Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Come on People!

Bill Cosby is appearing on Oprah today to discuss his new book, Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors and to talk about the lack of parenting in the Black community. The book explains the causes of the problem and gives parents advice on how to address it.

Here are some highlights of what Cosby had to say:

"It's not what they're doing to us. It's what we're not doing. … Brown vs. the Board of Education—these people who marched and were hit in the face with rocks and punched in the face to get an education, and we've got these knuckleheads walking around who don't want to learn English. I know you all know it, but I just want to get you as angry as you ought to be," he said.

"I never said there's no such thing as systemic or institutional racism. I also never said that we've got some people of our own that happen to be on the side of the racists. I'm saying we've got to dig in and fight. The same way that you and I were protected by our grandparents," Bill says. "We need to see the problem the same way and protect our children."

Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, co-author of the book who also appears on Oprah today, addresses the lack of fathers present in the home:

"Many of these fathers are not present. They're absent. Many of them are even incarcerated. Many don't have jobs," Dr. Poussaint says. "And a lot of these young men don't even feel that it's important to be a father because many of them grew up in fatherless homes. … The cycle just continues."

According to Dr. Poussaint, studies show that children who have dads who are involved in their lives—whether their parents are together or not—tend to do better than children with no father figure. "But the men don't know that, and we have to get a message out there that it's critical that they're involved with their children," Dr. Poussaint says.

Cosby gives suggestions for parents, stating: "They should look under beds, monitor internet usage, know who their friends are. We have parents who don't know what subjects the children are taking, who don't know when the test is coming, who don't know if they're finished, don't know the grades," he says. "We must know."

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Christina said...

For more than three years, authors Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint have been listening to the voices at community call-outs in cities across the country. Their latest book, Come On People, due out October 9 in bookstores nationwide, combines messages of personal responsibility with practical solutions, and retells the incredible stories shared at these call-outs.

Come On People is for all those who are tired of being used, neglected and undefended—folks who wish to see changes in their governments, their neighborhoods, on their streets and within the walls of their living spaces.

At you will find a forum called "The Cos," that is designed for community members to discuss issues beyond those addressed in the book, as well as a place for people to come together and offer solutions. It's time to have the courage to believe you can do better by asking for help and not being afraid to move forward.

No matter your economic status, no matter your age, no matter your race, no matter your gender, and no matter your religion, we are all allies in changing our future for the better.

You can find downloadable PDF's of excerpts from Come On People at the following links:

We are also willing to send review copies out to the first 100 bloggers who respond to—all we ask is that you publish a review and link back to

Please share this book and website with members of your blog community—the more people who hear Drs. Cosby and Poussaint's message, the better!

Christina Stewart
Respond2 Communications

Upcoming Bill Cosby appearances:

October 17: Oprah
October 18: Good Morning America
October 18: Larry King Live

Anonymous said...

Isn't Cosby the same man that had extramarital affairs and drugs and rapes women? Yeah, he's the posterchild for "family values, responsible father/manhood, and being a good role model". As if he doesn't perpetuate some of the negative stereotypes of the Black man and father...the nerve he has!

Kamau said...

I love Bill Cosby. Some of his comments were off-based some as what he was saying about Black names but overall I have to agree with what he is saying.