We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
With a 50 percent high school dropout rate and a 70 percent illegitimacy rate, with African-Americans committing half the nation’s murders though only 13 percent of the population, black America—especially the poorer part of it—is in trouble. “We cannot blame white people,” Cosby asserted in his incendiary speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board school desegregation decision. “It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing.” As Jesse Jackson used to say, Cosby recalls, “No one can save us from us but us.”
Sure, racism hasn’t vanished, Cosby acknowledges in his 2007 book Come On People, a follow-up to his speech written with Harvard psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint. “But for all the talk of systemic racism and governmental screw-ups, we must look at ourselves and understand our own responsibility.” Even with lingering discrimination, “there are more doors of opportunity open for black people today than ever before in the history of America,” and “these doors are tall enough and wide enough” for just about all black people “to walk through with their heads held high.” So while “there are forces that make the effort to escape poverty difficult,” African-Americans are by no means merely the playthings of vast forces and helpless victims of racism. “When people tell you, ‘You can’t get up, you’re a victim,’ ” Cosby warns, “that’s when you know it is the devil you’re hearing.”
Read the whole thing. There are few things I would welcome more than for black Americans to abandon unhealthy victimhood and its accompanying sense of entitlement, and to feel and believe that they are fully part of this country - with all of the wonderful and exciting challenges and opportunities that everybody else faces in a free American life.
Black Americans are not the only Americans to fall victim to sick, hedonistic, irresponsible or sociopathic subcultures. Plenty of whites do that too - and not just the poor. Wealthy people too: I've seen that plenty of times.
With a white mother, and other mixings-in of races, Obama could have described himself as mixed race, as Tiger Woods has with a similar mixed heritage. But it wouldn't have played as well politically. And that's what it's all about for him, isn't it?
I don't think of him as black. I think of him as confused and intellectually lazy.
P.S. I admire Bill Cosby for the speech quoted above, and other examples of his positions on personal responsibility.
"Black Americans are not the only Americans to fall victim to sick, hedonistic, irresponsible or sociopathic subcultures. Plenty of whites do that too - and not just the poor. Wealthy people too. I've seen that plenty of times."
-- Isn't that where most of the suicide bombers have come from?
Also, there is this line from the linked article:
"Indeed, “sharp-eyed teachers can identify the children who will become high school dropouts the day they walk in the kindergarten door.” The damage is already done."
-- ugh, that's disheartening...