The Cos stunned the crowd Wednesday at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. In front of NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and other African-American leaders, Cosby roasted blacks who don’t take responsibility for their economic status and blame police for arresting them.
He also blamed black parents for the poor speaking habits of many black youths today. (You know how Cosby feels about that if you saw that awards show earlier this year where he mocked an unfunny black comedienne for her poor speech.)
Cosby deserves credit for having the courage to say what most of us already know: Many of the problems in the black community are self-inflicted. Now, I don’t deny or minimize the harsh and unfair treatment suffered by African-Americans over the last four hundred years, but this culture of victimhood gets them nowhere.
It only benefits men like Jesse Jackson, who would lose his fundraising base, and his upper class lifestyle, if whites and blacks started getting along.
Let’s be honest: Would today’s average black American have more economic opportunities if his or her ancestors had been left in the jungles of central Africa? (Incidentally, why is it never mentioned that the tribes along the west coast of Africa were mainly responsible for kidnapping and selling people to the Dutch and Portuguese slave traders?)
Understand that this isn’t a rationalization of the evils of the slave trade. But like Joseph, what man intends for evil, God can work for good.
While it may be more difficult than for a male Anglo like me, Bill Cosby, and many others like him, prove that the doors of success are not closed against blacks in America–if they choose to try to open them.