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The Messenger

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I don’t know how true this is, or if it has been verified to have actually come from Bill Cosby, himself (see what I did there?) or if it just happens to be a writing that is being passed around the internet that is attributed to him–

–wait, nope–glad I decided to research it first–it comes courtesy of one Robert A. Hall.

(Never heard of him? Me either.  Apparently, neither has most of the world, because people have been attributing this note to Dr. Cosby for the last few years since it originally appeared and started making the rounds a couple years ago–but, this little blog post, about himself and, well, being a old man who is tired of a lot of things, struck a nerve with me and inspired today’s entry.

It is, in its entirety, below:

Nah, screw that.  It is entirely too long for me to be taking up all that space on my blog, so here is a link to that.

The gist of it, for those of you who have seen the updated version attributed to Bill Cosby, now more popularly entitled “I’m 83 And I’m Tired” (note: Bill Cosby is 75! Stop adding years on that man’s life), is basically that old people are tired of everything, from political correctness to a (real or imagined) lack of toughness on this current generation’s part.

And everything in between.

One excerpt reads as such:

I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government.

*sigh* Okay, so, the black president should be someone who more or less, believes in the form of government in which you believe.  Whatever.

To the point, though, it is paragraphs like this, though that make me wonder just how many of my Facebook friends who were/are so joyfully sharing the statement as attributed to Dr. Cosby would be doing so knowing that these thoughts and ideas come from the desk of a white retired Marine, not a black comedian.

And it’s not that Cosby isn’t known for ruffling the feathers of the black community, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. 

But what makes it more acceptable?  Is it that it’s coming from one of our own that makes the opinion on our ways of life in the black community more valid?

Or is it just as true no matter the source?  Do we kill the messenger when it’s not one of our own speaking, no matter what the message might be?

I’ll leave you to dwell on that, while I try to retrieve the other entries that were supposed to be posted over the weekend.  Your thoughts are appreciated.


Written by aceviewblogger

February 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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