COSBY COMMENTS STRIKE RAW NERVE
I’ve always felt that Bill Cosby was right (“Bill Cosby
Blames Blacks for Failing Their Children: Is He Right?”
DiversityInc.com – Oct. 1). I grew up in the generation
of black folks who were encouraged to always excel
and believed that education was the key to success.
I’ve also been baffled when all of a sudden it was
“fashionable” or “acting white” when you strive for
education. Too many people died for us to have access
to quality education for us to defile their sacrifice.
I must say after reading books like Black Like Me and
The Making of a Slave, I’m on both sides. In some
instances I agree with Mr. Cosby because we have to
take accountability for our own actions. Yet, when
I read about the horrific effects of slavery on us as a
people, I believe we still have a “second-class” mindset
as it relates to how we feel about each other as well as
ourselves. There are so many factors that play a role in
our cultural demise that it’s hard to blame any
When something negative happens against our
people, we frequently move to look externally for an
excuse. Playing the “blame game” has never benefited
us. What actually does [benefit us] is an internal gaze
into what we can do different [sic] in regards to our
situation. We must first exhaust the efforts of what
we can do to improve our status. Cosby is right, there
[are] a load of things “WE” need to fix first before we
can blame anyone else for our woes.
JUSTICE SERVED FOR THE JENA 6?
A noose may be a symbol of racial hatred, but a
symbol is not going to put anyone in a hospital and
generate medical bills. Those black Jena students escalated it from the symbolic to the physical level when
they violently assaulted that white student (“No More
Nooses: Thousands Storm Louisiana Town to Free
Jena 6,” DiversityInc.com – Sept. 20). I would much
rather view a symbol of [hatred] towards my race
than be ganged up on by a bunch of thugs. The Jena 6
don’t deserve freedom. There are no laws against being
rude or insulting someone, but there is a law against
violently assaulting someone in a 6-on- 1 gang attack.
Anyone who takes advantage of superior size or numbers is a bully and should be taken out of society.
If you think the Jena 6 don’t deserve their freedom,
then you obviously live in a different world. In your
world, you don’t have to go to work every day and be
reminded that you are black. You don’t have to walk
in a store and be followed because you are black. You
don’t have to constantly hear and see a person of your
race be mistreated, given harsher sentences, or even
passed by for a job position. Try putting yourself in
their shoes to see how such an act would feel to you.
CON TAC T US…
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