Monday, May 15, 2006

Bill Crosby:Please don't Speak

"These are not political criminals," he said. "These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?" Bill Crosby "Such remarks naturally didn't sit well with the "Blame America First" Black leaders of the NAACP who were present."

Bill Cosby Cracks Down On Young Black Men

Memphis- "The men as young boys are dropping out of high school, but they've memorized the lyrics of very difficult rap songs," Comedian Bill Cosby says. Stern criticism from Bill Cosby as he addresses the 2006 graduating class of Spelman College in Atlanta. But his message isn't going over so well with these young men at the Boys & Girls Club here in Memphis. "It doesn't make me feel good as a young black male at all. Not everyone is trying to do bad in their life," High School Senior Nick Smith says.

Nick Smith and Jeremy Lawson are just two young men who are doing good. Both will graduate high school next week and head to college. "I refuse to be a statistic. It just gives me fuel to my fire," Lawson says. Cosby also cracks down on young black men who he says leave women to fend for themselves. "They know how to send their sperm cells out then walk away from something called the responsibility of father," Cosby says.

Bernal Smith is the president of 100 Black Men of Memphis, an organization that works to empower youth in the African-American community. He says you can't be mad at Bill Cosby. You just have to remind people like him to do their part to tackle the problem. "I would say to people like Bill Cosby or other folks, invest [in our youth]," Smith says.

We should mention Cosby did make it clear there are some young Black males doing the right thing. And Morehouse College, the brother school to Spelman graduated its largest class in school history this year.


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