Sista ER wrote: The problem is our children are running rampant and we're losing our kids. Those kids are (first and foremost) their parent's responsibility!!! That IS "black and white." There's no "gray" area there. That's just the way it is. Always has .. and always will be.
I agree. We always had a THUMB on our kids. They were well behaved....and feared us worse than GOD!!! But! Sumthing happened when $5 tennis shoes started costing $100. Sumthing strange occurred when blackfolks were able to do things they weren't able to do...let's say....10 years before. The focus was no longer on the children. Even though women worked back then....it was a system and routine that kept the primary focus in check. And then after that....crack cocaine. It entered the black community and devestated the female head of household in middle and low middle class families. And as they say....the rest is history. Aside from black men being preyed upon for gangs and prison life....there began a deep hole in the black community....and the difference from back in the day....NOBODY CARED ENOUGH to fill the hole. It was every man for himself. That NEVER happened before.
Black celebrities [which Cosby is responsible for opening door due to his positive film presence] and those hard working blacks and approaching educated blacks who were beginning to make good money as a result of a new era.....didn't reach back to help[as we once had]...they kept going and actually NEVER looked back and when they finally did....what we have today is what they saw....but! It wasn't enough to make them come back. Oh no!
And the thing I have against Dubois is his statement about the Talented Ten...cuz we developed the Talented Haves from the ramifications of the civil rights movement and still as some blacks gain more and more financially they did not feel obligated whatsoever to do what Dubois proposed the Talented Ten would do. Plus! I just can't get with this "class" thang he also talked about. Cuz to me...it's still caste class....without the word "caste." We have to look at what is going on today....and not just talk about it. Enough talking. Cuz the black community is like a car. A car need wheels to go, an engine, a starter and other components. Without any of it, the car won't move. Cosby is the wheel, Dyson may be the engine or the starter or whatever. But the important point is we need everything to be attached in order for the car to be complete to work. It's called unity. Instead of pointing fingers at the wheels.....the engine need to cooperate so that we as a community to get to the next destination of success....otherwise we will be an abandoned car [as we are currently as a community] with wild grass and weeds growing underneath instead of moving onward toward our well deserved productive future....but! I'm just sayin