Thursday, May 18, 2006

Advice shouldn't be limited to African-Americans

Hattip: CrissCross
"Comedian Bill Cosby told a forum on family and education Tuesday night that African Americans should be proactive and fix their own communities. I have a problem with people sitting there and saying God and Jesus will find a way," Cosby said." 
I have a problem with people sitting there and saying that the Government will find a way - even more I have a problem with people saying the Government should find the way.

"Cosby wasn't as biting as he was in Washington in May 2004, when he made headlines telling the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that blacks spoke poor English and spent money frivolously. But he touched on similar themes during Tuesday's panel and maintained that African Americans shouldn't blame their problems on others."
All of this is very true - and unfortauntly extends beyond the African American community.  It seems to be the universal issue with virtually every "underprivileged" group in the community.  Locally Maori would do well to listen to Cosby's advice - and apply it to their own situation.  Beyond the racial divide, this is good advice to beneficiaries, alcoholics, criminals, etc - in this matter Cosby's comments aren't particularly insightful as to things that are particular to the African American community - but they are as to the methods by which poverty becomes a vicious cycle to those that do not take responsibility for their own situations.
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Beth said...

Came across your blog via BlogMad :) I know so many people who disagree with Bill Cosby-but I think the point he's trying to make IS about the cycle of poverty, drug/alcohol abuse etc. I think any person should listen to what he has to say, regardless of race his message applies to a broad group of people.

iiq374 said...

Would just be nice if the MSM actually portrayed the message in that light so that more people would get to benefit from it.

Unfortunatly too many people shy away from a painful message even when it is directed straight to them - if it is directed at someone else they typically fail to see the applicability to themselves.