Can't Blame White People
Passing on this courageous message from Bill Cosby
Can't Blame White People by Bill Cosby
They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English.
can't even talk the way these people talk:
I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the
knows it's important to speak English... except these
can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. In
fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent
marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now
we've got these knuckleheads walking around.
lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These
people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. $500
sneakers for what? And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on
am talking about these people who cry... when their son is standing there in an
were you when he was 2?
were you when he was 12?
were you when he was 18?
how come you didn't know that he had a pistol? And where is the
who is his father?
putting their clothes on backward: Isn't that a sign of something gone
with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign
of something? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants
it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all
type of needles piercing going through her body?
part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they
don't know a thing about Africa. With names
like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them
are in jail.
or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem.
We have got to take the neighborhood back.
used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different
'husbands' -- or men or whatever you call them now.
have millionaire football players who cannot read.
have million-dollar basketball players who can't write two
as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven
kids saying ... you are hurting us.
have to start holding each other to a higher standard. We cannot blame the
white people any longer. It is not for media or anyone of this time
anymore to say whether I'm right or wrong.
is time, ladies and gentlemen, to look at the numbers. Fifty percent
of our children are dropping out of high school. Sixty percent of the
incarcerated males happen to be illiterate. There's a
the media to stop asking me what I think about people who don't believe
what I'm saying or feel that I'm too harsh or feel that
I'm just running my mouth because I'm old. Seventy percent of the
teenagers pregnant happen to be African American girls. Don't ask me to soften my message.
On 17 May 2004, at an NAACP event commemorating the 50th
anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court
decision that struck down school segregation, entertainer
Bill Cosby voiced the assertions quoted above.