He's at it again! Bill Cosby would really like you young whippersnappers to stop it with the sagging pants and the rap music and the being poor. Also, get off his lawn.
In a rather rambling op-ed he wrote for the New York Post, Cosby says that the problem plaguing our communities isn't racism or oppression or anything big like that -- it's apathy. "There is this situation where people tend to think that we are all victims," he writes. "Victim meaning somebody else is doing this to us. That's not true." He goes on to shake his finger at people who smoke and drink soda and kids who curse and disrespect people on subways. He concludes that if we "behave better, eat better, we will feel better, think clearly," and ta-daa! Problems solved.
Bill Cosby has been lecturing blacks on what they're doing wrong in life for some time now, and he's still trying to kill a tree by snipping at its leaves rather than going for the root. Coming from a white person, his "stop being a victim and pick yourself up by your bootstraps" rhetoric would be decried as racist just as soon as it reached our ears. But, since it's Bill Cosby, beloved TV father and fellow black man, I'm assuming this is just "tough love."
He wore a black beret and army fatigues, warned people that a revolution was coming and memorized the speeches of Malcolm X.
"I now believed that the whole of American culture was irretrievably tainted by racism," he once said, describing his reaction to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Soon, that same man is expected to help the U.S. Supreme Court bury two pillars of the civil rights movement: the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.
(CNN) – I'm a big fan of Michelle Obama's, but if she's going to be hitting the circuit to raise money for Democrats, she has to be prepared for heckling. Especially heckling from gay rights activists like the one who interrupted her speech Tuesday night.
"Lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." That's how Ellen Sturtz, the woman identified as the heckler, identified herself.
Apparently the first lady's husband said something about signing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
A couple of weeks ago, a frustrated single woman wrote into "Ask Demetria," the other column I write for The Root each Thursday, to, well, ask if she should only date men who made as much as, or more money than, she does. She has been open to entertaining men whose income is lower than hers, but she's noticed friction. I suggested that it wasn't the money that was the issue; it was the self-confidence – or, rather, the lack of self-confidence – of the guys she had encountered.
The good news is that there are plenty of men who don't care if a woman makes more money. The bad news? According to a 2013 Pew Research study, 28 percent of adults said they agreed it's generally better for a marriage if the husband earns more money than his wife. Eighteen percent of college-educated adults felt the same.
In an interview with The Guardian that covered everything from Britain's future, to the ways in which he says white supremacy operates in America, Cornel West was characteristically blunt in his criticism of the Obama administration, announcing that he and "Team Obama" no longer speak because "They say I'm un-American."
Despite having campaigned for Obama, West said he'd now rather have a "white president fundamentally dedicated to eradicating poverty and enhancing the plight of working people than a black president tied to Wall Street and drones."
A few excerpts:
Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family – mother, father and children. There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit. Susie can't have two moms nor can Jimmy have two dads.
Liberals would argue that is not the case and that society must "evolve" with the times we now live in. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, one need look no further than the words of MSNBC talk show host, Melissa Perry, a radical feminist of irrational proportions.
MSNBC has been running a series of promotional ads featuring their various TV hosts. Here is what Perry said in her most recent ad (I am not making this up)"
"Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn't right." – Rep. George Miller
In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has lost much of its momentum. But what might have been lost in that principled attempt to point out the excesses of Wall Street and the growing power of the 1 percent, is the importance of raising the living standards of the working poor through a long overdue raise in the minimum wage.
Now those voices are rising, too.