Saturday, April 12, 2008
A Good Saturday Morning Read
Bill Cosby has been traveling the country doing "call outs" in the Black community. The call outs are an extended version of the famous "Pound Cake Speech," which caused controversy when it was delivered in 2004 at the NAACP awards ceremony. In his article, "This Is How We Lost to the White Man," Ta-Nehisi Coates provides interesting insight on Bill Cosby, his solutions for the Black community and the schism between advocates of self-reliance and activists for integration.
If nothing else, the article made me question the way in which privilege or lack thereof influences the way in which we view our world. It made me stop and pause. Regardless of how insulated Cosby is in his billionaire world, he is out there doing something. He is speaking to people about doing it for themselves. (Not to mention giving money to HBCU's and created the only cartoon with a Black primary character, Little Bill.) And I wondered why we are always criticise people who ask us to help ourselves. If we don't like how someone is doing something, then, get up and go do it your own way.