Bill Cosby “The Pound Cake Speech”

In 2004 Bill Cosby gave a speech for the NAACP and with the race discussions and the uproar stirred up by Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points last week – prompted me to take a look at Juan Williams book Enough – The Phony Leaders, Dead End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America – and What We Can Do About it. I ordered a copy of it today and discovered it was inspired by Bill Cosby’s “The Pound Cake Speech”. So, I had to find out more about that speech. And – I wanted to share it with my blog visitors. Feel free to let me know what you think…

Watch a few minutes of this speech – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gh3_e3mDQ8

Bill Cosby “The Pound Cake Speech”

On May 17, 2004, the NAACP staged a gala celebration at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Comedian, actor and philanthropist Bill Cosby was asked to deliver the main address. Cosby unexpectedly used the occasion to deliver a controversial speech that profiled current African American social, economic and cultural deficiencies. His speech ignited a firestorm of protest and debate. It appears below.

Ladies and gentlemen, I really have to ask you to seriously consider what you’ve heard, and now this is the end of the evening so to speak. I heard a prize fight manager say to his fellow who was losing badly, “David, listen to me. It’s not what’s he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing.”

Ladies and gentlemen, these people set — they opened the doors, they gave us the right, and today, ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and public schools we have 50% drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. In the old days, you couldn’t hooky school because every drawn shade was an eye. And before your mother got off the bus and to the house, she knew exactly where you had gone, who had gone into the house, and where you got on whatever you had one and where you got it from. Parents don’t know that today.

I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?

The church is only open on Sunday. And you can’t keep asking Jesus to ask doing things for you. You can’t keep asking that God will find a way. God is tired of you . God was there when they won all those cases. 50 in a row. That’s where God was because these people were doing something. And God said, “I’m going to find a way.” I wasn’t there when God said it — I’m making this up. But it sounds like what God would do.

We cannot blame white people. White people — white people don’t live over there. They close up the shop early. The Korean ones still don’t know us as well — they stay open 24 hours. I’m looking and I see a man named Kenneth Clark, he and his wife Mamie. Kenneth’s still alive. I have to apologize to him for these people because Kenneth said it straight. He said you have to strengthen yourselves, and we’ve got to have that black doll. And everybody said it. Julian Bond said it. Dick Gregory said it. All these lawyers said it. And you wouldn’t know that anybody had done a damned thing.

Fifty percent drop out rate, I’m telling you, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse? I want somebody to love me. And as soon as you have it, you forget to parent. Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them. All this child knows is “gimme, gimme, gimme.” These people want to buy the friendship of a child, and the child couldn’t care less. Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we’ve done, we still fear our parents. And these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid — $500 sneakers — for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

Kenneth Clark, somewhere in his home in upstate New York — just looking ahead. Thank God he doesn’t know what’s going on. Thank God. But these people — the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: “The cops shouldn’t have shot him.” What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. And I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said if you get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother.” Not, “You’re going to get your butt kicked.” No. “You’re going to embarrass your mother.” “You’re going to embarrass your family.” If you knock that girl up, you’re going to have to run away because it’s going to be too embarrassing for your family. In the old days, a girl getting pregnant had to go down South, and then her mother would go down to get her. But the mother had the baby. I said the mother had the baby. The girl didn’t have a baby. The mother had the baby in two weeks. We are not parenting.

Ladies and gentlemen, listen to these people. They are showing you what’s wrong. People putting their clothes on backwards. Isn’t that a sign of something going on wrong? Are you not paying attention? People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack — and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up).

Brown versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We’ve got to take the neighborhood back. We’ve got to go in there. Just forget telling your child to go to the Peace Corps. It’s right around the corner. It’s standing on the corner. It can’t speak English. It doesn’t want to speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk. “Why you ain’t where you is go, ra.” I don’t know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and you got into the house and switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with, “Why you ain’t…” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. There is no Bible that has that kind of language. Where did these people get the idea that they’re moving ahead on this. Well, they know they’re not; they’re just hanging out in the same place, five or six generations sitting in the projects when you’re just supposed to stay there long enough to get a job and move out.

Now, look, I’m telling you. It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. 50 percent drop out. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken, and they’re walking and they’re angry. Oh God, they’re angry and they have pistols and they shoot and they do stupid things. And after they kill somebody, they don’t have a plan. Just murder somebody. Boom. Over what? A pizza? And then run to the poor cousin’s house.

They sit there and the cousin says, “What are you doing here?” “I just killed somebody, man.” “What?” “I just killed somebody; I’ve got to stay here.” “No, you don’t.” “Well, give me some money, I’ll go….” “Where are you going?” “North Carolina.”

Everybody wanted to go to North Carolina. But the police know where you’re going because your cousin has a record.

Five or six different children — same woman, eight, ten different husbands or whatever. Pretty soon you’re going to have to have DNA cards so you can tell who you’re making love to. You don’t who this is. It might be your grandmother. I’m telling you, they’re young enough. Hey, you have a baby when you’re twelve. Your baby turns thirteen and has a baby, how old are you? Huh? Grandmother. By the time you’re twelve, you could have sex with your grandmother, you keep those numbers coming. I’m just predicting.

I’m saying Brown versus the Board of Education. We’ve got to hit the streets, ladies and gentlemen. I’m winding up, now — no more applause. I’m saying, look at the Black Muslims. There are Black Muslims standing on the street corners and they say so forth and so on, and we’re laughing at them because they have bean pies and all that, but you don’t read, “Black Muslim gunned down while chastising drug dealer.” You don’t read that. They don’t shoot down Black Muslims. You understand me. Muslims tell you to get out of the neighborhood. When you want to clear your neighborhood out, first thing you do is go get the Black Muslims, bean pies and all. And your neighborhood is then clear. The police can’t do it.

I’m telling you Christians, what’s wrong with you? Why can’t you hit the streets? Why can’t you clean it out yourselves? It’s our time now, ladies and gentlemen. It is our time. And I’ve got good news for you. It’s not about money. It’s about you doing something ordinarily that we do — get in somebody else’s business. It’s time for you to not accept the language that these people are speaking, which will take them nowhere. What the hell good is Brown V. Board of Education if nobody wants it?

What is it with young girls getting after some girl who wants to still remain a virgin. Who are these sick black people and where did they come from and why haven’t they been parented to shut up? To go up to girls and try to get a club where “you are nobody….” This is a sickness, ladies and gentlemen, and we are not paying attention to these children. These are children. They don’t know anything. They don’t have anything. They’re homeless people. All they know how to do is beg. And you give it to them, trying to win their friendship. And what are they good for? And then they stand there in an orange suit and you drop to your knees: “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t do anything.” Yes, he did do it. And you need to have an orange suit on, too.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for the award — and giving me an opportunity to speak because, I mean, this is the future, and all of these people who lined up and done — they’ve got to be wondering what the hell happened. Brown V. 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 got these knuckleheads walking around who don’t want to learn English. I know that you all know it. I just want to get you as angry that you ought to be. When you walk around the neighborhood and you see this stuff, that stuff’s not funny. These people are not funny anymore. And that‘s not my brother. And that’s not my sister. They’re faking and they’re dragging me way down because the state, the city, and all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don’t want to accept that they have to study to get an education.

We have to begin to build in the neighborhood, have restaurants, have cleaners, have pharmacies, have real estate, have medical buildings instead of trying to rob them all. And so, ladies and gentlemen, please, Dorothy Height, where ever she’s sitting, she didn’t do all that stuff so that she could hear somebody say “I can’t stand algebra, I can’t stand…” and “what you is.” It’s horrible.

Basketball players — multimillionaires can’t write a paragraph. Football players, multimillionaires, can’t read. Yes. Multimillionaires. Well, Brown v. Board of Education, where are we today? It’s there. They paved the way. What did we do with it? The White Man, he’s laughing — got to be laughing. 50 percent drop out — rest of them in prison.

You got to tell me that if there was parenting — help me — if there was parenting, he wouldn’t have picked up the Coca Cola bottle and walked out with it to get shot in the back of the head. He wouldn’t have. Not if he loved his parents. And not if they were parenting! Not if the father would come home. Not if the boy hadn’t dropped the sperm cell inside of the girl and the girl had said, “No, you have to come back here and be the father of this child.” Not ..“I don’t have to.”

Therefore, you have the pile up of these sweet beautiful things born by nature — raised by no one. Give them presents. You’re raising pimps. That’s what a pimp is. A pimp will act nasty to you so you have to go out and get them something. And then you bring it back and maybe he or she hugs you. And that’s why pimp is so famous. They’ve got a drink called the “Pimp-something.” You all wonder what that’s about, don’t you? Well, you’re probably going to let Jesus figure it out for you. Well, I’ve got something to tell you about Jesus. When you go to the church, look at the stained glass things of Jesus. Look at them. Is Jesus smiling? Not in one picture. So, tell your friends. Let’s try to do something. Let’s try to make Jesus smile. Let’s start parenting. Thank you, thank you.

Sources:

<http://www.eightcitiesmap.com/transcript_bc.htm>

Fine Print on Obama Supposed Lower Tax Rates for Business

Have you heard the news that Obama talked about lowering the corporate tax rate while he was at the Amazon distribution plant?

You may not have heard ALL the details…

Obama: Top Tax Rate Should Be 28% for Corporations, 40% for Small Businesses

The New York Times reports that President Obama is reviving an old proposal to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent (and 25 percent for manufacturers). Obama’s push to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent comes less than a year after he raised the top individual income tax rate, paid by many small businesses, to 39.6 percent.

In a speech delivered Tuesday afternoon, Obama did not explain why he thinks it’s a sound economic idea to raise the top marginal tax rate on small businesses but lower it for corporations.

“Right now, our tax code is so riddled with wasteful loopholes that many companies doing the right thing and investing in America pay 35%, while the corporations with the best accountants stash their money abroad and pay little or nothing at all,” Obama said, according to the text of his prepared remarks. “I’m willing to simplify our tax code in a way that closes those loopholes, ends incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lowers rates for businesses that create jobs right here in America.”

Neither Obama’s Tuesday speech nor his February 2012 corporate tax reform plan explained in detail which loopholes would be closed. During the 2012 presidential campaign, the Obama campaign hammered Mitt Romney for not saying which loopholes he would close to pay for a proposed reduction in individual income tax rates.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-top-tax-rate-should-be-28-corporations-40-small-business_742312.html

http://taxfoundation.org/blog/details-fiscal-cliff-tax-deal

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-s-tax-cut-hypocrisy_654651.html

 

 

American Patriot Award for Hillary Clinton – Are They Kidding

American Patriot Award

Even IF people feel that Hillary Clinton deserves the American Patriot Award – it would seem they would hold off as a sign of respect for the men who died in Benghazi.  Just makes you wonder….  I have to ask, does this remind anyone of the way they felt when the news broke that Obama had won the Peace Prize???

Instead of focusing on all the reasons this seems like a bad idea – I’d rather share the mission statement from the director –

Mission Statement:

The American Patriot Award was created in response to the events of September 11th. The action of the passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight #93 was a life-changing event for the founder of this award. When American businessman Tom Burnett, Jr. said, “we’re going to do something,” he did something historic and courageous that will be remembered for generations to come. He, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, CeeCee Lyles, Todd Beamer and others assessed what the true intentions of the hijackers were, put together a plan for a revolt and successfully carried it out in the first battle of America’s war against terror. In preventing the terrorists from using the plane as a guided missile aimed at Washington, many lives were saved. This event could be compared to the Colonial Patriot’s battle against the British a Concord Massachusetts in 1775. Passenger Todd Beamer’s “Let’s Roll,” battle cry could be compared to Paul Revere’s alarm, “The British are coming”. Truly, history repeated itself September 11th on Flight #93. Just as in 1775 when colonial farmers and shopkeepers dropped their plows and business ledgers to fight the British in the name of freedom, the passengers and crew on Flight #93 dropped their laptops and briefcases to defend America against this terrorist attack. The similarity of these two events explains why the American Patriot Award is symbolized by the Concord minuteman by the artist Daniel Chester French.

In honoring America’s patriots of the 21st century, this award will be presented to the parents of each passenger and crewmember. It is to recognize their contributions to America’s freedom by raising their children to be courageous, to be leaders, to be patriotic, to have faith and to possess the love for others needed to give one’s life for them. Where do America’s patriots learn these impeccable qualities of character? Who teaches them to have courage, to be a leader, to have faith, to love others and to be patriotic? More than anyone, they learn them from their parents. Their parents were their role models, their heroes, their teachers and their inspiration.

The long-term goal of the American patriot Award is to encourage parents to instill in their children, the family values of faith, love, patriotism, courage, and leadership. We believe that the parents of true Americans such as these deserve recognition for their exemplary parenting skills. Anyone can nominate future candidates for this award. Award ceremonies will be held on an annual basis at locations to be determined.

The Schmoldt Foundation For Education, a private non-profit foundation and Anode Systems Company of Grand Junction, Colorado presently sponsor the award. Additional sponsors are welcome. Donations to fund the awards or ceremonies can be made to the Schmoldt Foundation. Donors are welcome to attend this year’s ceremony either in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, or in Washington, D.C.

Hans K. Schmoldt

Director

E-mail: hkschmoldt@americanpatriotaward.com

http://americanpatriotaward.com/

http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/07/30/hillary-clinton-to-be-honored-with-american-patriot-award-for-defending-our-nation/American Patriot Award

A Voice of Reason From the Black Community

I think you will find his perspective refreshing and he’s right on target with his thoughts.

I’d love to see him be interviewed and give him a real audience – please take about 10 minutes and listen to what he has to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pCOekFEKs

 

 

Will We Be the Balancing Force Against Government…

Federalist Papers

This was the last paragraph in an article I just read about the almost inevitable overreach of government and what James Madison had to say about it in The Federalist Papers —

The question is not “can we,” but “will we” function as that balancing force against a government that has seized way too much control of our lives. Madison and the other founders set the course. Will we follow their lead?

If that piqued your interest – go here to read the rest of the article – http://townhall.com/columnists/austinhill/2013/07/28/james-madison-saw-this-abusive-government-thing-coming-n1650634/page/full

Proposed Commonwealth of Belle Isle

Commonwealth of Belle Isle

On Stossel tonight I heard about an interesting idea. There are some elements of this I have very definite issues with – but overall, its an interesting concept. Here are some details — and a link to more.

A Detroit Game Changer —

Belle Isle

Belle Isle is currently an uninhabited island of 982 acres in the Detroit River, bordering the U.S. and Canada.  It is owned by the City of Detroit and used as a public park.  In the book Belle Isle, investors buy the island from Detroit for $1 billion and build a supercharged community with its own laws, customs, transportation systems, taxation and currency, transforming Belle Isle into the “Midwest Tiger,” rivaling Singapore and Hong Kong as an economic miracle.  Served by a monorail, Belle Isle is a walking community, with restricted hours for vehicles.  With emphasis on great planning and architecture, people from all over the world come to Belle Isle, to be part of its freedom and opportunity culture.

In the process, using the money paid to Detroit from the purchase and having the benefit of “spill-over” economics from Belle Isle, Detroit is transformed into a job creation machine from its current state.

http://www.commonwealthofbelleisle.com/

What do you think??

Don Lemon About Black Culture

Long ago I used to watch CNN – and I liked Don Lemon’s segments. Then we got to the heart of the Obama candidacy – the first presidential election cycle – and he lost all credibility with me. Sure, I know he doesn’t care, but just giving the background 🙂 But today a headline grabbed my attention and it was very encouraging. Dom Lemon agreed with Bill O’Reilly’s talking points on race – that was somewhat encouraging. But then – he topped that and said that Bill O’Reilly didn’t go far enough. Now I’m intrigued.

I’ll share some of the article and the link to the full article and a video of his segment. You should definitely watch it –

 

CNN’s Don Lemon Backs Up Bill O’Reilly: ‘He Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ In Criticizing Black Culture

Posted on 27 July, 2013 by clyde

Lemon addressed the wounds inflicted by black males onto their community on his “No Talking Points” segment Saturday afternoon, saying he was able to bring this up now that the George Zimmerman trial had concluded. Before the verdict, right wing media had consistently asked why the “liberal media” was fixating on Trayvon Martin while ignoring rampant black-on-black violence, a “deflection,” in Lemon’s words, from the injustices of the Martin shooting. But now that Zimmerman had been acquitted, it was time “for some tough love on the subject.”

Lemon played a clip of O’Reilly stating, “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family…Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs. Nobody forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision.”

“Bill’s got a point,” Lemon said. “In fact, he’s got more than a point…In my estimation, he doesn’t go far enough.”

To read the rest of the article and to watch the video – http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/07/27/cnns-don-lemon-backs-up-bill-oreilly-he-doesnt-go-far-enough-in-criticizing-black-culture/