Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Cosby: Hero To White Supremacists

FOXy Blondes
"When skin color just isn't enough."
Dear Fred,

Thanks for your email.


Truth has meaning and merit apart from the the moral failings of the person who proclaims it.

On the surface, there is little to criticize in Bill Cosby's captious sermon (posted below).

However, in addition to text, there is also context. And any text without a context is a pretext.

The Etymology Of "Pretext"

Ironically, strict adherence to the fragmented "truth" embedded in de-contextualized text is the core error (and essential horror) of contemporary conservative rhetoric.

The most villainous lies are those that are partially true.

The deliberate decontextualization of truth is what makes conservative Christians the most dependably mean-spirited (if not malicious) people on earth, at least in their behavior outside self-chosen parochial tribes. 

"If you love those who love you, do you deserve a reward? Even the tax collectors do that! Are you doing anything remarkable if you welcome only your friends? Everyone does that! That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5

"Who Were The Tax Collectors And Shepherds In Jesus' Time"

Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"

"Love Your Enemies. Do Good To Those Who Hate You," Luke 6: 27-42

Bill McKibben: "The Christian paradox: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong."

"The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism"

To take a centuries-old whipping boy (like the one we find in Cosby's acid criticism of dysfunctional blacks), and to beat that whipping boy with renewed vigor is an open invitation for "crackers" to fetch their kloaks from storage. 

Whipping Boy

According to the grisly logic of racial prejudice, many people whose judgments are informed by "team colors" not only feel justified by Cosby's views but chagrined for failing to beat "the niggers" long enough (or hard enough) in the first place. 

Surely the application of sustained violence will remedy every wrong. 

Is this not the teaching of The Messiah Himself?

If only white people had continued pummeling "the black bastards," they would have finally "whipped them into shape."

That is Cosby's implicit text - at least in the minds of race-inflamed white people.

The needed context -- in addition to the trans-generational damage wrought by slavery's destruction of The Black Family -- requires a spotlight on Uncle Sam's witless wars in Vietnam and Iraq, coupled with deliberately-induced boom-bust economic calamities, most notably The Great Depression and The Great Recession, the deliberate work of white people who, true to form, sought to profit from their well-practiced art of avarice verging malice.

White people are rarely "called on the carpet," and when they are taken to task, their three piece suits, silk ties and lawyerly jabber ensure that they walk.

They are "too big to fail," "too big to jail".... or some other self-exculpating bullshit.

"Bad Black People." Why Bill O'Reilly Is Wrong Even When He's Right"

When I googled Cosby's disparaging rant -- "We Can't Blame White People" -- the first "hit" was Snopes' review -- - followed by a article entitled: "Honest Bill Cosby Tells U.S. Blacks The Truth."

"The Party of Angry White People" cannot get enough of "honest" blacks "telling" dishonest blacks "The Truth."

"It's okay honkey. Kick that dog all you want."

The only thing white trash snorts with equal zeal is crystal meth... j
ust before clutching their "guns and bibles."

"Non-Racist" Gringos Cheer Black Man Who Would "Ventilate Black Asses With M16s"

Republican Party Is "Full Of Racists," Colin Powell's Chief Of Staff

If Cosby had grown up on the "wrong side of the tracks," he would have known that moral censoriousness would inspire more ill will among whites than reformation of blacks. 

Of course, the bedrock purpose of censoriousness is to make Pharisees feel good about themselves, not to search for the prodigal son, or - God forbid! - love one's enemies.

Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"

"Love Your Enemies. Do Good To Those Who Hate You," Luke 6: 27-42

Although Cosby himself grew up with the advantages of married parents and a father with a long military career, he himself was a "class clown" who failed 10th grade before dropping out of school. 

Following his father's model, Cosby did a stint in the Navy, got his GED and went on to college. 

It cannot be sufficiently stressed that "the military" has been the nation's most dependable savior of black males.

In light of this incontrovertible fact, American society would do well to re-institute the "universal draft," or, alternatively, require two years' obligatory national service.

The need for an actual plan - rather than rhetorical flourish and self-righteous rant - is not rocket science.

When was the last time you altered a behavior because some sanctimonious sonofabitch wagged his finger at you?

We presume finger-wagging is a useful technique for "behavioral modification" but experience proves otherwise.

At the end of the day censoriousness reinforces people's recalcitrance. 

I am always for the underdog and always against those members of The Ruling Class who so stack the deck in their own favor that they assume self-bestowed favoritism is the very Will of God.

"Plutocracy Triumphant"
Cartoon Compendium

The havoc wrought by American blacks (mostly on one another) is vanishingly insignificant in comparison to the havoc wrought by Whitey's war in Vietnam; Whitey's war in Iraq; Whitey's Great Depression (caused by reckless speculation and risible banking procedures); and, finally, Whitey's Great Recession (caused by financial risk that makes "unprotected sex in a whorehouse" look like the safety of Mother Theresa's convent).

If Cosby had contextualized his reproach of dysfunctional black people with simultaneous excoriation of Whitey as the sole cause of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq -- and the sole cause of The Great Depression and The Great Recession -- then I could have "bought the package."

At minimum, Cosby could have done something useful, employing his position and prestige among blacks and whites alike to call for restoration of The Draft or inauguration of two years' National Service.

Then Cosby might have helped high school drop-outs (like himself) by channeling these youngsters-at-risk into The Military, America's most dependable launch pad for stable, productive lives.

"Proposal For Two Years Obligatory National Service"

But instead of proposing the same path that he himself -- and millions of other blacks -- had taken to personal success (despite early failure) Cosby chose pragmatic showmanship and the sort of smug moralizing that appeals to right-wingers more interested in consigning ner-do-wells to The Inferno than any kind of meaningful redemption.

F___ Cosby.

And f___ the white people who cheer any racial screed that baits Fox-white-people's race-based hatred and bone-deep malice toward anyone outside The Caucasian Fold.

What's wrong with this picture?


Twenty five years ago, after living most of my life in New York and California, I moved to The South.
Lots of white folk below the Mason-Dixon Line don't speak English none too good themselves.

'They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk...
Why you ain't
Where you is
What he drive
Where he stay
Where he work
Who you be...
And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. ;< /SPAN>
And then I heard the father talk.
Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact, you will never get any kind of job making a decent living. People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around.
The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what??
And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.
I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.
Where were you when he was 2??
Where were you when he was 12??
Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn't know that he had a pistol??
And where is the father?? Or, who is his father?
People putting their clothes on backward, isn't that a sign of something gone wrong?
People with their hats on backward, 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 has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] 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 thing about Africa .
With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.
Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem.
We have got to take the neighborhood back.
People used to be ashamed. Today, a woman has eight children with eight different 'husbands' -- or men or whatever you call them now.
We have millionaire football players who cannot read.
We have million-dollar basketball players who can't write two paragraphs.
We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal- Mart with seven kids... you are hurting us.
We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.
We cannot blame the white people any longer.
- Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.

Alan: It is true that the murder rate among blacks is 10 times higher than the murder rate among whites. It is also true that the murder rate among white Americans is 10 times as high as the murder rate among West Europeans. So... Why aren't American whites as contemptuous of their fellow whites as they are of American blacks? And what excuse do these most favored of all people have for being such remarkably violent people -- both interpersonally and in terms of the bellicose havoc they provoke worldwide.

Tom Tomorrow
On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Fred Owens <> wrote:

I am not sticking up for Cosby. That is his problem.. But I am not at all happy about the role of social media.

As for Cosby's message. It has merit apart from the man himself.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Alan Archibald <> wrote:
Dear Fred,

Thanks for your email.

I am sensitive to the issue of cyber-mobbing and deliberately titled my post "Apparent Rapist."

I think this terminology cuts him enough slack.

It is also true that I'm pissed at Cosby for all his right-wing poverty jabber which, at times, describes many black people accurately but is, by my lights, more inaccurate than the rape accusations against him.

Pax tecum


On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Fred Owens <> wrote:
The problem with Cosby is we're having trial by social media, which is the Internet version of mob rule.
Pray that your fate is never determined on Facebook.

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