Quote of The Day: Bill Cosby

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Excerpts from Bill Cosby’s new book:

On criticism:

“Certain people tell us that we are picking on the poor. Many of those who accuse us are scholars and intellectuals, upset that we are not blaming everything on white people as they do. Well, only blaming the system keeps certain black people in the limelight but it also keeps the black poor wallowing in victimhood.”

On raising children:

“All black parents can do right by their children, and all black children can succeed. There is no reason why not.”

“Use standard English when you have your kids together, not Black English. They’ll hear enough of that in the streets…Watch the movie My Fair Lady. All cultures discriminate against people who have not mastered the standard language, and when race is involved, it is all that much harder for a nonstandard speaker to feel competent or even at home in the culture.”

On the media:

“Some of the most negative images of African Americans on TV and in the movies seem to be the most popular among young people—black and white. With both good and bad media out there, you have to help select media for kids that will support their successes and suppress their urge to give up or drop out.”

On black men:

“Gangsta rap makes our young people tough, but not so tough they can walk through prison walls. It can jazz them about sex, but it can’t begin to make them a good father. No matter how often, or how publicly they grab their crotches, crotch-grabbing isn’t even going to get them a bus ride downtown.”

Thanks KDogg

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  • http://www.myspace.com/ocky_j Octavia

    AMEN. Preach. Tabernacle.

  • MissOMyGoodnezz

    He’s right, I just hate the way he says it. For instance what exactly is “black english”? Had he said ebonics or slang that would be one thing, but black english? Now, if he was Don Imus Al Sharpton would have been all on his ass…

  • CubaLinda

    Anyone seeking higher a higher socio-economic existance can appreciate what Mr. Bill Cosby is saying. I hope that he opens up forums to the communities most afflicted in our society with these issues. As well, I hope to see this philosophy expounded upon beyond awareness and toward real programs and opportunities to change what is going on in our inner-cities and impoverished communities.

  • TJ

    Completely agree!

  • Kriss

    black english is SLANG and EBONICS…YOU are who he is referring to since you didn’t know that.

  • summer27

    Maybe somethings needs to be said with strenght, more harsh. How much spoon feeding do some folks need? I find it funny that the ones whom talk about how wrong he is are the same ones with personalities mirroring the foolishness he talks so much about.

    Its time for blacks to stop blaming whites for whats wrong in our household. For every time we can’t get a job with subpar educations or every time we get sent to jail, knowing damn well we shouldn’t have been doing wrong in the first place. And thats regarding the idiots that know they did the crime but cry about the amount of time they have.

    If we know the system is jacked up and works against blacks why keep doing the same nonsense to make “them” believe they were right for making the screwed up rules in the first place?

    And its too old to say that, everytime a black person talks down to other blacks that dont want to do nothing better with their lives, they’re uncle toms.

    As long as we have that mindset we’ll still lag behind other races in some arenas. Its no ones fault that so many of our young men are getting caught up in the system. That so mahy of our young men and women glorify and chase the dreams that selling drugs and gaining hood riches can provide. Its not the white mans fault that so many of our young ladies are having kids when they can’t even take care of themselves, having kids with no good negroes, thus forcing their kids to grow up without fathers and a two parent household to give them proper guidance. Therefore making more new groups of young men feel the need to enter into the same mess that made their fathers miss out on their lives. Due to being in jail or dead.

    And it is not the white mans fault that so many of our black women are women are dying to diseases.

    White folks can’t make us care about our homes, families or give us self respect.

    Its time to stop placing blame where blame isn’t always due.

    So many kids I see that can bend it, snap it and drop it like its hot, know how to supersoak a hoe and how to make it rain with monopoly money. But ask them to sing the days of the week song, they don’t even know what the hell that is, sad.

  • mymommschild

    finally!!! somebody said it. well said! * hope this topic gets more posts than a “who looke more bangin” rihanna vs .(____________)??

  • http://www.rumorsayz.com Taz

    I completely agree with what he says. We have to do better as a people.

  • scorpio

    “WE GOT TO DO BETTER”!! i love bill cosby. i love that he’s not afraid to go with the less popular opinion. he’s absolutely right.

  • nahnah

    1. I respect Bill Cosby for all that he’s done for the black community.

    2. Bill Cosby is a hypocrite who had a bunch of affairs with other women. So he isn’t one to really talk about family, since he’s been allowing other women to grab his crotch.

    3. I don’t believe in ‘blaming it on white people’, but I do acknowledge that racism plays a large role in black poverty. Anybody who denies this needs to be slapped.

    4. “Black English” did not appear in thin air. People are products of their environment, and unless they are taught standard English, they will continue to speak “black english”. Blcks were shunned from the larger society, so this is how ‘black english’ came about.

    5. The fact is poor blacks ARE victims, just as as poor whites and poor native americans and poor hispanics and poor asians are victims.

    6. Our capitilist system promotes a false idealogy that poverty is a result of individual failures, but that’s incorrect. Poverty is a result of the way in which the world functions where a small amount of people control the majority of the wealth.

    7. “Gangsta rap”, modern pop, and Hollywood as a whole is in need of a major reform.

    8. Billionaire Bill has a genuine concern for the black community, but he’s a hypocritical elite who has a double standard. He is against blaming rich people for the fact that poor people are poor, but he blames the people for being poor.

    If Bill is interested in seeing a change he must look at things they way they really are.

  • DM

    So true.


    I love what he is saying! He’s right – and coming from a black man, that’s good to see. Everyone see’s that it starts with the children, but how many people are making an effort to change the way they raise their children?



    NAHNAH, you’re wasting time listing out foolishness. Listen to what he’s saying! Who cares what HE’S doing – even if he IS a hyprocrite, what he has just said is absolutely right. Don’t matter his actions; the matter are your own! Come on man – stop watching other people and calling them sinners – aren’t we all?

  • nahnah


    Bill should put his money where his mouth is.

    As a person of power with relationships with the media and entertainment industry, he can work to help reform what’s being presented to young people on TV and radios.

    Like many other officials are doing, Cosby should form a relationship with other black people in the entertainment business to work towards a more positive image of black people.

    Bill made those comments a few years ago and NOTHING has changed, right? So he may continue to say whatever he wants, unless action isn’t taken, things will continue to remain the same.

    You see, if Dr. King and other civil rights leaders didn’t rise up to fight for justice, so many people wouldn’t have stood up.

    This is one way Cosby can assist in changing the state of black people in America, especially young people who are heavily influenced by what’s being presented to us by the media and entertainment industry.

    The bottim line is Bill’s book will not change anything – it’ll just make him richer. Only action will make changes.

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  • nahnah

    Awake, dear I have always been an admirer of Mr. Cosby, and I still love him till this day. And as my comments show, I agree that there are problems with our community that needs to be addressed.

    Question: how many times have we been hearing those words? And what has changed? I believe in actions, and no matter what Cosby says, nothing will change UNLESS we all take action, INCLUDING HIMSELF.

    Look as a people who’s endured so much for three freggin’ centuries, I think we’re doing darn well for those 40 years we’ve been given to prove ourselves. From medicine to education to political to entertainment, a lot of us are doing our damn thing. But how many of use who’s made it are willing to lend a helping hand to the weak?

  • Jus Another Opinion

    Go support him, buy his book. if you can go out and support Karrine Superhead Steffans and her smut then you can support a real author.

    I never once took offense to what he had to say because I know that it doesn’t apply to me.

    If this does apply to you then, stop playing the blame game and let this be a wake up call.

    Support his book and stop buying that smut by Superhead.

  • http://www.blackwiz.biz Tiray

    ? nah nah ? huh?

    Is it Oprah’s fault if black America doesn’t adhere?

    Is it Cosby’s fault that black America doesn’t adhere?

    Talking about the state of black america is never a bad thing.

    We gotta be careful not to put the ” black plight” on the shoulder’s of wealthy blacks.

    We gotta be careful to put the “black plight ” on the shoulder’s of the absentee black fathers , and inadequet black mother’s.

    Cosby is doing what he SHOULD be doing!

    Should only ANGELS in the black race speak on our problems?




  • ria

    Well said Summer27! I agree with you 100%!

  • http://www.blackwiz.biz Tiray

    @ nah-nah

    Respectfully, sometimes,being a walkng example is the best that you can do!

    We tend to copy what/who we see!


  • glamgirlceo

    I agree with Bill. Tough love is a b*tch sometimes.

  • ria

    And Bill is telling the truth… and to Missohmygoodnezz – slang and ebonics has become ‘Black English.’ You hear more and more black people talking like that every single day, wherever they go – and it doesn’t matter if they’re talking to a teacher, parent, or to an elder – they continuously talk in that type of ‘English’ when they’re speaking to adults. Tell me, how can some of these young black people find a job when they’re speaking to their potential employer in that type of speech?

  • Ttime

    @ Nahnah:

    I believe that we have had this discussion before, stop making excuses for the ills in our society. We all know that ALL situations have a root and a cause, but at some point it stops being a reason and starts becoming an EXCUSE.

    There was a time in our communities when being poor meant how you lived, not your MINDSET. Think about the messages given in the black sitcom ‘Good Times’, about a poor, yet hard working, proud black family. Now fast forward to 2007 and what would Good Times look like today?

    James Evans would be non-existant because Florida would be a single-mother with three out of wedlock children, all fathered by three different baby-daddys. JJ would be a drug dealer with three baby mommas, yet still living at home with Florida in the two bedroom project apartment. Thelma would be a three time baby momma, with three baby daddys and all of the children would be piled up in the same apartment. Michael would be either dead or in jail.

    These are the facts for a lot (not all) low-income, black families in America–and most (not all) of it is our OWN fault. In the past, when we were poor, we were poor, yet hard working and instilling the right disciplines and work ethics in our childre. Today, poverty in a lot (not all) of black inner city communities is synonomous(sp) with bad parenting.

    When did the paradym(sp) shift? Why can’t we be poor, yet work our way out of poverty with hard work and education, like other races? Why do we always have to be the stereotype and the “I need a handout, not a handup” recipients?

    We, as a culture, must do BETTER. If it takes Bill Cosby to be the spokesperson, so be it!!!

  • Bronx Brawler

    This is the same guy who during 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s would chase anything in a skirt.

  • Raina

    To suggest Dr. Cosby tnes down his language is absurd. Part of the problem we face in the black community is the fact we expect and want to be treated with kids gloves. Lets stop that and call things the way they are there won’t be any progress if we keep sugarcoating. I believe we need to take more responsibility. STOP DEFENDING COUSIN POOKIE WHEN HE GETS ARRESTED FOR SELLING DRUGS!!! ITS NOT THE WHITE MAN’S FAULT! Yes his sentence is harsher than a white man doing or selling a drug purchased by the elites of our society but when you do wrong you have to know you are putting your freedom, your life, and the lives of others in jeopardy. I hope Michael Vick, T.I., and all the millions of black men who have been apart of the system pick this book up and internalize its message. AMEN!

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