through generations. Paying attention in class would help eliminate this. We all need to speak what is called STANDARD English. It is not the King's English, which is NOT spoken in the U.S. Fastforward. BLACK ADULTS need to visit the schools and take over responsibly and professionally. These schools are not like the ones Dr. King attended in the south. You will notice the difference immediately.

I was raised in the Middlewest and have been in LA for 16 years. There IS a definite disconnect in the Black community, and I am extremely disappointed. The people in the 40's and 50's where I am from, had more sense and concern for our survival than too many of the "academically educated" in LA. I am an educator, and the system is BROKE.
I applaud Bill Cosby for taking a stand. I have worked with inner city youth for 25 years and not much has changed for the good. I too blame the parents for not taking an active role in the lives of their children. Some kids get more attention when they are in jail. I will never understand why a parent throws a barbecue for their child once they are released from jail. You see, it really isn't about money, it is about common sense. Nobody seems to use that anymore.

The community is outraged when law enforcement takes a youth into custody but if it was their loved one that the crime was being committed against, they would have nothing to say. Wake up!

Bill Cosby is airing dirty laundry? I think not. Turn on you televisions or simply take a walk through your neighborhoods, if you can. The dirty laundry is up and down the streets and on every corner.

Mr. Unite Us
Cathy, Elaine, and Joyce,

Welcome to the board. You know the Front Page Family is always welcomed.

Thank you Carl and Thank you KJLH


Appreciate your comments.

I can tell you speak from experience.

Spread the word.

Cosby said what needed to be said.
Now its up to us to make sure that those that need to get the message get it.

Joe Madison and Armstrong Williams discussing this now
on 790 KABC AM

Mr. Unite Us
Listening to major media outlets you would think we were all calling Cosby a traitor. Nothing could be further from the truth. Thats why its important for us to have own means of communication.

Thank you for participating.