Bill Cosby sits down with David Gregory in a PRESS Pass interview and defends President. Transcript of the Sept. 23, broadcast of NBC's 'Meet the Press,' featuring Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby,” the joke continued, . it the attention of the national media.
Cosby took the time to chastise black Americans for what he viewed as failures, including the use of Ebonicsthe number of single-parent households, wasteful spending and conspicuous consumption, and certain sartorial choices. The most memorable line, the one that earned the speech its name, found Cosby almost excusing the violence perpetrated on black people by the police when he said: And then we all run out and are outraged, 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.
This line of thinking is not new, nor specific to Cosby, as calls for personal responsibility have been integral parts of black liberation struggles from the time of Reconstruction — made most famous by Booker T Washington.
But Cosby dismissed the role racism plays in our post-civil rights world in a way that is potentially dangerous. He's doing the same now in his public remarks on the killing of Trayvon Martin. In an interview with the Washington TimesCosby was asked whether Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman was about race.
Even police call for backup in similar situations. Undoubtedly, there is a need to have an honest discussion about the role guns play in our society, when you consider, as Gary Younge reportsthere are approximately 90 guns for every people in the US and more than 85 people a day are killed by them. Cosby's concern should be all of ours. But his downplaying the role race played in the killing of Trayvon Martin is not something we can afford.
From the outset of the national outrage, Zimmerman's father attempted to dismiss any charge of discrimination, or profiling, pointing to his son's ethnic background and mentoring of black children as refutation of racial prejudice. The exchange about what would be incorporated in the coverage was not included in the more focused, original video version of the AP story.
Neither was the "no comment," as the allegations were not mentioned at all. YouTube The silence in the exchange with Simon, by contrast, took up a significant part of the interview in the version that was broadcast, and it fueled intense media coverage.
More women came forward, by name, with accounts of incidents in which they say Cosby sexually assaulted or coerced them. Cosby's representatives have denied and dismissed allegations this fall even as more have emerged.
On Wednesday, major corporate partners acted to protect their commercial interests: That day, the AP changed gears, posting the full video of Zongker's exchange with Cosby, showing a master comedian in a most serious mood. The people speaking off camera were part of Cosby's retinue — not part of the AP team there.
YouTube In addition, AP's managing editor for entertainment news, Lou Ferrara, told me the wire service accepted no conditions on the interview, despite Cosby's protests. That's not in our DNA. Ferrara said the AP wanted to get Cosby to talk about the exhibit, about his standup, about the deals with Netflix and the new NBC show — and about the allegations. But he acknowledged that the AP had not covered the allegations extensively of late.
He never called me the N-word, but they had words they would call you like a one-eyed maggot.
You know, and it hurt. And by the time, if they ever met the person, they, they would have to go way, way back and not realize why—and within themselves, they, too want to Domestic violence—what are the numbers on the domestic violence?
And domestic violence, I think people have to understand, is also a form of child abuse. That the domestic violence in and of itself is a form of child abuse. Children are damaged if they see a father punch a mother or vice versa, which occurs less often. But in those cases, those childs are damaged just as much as if they were abused by a parent themselves physically or neglected. And many of the abused children in these situations later turn out to be, be violent.
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Not all of them. But they become violent. They see violence used in the home. They become angry, they become damaged. And we spend a lot of time in the book talking about parenting Over and over again. One of the great things that, that I saw witnessing in the callouts was the successful child, now successful, who came to the podium, whether he or she was homeless or whether there was one parent or whether there was foster homes. Not caregiver, but the love giver stayed on his or her course.
Retarded, they called me. So what we have to do is parenting.
We have to stay on these kids. These children are telling us something.
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But you have to stay on them. With, with, with love, and not through beating. See, there are a lot of people—parents who feel the way to help their kids stay on the right track is to beat them a lot.
It makes angry children. It makes it more, more difficult for them in school, makes it—makes them accept violence as a way of coping out in the street with their friends, and that we really take a stand against parents using a lot of physical punishment on their children. You can have tough love and discipline A lot more of our conversation right after this. More with Bill Cosby and Dr.
Alvin Poussaint, Bill Cosby. We need a new language, a new vocabulary, a new syntax. At the same time, there are things that affect all of us as black people. Of course, lower income people catch more of it. But also, Bill and I could feel some stress and tension around racial profiling because it may happen to us, or it does happen to us, too.
I think what separates us is, is kind of a socioeconomic divide, that you have many poor black people now suffering a lot of the things we talk about in this book. And in many, many urban areas, you have huge clusters of the very, very poor without kind of balanced communities over class lines, so that there is a separation and sometimes a feeling that the two groups are not communicating with each other. Have you received criticism within the black community?
Bill Cosby's erasure of race from the Trayvon Martin case
Drive your children with love and care, and they will feel confidence when they go to school. Build a confidence about yourself and what you can control, and then you will be able to fight the systemic and the institutional. You will care more about what you do and what is done to you.
He is now a pastor in, in Wilmington. And they stop the water from flowing into your—and they turn the lights, and you have to take your clothes, and they go through everything in your cell, and you have to stand there, period. Look into materials on the wall. What is your kid talking about? There was personal responsibility, you know, during Jim Crow segregation. And a lot of black people, their history is succeeding against the odds.
People always make—have choices to make. A lot of these are, are choices that people make, that children make, that young people make, but also that families make. Do you want to support education in your home, or you want to ignore it, in fact, do the opposite? And a lot of parents are reluctant to do the simple kinds of things. Do we have choices around what kind of food we eat?
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We have an obesity, diabetes epidemic in the black community. To suggest that all of those problems are due totally and solely to systemic racism, I, I think, is just not correct. But I think systemic racism should be worked on always. If you have dinner with your children five times a week, they are three times less likely to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking and on down the line.
Talking about institutions, Bill Cosby, this was you at one of the callouts talking about participating in our democracy. Your mayor says that the city is 75 percent black. Twenty-seven percent of you voted. The simplest thing to do. People will come and get you on the voting night.Omarosa: 'I Had A Blind Spot Where It Came To Donald Trump' (Full) - Meet The Press - NBC News
Then he came back, he said of the and whatever, whatever, 75 percent of them are medicated. When that kid gets out, what happens to the medication? Why are you letting this happen? And, and, and passivity. I think one of the things we emphasize in the book is that to make things happen, to bring about change, that you have to be an activist of some sort because things will just not happen for you.
You have to go out and, and make demands, you have to get involved, you have to vote, that it just will not come. And you have the power to do that if you come together and you unify as a community and begin to talk about what we need to have a better community and better conditions for all black children.