Bill Cosby doesn’t want to talk about race and may actually dislike Black people. Others races shouldn’t worry because Bill’s slowly becoming not a people person period.
Perhaps I should explain.
In a recent call-in interview with the DomNnate Radio Show, the comedian was asked his unbridled opinion on the George Zimmerman verdict. Cosby’s open to speaking about guns, the prosecution of the case, and the media’s coverage but race isn’t on the table for discussion. In Cosby’s estimation, race was never an issue in the case because, well, nobody can determine if George Zimmerman’s a racist.
“This racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can’t prove,” Cosby explained. “You can’t prove somebody is a racist unless they really come out and do the act and is found to be that.”
My honest reaction. But, let’s carry on because Bill wasn’t done there.
Cosby also disregards Zimmerman’s history of calling 9-1-1 to report mostly suspicious black males and notes that “the prosecution did not tell the story well, and they lost.” Cosby also cites the Casey Anthony trial and used both incidents to state that the media’s a major culprit. “I found the media were jumping and had this woman guilty,” Cosby remarked. “I will never pay attention to information given to me by TV, radio or whatever about a high-profile case until the jury says what it says.”
The prosecution comment, I can give him that because I’ve made similar statements in the wake of the verdict. The media holding sway over the public is a fair assessment as well. And while I appreciate Cosby’s honesty and willingness to say what’s on his mind, a part of me thinks he’s either angry with Black people or just a grumpy 76-year-old man or a combination of both. Whatever the case may be, Cosby continues to lose my admiration every time he speaks. He’s less fun-loving Jell-O man and more like the angry Black cop in Boyz In The Hood.
Coming of age in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the two most prominent Black males in sports and entertainment were Cliff Huxtable and Michael Jordan. Neither was too outspoken during the time period, choosing to lead by living a positive example that included a squeaky clean image. While Mike has never positioned himself to be seen as anything more than an athlete and a brand, Bill Cosby did inject implied messages in episodes of The Cosby Show.
Then, he got old. The show ended, his son was killed…and Bill Cosby took it out on everyone, but especially Black people. He became outspoken, taking the race to task over and over again with any speaking opportunity he was given. The community cried foul and Bill barked back even louder. He’s slowed down his crusade for the past few years so it was only a matter of time before the comedian came out with more terse statements that would ruffle feathers.
Now, he’s implying that race and prejudice played no role in Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin and I’m going to go out on a limb and say he harbors certain feelings about Martin’s parents that he hasn’t said publicly yet (give him time). Whatever he’s thinking privately and saying publicly doesn’t bother me because of what he’s saying. It’s the delivery and word choice – and his position as still a popular figure in American culture – that stings every time he talks. As someone who’s always led by positive example in film, TV and comedy, Bill’s negative viewpoint of most things runs contrary to who he’s always portrayed himself to be.
I used to love Cliff Huxtable. Now, I just don’t like Bill Cosby.
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