I was reading over the speech Bill Cosby made that made headlines... "how dare he?!" The shock, oh! the horror! I'm hoping more people saw point he was making than those who were offended by it.
I basically got from it that everything that is wrong with our youth today is because of parenting...or lack of. I agree 100%. Let me quote some of the things he said.. (while he was addressing black people, I think most of the things he said can be said about all people)
"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"
We have shows now that follow teenage mothers! These little girls are making money because they spread their legs. I wonder how many teens go around thinking "I should have a baby and try to get on Teen Mom". Does anyone remember the movie on Lifetime based on real facts? Something like "The Pregnancy Pact"... why do these little girls think it is cute to get pregnant young? And how about the boys who get these girls pregnant? They it is cute to walk away with the excuse "well it ain't mine, she's a hoe".. and the parents of the boy blame the girl saying she is trying to pin a baby on him and ruin his life...no, maybe you ruined his life by teaching him this was the proper way to act.
"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."
Now-a-days too many people have that "I mind my business" attitude. Back in the day, people didn't mind their business and kids were a hell of a lot better than they are today. When I was younger, I knew I couldn't have boys in my house when my mom was gone because I knew the neighbor lady peeking out of her window would rat me out. I knew I couldn't walk around the neighbor holding hands and kissing on boys at 13 years old because it would get back to my mom. Today, people could see neighborhood kids smoking, drinking, displaying inappropriate public displays of affection and they just look the other way... "oh that's not problem". Well, for all you kids out there, I'm not one of the "look the other way" adults. If I see you doing something seriously wrong like that you can bet your ass I'm talking to your parents if I know where you live. I would want someone to tell me if it were my child. I still believe that it "takes a village to raise a child". We should be looking out for ALL the youth, not just our own.
"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?"
I think this quote is pretty self-explainitory - Don't cry about your child doing wrong if you've never been there to begin with.
Here is the rest of his speech - Bill Cosby Speech Transcript
What are your thoughts? Do you think he was too harsh?