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Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« on: May 20, 2004, 06:36:58 PM »
 http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38565


Cosby said, according to Leiby: "Ladies and gentlemen, 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 won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.'

He added: "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' ... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. 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!"


now if i white man said this he would be the most racist muthafucka,  now that a black man said it,  whats every1's opinion on it
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2004, 06:58:01 PM »
I think hes right, hes just embarresed of the stupid things his own race is doing and hes callin em out, just like spike lee did a lil while ago, I mean im not racist or anything but some of them really talk stupid man, and now its spreading from them to other races cuz the youth thinks its cool to talk like that.
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2004, 07:55:53 PM »
kinda ironic, that if a white guy said it, he a racist fuck, if a black guy says it, hes a genious...

w/e, hes right, but its not only black people
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2004, 09:54:03 PM »
Bill Cosby is a very well spoken man, I've got a lot of respect for him.  
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2004, 10:16:09 PM »
tom hit the nail on the head when he said if a white man said it it'd be considered ignorant and racist but since bill cosby said it he's "right"


i totally agree with bill

i mean , i don't see anything wrong with slang.....because i'll admit when something big goes down i get a big ass ghetto accent. but in general you shouldn't always be talking like that.


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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2004, 11:06:26 PM »
agreed

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2004, 04:25:19 AM »
some of it is true.
some families who are not well off, would rather buy there kid hundreds of dollars worth of ecko clothes then a tutor.
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2004, 04:36:41 AM »
in general I have the impression blacks spend much more money on things like brand clothes, cars, jewelery and shit like that than whites, though whites might have more money.
Cause I don't care where I belong no more
What we share or not I will ignore
And I won't waste my time fitting in
Cause I don't think contrast is a sin
No, it's not a sin
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2004, 06:14:06 AM »
^ or is it that 'whites' dont waste their money on material goods so easily?


btw what tom said is true... its not ~just~ blacks.. its all monetarily disadvantaged  (read: poor) people.
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2004, 08:11:45 AM »
Ok...

Bill Cosby is a dumbfuck that motherfucker thinks he's smart because he plays a doctor on tv.

Why didn't he point out that whites from the South speak the same way. It's a hick dialect plain and simple...I haven't heard too many people on the Westcoast speak like that unless they were really trying.

Cosby is a stereotypical racist himself...I bet Phylicia(Claire) would set him straight because he fucked up.


I wouldn't be surprised if his bum ass has a contract with Hooked on Phonics.
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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2004, 08:13:39 AM »
^ O, I don't believe it is.  I grew up with nothing but poor white people, and most of them really valued their kids education, and wouldn't spend the little money they had on material things.  

As for the talking, a lot of poor white kids talk like hicks, so there's not much difference there.  I say "Yall" all the time, and you know what? I don't consider it poor english, I consider it a variation of english as spoken in the south.  You wouldn't call a man from louisiana uneducated just because he says strange cajun phrasings.  Of course strangely though speaking 'country' isn't a racial thing, most people from the south do it regardless of race (same with cajuns, doesnt' matter what color you are).  Black folks seem to have a style of speaking though that only they use.  
« Last Edit: May 21, 2004, 08:14:21 AM by SMiLE »
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2004, 08:30:12 AM »
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Judge Larry Joe Doherty is also a dumbass because says ain't/yall  ::)

 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2004, 08:46:56 AM »
shut the fuck up about the way people talk. I talk alot of slang naturally. I don't even think when I say it...I don't use heavy slang like some people but i use a good amount. Its dumb that people have to throw the Clay Aiken voice and use proper English and pronounce every syllable and over emphasise the sounds to be considered intellegent.
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2004, 08:49:47 AM »
Bill Cosby is a dumbfuck that motherfucker thinks he's smart because he plays a doctor on tv.

I wouldn't be surprised if his bum ass has a contract with Hooked on Phonics.



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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2004, 09:02:47 AM »
^Is that what you come to
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2004, 12:32:16 PM »
So when Hicks talk in their own way, it's a VARIATION of English. But when urban blacks use slang, it's NOT English and they need hooked on phonics.

Fuc a Bill Cosby, He ain't never been to the corner of nowhere....why would he use the whole "they stand by the corner....." term? he's stereotyping because he dunno nothing bout urban life.....

See, I ain't even tryin 2 defend blacks, I just see the truth....and truth is, if U go to the hood, MANY latino cats have poor grammar, MANY middle eastern cats have shitty accent that no one can understand, MANY white people have krayzie hick accent that no one gets, how bout them Asians? Indians? don't get me started....and I'm talkin bout people that have grown up in U.S. I see it all the time....

It's not about the black man, it's about the education they offer to the LOWER class, the WORKING class....ofcourse people even in those classes can learn proper grammar, but unless ure in their shoes, U won't understand the circumstances, so keep yur bullshit comments to yourselves....



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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2004, 02:31:01 PM »
It's funny to watch all these so called "Liberals" get angry about what Bill Cosby said. You claim to be accepting and tolerant of others opinions, but when somebody says something you don’t agree with, the truth comes out and you bash him.

Say what you want about him, but he worked his way up through life from a lower class starting point to get where he is today. He's broken down many more doors for African Americans than you guys may know...

"William H. Cosby Jr. was born on July 12th, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for over thirty years has been one of the world's most respected and well-known entertainers and comedians. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high school through a correspondence course. He later took up an athletics scholarship at Temple, supporting himself during his studies by tending bar, where his easy going style and witty joking with the clientele prompted suggestions that he try stand-up comedy.
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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2004, 02:35:36 PM »
^ Nice try Rod.

again, because maybe it's hard to believe... I'm poor.  I grew up poor, I've always been poor, everybody I've ever known is poor, everyone in my family is poor... and we're educated.  Do you know why we're educated?



IT'S FUCKING FREE! You just go to school, and learn.  If someone isn't learning at school, it's their fuckin' parents fault.  

Plus, you're combining my comments, and Bill Cosby's comments! I didn't say I agree with him, learn to fucking READ.  People like you must be who the fuck he's talking about.

Anyways, there's a difference between urban slang and the other aspect of what we were talking about, in the GROWN-UPS conversation that you apparently didn't catch on to.  We were talking about what Cosby said about poor black families being more concerned about buying their kids Ecko jeans than they are in getting them a good education, and how that's typically a BLACK trait, not a white trait.  You can't argue that, because it's a fact.  
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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2004, 02:37:54 PM »
Say what you want about him, but he worked his way up through life from a lower class starting point to get where he is today. He's broken down many more doors for African Americans that you guys may know...

That's because Cosby (Like Martin Luther King) knows the difference between fact and fiction.  
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2004, 05:54:46 PM »
Cosby went to my old High school (i moved to suburbs, only went for 1 year), and he went to the college im going to..   :)
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2004, 01:02:20 AM »
I can understand Bill Cospey's stands. I think in OUR OWN communities, we need to adress our problems, and we need to have discipline in our communities. I think the problem comes when others point out our problems. I could never talk about language problems in black communities, because that's not my concern, especially when my own community is speaking Spanglish, how can I talk about black language problems. Same with whites. They are quick to talk about how they can't understand blacks, but many whites are poor whites that have very bad grammer. In Minnesota, middle class whites speak worst english than many Chicanos in California. But on the real, that's not my issue. We can talk about our race, like we can talk about our own family. But when someone else talks about our family, a sister, a cousin, we get mad. That's the same with race, we can talk about our own race, but if others do, we get mad. I think that's ok, after all, many communities are racially divided, and we relate our race with the community we grew up in, and we can comment on it, because we grew up with it around us, but others that comment on it, don't have a right, because they don't the whole story behind the problem.
 

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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2004, 08:40:03 PM »
Fuck Bill Cosby >:(
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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2004, 05:37:53 PM »
Of course if a white guy said that it would be considered racist. If I made a stereotypical comment about Mexicans being lazy or Jews being cheap, it would be considered racist as well.

Doctor Huxtable has a point but I don't blame it on the parents. How come some people who are brought up in the projects and other places of poverty rise up to become productive and english speaking people in society?
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2004, 05:37:01 AM »
Ok...
Bill Cosby is a dumbfuck that motherfucker thinks he's smart because he plays a doctor on tv.
Last time I checked Cosby does have a doctorate...

i use slang...drop my G'z and R'z at the end of words...but some of the shit people say is just fucking stupid... where you be at?...what tha fuck is that?...you have to go out of your way to say that kind of shit..half the time these kids do know how to properly state what they're sayin...but they don't..
I think that they are smarter than people give them credit for...

Shit..what tha fuck was Cosby on talkin about how blacks kill eachother over pound cakes... I understand that he is trying to express how we kill eachother over nothin..but shit...pound cakes nigga?...coulda said chicken....or ribz...and had a better affect...

alot of the time I think these kids overwhelm they're parents...esspecially in single parent situations.....the parents want to do something but tha child bullies and co-ersez tha parents to let them have they're own way...I'm sure all of these parents want their kids off tha streets...but they can't do much...

cosby needs to stop statin the problems of the black community and start giving solutions to the problems of the black community...I give him credit for trying to help by pointing out our flaws..but it's as if he's up there^ with the rich "whites" looking down on us poor little "Niggaz" shouting commands...this isnt a fucking plantation...
 

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Re:Bill Cosby says poor blacks cant speak english
« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2004, 05:53:36 AM »
I just realised two things about this.

ONE > this isn't news, it isnt a revelation.

TWO > its not just limited to black people. in general poor people l get a rough ride, from their raising to their education.

and a final thing..

THREE > some of ya'll are mentioning instances of things i feel may be the real crux of the problem and whats being said could be a misinterpretation of the real problem.

that 'real problem' being 'slang' people talk on ebonics 'gangsta' style or whatever to fit in, if its the culture then its a self perpetuating thing. like dude above me said.. some -can- speak real english, but don't because its not cool. the fact is that people imitate their surroundings to fit in.

I often find my vernacular slipping in every day life because of the influence of the way people write on this board, and because of influence of predominantly black rap music upon me.