Bill Cosby Right?”
In a series of well-publicized speeches, Bill Cosby has taken the lower-economic
classes of the black community to task for not properly raising children properly
and for embracing what he views as destructive hip-hop culture. Among his controversial
comments: “Let me tell you something: your dirty laundry gets out of school
at 2:30 every day. It’s cursing and calling each other n****s as they’re
walking up and down the street.”
Today’s show poses the question – is Bill Cosby right? Meet several
black citizens who argue points at both ends of this debate:
For the last four years, Talmara has been 15-year-old
Nicky’s sole guardian. (Nicky’s dad
is in jail and according to Talmara, Nicky’s
mom is an alcoholic.) Though Nicky is apathetic
towards school and confrontational, Talmara disagrees
with Cosby that she is somehow to blame for Nicky’s
behavior. Larry spoke with Nicky about finishing
school, developing goals and finding inspiration
in people she respects such as her cousin Stephanie.
To get Nicky started, the show provided her with
an internship at a local salon to help her explore
her dream of becoming a stylist, along with tutoring,
books and a new Dell laptop.
Rappers Fat Tone and Large Pad have taken issue
with Cosby’s statements, saying that he
understand what it’s like to be raised
in the ghetto. At 23, Fat Tone has four children
four different mothers and has been shot several
times – he says it’s all part of
the territory. Large Pad began rapping only when
realized he could make more money doing that
than selling drugs as he had been since age 14.
Now both are focused on furthering their rap
careers but contend that experiences like theirs
be expected growing up in an urban environment.
Larry encouraged both of them to stop playing
the victim and realize the value of education.
Janet and Brent are the antidote to Cosby’s
theory. Both grew up in difficult situations:
Janet immigrated from Liberia with her family
at a young
age only to live in cramped quarters in a questionable
neighborhood, while Brent grew up in a single-mom
household. Now Janet is heading to USC, while
Brent is going to Duke on a full scholarship.
that hard work can overcome the odds and that
you can affect your environment, not the other
Sound off! Do you agree with Cosby or are you outraged
by his comments? Share
your opinion in our Show Talk forum.
Special thanks to the following vendors who generously
provided Nicky and Talmara with their products
Fleur De Lis Day Spa
Sylvan Learning Center