During the interview, Cosby reflected on his experience growing up in the projects, discussed the excessive drugging of inmates, and spoke about the current condition of today’s black culture. He also made discussed the Birmingham church bombings in light of its anniversary and why it’s important to talk about it:
“What America has to understand is that some people get embarrassed about what happened, there are people who don’t want to see these scenes talked about again. It’s painful but we have to really get to this.”
When he moved on to speaking about black culture, Cosby highlighted the role eduction plays within and the importance of women in the family:
“I think it has to come from the universities. I think women, strongly,” he continued, adding on research that showed that 70 percent of African American households are led by women. “What we need is for people to realize, ‘I want to raise my kid. I want to go back and get my three kids. I want to take on that responsibility. I want to love my children.’”
On the importance of earning a college degree: “OK, you backed up and didn’t do well. You quit school, but now you find the need to get that high school credential. Go to the community college.”
Cosby also took the time to discuss his reservations about the treatment of today’s inmates and how they are being over-medicated:
“If you drug these people, and then you release them, and there’s no prescription for them to get to take to do the same thing, and they go back to the same place,” he explained.
And he had this to say to the naysayers who want to act like everything is fine and dandy:
“Now, about this time, this is when you hear the ‘no-groes’ jump and say, ‘Why don’t you talk about good things?’ Because the good things happen to be taking care of themselves pretty well. We are trying to help those geniuses, those not geniuses, people who deserve, because they are human beings on this earth, in the United States of America, we are trying to get them in a position so they will understand and want to.”
Cosby closed the interview out by giving a little insight about his own struggles while growing up:
“The reason why I’m giving you this information is because I was living in the projects. I was not taking care of myself in terms of managing my education, and once the door opened and I saw quote, unquote, the light, I started to become very successful.”
Well, there you have it.
To be honest, Cosby made some great points and I feel that if we want to make real progress as communities and as a country, this type of discourse needs to continue.
I wish him well.
Sources: E! News
Images From: Stories.illinoisstate.edu
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