Comedian Bill Cosby once again is addressing problems facing the black community. This time he writes in an op-ed at the New York Post that the problems have more to do with apathy than racism or oppression.
“…Interview some school teachers. How many parents, on parent-teacher day, actually show up? Not to Dunbar or some school where people are saying they want their child to become an engineer or philosopher or whatever else that requires one to do some homework. Go to a school where people are not doing well. How many parents show up?
There is this situation where people tend to think that we are all victims. Victim meaning somebody else is doing this to us. That’s not true. And I said this 100 times and they keep throwing back, “victim.” What they don’t understand is that I haven’t forgotten anything.
What I remember is the things that were said that if you did certain things you could take care of yourself. If you took your child to the dentist and check for cavities the child likely won’t get them. If you take them just for emergency, that’s all they’re gonna get.
You got to have fight. Look up the word “fight.” We don’t have that fight, so life is problematic. You have intellectual news people, media, and they are talking about leave these people alone, these people can’t do better, you’re picking on the poor.
Years ago the philosophy was you’re going to get some help, I’m gonna give you some help. You’re having a problem, you need a job, you don’t have the skills, so you move to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and there is housing, affordable housing, and we will support you with checks and you have to prove you are up and looking for work, and the idea is to move in, up and out…”