Bill Cosby

United States
December 19, 2007 3:07pm CST
Bill Cosby has long spoken out against the youth of America, specifically the black youth, and how they act. The following is a link to a transcript of an event he attended for a college graudation I believe and the words he spoke. http://www.eightcitiesmap.com/transcript_bc.htm Do you believe in what he has to say, or is he over the top? I fully spoort him. Every word he says is true. He doesn't lie or cover the facts.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
22 Dec 07
As I've replied to someone a good amount of what he said can just be applied to youth at large not just by ethnicity. You've got kids with very poor education either by choice/laziness or poor education management on the part of the bureaucrats. There are also hideous life decisions, role models and priorities in a noticable amount of youth(getting kids pregnant, skipping school, dropping out, putting more priority on $500 crap and not education). This is a society of consumers, fools, liars and the ignorant. And thanks to how selfish and inattentive society has become, our kids are just full of it. Its much worse than previous generations. People back then fought hard for rights, education, a better life. Now youths fight each other over pitiful nonsense (women, some designer item, game systems, whatever). Seems like fewer and fewer youths want education, and worst yet society actually validates views with negative sterotypes/connotations for anyone trying to get an education (nerd, "acting white", sell out). Other parts of this nonsense include the meaningless coddling and kid handling of education overall (class periods that mean nothing, purple ink so feelings aren't hurt, less days and effort in school... but of course the schools need more funding. More funding for NOTHING!? Preposterous, all of it!!) Poor parenting can be found alongside a lot of current youth as well. Parents don't want to be parents, they are either stuck as teens or children; or they are just refuse to parent outright. Some feel enabling their kids to do as they wish is parenting! Ridiculous!! Other parents feel that everyone else should be responsible for their kids but not them (they put it on the schools, TV, MTV, designer garbage, game systems, and everything in between) Outrageous! Its terrible but still true. Worst part is, I see it all getting worse and barely see it getting better anytime soon or anytime in the future.
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• United States
20 Dec 07
Sadly it isn't just young blacks that don't want to learn English. The ruling made it legal for kids of all colors to get a good education but it didn't make it a desire.African Americans are not Africans. they don't know anything about Africa. But they don't know much of American history either.But it is the same with young Irish Americans and German Americans too.so I disagree that the white man is laughing. because of all these young people not working and being placed in jails, the white men are paying for it one way or another. Either they are buying more security for themselves and their homes or they are paying higher taxes. Here in America you have the right to be as smart or as stupid as you want.The right to have a good education is still on the books and that is what is important.It is up to each person to decide to get educated, and that's saddest part.Kids of all colors don't know that they will need a good education.
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@TazRes (827)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I totally agree with what is said in the statement. That is one of the problems of society that troubles me. I talk about stuff like that at work, also me and my husband talk a lot about it. It's just sad. but I tell ya one thing, I miss the good old days, and I'm talking like back in the 60's and 70's when I was growing up. Thanks for sharing this; I saved it to pass on. Hugs and may God Bless!
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I've always loved Bill Cosby, and my parents let me listen to his records (yes, records) as a kid. I think he is full of knowledge, and people should listen to him. His knowledge is both unconventional AND everyday, which is one of the things that makes him so special, and such a rare person.
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20 Dec 07
Bill Cosby is right about a a lot of the things that he says. But, I do not support his every word. Every African-American is not uneducated or misguided. Honestly, look at Hollywood. Hollywood is a great example of how ignorance knows no color boundaries. First off, not all black girls are pregnant at 16 or unmarried. I mean, look at the recent news of Jamie Lynn Spears. She's white and she is on a squeaky clean Nickelodeon kids show. Next, there are black people who parent their children. Not everyone believes parenting is as absolute as Dinah Lohan, mother of Lindsay, who insisted on joining her underage daughter for drinks at the clubs. Thirdly, there is a difference between knowing how to speak proper English and then sometimes speaking in slang to your friends. Truthfully, this is common among some black people. Many of us can go out for a job interview and speak well enough to get a job. Nevertheless, when we are out with our friends, we might want to relax the tongue a bit. Miss South Carolina Teen USA is white with a 3.5 grade point average. She "lost her train of thought" and couldn't even answer a geography question. Then, Mr. Bill Cosby goes on to talk about that there are basketball players and multimillionaires who can't even write a paragraph. Well, I guess you don't have to when all you're needed for is to make a profit off of. Paris Hilton , a high school drop out who earned a GED, "wrote a book" and, admittedly has stated that she doesn't even read. Still, it seems like she is never going to be hurting for money! And, last, Bill Cosby says that black people need to give there children strong names. I admit, I won't be naming my child Shaniqua either. But, whoever said that Bill was a strong name?
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
22 Dec 07
A good deal of what was said can apply to all of youth not just a particular ethnicity. You have done an adequate job of pointing out most of this.
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
22 Dec 07
I think Bill Cosby is an honest man of integrity.
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• Saint Lucia
20 Dec 07
man whatever. Bill Cosby has the right to say whatever he wants even if most of what he says is total sh**t!
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• United States
20 Dec 07
Why do you say that? Are you black? Is that why you disagree?
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• United States
28 Jan 08
I have always loved Bill Cosby and the way he brings things across. He talks about them in a way that has people laughing but he is hitting the nail on the head. He speaks with passion and you can tell that what he talks about is close to his heart. I fully support him and I find that every word he says is true. He is one of those people that can bring a point across and have people laughing.
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@jtr115 (724)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I received an edited version of Cosby's speech in an e-mail a while back. His words are definitely true for people of all ethnicities (I don't say races because we're all part of the human race.) Cosby serves as a fine example of someone who was raised properly, worked hard for his success and didn't blame anyone else when he failed. I'll remember that quote from now on: "It's not what he's doing, it's what you're not doing."