12 January 2014
Was Bill Cosby right or wrong?
Bill Cosby’s address at the NAACP on the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of education was definitely a shock to the black community, as well as the nation. Bill Cosby was a comedian, and a figure that was looked up to in the black community, however this speech ruined his career and reputation. Bill Cosby’s speech split up the black community into two. One side strong believed in what Bill Cosby said and agrees with him, while the other side disagrees with him and despises him. This speech impacted the black community very much, and even ruined his reputation, however I believe that he said was true. Although, he expressed it in a cruel way that left you cringing in your seat, it is very much true and action should be taken.
His speech was the last speech of the night that shocked the audience and left them speechless. In this speech, Bill Cosby talks about the generations’ problems and what the parents need to do to fix this. This generation has teenagers dropping out of school, ending up in jail and not having a future. This is not the child’s fault but the parents neglecting their child and not setting those standards. There is a huge difference in respect and behavior now and what it was back then. Back then you would not do inappropriate things because it would embarrass your mother, and your family. Nowadays, parents would just say, “You are getting your butt kicked,” or “You are going to get smacked.” This is not discipline, but a threat that does not work, nor teaches your child anything. Children need to be taught respect and values, instead of being spoiled constantly and dependent. Bill Cosby implies that the Brown v. Board of Education was not won to see teenagers dropping out of school, but to have successful and independent individuals.
I strongly believe in what Bill Cosby said is true. There is such a high dropout rate and where do they would they end up? Working part time jobs, or...
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