Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Monday, April 23, 2007


Sportswriter Jason Whitlock says it's time for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton -- president and vice president of Black America -- to step down, and he exhorts the black community to get some self-respect:

We have more important issues to deal with than Imus. If we are unwilling to clean up the filth and disrespect we heap on each other, nothing will change with our condition. You can fire every Don Imus in the country, and our incarceration rate, fatherless-child rate, illiteracy rate and murder rate will still continue to skyrocket.

A man who doesn’t respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others respect him.

We don’t respect ourselves right now. If we did, we wouldn’t call each other the N-word. If we did, we wouldn’t let people with prison values define who we are in music and videos. If we did, we wouldn’t call black women bitches and hos and abandon them when they have our babies.

If we had the proper level of self-respect, we wouldn’t act like it’s only a crime when a white man disrespects us. We hold Imus to a higher standard than we hold ourselves. That’s a (freaking) shame.

It's several days old, but it's worth a read.


Anonymous Lisa said...

Didn't Bill Cosby urge something similar to this several years ago?

April 24, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Yes, Lisa. Here's the speech that he made at a dinner celebrating the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. It was semi-controversial at the time, I think.

April 24, 2007 2:30 PM  

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