We heard a lesson loud and clear from cultural icon Bill Cosby when he revealed to the world that we should, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ I wrote about
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Bill Cosby’s admonitions to Blacks in December, 2013 to take responsibility for their lives, their children and their communities. Now that his double standard is public, I feel compelled to write about his unveiling. But not in the way you might think.
Nearly 10 years ago, on May 17, 2004, Bill Cosby gave a speech that stirred up a lot of controversy about how Black people, particularly those in the lower economic community, need to take responsibility for themselves. You can read the speech, and additional commentary, here.
We choose how we navigate through life, catching fair winds and keeping our balance when the going gets rough.
He called people out for their behavior and their choices by saying, if they didn’t apply themselves in school, or dropped out, they can’t blame others because they’re working a minimum wage job. While he was speaking to one portion of the Black community, his words ought to resonate with all of us.
Each of us is personally and unilaterally responsible for every choice we make.