Port Washington, NY
The Boiling frogs are content sitting in the pot...
I know Bill Cosby has been a supporter of OB1 (That's code for the pres) but his observations on apathy apply to all.
Superman, Batman, Ironman, Captain America, Green Hornet, X-Men, etc., etc. They ain't none of them coming...
Bill Cosby: A plague called apathy
The star on what’s wrong with our communities — and why the revolution needs to begin at home
By BILL COSBY
Last Updated: 1:15 AM, June 9, 2013
Posted: 10:29 PM, June 8, 2013
So, in terms of what Mayor Bloomberg did, think about it and figure out what it is really about.
Toni Morrison spoke at Vanderbilt University graduation last month and she was saying that money was the reason for so many deaths, so many wars and people eating the wrong foods. And it’s true, man. But when you listen to the people who are selling “feel good,” it’s greed. They couldn’t care less about us — and because we have a feeling of apathy, we don’t care either.
‘YOU GOT TO HAVE FIGHT’
Interview some school teachers. How many parents, on parent-teacher day, actually show up? Not to Dunbar or some school where people are saying they want their child to become an engineer or philosopher or whatever else that requires one to do some homework. Go to a school where people are not doing well. How many parents show up?
Illustration by Dale Stephanos
There is this situation where people tend to think that we are all victims. Victim meaning somebody else is doing this to us. That’s not true. And I said this 100 times and they keep throwing back, “victim.” What they don’t understand is that I haven’t forgotten anything.
What I remember is the things that were said that if you did certain things you could take care of yourself. If you took your child to the dentist and check for cavities the child likely won’t get them. If you take them just for emergency, that’s all they’re gonna get.
You got to have fight. Look up the word “fight.” We don’t have that fight, so life is problematic. You have intellectual news people, media, and they are talking about leave these people alone, these people can’t do better, you’re picking on the poor.
Years ago the philosophy was you’re going to get some help, I’m gonna give you some help. You’re having a problem, you need a job, you don’t have the skills, so you move to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and there is housing, affordable housing, and we will support you with checks and you have to prove you are up and looking for work, and the idea is to move in, up and out.
I started talking about the projects and a guy looked at me and said, “What’s wrong with the projects?” I said, “Nothing, only if you realize this is only to take advantage of the things afforded, take advantage of education opportunity, things available to you.” He started yelling over me and I said, “Sir, there is something wrong with you wanting to stay here forever because it means as long as you’re excepting these two checks, you’re apathetic.” He cursed and I said, you can yell all you want. But you have certain people who have been pacified by those who don’t want to hurt their feelings or argue with them.