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"I've spoken to police chiefs, talked to psychiatrists, talked to school board superintendents. I've spoken to teachers, and it still comes back to parenting," Cosby said. "And we want -- if you need help and you really don't know how to parent -- we want to be able to reach out and touch you."
The Cosby Indictment & Call To Action, Part 1
NAACP/Howard University's Brown vs. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commemoration, Washington, DC. May 17, 2004.
Cosby, Saying the Darndest Things. Richard Leiby. The Washington Post. May 19, 2004.
washingtonpost.com. Edited audio excerpts from Bill Cosby's speech on May 17, 2004, at the NAACP's gala to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Interview with Bill Cosby - The Tavis Smiley Show (PBS-TV). May 26, 2004. Transcript & Audio.
The Cosby Indictment & Call To Action, Part 2
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Annual Conference, Chicago. July 1, 2004
Debate Continues as Cosby Again Criticizes Black Youths. Hamil R. Harris and Paul Farhi. The Washington Post. July 3, 2004.
Cosby, unbowed, defends remarks. Ernie Suggs. The Atlanta Journal - Constitution. July 3, 2004.
Bill Cosby to Blacks: Stop Blaming 'The White Man'. Marc Morano. CNSNews.com. July 2, 2004
Cosby Stands His Ground. Bill Cosby is not backing down. CBS News. July 2, 2004
Cosby again calls for black people to stress education, parenting. Jamal Watson. Chicago Tribune. July 2, 2004
The Cosby Indictment & Call To Action, Part 3
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, September 2004
Video: Panel Discussion on Education. Featuring: Bill Cosby, Marian Wright Edelman, Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Jawanza Kunjufu, Gary Orfield, Ron Ross, Terah Venzant. Moderator: Maya M. Rockeymoore. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, September 2004.
. Manny Fernandez. The Washington Post, September 9, 2004.
Cosby wins praise for remarks - Sharpton, others agree better parenting needed for youth of all races. Bob Dart. Cox News Service. Sept. 8, 2004
Listing is largely in reverse chronological order.
Debunking Cosby on Blacks. Michelle Singletary. The Washington Post. November 13, 2005
Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind? (Book) Michael Eric Dyson. April 2005.
Talking Points: Bill Cosby vs. Michael Eric Dyson. michaelericdyson.com
These People. Bill Cosby's criticism of poor and uneducated African
Americans set off a yearlong debate. Now Michael Eric Dyson has written a
book that talks back.
Homes, Good Students. William Raspberry.
Bill Cosby's Plain-Spokenness Comes Not A Moment Too Soon. Cynthia Tucker. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 25, 2004.Black Conservatives Praise Bill Cosby's Remarks on Parenting. Project 21 Press Release. September 10, 2004
PRESS RELEASE (PRWEB) - August 10, 2004: Meeting Dr. Cosby's Challenge: Resource-Pooling Strategies for Black Economic and Educational Progress. Strategies for establishing National Venture Capital and Educational Excellence/Anti-Stereotype Funds that can pool resources on a massive national scale from middle- and upper-class blacks (and nonblacks) to foster black progress.
This isn't so new for Cosby. Daily Review Online. August 08, 2004
Cosby, Hip-Hop & Thug-Life: The Politics of Community Responsibiity. BlackState.com
Cosby defends remarks, promises more. Cincinnati Enquirer. July 30, 2004.Black Leaders Speak Out On Bill Cosby Meltdown. National Enquirer. July 29, 2004
Cosby defends remarks on blacks. USA Today. 29 July 2004.
Cosby’s challenge: Parents’ roles. By Martin C. Evans. Newsday. July 25, 2004
Cosby’s Controversy or Why Cosby Should Keep on Talking. Hermene D. Hartman. N’Digo Online (Chicago)
The Black Slate: Ruminations on Cosby and Bush. Lester Kenyatta Spence. Africana.com. July 20, 2004
Mr. Cosby's Critique. (Letter to the Editor) Ronald David. The Washington Post. July 17, 2004.
A Conversation With President Bill Clinton on Race in America Today. Former president answers questions from Center for American Progress Senior Vice President Cassandra Butts. July 16, 2004. Listen to interview. Download MP3.
Cosby, NAACP Miss Chance To Be Different. Rochelle Riley. Detroit Free Press. July 16, 2004.
Race Resurfaces: NAACP, Cosby controversies play useful role. Editorial. Christian Science Monitor. July 16, 2004
Tough Talk. Transcript, RealAudio, and Streaming Video. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS TV). July 15, 2004. Ray Suarez discusses Cosby's controversial comments with Dr. Alvin Poussaint, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for the Village Voice.
The Cos Again. Walter E. Williams. July 14, 2004
Bill Cosby - America's granddad gets ornery. Debra Dickerson. Slate. July 13, 2004
Mushmouth Reconsidered. Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Village Voice. July 13, 2004. You can't say that on TV—but Bill Cosby can.
Cosby's 'deal' to quell poverty cuts both ways. Clarence Page. Chicago Tribune. July 11, 2004
Cosby Pushes the Buttons. Richard Prince's Journal-isms™. July 12, 2004. Bill Cosby is on his way to having created the cultural story of the year for people of color.
Includes Links To Several Other Commentaries Not Listed On This Page
The Cosby Show. The Economist. July 10 2004. A comedian with a message that is worth listening to.
Cosby's remarks on blacks' woes are refreshing. Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald. July 09, 2004.
The Myths of Bill Cosby. Earl Ofari Hutchinson. July 09, 2004.
The New Cosby Kids. Barbara Ehrenreich. The New York Times. July 8, 2004
Don’t blame Blacks for slavery’s aftermath. Alton H. Maddox Jr. Amsterdam News. July 8, 2004.
Cosby Rant Stirs Up Black Press. Danielle Worthy. Pacific News Service. July 07, 2004
Cosby should widen target of criticism . Michael Paul Williams. Richmond Times-Dispatch.
July 7, 2004
Cosby's barbs could do more harm to blacks. Adrienne Washington. Washington Times. July 06, 2004Cosby won't let up, and neither should we. Laura Washington. Chicago Sun Times. July 5, 2004. I had never seen the Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson cry in public. And he's seldom upstaged. Until Bill Cosby came to town.
Scholar (Michael Eric Dyson) raps TV picture of blacks. Cosby, Reagan also criticized. Walter Gabriel Jr. The Times-Picayune. July 05, 2004
Black leaders back Cosby's straight talk. Brian DeBose. The Washington Times. July 04, 2004.
Bill Cosby Criticizes Black Community -- Interview With Reverend Jesse Jackson. Partial transcript of The Big Story With John Gibson, edited for clarity. Fox News Channel. July 2, 2004
Cosby has more tough love for black community. USA Today. July 02, 2004.
Cosby Takes Black Folks to The Cleaners. James Hill. BET.com. July 2, 2004.
Chastises Black Parents, Kids. People Weekly. July 02, 2004.
Causing an uproar for the second time in two months, the entertainer says
black children are "going nowhere".
Cosby brings his frank talk to Rainbow/PUSH Convention. Actor stands by earlier remarks. Chicago Tribune. Jamal Watson. July 2, 2004
Bill Cosby has more harsh words for black community. CNN.com. July 1, 2004
Cosby's Tirade On The Hip-Hop Generation: Just Jokes, Way Overdue Or Quoted Out Of Context?. Lloyd Williams. Urbanspectrum.com. July 2004.
Bill Cosby Criticizes Lower Income People. Arthur N Lewin. Blackwebportal.com. June 30, 2004Black leaders still have a vital job to perform. Dawn Turner Trice. Chicago Tribune. June 30, 2004
Cosby's words require action, not animosity. Dawn Turner Trice. Chicago Tribune. June 21, 2004
Cosby's wisdom necessary, but hard to swallow. Dawn Turner Trice. Chicago Tribune. June 18, 2004
Cosby Criticism of African American Language Skills Sparks Intense Debate, Says The Brokaw Company. PR Newswire, June 28, 2004
United We Stood, But Divisions Now Show. Jonetta Rose Barras. The Washington Post. June 26, 2004. Cosby Ignited a Debate About Class. We Need to Keep Talking.Bill Cosby attacks poor African Americans. Dee Myles. People's Weekly World Newspaper. June 24, 2004.
Black Communist: "Bill Cosby Attacked Poor Blacks". Booker Rising Blog. June 25, 2004.
Spike Lee Sides with Cosby over Comments. People Weekly. June 22, 2004. The filmmaker defends Bill Cosby's recent controversial speech to African-American leaders.
"How Long? Cosby, Brown and Racial Progress." Julianne Malveaux. Black Issues in Higher Education. June 17, 2004.
Thank you, Bill Cosby, for the truth. E.R. Shipp. New York Daily News. June 16, 2004.
The Cosby comments: Valid critique or blaming the victim? Ron Daniels. FinalCall.com. June 13, 2004.
Our silence is a hurtful silence. Armstrong Williams. June 9, 2004
Readers sound off loud and clear on Cosby's remarks. Gregory Clay. Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. June 8, 2004
Bill Cosby's words enrage, but also enlighten. Star Parker. June 8, 2004
African-American community should listen to 'Cos'. Oscar Eason, Jr. The Seattle Times. June 08, 2004.
Cosby's Comments Are No Laughing Matter. Stephanie Stokes Oliver. Nia Online
Ebonics, English are both facts of American life. Sylvester Brown Jr. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 08, 2004. I have a confession to make.
Black Writers on Bill Cosby. AfriGeneas Writers Forum. 8 June 2004.
Thinking of Cosby, reparations effort. James Ragland. The Dallas Morning News. June 07, 2004.
Past Imperfect: The Cosby Show.
William Jelani Cobb.
Don't Criticize Cosby for Telling the Truth. Fredrick D. Robinson. Atlanta Tribune
The reality of low-income black Americans falls far from Cosby's criticism. Ron Harris. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 05, 2004.
Cosby Uproar. Jamal E. Watson. Amsterdam News. June 05, 2004.
Bill Cosby, you are right! Washington/Baltimore Afro - American. June 04, 2004. Editorial
Cosby's critical remarks cross the line. jimi izrael. Letters to the Editor. USA Today. June 04, 2004.
Viewpoint: Where were you, Bill Cosby? Jeff Dickerson. Atlanta Business Chronicle. June 4, 2004
Backlash. Duckseason.org. John McWhorter. June 03, 2004.
Opinions by Bishop T.D. Jakes, John McWhorter, Sheron C. Patterson, Franklyn Jenifer, DeDe McGuire. Dallas Morning News. June 03, 2004.
No joke for Bill Cosby. Editorial. Boston Globe. June 3, 2004
Cosby's Confused Notion of 'Responsibility'. BlackCommentator.com. June 03, 2004.
Black Conservatives: Cosby's Comments 'Bold' and Right-On. Chad Groening and Jody Brown. June 3, 2004.
The Cosby Speech: Slams 'Lifestyles of the Poor And Infamous'? Stu Bykofsky. Philadelphia Daily News. June 03, 2004.
Commentary: Calls for Personal Responsibility were Dodged for too Long. Gregory Kane. BlackAmericaWeb.com. June 03, 2004.
What Bill Cosby Should Be Talking About. Christopher John Farley. Time. June 03, 2004. It's fine to be critical. But blacks should be working together, not against each other.
Bill Cosby & the Blogosphere. The new media. Matt Rosenberg. National Review Online. June 03, 2004What's the fuss? Bill Cosby said nothing new nor shocking to African Americans. Betty Bayé. Louisville Courier-Journal. June 03, 2004 No Joke for Bill Cosby. Editorial. Boston Globe. June 03, 2004 Dr. Bill Cosby, I respectfully disagree. Edward Rhymes. The New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times. June 02, 2004.
Cosby's comments out of line, and just plain wrong. Charlie Walsh. Connecticut Post. June 02, 2004
Cosby's Demons. Erin Aubry Kaplan. LA Weekly. June 02, 2004. When Bill Cosby chastised blacks for racism, he revealed his own demons, and ours.
Cosby Controversy. Audio. "Here & Now", WBUR (Boston University). Guests: Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune & Angela Paige-Cook, Paige Academy, a private school in the Roxbury section of Boston. June 02, 2004
Reading Between the Lines: Kill Bill? June 1, 2004. Why are people piling on Cosby when Chris Rock and others say the exact same things?
Equal Time For The Good Deeds. Joan Vennochi. Boston Globe. June 1, 2004.
This Cosby show is undeserved: Comedian's comments elicit harsh criticism. Renee Graham. Boston Globe. June 1, 2004.
Bill Cosby on Thin Ice. Seth Sandronsky. May 31, 2004
All Grown Up and Through The Gantlet. Donna Britt. The Washington Post. May 30, 2004.
Cosby fuels fight about who is to blame for lack of black gains. Jabari Asim. The Washington Post. May 30, 2004. Comedian condemns misconduct, but it's unfair to target the poor, who can least defend themselves
Cosby Speaks Out and Gets Attacked. New York Post. May 30, 2004.
Bill Cosby's remarks defended, questioned. Peter Smith. The Courier-Journal. May 30, 2004. Criticisms of habits of some blacks draw local reaction
Cosby Remarks on Blacks Draw Fire, Support. Deepti Hajela. Associated Press. May 29, 2004.
Some blacks stand tall against the buffoonery. Stanley Crouch. New York Daily News. Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. May 28, 2004.
Making a pitch for personal responsibility. Alvin Williams. The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 28, 2004
Bill Cosby Breaks the Gag Rule. Robert L. Woodson, Sr.
Michael Eric Dyson Commentary: Cosby's Comments - The Tavis Smiley Show (NPR) (Audio). National Public Radio. May 27, 2004. Commentator Michael Eric Dyson straightens out his ruffled feathers over the comments of comedian-actor-philanthropist Bill Cosby. Cosby's message has stirred up a whirlwind of controversy over social responsibility in the African-American community.
An Ovation For Bill Cosby. L. Brent Bozell III. CNSnews.com. May 27, 2004
Bill Cosby Stands Behind Critical Comments. George E. Curry, NNPA. Atlanta Daily World. May 27, 2004
Comment: Understand Cosby's criticisms. Joe Rodriguez. May 27, 2004. Key is to help lower economic people, not just scold them
Beyond What Bill Cosby Said. Theodore M. Shaw. The Washington Post. May 27, 2004.
Cosby's criticism still reverberates. Steve Miller. The Washington Times. May 27, 2004
Cosby starts an overdue dialogue. Editorial. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 27, 2004.
Cosby was right to say what he thinks — we all
should. Jerry Large. Seattle Times. May
His words sting because truth hurts. Cynthia Tucker. The Atlanta Journal - Constitution. May 26, 2004
Commentary: Cosby's Comments - The Tavis Smiley Show (NPR). National
Public Radio. May 26, 2004
Cosby's criticism of parents plays into wrong hands. Joe Rodriguez. Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. May 26, 2004
Cosby, right and wrong. Jay Bryant. May 26, 2004
What It Iz: Does America's Father Know Best? jimi izrael. May 26, 2004. africana.com. At a recent Brown v. Board event, America's favorite prime-time father figure laid on a spanking. He should pick on someone his own size.
Bill Cosby & The Flap That Wasn't. Dick Meyer. CBSNews.com. May 26, 2004
Some Blacks Find Nuggets Of Truth in Cosby's Speech; Others Say D.C. Remarks About Poor Blacks Went Too Far. Hamil R. Harris. The Washington Post. May 25, 2004.
Analysis: A Reality Check: Bill Cosby’s Take on Black Responsibility. DeWayne Wickham. BlackAmericaWeb.com May 25, 2004
Bravo for Bill Cosby. Thomas Sowell. May 25, 2004
An icon's classism disappointing. Tony Norman. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 25, 2004.
Cosby Says Comments Are 'Call to Action' (Includes Discussion Forum). Ed Wiley III. BET.com. May 24, 2004
Cosby says some parents failing kids with school. Nicole C. Wong. Mercury News. May 24, 2004
'Fix It, Brother'. Colbert I. King. The Washington Post. May 22, 2004
So the phone rings, and it's Cosby calling. May 22, 2004. Eugene Kane. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cosby says tough words needed to right wrongs. Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal - Constitution. May 22, 2004
Cosby Defends His Remarks About Poor Blacks' Values. Felicia R. Lee. New York Times. May 22, 2004Cary Clack Commentary: There's a Lesson in Cosby's Criticism of Some Black Parents. May 22, 2004. Booker Rising Blog
There's a lesson in Cosby's criticism of some black parents. Cary Clack. San Antonio Express-News. May 22, 2004. Cosby hits out at urban blacks for bad parenting. Charles Laurence. Daily Telegraph (UK). May 23 2004.
Bill Cosby: Poor blacks can't speak English. WorldNetDaily. May 20, 2004.
He's not joking. joannejacobs.com. May 19, 2004
Bill Cosby is on the money. Roland S. Martin. May 18, 2004. BlackAmericaToday.com
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