Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? by Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson took America by storm with this provocative expose of the class and generational divide that is tearing black America apart. Nothing exposed the class and generational divide in black America more starkly than Bill Cosby’s now-infamous assault on the black poor when he received an NAACP award in the spring of 2004. The comedian-cum-social critic lamented the lack of parenting, poor academic performance, sexual promiscuity, and criminal behavior among what he called the “knuckleheads” of the African-American community. Even more surprising than his comments, however, was the fact that his audience laughed and applauded. Best-selling writer, preacher, and scholar Michael Eric Dyson uses the Cosby brouhaha as a window on a growing cultural divide within the African-American community. According to Dyson, the “Afristocracy”—lawyers, physicians, intellectuals, bankers, civil rights leaders, entertainers, and other professionals—looks with disdain upon the black poor who make up the “Ghettocracy”—single mothers on welfare, the married, single, and working poor, the incarcerated, and a battalion of impoverished children. Dyson explains why the black middle class has joined mainstream America to blame the poor for their troubles, rather than tackling the systemic injustices that shape their lives. He exposes the flawed logic of Cosby’s diatribe and offers a principled defense of the wrongly maligned black citizens at the bottom of the social totem pole. Displaying the critical prowess that has made him the nation’s preeminent spokesman for the hip-hop generation, Dyson challenges us all—black and white—to confront the social problems that the civil rights movement failed to solve.
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Bill Cosby leaves the courtroom after he was found guilty following his sexual assault trial on Thursday, April 26, , at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. She sorted through her thoughts while waiting for a bus at Broad and Erie. Cosby, in her view, deserved to be in court to face sexual-assault allegations. But something still pulled at her about his fall from grace. A Montgomery County jury found Cosby guilty Thursday on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. As black Philadelphians contemplate his legacy, questions flow over his guilt or innocence and the fairness of the process. Amid the stream come memories of a trailblazing career and the comedian's prowess as an education advocate and philanthropist with contributions that often boosted his hometown.
A few days earlier, representatives of the singer R. Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it. We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture. It is not surprising that those defending these two high-profile African-American men tried to link their fates to the historical narrative of African-American men who were lynched after being accused of raping white women. The fact that it rings so hollow now is progress.
The Pound Cake speech was given by Bill Cosby on May 17, during an NAACP awards Bill Cosby also covers the issues of drop-out rates and young people going to jail. In the speech, Cosby says that African Americans should no longer blame discrimination, segregation, governmental institutions, or others for.
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People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and public schools we have 50 percent drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child. Whether the year-old Cosby spends so much as a day in jail remains to be seen, and I, for one, would bet against it. But there is also no shortage of blacks — mostly those who either are working class or identify with that cohort — who today are basking in the afterglow of a race traitor getting his comeuppance for trafficking in the worst Amos-n-Andy racial tropes. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!
I understand why many may not want to accept the verdict. Denial in our pain is expected. This man meant everything to us. Bill Cosby — once an inspiration and encapsulation of the American dream — betrayed a lot of people. He betrayed the women he sexually abused.
Bill Cosby hates poor Black folk, so say the many critics of his May remarks following receipt of an award acknowledging his philanthropic work. His comments, made at a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education held in Washington, D. Sadly, the response was predictable. Dyson, a self-fashioned defender of the poor and check on the Black middle class, has emerged as one of the generals in the anti-Cosby army He has written critically of Cosby for over a decade.