Sunday, February 13, 2005

Is Bill Cosby The Subject of a “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy?” PART I

By Kevin D. Korenthal

Certainly we can all agree that there seems to be some proof that Bill Cosby has not been 100% faithful to his wife. But is that anyone’s business and why are rape allegations coming to light just as Bill Cosby ruffles a lot of feathers in the established Black and Civil Rights Community?

I am not writing this commentary to exonerate Bill Cosby of any improprieties. I would, however like to investigate how some of his most recent statements may have brought scrutiny of his personal life upon him.

In a rebuff to black mothers and fathers as well as minority leaders like the NAACP, Bill Cosby said on July 1, 2004, "Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day. It's cursing and calling each other n------ as they're walking up and down the street," Cosby said during an appearance at Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund's annual conference.

"They think they're hip," the entertainer said. "They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."

Bill Cosby has spoken out about many racially sensitive topics over the course of the last year. One that I found particularly interesting and that got a lot of press at the time was Cosby’s comments on the loathing state of African American English education.

"I can't even talk the way these people talk, 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' ... and I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk," Cosby said then. "And then I heard the father talk ... Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."

It is important to recognize that Mr. Cosby made the above comments in the middle of a heated Presidential Election where the hearts and minds of the black and other minority communities were at stake.

Clearly these and other statements have riled the bastions of liberalism that claim to speak for the minorities that Bill Cosby now says have been ill-served.

To be continued...

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