quote:Originally posted by Bill Cosby:
Parents need to teach their children lessons at home and need to make an effort to be a part of their children's lives. Children need to be watched and you need to stay on the case. If you can't do it, get some damn help.
Regardless of who is giving the message, the message cannot be emphasized enough. Children only go so far as their parents will lead them. We've discussed Bill before and I have some concerns about the way his message is delievered, but I also find it interesting that nowadays whenever someone receives criticism, they immediately resort to trying to dig up dirt on the individual to use against them rather than simply receiving and appreciating the criticism. Is this some sort of defense mechanism? Eventually, if this kind treatment continues, no one will ever again be bold enough to say what's on their mind for fear that a mob of resentful people, with fragile and sensitive egos, will tear them down. But do we honestly want to live in society where the people are afraid to speak up??? Should we wonder why we haven't seen the presence (and stability) of black leadership since the 60's. Even the possibility of black leadership is doubted, and challenged, sometimes maliciously. I mean, here is a guy who has boldly stepped out in the spirit of Malcolm X, and others, who took a chance by saying things to people that they knew would not be readily accepted and what support do we offer? None. We have nothing but attacks upon his character. I believe like other controversial speakers before him who received unwelcomed responses to their message initially, Bill should perservere. Experience has taught me that those who become uncomfortable with a message and mistakingly arrive to the conclusion that any response they are in disagreement with is "bullshit" are the people who need the message the most (refer to next poster for primary example).