Bill Cosby has joined the “If you criticize President Obama’s Policies you are a racist” crowd. Here’s what he said while sitting on a panel with host Soledad O’Brien and former Republican Congressman Connie Mack of Florida discussing racist attitudes in the 1960s. Cosby said that it’s really not that different today:
“To see people sitting down when there are others standing and cheering [the President at his State of the Union address]. I think we have people sitting there who are as bad as the people who were against any kind of desegregation.”
What a disappointment. Why would the opposition party stand up and cheer for policies that they disagree with? Many of Obama’s policies are unconstitutional. Must everybody cheer for a President who is subverting the Constitution and implementing economic policies that are harmful, even destructive, to the body politic?
We need to remember that opposition to Bill Clinton was equally vociferous. How about the way Democrats attacked George Bush? How does Cosby and other race-baiters deal with other blacks who have been critical of President Obama? I know. I know. They’re not “authentic blacks.” They’re Oreos and Uncle Toms that are only being used by racist whites.
For decades Bill Cosby has endeared himself to audiences around the world. His one-man, standup comedy routines were done with class and without the hint of crass language or political baggage.
He broke the TV color barrier when he teamed up with Robert Culp in I Spy (1965–1968). “It was . . . notable that Cosby’s race was never an issue in any of the stories.” Today, race is always an issue.
Cosby went on to produce and star in The Cosby Show. “According to TV Guide, the show ‘was TV’s biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC’s ratings fortunes.”
The Cosby Show was criticized by a number of black “leaders” because the show did not reflect the true conditions of blacks in America. Some accused the show of being “silent on racism.” Others commented that while Cosby’s character was a doctor and his wife’s character was a lawyer, in reality “Cosby and his costar, Phylicia Rashad, are models of success in show business comedy, not, as are their characters, in medicine or law.”
This was Cosby’s show. This wasn’t some white guy making these decisions. Cosby was the co-producer and star.
“I don’t spend my hours worrying how to slip a social message into my act,” Cosby told Playboy in 1969. He also said that he didn’t “have time to sit around and worry whether all the black people of the world make it because of me. I have my own gig to worry about.”
It’s ironic that President Obama’s most visible and vocal critic is a black physician – Dr. Benjamin Carson.
It wasn’t too long ago that Cosby said the following at a Rainbow-Push Coalition dinner in Chicago in 2004:
- “You young men and old men, you’ve got to stop beating up your women because you can’t find a job, because you didn’t want to get an education.
- When you put on a record and that record is yelling — (bleep) this — and (bleep) that, and you’ve got your six- or seven- year-old sitting in the backseat of the car, those children hear that.
- It is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us. And it keeps a person frozen in their seat.
In May of 2004, Cosby said this at a Howard University event: “The 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 won’t spend $200 for ‘Hooked on Phonics.’”
I guess only blacks can criticize other blacks unless the blacks that criticize other blacks don’t criticize them in a way that supports the blacks-as-victims narrative.