Actor and Comedian-turned-activist Bill Cosby is back at it again. This time Mr. Cosby ruffled a few GOP feathers by putting them on blast for their series of blatantly racist actions that seem to have consumed a large majority of the Republican party for the last 5 years.
One of the key issues currently being decided by the Supreme Court is whether or not racism has ended sufficiently to gut the Voting Rights Act, or as conservative hero Justice Antonin Scalia calls it, “racial entitlement.”
On Monday morning’s Starting Point on CNN, legendary comic actor Bill Cosby illustrated the question beautifully when Republican former Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) expressed surprise at long-ago racism, and Cosby pointed out that things aren’t that different today.
Host Soledad O’Brien was leading a panel discussion about the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the anniversary of which was marked by about 10,000 marchers this weekend, and she remembered a symbolic example of the contrast between progress and repression. “I read about you, at the same time the fight for rights in the South was going on,” she said, to Cosby, “you were on the verge of winning an Emmy award. First black man – in 1966 you would win an Emmy award. And the show, I Spy, was banned in the South.”
“Just a couple of stations,” Cosby replied, then turned to Congressman Mack, who had said something inaudible. “What did you say?
“It’s just hard to believe,” Rep. Connie Mack, joined by wife and fellow former Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), said. “It’s unbelievable.”
“I don’t think so,” Cosby shot back. “Not when you look at the President’s speech recently.”
Cosby then continued to make his point in detail, focusing specifically on the fact that several Republican officials remained seated during key points of President Obama’s recent State of The Union Address.
Referring to President Obama‘s State of the Union Address, Cosby continued, “To see people sitting down when there are others standing and cheering. I think we have people sitting there who are as bad as the people who were against any kind of desegregation.
And then in place of a better America, they want their own sick feelings put across, and it’s — it isn’t — it isn’t a good time, but I think, also on our part as professors and presidents of colleges all over, and in public schools, we need to get the education of the correct history that happened so people can say, ‘Yes, this really did happen.’”
Mr. Cosby has been knows to make more than a few out of pocket comments in recent years, but we’re riding with him on this comparison. Do you agree with his statement that growing political racism of today mirrors the anti-segregation antics of the Civil Rights era?