Originally posted by MBM:
"Judgment of the people in the situation is not helpful. How can you help them is the question," said hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, founder of "Def Jam Records" and the "Phat Farm clothing line."
If Russell Simmons or Louis Farrakhan were making these statements, instead of Bill Cosby, I guarantee they would be more welcolmed by the black community. Instead of becoming defensive, blacks would feel "motivated" and "uplifted" by their "deep" wisdom. The problem is, African Americans simply do not want to have to defend themselves against someone who they feel can no longer "relate" to the drudgery of being black in America. That's why we're hearing all of these complaints. Its as if as soon as you become wealthy and distinguish yourself from the poverty that stagnates us, you somehow renounce your membership to being black and you can no longer critique and/or praise the black community, for whatever reason. Although I may not agree with all of Cosby's statements, some of them inflammatory, a person should not have to build "K-12 Afrocentric schools" just to make an observation and have that observation be respected. The point is, the man is expressing his concern in the ways that are best and most comfortable for him. You go on the Internet and discuss your concerns all day long and no one is stopping you from doing this. No one dares challenge or doubt the contributions that you make outside this forum. BTW: These comments are aimed at everyone participating, not MBM specifically.