Posted: June 16, 2008 in Our children, Politics, The Brothas

I guess it never ceases to amaze me the public reaction to basically the same comments made by two different people (the other person of course being Cosby).

Obama reflects on fatherhood, criticizes absent black fathers

  1. DarkStar says:

    I’ll say this and leave it at that. Does anyone except for me and Tavis Smiley know that Bill Cosby apologized for what he said, which was publicized, when Cosby appeared on Smiley’s talk show to discuss what Cosby said?

  2. Duane says:

    From what I can remember, he apologized for not specifying he was talking about some Black people, not for the content of his general message.

    But since we are going to break out the time machine here, when are you going to stop blaming Cosby for “just talking” when you know he has done far more than that?

    So again, we are back at the two different responses.

  3. DarkStar says:

    You misrepresent what I stated. I stated, and continue to state, that “just shouting ‘stop it'” isn’t going to do it. Cosby continues to get praise for just shouting “stop it.” And, I have acknowledged what he has done.

    And it was his broad brush that caused the problem.

  4. Duane says:


    Speaking of misrepresentin’, you started off by stating Cosby “apologized for what he said”. I then had to clarify his “apology”. We can break out the transcript here, but I do not think it’s worth it.

    “just shouting ’stop it’” isn’t going to do it.

    If you then acknowledged what Cosby has done, then why do you present him as JUST shouting ‘stop it’ (especially when compared to folks you perceive as doing the work), as if that was his only solution to the problem?

    And it was his broad brush that caused the problem.

    Problem for pundits on the sidelines like yourself, or the people that actually asked him to come to their cities? Based on the MAJORITY response he got from folks at those gatherings, I’ll go with the former.

    The point here is that while I agree with what Obama said in his speech (and again, like with Cosby he is not saying anything new), I yet to see folks break out the reams of statistics going point by point accusing him of broad-brushing the problem. Perhaps if Obama was getting the same kind of “Amens” coming exclusively from conservatives (as kinda how it went down with Cosby), the reaction would have been much different.

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