Bill Cosby tells it like it is. At 75, the comedian, philanthropist, actor and everyone’s favorite dad as co-creator and star of The Cosby Show, is still feisty, opinionated, and determined. Only now, his energy is often devoted to touting causes that have nothing to do with show business.
“If folks had to write for the segregationists, and for the people loaded with hate who in their minds, and with their bodies, have done so much to try, and stop, American-Africans and others as well, who are in this country, born, raised, and are not Anglo-Saxon,” he told theGrio recently. “I think that some of the[ir] work has become apparent in terms of our children not fully getting the kind of education they deserve.”
To Cosby, the failure of black and other minority children to get a top-notch education is more than just a societal failure. It’s an historic failure that in some ways, has left African-American children worse off than they were during segregation.
“Many of our elders speak of when they were in one room, and there were four different classes in one room,” he said. “And many of them went on to historically black colleges; went on to get degrees.” Today, Cosby worries that “if a child is studying, she is not ‘acting black.’ If a child is studying, he doesn’t really blend in with the ‘real’ people. The people who hate American-Africans have set this up, but, in fact, some of it is right there in our own neighborhoods: the neglect of education by some of the parents, the neglect by some of the teachers, [and by] some of the institutions that are set up to help to help children to learn.”
“Every city I’ve ever gone into,” Cosby said, “when it’s suppression, oppression of the-the poor … it starts with education, and it has drugs included, and of course, firearms.”
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