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A Reply to Bill Cosby's "You Can't Blame White People"
1st, I think its rather odd that we consider the opinions a comedian about the conditions of black people rather than the opinion of a clinical psychologist (Dr Francis Cress Welsing) or a historian/scholar (Dr John Henrik Clarke or Dr Yosef Ben Jochannan) as to what is ailing our people and solutions to heal us. This is the same as going to a mechanic to fix your teeth.
2nd, instead of going to the people whom he refers to and having a honest
dialog with them, he (cowardly) attack them from afar at a banquet
(NAACP Convention) or on TV (CNN). I was taught that if u had a problem with someone, u don't talk about them behind their back, you go and
talk to them about whatever misunderstanding there maybe.
Now, I admit that I agree with some of his comments about us, but I believe that he is doing a disservice by not looking at our situation, holistically. Mr Cosby attacks this problem like most of us have been trained to view our situation, in fragments. Its just like if a doctor discovers that his/her patient has cancer, he/she will attack that particular part of the body instead of treating and healing the whole body as well as mind and spirit. And they treat a disease with chemicals and radiation (poison). But I digress....
Mr Cosby begins his rant discussing how some of us speak, but doesn't he remember that he created a cartoon name cartoon named Fat Albert I guess he forgot how the characters of his show (Dumb Donald, Fat Albert, Mush Mouth, etc.) articulated their thoughts. He made a whole lot of money by 'pimping' how some talk in the 'hood. Also, he believes that only poor Blacks talk in this manner. I know many Black youth (as well as their parents) who don't speak the 'King's English' and walk around saying 'why you ain't' 'Who that is', etc. Most Blacks (as well as whites) don't be correct English so
its not about class. Mainly, it is a direct reflection of the educational system in this country (which is piss poor for most youth). Now, I agree that to increase your chances to become successful in this world, one has to learn how to become an effective communicator, but doesn't have to speak the 'Kings' English to become successful in this country.
But let's stop pretending that one class of people only talks in a certain way.
Another thing, I know several people who a carpenters, plumbers, in lawn service, mechanics, barbers, & business owners who a pretty decent living yet are challenged when articulating their thoughts and opinions. Some of these people make more money than I do (college certified, oops I mean degreed).
Mr Cosby goes on to say that people marched and got attacked so that future generations can have opportunity for a decent education and lifestyle. I disagree. Most people in the Civil Rights struggle march for integration (which they thought would lead to the above mentioned). But if we honestly look back, today's educational experience of Black youth is worst than 40 or 50 yrs ago. We did a disservice to them by assimilation ('cause it was not an integration).
He goes on to say that people are not parenting, well this is true across the social-economic plain in America.
I know as many dysfunctional youth in Middle class homes than coming from
poor class. Its not a matter of class or money, its culture (or the lack therefore). He goes on to talk about how poor spend their $$$ (shoes , clothes, etc.). Again, most blacks are consumers and are broke, not just the poor. Whose buying the expensive homes, the expensive cars, living like there is no tomorrow?
Not just the poor Blacks. Where does Mr Cosby and his wife reside?
What does he drive? Has he ever watched 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' or 'Entertainment tonight'? Actually, the poor class are imitating the consuming habits of the middle and upper midlle class.
Also, who says that Mr Cosby has done a great job raising his children. Talking about someone else's morals, he may need to check himself (adulterer).
He goes on to talk about how we are not Africans (I guess our history started
in slavery (1619) and that we should not embrace the rich legacy of our African heritage which the oldest of all people's history). I guess that Jewish people should get over calling themselves Jews since their history and heritage was over a millennium ago or that Italian Americans should stop claiming Italy since some of them have never been there or that the so-called Native Americans shouldn't embrace their indigenous heritage since they were damn near wiped out 300 yrs ago and stop wearing their native garbs and embracing their native tongue. Its best to be thought as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. One of the main reasons why Blacks suffer in this country is because they do not embrace the best of their African heritage.
I can go on and on pointing out this man's ignorance about who he is and what is ailing us as a people, but for time sake I will end this by saying, if one of us suffers, all of us suffers. Each one of us reading this blog have family members who could do better so instead of attacking them we should love and educate (uplift) our family members.
At the same time, we should improve ourselves and be honest about who we are and where we come from. This struggle is not about me or u, its about us. And until more of us (not necessarily will of us) understand this and embrace our rich African heritage (as well as learn from our mistakes), we will continue to suffer or worse Blacks will perish.
One more thing, if Mr Cosby speaks or some other KNEE Grow with a little money criticize Black folks from afar, think about what has he done (beside giving $$$ to colleges - tax break) to alleviate the problem that he/she speaks on. Mr Cosby, where your affordable housing complex or job training site? Where's your school to educate/train parents how to be better parents? where's your factory or business in which Black people can make a decent living to feed, clothe, and shelter their offsprings? Where's your rites of passage program for Grown males who don't know how to be men? But I forgot this would require more than running your mouth.
P.E.A.C.E. Reggie J. Executive Director of UUNIK Academy, Inc.
Bro, I have worked with youth for 17 yrs and have had my own program for the last 5 yrs. It easy to talk about people, but its another thing to work with them to come to a solution to our collective problem. Bill Cosby is a joke. Most middle class Blacks are just as screwed up as poor ones. Its not a class issue. Most Blacks suffer from what is called Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (see Dr Joy Degruy Leary). Bill talks of symptoms but he doesn't get to the root of the problem nor is he trying to solve them. He just talks. IF u read my posts, u would've seen that I posed solutions that he and others can implement as oppose to having diarrhea of the mouth. Besides, why take advice concerning family issues and how to raise children from an adulterer who has had a lot of issues with his own. Anyone can give advice, but the advice has more merit when its from someone who walks the walk...
Bro, I wasn't attacking u personally. We were just having a conversation. I feel u and love the fact that u are doing what u do. We can agree to disagree w/o being disagreeable. This is what makes the world go 'round. Much Love to ya, Reggie
Black people are still suffering from post traumatic slave syndrome. In slavery, 150 yrs ago, we were taught how to value Whites and hate Blacks (for 246 yrs in US). We were taught how to disrespect each other and value Nigger behavior and psyche. Then we went thru another 100 yrs of Jim Crow and 2nd Class citizenship where we treated still treated like slaves and animals. Now, we are on auto program with our actions (black on Black crime, breeding, self hate, food, etc) and our words (nigga, bitch, hoe, MF, F#$k u, etc.). Also, BLack people are scared of power; the power to be responsible for our words, actions, and lives. We are scared of running our own schools, producing our own foods, and creating successful businesses. We are scared of wealth. We are still scared of the white power structure.
There is a war going on in these streets and as we just celebrated the birthday of Malcolm X, I would hate to know what he would think about the lack of response of our young women and men being killed in these streets by thug ass murderous cops and thug ass murderous criminals in our communities. Children don't feel safe walking to school let alone going to school and yet there has been very little response from the community to meet the security needs. Union City cops shoot a brother 8 times in the back of the head and we ain't heard nothing from the people about it in corporate media.
How do you feel about the NOI bringing in white men from Scientology to teach their members non-African concepts and spirituality? What the hell is going on with them brothers and sisters? After seeing photos of one of these Scientology creeps taking the podium at a NOI meeting, many people are saying WTF!
An article came out today about the Mexican activist whom brother Malcolm Shabazz was with when he was murdered. It may answer some questions about who this man is but it does not answer the questions about what exactly happen that day and many have problems with his version of events.
Tonight revolutionary brother Carl Dix joins the broadcast to inform us about an upcoming event he and Cornel West will be hosting in NYC to stop the maddening mass incarceration going on in the United States.
"Mass Incarceration + Silence = Genocide. Act to STOP it Now!" Monday May 20, 2013, 7:30pm, The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew 263 W. 86th St (between Broadway and West End Ave), #1 train to 86th, For tickets: 212-691-3345 or online @ http://revolutionbooknyc.org
In 1996, Dix co-founded the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of Generation. Most recently, Dix has been a central figure in the campaign to Stop "Stop and Frisk" aimed at opposing the New York Police Department's efforts to stop hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and frisk them for weapons, drugs or other items. Dix has long addressed questions about imperialist war, revolutionary struggles and the oppression of Black people. Other news out of New York pertaining to the NYPD Gestapo & Frisk campaign against Black people. The newly appointed Black Chief of Department wastes no time in fulfilling his duties as a racially showcased weapon of mass confusion as he goes to a white borough to tell them Gestapo & Frisks is not racial profiling.
Keeping it in NYC, a bronx based Hispanic religious organization shows up to the Gestapo Frisk civil trial to show their support for a suspected racist NYPD Deputy inspector caught on tape telling officers to target Black boys and men.
Conservatives in Congress just won't let Benghazi go and there is talk about impeaching President Obama concerning lies pertaining to a terrorist attack. Hillary Clinton is another one in their sights but again, this is manufactured outrage as well. The answer to why four Americans were killed in Benghazi is very simple, tune in for the answer.
Guatemalan dictator and US ally Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty on charges of genocide against Mayan villagers, some are asking if US officials will be charged in connection to their support of genocide in South America. Ronald Reagan staunchly supported this mass murderer and was complicit in many crimes against humanity.
New information on the killing of Malcolm Shabazz brings more questions and suspicions. Two men have been arrested in the murder of the emerging activist but other activist believe the Mexican labor activist Manuel Suarez had something to do with the murder as his story does not pass the smell test.
Today on May 13, 1985, the City of Philadelphia used its police force to commit an act of terrorism against the Move family by dropping a two pound bomb on their home from a helicopter killing several members of the group including children. The resulting fire destroyed over 60 homes.
Racism is not "accidental" it is conscious activity.
This and probably more tonight on Black Talk Radio News.
Bro. Zayid Muhammad of the People's Organization for Progress joins us to discuss several issues related to political prisoners, exiles and the killing of Malcolm Shabazz.
POP is planning another protest at Cineplex 12, Newark’s only major theater which stirred up controversy after it refused to show the new film titled "MUMIA: Long Distance Revolutionary" which focuses on political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal and his contribution as an author and commentator.
We will also get his thoughts on the recent addition of Assata Shakur to the FBI's most wanted "terrorist" list and the erection of the FBI billboards of Assata in Newark.
Finally we discuss the constantly changing stories coming from the media about the killing of Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz who was talked into traveling to Mexico by deported Mexican activist Miguel Suarez who many say has holes in his account of what happened.
Join me for Political Prisoner Radio tonight to discuss the breaking news concerning the tragic murder of Malcolm Shabazz, a political and human rights activist and organizer who reportedly was found murdered today in Tijuana, Mexico.
Earlier today I spoke to attorney activist Nkechi Tiafu who shared statements from the NY National Lawyers Guild and The National Conference of Black Lawyers in reference to Assasta Shakur being labeled a "domestic terrorist" by the United States government.
Join me for Political Prisoner Radio tonight with Sis. Pam Africa to discuss corporate and state sponsored environmental terrorism, seedless veggies possibly destroying the seeds in our wombs, the Newark, NJ cancellation of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary and more.
Before we hear from Sis. Pam Africa, I want to share an important update about Sis. Assata Shakur as the United States government, perhaps angry at the attention Cuba received after Jay-Z and Beyonce visited the island which caused a new generation to question why the United States has a travel ban on the country, the FBI has double its reward for her capture and placed her on its "most wanted terrorists" list possibly making her a target for President Obama's drone assassination program.
According to supportdaniel.org, Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist from New York City. He was charged in federal court on counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy, all relating to two actions in Oregon in 2001. Following his arrest, Daniel was offered two choices by the government: cooperate by informing on other people, or go to trial and potentially spend the rest of his life in prison. His only real option was to plead not guilty until he could reach a resolution of the case that permitted him to honor his principles. After many months of litigation and negotiation, Daniel was able to admit to his role in these two incidents, while not implicating or identifying any other people who might have been involved.
Our guest tonight is Leslie Pickering former Earth Liberation Front spokesperson and owner of Burning Books in Buffalo, NY. According to the website lesliejamespickering.com, Leslie James Pickering was a Founder and Spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office, serving with the organization from early 2000 until the summer of 2002.
During this period the Press Office sustained two raids by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and local law enforcement agencies, responded to over a half dozen grand jury subpoenas, conducted public presentations, produced booklets, newspapers, magazines, and a video on the Earth Liberation Front and handled the public release of communiqués for dozens of the most vital Earth Liberation Front actions.
"I don’t think that slow progress is going to do it, though. This isn’t a quality-of-life issue that we’re dealing with, the environment. It’s not something that we can pretend will be solved with our nonprofit, tax-deductible donations. This is a global catastrophe, and if we don’t act accordingly, the planet’s going to be dead. It’s not going to matter how uncomfortable we are with arson, or sabotage, or property destruction, or violent revolution, when the planet is dead. It’s not going to matter." - Leslie James Pickering
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