Thursday, June 15, 2006

Deconstructing the Coz

Salaam alaikum,

When you get a chance, please read my thoughts about Bill Cosby's crusade in the Black community.

While taking a break, I went into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat. I notice last Sunday's issue of the Atlanta Journal Constitution with a picture of Bill Cosby and the title "Cosby gives Black folks a 'whuppin'." At that moment, all my thoughts about the whole Cosby Crusade finally came together. When Bill Cosby decided to speak his mind about the plight of Black America, I felt conflicted. Part of me felt like it was about time that someone, a public figure (ie: celebrity), came out and said the things that we've all been thinking. But another part of me felt like he was airing out our dirty laundry, even though our dirty laundry is hanging on a clothesline for everyone to see. But this time I had it. What I thought was a tough love message to the African-American community is really a crusade to mock and denigrate poor Black people.


Abdul-Halim V. said...

Izzy Mo, in a lot of ways I think you are right on. But the fact that you said you had mixed feelings about the Coz, connected with some other subjects I've been thinking about. For a while I've been reading with interest about folks who are trying to organize and develop a movement which is both progressive and religious. But looking at Bill Cosby makes me think that another political "alternative" which might appeal to a lot of people is one which is conservative but at the same time genuinely empathetic for working people and people of color.

You reminded me that a lot of the time, when I think of conservatives, its not so much that I object to their principles as it is that I don't trust them and think they are
lying when they say things like "no child left behind" etc.

The above comments don't necessarily apply to Cosby so much. In fact, maybe we could make a distinction. On the one hand you have "sincere conservatives". But on the other hand there are the Machiavellian type.

izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum,
I've been wracking my brain over the whole issue. It's a combination of past racist programs and the lack of drive in many African-American youth. And unfortunately, from my church experience, that there's a lot of stuff that's looked over. I have to wonder if they feel almost at a loss with what they see. We can definitely use more sincere religious people who want to help but I wonder how we will help people to don't think it's worst it to help themselves. Conquering despair is going to be a challenge.