Bill Cosby has a new book out with Dr. Alvin Poussaint of Harvard Medical School, Come On People: On The Path From Victims to Victors.
Anthony Bradley reviews it for Acton Institute Blog:
Cosby and Poussaint remind us that black America’s hope for escape from abysmal self-destruction is moral formation — not government programs or blaming white people.
This book will arouse needed controversy as it challenges the victim mentality often promulgated by men like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson, and other black liberal elites. Cosby and Poussaint are direct, candid, and engender a spirit of urgency. We need to put silly racial politics aside and concentrate on the real reasons that black America is hemorrhaging.
Later he adds this interesting fact:
Ninety-four percent of all blacks murdered are killed by other blacks. For many blacks, a Klu Klux Klan rally is a safer place than their own neighborhoods.
In the Comments I add:
The best and only way for any group of people to rise out of self-inflicted baseness is to loose the “we.” This is just as true for white trash, or blue collar working class whites, as it is for blacks. Each individual must develop her own identity, adopting the one she grew up in is the easiest course, but the most restrictive. If Cosby’s story involves loosing the “we,” I will go along with it. Sharpton, Jackson, et al. are dependent on the “we” for their power. They are, as Ken Hamblin says, no more than poverty pimps.