Bill Cosby’s New Book; ‘Come on People’

This will be the beginning of another divide in the black community; how do we over come are obstacles?  Is this is a poor black peoples problem?  Are all poor black people keeping themselves down?  How much does systemic racism play in our plight?  These are some of the arguemtns I hear in this debate.

Bill Cosby along with Dr.  Poussaint of Harvard have written a book addressing issues they feel will advance the plight of black people.  I have not purchased the book yet, but I know that it calls for black people to take personal responsibility for their actions; which I am in total agreement with.  But does it give an objective look at this plight.  

Personal responsibility is only part of the problem.  The reason why I say that is because not all poor black people are irresponsible.  I think that the answer lies in the middle of what Cosby says and what Dr. Ofari Hutchinson  says.  There are many hard working black folk in this country; some who work 2 or more jobs.  Are there black people who don’t work?  of course there are; but there are also poor white people who use the system to their advantage as well.  Also let us not forget that wealthy people use loop holes to maintain and increase their income as well. 

As the debate is beginning to heat up again; conservatives and especially black conservatives have all ready started grandstanding.  They are applauding Cosby and blaming black liberals for playing the victim all the time.  They are like kids on the play ground pointing at the unpopular kid saying: “See we told you so” 

There are all ready misunderstanding what Bill Cosby is saying or has always said.  He is not denying that racism exist, but what he is attempting to do is create strategic options to avoid the pitfalls of racism.  He has never addressed how to solve the problem of systemic racism.  Though I agree with most of what Dr. Cosby says,  he does not address the whole problem which is where people like Dr. Hutchinson come into play. 

So here is the question; Is Bill Cosby’s actions hurting or helping black people?  Does it reinforce negative stereotypes by grouping all black poor people as being poor and lazy?  Let’s discuss this.

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12 Responses

  1. Native Son,

    First you state that you haven’t read the book. Then you ask whether the “reinforce[s] negative stereotypes by grouping all black poor people as being poor and lazy?”

    From his previous statements, I’m not sure that Cosby has been “grouping all black poor people as being poor and lazy.” If you have not read the book, what brings you to the conclusion that Cosby is making such a broad generalization about all of the black community?

    Generally, I think that the so-called black community should appreciate the various viewpoints relating to such community. I don’t think that Cosby is totally right or Dyson is totally wrong. As a community, we should appreciate a variety of viewpoints from within. Just because someone doesn’t toe the line does not mean that the person should be cast as some sort of traitor.

    Me, I appreciate Cosby’s words because they are consistent with Malcolm X’s belief that “We wake up, we clean up, and we stop begging the white man.” Cosby’s and X’s words reveal the need for a collective determination that each man is responsible for lifting himself up. Any time a man or a community must rely on his or its status as a victim, that man or community will always be a victim of circumstances.

    Afripino

  2. Afripino Let me clarify:

    I should have stated that these are the arguements that I have been hearing coming from those who disagree with Cosby’s position.

    I applaud Bill Cosby for what he is doing and I am going to get the book. To me he makes sense. Is it harsh? A little; but sometimes tough love is needed. With Cosby on Meet the Press and on Oprah tomorrow, I know people are going to be ready to slam Cosby, who I think has put his mouth, money and time in helping black people.

    “Me, I appreciate Cosby’s words because they are consistent with Malcolm X’s belief that “We wake up, we clean up, and we stop begging the white man.” Cosby’s and X’s words reveal the need for a collective determination that each man is responsible for lifting himself up. Any time a man or a community must rely on his or its status as a victim, that man or community will always be a victim of circumstances.”

    Could not have said it better.

  3. Native Son:

    We’re on the same page. I, too, look forward to reading the book. I’m sure that I’ll disagree with some of the stuff he says, but it’s important to be able to take the good with the bad. Like you, I believe his intentions (“tough love”) are in the right place.

    We’re all looking for answers, and it’s important to get as much information as possible about the problem and proposed solutions so that we can all make better decisions for our families and ourselves.

    Afripino

  4. Bredren, I saw the interview with Bill Cosby and Dr. A Poussaint, and I could not find a negative thing they said. I cannot wait to read the book, I believe it will be an inspiring read. Problem, seems to be he, we and the rest of us that blog or comment are preaching to the choir.

  5. Ensayn, I saw the interview as well. And we have had a discussion about this book at work – I didn’t hear any negativity in the interview either. I did hear, however, startling facts that caused me to have a “wow moment”.

  6. @Alisha9, Same here!

  7. just saw both gentlemen on Oprah this afternoon. I am going to take the books he has written, seven total i think, and start with that. then take the covenent from tavis smiley and teach the lessons from these books to adults at my local rec. i’m way too excited!!!

  8. I watched the interview with Mr. Cosby and Dr. Pouissant. I found their discussion very invigorating and truthful. There are large numbers of black children that are falling through the cracks. In the state of North Carolina, the number of black males that have dropped and are dropping out of school is horrific. When you volunteer in schools, you witness how black children are dropping out in middle and high schools. You see how the low self-esteem issues have contributed to the student’s failure to respect adults or their classmates. I’ve witnessed how some mother’s are harder on their girls but baby their son’s and believe that the boys will be playing in the NBA, NFL, or rapper. However, their sons are struggling to read and write. When you approach some black parents in our community about these issues, and how we need to partner together and work with their children so they can read and write to be successful, you may receive resistance or comments that you are trying to be white. At this time in my life, I am so disappointed that black leadership in the U.S. has not stood up and spoken up about what is happening to our children and how we need to stand up together and create programs to help save our children. However, I am trying to do my part by working with students in predominately black schools where a large number of children continue to drop out of middle and high school. What are our African-American leaders and ministers waiting for? We know that the judicial system in America is unforgiving when our children make mistakes, so why aren’t we collaborating together and working in our communities to help guide our children in positive directions?

  9. For more than three years, authors Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint have been listening to the voices at community call-outs in cities across the country. Their latest book, Come On People, due out October 9 in bookstores nationwide, combines messages of personal responsibility with practical solutions, and retells the incredible stories shared at these call-outs.

    Come On People is for all those who are tired of being used, neglected and undefended—folks who wish to see changes in their governments, their neighborhoods, on their streets and within the walls of their living spaces.

    At http://www.BillCosby.com you will find a forum called “The Cos,” that is designed for community members to discuss issues beyond those addressed in the book, as well as a place for people to come together and offer solutions. It’s time to have the courage to believe you can do better by asking for help and not being afraid to move forward.

    No matter your economic status, no matter your age, no matter your race, no matter your gender, and no matter your religion, we are all allies in changing our future for the better.

    You can find downloadable PDF’s of excerpts from Come On People at the following links:

    http://treasures.billcosby.com/pdf/ComeonPeople-pg77-88.pdf
    http://treasures.billcosby.com/pdf/ComeonPeople-pg124-132.pdf
    http://treasures.billcosby.com/pdf/ComeonPeople-pg168-174.pdf

    We are also willing to send review copies out to the first 100 bloggers who respond to TeamCosby@gmail.com—all we ask is that you publish a review and link back to BillCosby.com.

    Please share this book and website with members of your blog community—the more people who hear Drs. Cosby and Poussaint’s message, the better!

    Best,
    Christina Stewart
    Respond2 Communications

    Upcoming Bill Cosby appearances:

    October 18: Good Morning America
    October 18: Larry King Live

  10. I do believe Bill Cosby makes some good points in his book, Come On, People. Some points I disagree with.

    Bill Cosby refers to some illegitimate black children as “mistakes”. God did not make mistakes with them and just because they don’t have a father doesn’t mean they are mistakes.

    Bill Cosby ask the question, where are black men? The black men are out whoring around with white women, asian women, latin women, spanish women …

    Bill Cosby did not marry a black woman … Bill Cosby … like most successful black men … married a woman of another race!!!

    It was a black woman who brought Bill Cosby black ass into the world and now black women are not good enough when he becomes successful!!!

    Black women are not raising and teaching values to black men and that is why black men learn the immorality of the world and chase after white women and disrespect and abuse black women.

    When a race of people is looked down upon in society and they do not have power or money, they become the beggars of society. They turn on and sell out their own people to make a life for themselves.

    Bill Cosby sells out black people for his own financial goals. Eddie Murphy mocks and sells out black women.

    It’s a national standard.

    Black people are going through a revolution within a revolution. Black people must fight black people, white people, black men, black women, churches and everything and everyone else that tries to abuse or destroy them. Black people must start seeing the world more objectively and not give anyone, black or white, the opportunity to destroy them.

    So, I can see both sides of it! However, Bill Cosby wrote the book to make money … and that is what he is doing. Taking his big bucks home to his almost all white community and his Spanish wife!!!

  11. I do believe Bill Cosby makes some good points in his book, Come On, People. Some points I disagree with.

    Black people must learn commerce, business, trade and they must educate themselves on how to start up businesses like so many of the pros have done in the past … using credit cards, taking loans on houses and real estate, borrowing from friends and family. When black people learn to start up and promote their own businesses, we will have ended slavery in America for the second and final time.

    The black race, as we know it today, will be obliterated. It will be broken up and dissected into “tribes”. Black people will work towards their own goals and dreams. Some blacks will live and die in the drug trade believing they can make a life and only finding it is a life of disillusionment and devastation. Learn from Frank Lucas, a failed drug lord, drugs and crime does not pay.

    Some tribes will make their money honestly and they will flourish and thrive and the only thing that bring them down and break them up is greed and family “war” that will waste their fortune and profits.

    The only things that will force black people together are things that they cannot control … generally … most black people will choose to isolate themselves. Housing will become more desegregated as white people continue their assault upon the black family.

    Remember the black woman in Pennsylvania who bought a home in a white community and they kept harassing her until they ran her and her family out of town … these types of things will continue to happen … forcing black people into mostly black communities and tribes distinguished by their own goals.

    There will be more and more mixed marriages in the future but this time mostly black women and men of other races. I have one thing to say in this respect … get a prenuptial agreement and protect your assets.

    Bill Cosby refers to some illegitimate black children as “mistakes”. God did not make mistakes with them and just because they don’t have a father doesn’t mean they are mistakes.

    Bill Cosby ask the question, where are black men? The black men are out whoring around with white women, asian women, latin women, spanish women … alien women!!! Anything other than black appeals to black men!!!

    Bill Cosby did not marry a black woman … Bill Cosby … like most successful black men … married a woman of another race!!! Who often end up divorcing them and robbing them blind. Take a lesson from O.J. Simpson … he got into trouble with one white woman … years later … he’s back with another white woman and in trouble again with white people … will you never learn … O.J.? We won’t save you again, O.J.!

    It was a black woman who brought Bill Cosby black ass into the world and now black women are not good enough when he becomes successful!!! Black women are often abused and disrespected by black men, white men and all types of people … we must empower ourselves through commerce and business skills and learn to run and promote mom and pop operations.

    Black women are not raising and teaching values to black men and that is why black men learn the immorality of the world and chase after white women and disrespect and abuse black women.

    When a race of people is looked down upon in society and they do not have power or money, they become the beggars of society. They turn on and sell out their own people to make a life for themselves. They will do anything to survive … your people will cut your throat to survive so beware your black people!

    Bill Cosby sells out black people for his own financial goals. Eddie Murphy mocks and sells out black women.

    It’s a national standard.

    Black people are going through a revolution within a revolution. Black people must fight black people, white people, black men, black women, churches and everything and everyone else that tries to abuse or destroy them. Black people must start seeing the world more objectively and not give anyone, black or white, the opportunity to destroy them.

    So, I can see both sides of it! However, Bill Cosby wrote the book to make money … and that is what he is doing. Taking his big bucks home to his almost all white community and his Spanish wife!!!

    I don’t even consider Bill Cosby black. What do you call a black man whose black on the outside and confused on the inside … I guess he’s a blafuse … black and confused!!!

  12. Wow!! This is amazing. Some of us are “sharks” when it comes to defending us when it looks bad in the eyes of others. The people whose toes are stepped on by the truth usually scream the loudest. I only wish that we would be more vigilant with our efforts and assess our responsibility for our plight thereby removing the opportunities for others to talk as negatively about us as they do. As author of the book, Pants Hanging Down, I try to give a full circle narrative of what we are doing and how to do better. So far it has been received quite well to the tune of rapidly increasing sales in less than a month. I give it to you as it is as well but maybe in a different tone. But it’s truth nonetheless.
    Pants Hanging Down, the book by Gene Stubbson is now available online. Go to http://www.pantshangingdown.com and click on “store” and you can have your book order processed and sent to you. Thanks for your support as we try to “pull up” our pants for a better future.

    Gene Stubbson

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