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Bill Cosby politically incorrect at bash celebrating Brown v. Board of Education
WashingtonPost ^ | 05/19/04 | Reliable Source

Posted on 05/19/2004 10:53:40 AM PDT by Pikamax

Cosby, Saying the Darndest Things

• Bill Cosby was anything but politically correct in his remarks Monday night at a Constitution Hall bash commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. To astonishment, laughter and applause, Cosby mocked everything from urban fashion to black spending and speaking habits.

Bill Cosby, ready to let off steam. (Lawrence Jackson - AP)

"Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal," he declared. "These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.' . . .

"They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English," he exclaimed. "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. 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!"

The Post's Hamil Harris reports that Cosby also turned his wrath to "the incarcerated," saying: "These are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?"

When Cosby finally concluded, Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and NAACP legal defense fund head Theodore Shaw came to the podium looking stone-faced. Shaw told the crowd that most people on welfare are not African American, and many of the problems his organization has addressed in the black community were not self-inflicted.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billcosby; brownvboardofed; comedy; cosby; naacp
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1 posted on 05/19/2004 10:53:44 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Tee hee!


2 posted on 05/19/2004 10:56:48 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Pikamax

Cosby is bucking to be the most hated black man to the Left since Clarence Thomas. Pure heresy.


3 posted on 05/19/2004 10:56:51 AM PDT by walford (http://utopia-unmasked.us)
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To: Pikamax

Wow, that's interesting! The only time I've ever seen Cosby interviewed on a talk show, he was rudely and sullenly anti-white. Which I thought was ironic since he'd gotten rich off the affection of white-bread middle America.


4 posted on 05/19/2004 10:57:18 AM PDT by prion
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To: Pikamax
They are buying things for kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.' . . .

AMEN

5 posted on 05/19/2004 10:57:26 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Pikamax

That is AWESOME! Anyone have a link to a complete transcript?


6 posted on 05/19/2004 10:57:43 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: Pikamax

later bump


7 posted on 05/19/2004 10:58:20 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Pikamax

I always liked Cosby. I don't know what his politics are.


8 posted on 05/19/2004 10:58:28 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Pikamax
Way to go, Cos!


9 posted on 05/19/2004 10:59:29 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: oblomov

Hate to burst your bubble, but Cosby is an avowed leftie who snubed Dr. Rice not too long ago.


10 posted on 05/19/2004 11:00:53 AM PDT by brothers4thID (Saying Dr. Rice hadn't heard of Al Queda is like saying Dr. Ruth hadn't heard about sex)
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To: Pikamax
Geez! I was laughing so hard I lit the wrong end of my cigarette! I could hear Cosby's voice in those quotes. Remarkable. And yes, I SURE it made Kwesi more than a little queasy!


11 posted on 05/19/2004 11:00:54 AM PDT by EggsAckley (........"LIBERATE YOUR INNER BONOBO".........)
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment

Perhaps C-span will show it. Might wind up in their on-demand internet archives.


12 posted on 05/19/2004 11:01:10 AM PDT by mbraynard
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To: Pikamax

Thanks for giving me my second pleasant surprise today.

(The first was the posting on Gene Simmons...)

And the trifecta came later in the Cosby column:

"• Add one more to the Republicans-who-live-in-Hollywood list. (How many is that now? Five?) The ever-shrinking Lara Flynn Boyle tells Us Weekly that Democrat John Kerry ain't her man. "I'm Irish Catholic, so a Democrat by blood," Jack Nicholson's former flame reveals, "but I'm 100 percent for Bush. I want my president to be like my agent: Not afraid of people, but wants my best interest."


13 posted on 05/19/2004 11:01:39 AM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: Pikamax

Cosby is a total liberal. Except he doesn't have much use for idiots.


14 posted on 05/19/2004 11:02:10 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (It's a nice day for a white wedding)
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To: oblomov
"I always liked Cosby."

How long can you tread water?"

15 posted on 05/19/2004 11:02:41 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsënspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmändø (EMØØK))
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To: Pikamax
Bill Cosby snubs Dr. Rice
16 posted on 05/19/2004 11:02:44 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Pikamax

At least what was excerpted was right on target!!!


17 posted on 05/19/2004 11:03:34 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: Pikamax

Kweisi Mfume must be Mfuming over this. If the speaker were white, he'd have been shot on the spot. If any other black, he'd have been villified to the extreme...

But this is Bill Cosby, one of the most beloved and respected black men in the country no matter what your political affiliation or race is. It would be suicide for anybody to go after him.

This is just so classic!


18 posted on 05/19/2004 11:03:53 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Pikamax
It's about time a popular and beloved black entertainer came forward with these sorts of remarks. I would like to have heard the entire speech. I suppose the people he coined as "knuckleheads" will all come down on him now
19 posted on 05/19/2004 11:03:57 AM PDT by ColoradoSlim (All we are saying is give corn a chance! Ethanol for a strong USA)
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To: brothers4thID

He always has had no love for black people who he thinks make them look bad, when def jam comedy was on HBO he would berate russel simmons and the comics like crazy as nothing more than minstrels.


20 posted on 05/19/2004 11:04:23 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola.

Or stealing Jello Pudding. (Nice ad placement Bill, how much did Coke pay you for that?)

21 posted on 05/19/2004 11:04:31 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Pikamax
I've always loved Bill. He has never comported himself with anything but class. Now, its evident he has good sense as well. A commodity in short supply these days.

He should've gotten a standing ovation. But I don't see it mentioned.....surprise.

22 posted on 05/19/2004 11:05:36 AM PDT by softengine (Life is like a roll of toilet paper.....The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.)
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To: WestTexasWend

I just hope Lara doesn't starve to death before November.


23 posted on 05/19/2004 11:05:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Pikamax

That would be Dr. Bill Cosby, by the way. Ph. D. in Education, and earned, not honorary.

Quite true that most people on welfare are not black. What's also true is that blacks have a much higher percentage of their population on welfare than other races, and I believe they are also disproportionately represented in "Want fries with that" jobs. And anyone who thinks speaking, reading, and writing proper English and showing up to work on time is "acting white" and is to be despised is going to stay that way.


24 posted on 05/19/2004 11:05:48 AM PDT by RonF
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To: brothers4thID
Hate to burst your bubble, but Cosby is an avowed leftie who snubed Dr. Rice not too long ago.

People are sometimes too complex to fit in the boxes we want them to stay in. His words here are funny and true and very needed from him. I'll applaud it... That doesn't mean I own any of his other work I might not like!

25 posted on 05/19/2004 11:06:29 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (I am HairOfTheDog and I approved this message.)
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To: Pikamax

uh oh......looks like Cosby ain't black anymore.......


26 posted on 05/19/2004 11:07:04 AM PDT by sfvgt ("if you're gonna shoot, shoot, don't talk"(Tuco: the good, the bad, and the ugly))
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To: JohnnyZ
Cosby is a total liberal. Except he doesn't have much use for idiots.

Precisely. He went to college, earned his degrees, worked hard to achieve what he has, and most likely is disgusted by the spectre of black youth who refuse to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them, and fail to use proper English or to make something of themselves.

27 posted on 05/19/2004 11:07:24 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Pikamax

The Cosby Show was one of the best role models ever for a black family. Bill has some balls saying that stuff in front of that crowd.


28 posted on 05/19/2004 11:07:33 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Pikamax
Bill Cosby - Himself is the greatest stand-up comedy routine in history. I've seen him in concert, and Cosby can run circles around most of today's foul-mouthed "comics."
29 posted on 05/19/2004 11:08:30 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: RonF
That would be Dr. Bill Cosby, by the way. Ph. D. in Education, and earned, not honorary.

I'm not complaining, I generally like Cosby, but did you know his Ph.D. thesis was basically using Fat Albert to teach kids?

30 posted on 05/19/2004 11:08:53 AM PDT by Rokurota
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To: Pikamax
IIRC in Delirious, Eddie Murphy said Cosby had called him because he thought his act was offensive (remember, this was in Eddie's pretty raunchy days). He has no patience for anyone who he thinks makes blacks look bad.
31 posted on 05/19/2004 11:08:53 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: softengine
He has never comported himself with anything but class.

You must not have been around the day he blamed white prejudice for the murder of his son by an illegal alien.

32 posted on 05/19/2004 11:09:15 AM PDT by prion
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To: Pikamax

Kudos to Bill Cosby! Someone needs to point out the self-destructive attitudes in the black community, and a white guy can't do it. Cosby has always stood for excellence, even if he is a liberal. I'm convinced that his portrayal of Dr. Huxtable on NBC was a not-so-subtle message to American blacks that they should aspire to success and excellence in this country.


33 posted on 05/19/2004 11:09:45 AM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: softengine
He should've gotten a standing ovation. But I don't see it mentioned.....surprise.

End of the lead paragraph ..

To astonishment, laughter and applause, Cosby mocked everything from urban fashion to black spending and speaking habits.

Close enough for me.

34 posted on 05/19/2004 11:10:29 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Jamie Gorelick: Never was "conflict of interest" so appropriately named.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Even though most of the time it appears he's not "right" on target.....


35 posted on 05/19/2004 11:10:57 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: bmwcyle

No NO NO!! That's hooked on EBONICS!


36 posted on 05/19/2004 11:11:12 AM PDT by ladywolf7
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To: antiRepublicrat

"Tell Bill I said to have a Coke and a smile and to shut the F up." - Richard Pryor to Eddie Murphy.

Besides it was Richard Pryor who said "I've been to penitentiaries, and all I can say is, 'Thank God, we've got penitentiaries.'"


37 posted on 05/19/2004 11:11:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: antiRepublicrat
He has no patience for anyone who he thinks makes blacks look bad.

We'll never know the real truth, but Cosby later said that he never chastised Eddie about "filth," rather he chastised Eddie about his attitude towards the audience when he was "off" one night. Cosby said Eddie went off on the audience saying something like, "screw you people...I make millions of dollars...blah blah blah."

Anyway, that was Cosby's version.

38 posted on 05/19/2004 11:12:09 AM PDT by Rokurota
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To: dfwgator

"Besides it was Richard Pryor who said "I've been to penitentiaries, and all I can say is, 'Thank God, we've got penitentiaries.'""

LOL, that was a great bit.


39 posted on 05/19/2004 11:13:04 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Always Right
Would you expect anything less from Pentagon agent Alexander Scott. Scotty always had a good head on his shoulders. :-)
40 posted on 05/19/2004 11:13:45 AM PDT by ColoradoSlim (All we are saying is give corn a chance! Ethanol for a strong USA)
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To: Pikamax

Just when I'm ready to write him off as a lefty...He does lean left but with the clear vision he has of what some of the problems are, how can one dismiss him?


41 posted on 05/19/2004 11:13:59 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: RonF

His degree is an Ed. D. The best that can be said about an Ed. D. is that it does take some time to complete.


42 posted on 05/19/2004 11:15:15 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Pikamax; rdb3; cyborg; mafree; Trueblackman; hchutch; Poohbah; Lazamataz; Sabertooth
"These are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?"

Now that's the Cosby I know and love - not this hand-wringing mealy-mouthed apologist we've been saddled with for the past fifteen years.

Swygert walked up stone-faced because (and yes, I love HU, my wife and I both went to school there, but the liberalism there is so thick you can cut it with a butter knife) for once, Cosby didn't pander to his baser expectations.

43 posted on 05/19/2004 11:15:51 AM PDT by mhking (Don't wait for the translation, ANSWER ME NOW!)
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To: prion
The only time I've ever seen Cosby interviewed on a talk show, he was rudely and sullenly anti-white

He isn't anti-black or anti-white. He is pro black. Which is understandable since he's black.

He understands that these people are an embarrassment to him and other normal people who are black. It's all very logical.

44 posted on 05/19/2004 11:16:21 AM PDT by Protagoras (Control is the objective , freedom is the obstacle.)
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To: Pikamax
Then there's Bill's wife, Camille: Racism Killed My Son
45 posted on 05/19/2004 11:16:52 AM PDT by BufordP (I'm Jimmy Valentine's Brother's brother)
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To: Pikamax
SNL's Kenan Thompson as Fat Albert in the motion picture Fat Albert, due out Christmas time:


46 posted on 05/19/2004 11:17:33 AM PDT by mhking (Don't wait for the translation, ANSWER ME NOW!)
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To: Rokurota
thesis was basically using Fat Albert to teach kids?

Kids do leard some things from cartoons. The good cartoons anyway. I rather have my kids watching Fat Albert or Little Bill than Sponge Bob or Power Puff Girls.

47 posted on 05/19/2004 11:17:42 AM PDT by bird4four4
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To: Pikamax

I asked "why did you kill everyone in the house?"

"Cuz, they was home."


48 posted on 05/19/2004 11:17:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Rokurota

I don't kow what his thesis topic was. His degree was from UMass Amherst at a time when the School of Education was very liberal, to say the least. However, he did take the initiative to study for a doctorate and did try to find a way to teach kids. It's more than a lot of people do.


49 posted on 05/19/2004 11:17:49 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Protagoras
He isn't anti-black or anti-white.

You definitely haven't read the same stuff I have.

50 posted on 05/19/2004 11:17:49 AM PDT by prion
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