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Black Writers on Bill Cosby
Greetings Afrigeneas Writers:
I've enclosed three links to Africana's published articles on the recent controversy about Bill Cosby's recent remarks. Whether you agree with their position or not, journalists William Jelani Cobb, jimi izrael, and Amy Alexander present interesting positions. They support their arguments with references to names from Du Bois, Booker T Washington to the late journalist Vernon Jarrett and the Chicago Defender. In between is a bit mud slinging. All well written articles.
The one point that wasn't discussed was the white and black liberal (and socially acceptable accusation) that Cosby's remarks play into the hands of racists.
What is more racist than the realtime global acceptance of our culture? Society matrons posing with a thug that just got out of jail? News Editors who prefer articles that define our only heritage as ghetto and plantation? MTV's daily minstrel shows dancing and rappin' filth to our children? Our silence is deafening. Marketing moguls take it as a cue to feed our children poisonous pabulum of violence, women AKA ho, "hip hop's down low" and "ayight" as the standard for our history and culture.
Of course it touches adults too. For years I endured one of my upstairs neighbors' teen-age sons who would break into a pimp roll when he saw me. Even when I was wearing a business suit and carrying my briefcase, he would greet me with his best Culud "How y' doin."
I really couldn't blame him. ...After all isn't that our "keepin it real culture?
Why waste my time telling him about five centuries of our American history?
I'd rather spend my time at Afrigeneas.
Enjoy the articles.
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