It won’t shock anyone to know that I am one of Bill Cosby’s loudest cheerleaders regarding social issue that confront the black communities of 21st century America. Indeed, more than a cheerleader, I must best describe my self as a devotee of many of the things that Mr. Cosby espouses when it comes to the rebirth and renewal of our communities and the tough love that it will require.
In this latest publication, Bill Cosby, and his longtime collaborator, Dr, Alvin Poussaint, discuss the breadth of the pathological behavior that has rent our communities since the days of reconstruction and Jim Crow.
Cosby doesn’t spare anyone here. He calls out the people that need to be called out. He tells some home truths that we should have been telling the community-at-large for at least three generations.
I could give you all of the details of the book, but I don’t think that I need to. Suffice it to say that I believe that Cosby (and Poussaint) are strong black men that understand the truths that we must confront as a people.
It isn’t enough that there is public assistance for the poor, we must insure that public assistance is a temporary thing. The best way that we can do that is to build up the two-parent nuclear family. In addition to that, we must ALL be responsible for the extended family. Whether that kid is your blood kin or not, you, black man, must provide the example. You have to show that boy or girl that a man… a real man behaves a certain way. That he cares for his children, and feeds, clothes, nurtures and educates that child, and that he is responsible for that child’s spiritual and religious training.
It isn’t enough for me, or for my coworkers to be good husbands and fathers in our suburban homes… we have to teach our brethren who don’t know this life, that there is life outside of the ‘hood, or the projects, or the prisons.
We have a lot of work to do brothers… we’d best be about it if we want the best for our children, and their children, and their children.
We have to start now.
What will YOU do, for the future of our people?
Happy New Year, people!