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The Cos Weighs In

22 Sep

Bill Cosby, the darling of conservatives when he gives that tough-love to the segment of the black community that is falling down – is likely to draw conservative ire with his post on his Facebook –

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I agree with President Carter that racism is playing a role in recent outbursts against President Obama. During President Obama’s speech on the status of health care reform, some members of congress engaged in a public display of disrespect. While one Representative hurled the now infamous “you lie” insult at the President, others made their lack of interest known by exhibiting rude behavior such as deliberately yawning and sending text messages.

Health care reform is the most important domestic issue facing America today. Disease does not discriminate. African American, White, Asian, Latino, Republican, Democrat, no one in America is immune. So it seems obvious that a debate on health care reform should not include views born solely of partisanship or bigotry.

Various polls prior to the election indicated that between five and ten percent of Americans would never vote for an African American president. That number, of course, only includes those who actually admitted to their prejudice. How many others harbored such feelings but did not respond honestly when asked the question? And how many people oppose Obama’s plan because the President is African American?

In “Birth of a Nation,” D.W. Griffith used white actors in black face to portray black legislators as having low intelligence and acting like fools. Today, we have a band of real life congressional fools seemingly bent on blocking any meaningful reform of the health care system. But if we allow even one American to die simply because he or she cannot afford treatment, we are creating a shameful scenario that could aptly be called “Death of a Nation.”

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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One response to “The Cos Weighs In

  1. Black Diaspora

    September 22, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Bill Cosby is a shoot from the hip kind of guy. I don’t think he’s driven by some political philosophy as much as he is by the practicalities of life.

    You’re right: Conservatives aren’t going to like his latest rant.

    It doesn’t fit their republican agenda of downplaying racism–the Democrats’ single most important weapon (by keeping it alive) to keep us black folks in the liberal fold, when clearly the Republicans have our best interest at heart, and a political philosophy to die for, if we’d only give it a chance.

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