Sunday, August 5, 2007

Black Mans Burden

Can't Blame White People
by Bill Cosby

>They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English.
>I can't even talk the way these people talk:
>Why you ain't,Where you is,
>What he drive, Where he stay,
>Where he work, Who you be...
>And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.
>And then I heard the father talk
>Everybody knows it's important to speak English...
>except these knuckleheads.
>Mushmouth is what they speak!?
>You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
>In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.
>People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education,
>and now we've got these knuckleheads throwing that all away.?
>The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
>These people are not parenting.
>They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what?
>And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.
>I am talking about these people who cry
>when their son is standing there in an orange suit.
>Where were you when he was 2?
>Where were you when he was 12?
>Where were you when he was 18?
>And, how come you didn't know that he had a pistol?
>And where is the father?
>Or who is his father?
>People putting their clothes on back ward:
>Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong?
>People with their hats on backward,
>pants down around the crack,
>isn't that a sign of something?
They're walking around with their nasty underwear showing, and
>holding onto their pants to keep them from falling to the ground!
>Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?
>Isn't it a sign of something
>when she has her dress all the way up to her panty line,
>and got all types of needle piercings
>going through her body?
>What part of Africa did this come from?
>We are not Africans.
>Those people are not Africans;
>they don't know a thing about Africa .
>With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.
>Brown or black versus the Board of Education
>is no longer the white person's problem.
>We have got to take the neighborhood back.
>People used to be ashamed.
>Today a woman has eight children
>with eight different 'husbands' --
>or men or whatever you call them now.
>We have millionaire football players
>who cannot read.
>We have million-dollar basketball players
>who can't write two paragraphs.
>We as black folks have to do a better job.
>Someone working at Wal-Mart
>with seven kids saying...
>you are hurting us.
>We have to start holding each other
>to a higher standard.
>We cannot blame the white people any longer.
>It is not for media or anyone of this time
>anymore to say whether I'm right or wrong.
>It is time, ladies and gentlemen,
>to look at the numbers.
>Fifty percent of our children are dropping out
>of high school.
>Sixty percent of the incarcerated males
>happen to be illiterate. There's a correlation.
>Tell the media to stop asking me what I think about people who don't believe what I'm saying or feel that I'm too harsh or feel that I'm just running my mouth because I'm old.
>Seventy percent of the teenagers pregnant happen to be African American girls.
>Don't ask me to soften my message.
-Bill Cosby

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