THE COS, PC, HIP-HOP AND OTHER DESTRUCTIONS; ALL THE CANDLELIT MEMORIAL SERVICES IN THE WORLD WON’T TOUCH THE CORE OF EVIL UNLESS ADULTS BEGIN TO ACT AS ADULTS TO CHILDREN
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014) — Black people, stop blaming white people for your “oppression.” That is the post-Martin Luther King Day sentiment on THE PLANET, courtesy of Bill Cosby.
Cosby has been preaching the double-play of parenting and education as the best ways to change the course of cultural history. Too many men of his race, he observes, want to have sex don’t want to be fathers. Too many women of his race want to have babies but don’t want to be mothers. The Cos also makes the point that young people must stop depending on public assistance, go back to school, and become solid citizens.
“What we need for people to realize [is that] ‘I want to raise my kid,’” Cosby says. Let’s put this in local terms. Take a walk down North Street almost any weekday, and you can see them: young girls, both black and white, pushing black, white, and mostly mixed-race children in strollers. These girls keep popping out children, often courtesy of many different men.
When a teen girl bears children out of wedlock, society usually foots the bill. The teen goes on welfare, and soon after, her boyfriend moves in with her. The spinoffs from this type of societal degeneration are playing out right now on the unsafe streets and byways of Pittsfield. It can be seen in the flourishing drug trade for example, and in the acts of violence that have become a daily occurrence.
Welfare — defined as “means-tested cash assistance” — currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states (including the Commonwealth). Massachusetts ranks behind only Hawaii and the District of Columbia in generosity to those on the take. The state’s average welfare benefits package, adjusted for inflation, rose from $37,345 in 1995 to $42,515 in 2013, and increase of $5,169 (pretax wage equivalents of $46,086 and $50,540, respectively). Think you could live off of $50,540 without doing a stitch of work?
Are you sitting down for this one: The pre-tax equivalent of the average Massachusetts welfare recipient in 2013 is $24.30 and hour.
These figures are contained in a report titled, “The Work Versus Welfare Tradeoff: 2013, An Analysis of the Total Level of Welfare Benefits by State,” authored by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes and published by the Cato Institute.
In Pittsfield, a flood of federal, state, and local benefits kick in: temporary cash grants, subsidized housing, WIC, food stamps, taxpayer-funded debit cards. They can receive two or three times the amount of money than they would receive from many of the type of “recreation-and-resort-economy” jobs of the kind readily available in the city — service jobs that form the rubber backbone of the local economy.
Just in the past few days, there have been three fatalities involving vehicles and a near-fatal stabbing, all in and within the vicinity of downtown Pittsfield. These only represent a small portion of a city and society heading to the dregs.
With that preamble, we share Cosby’s take:
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“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. 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? 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 ….. I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid. I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!!! With names like Shaniqua, Tariq, Taliqua, Ja’quan and all of that crap. 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.
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Cosby shares wisdom that applies to young people of all races. The dumbass white pimp-rollers need to hike their pants up above their cracks and pay just as much mind. “Hip-hop” culture does not discriminate. It has not only ruined a generation of black youth but has done the same with its white brothers as well, a generation characterized but appalling underachievement on a personal, societal, and cultural level.
Adults have the responsibility to show kids that the gospel of out-of-control bling, disrespecting women, materialism, baggy clothes, ugly body piercings, ignorant use of English, the glorification of crime and thuggery, and other such destructive “virtues” leads nowhere but to destruction.
All of the candle vigils held when lives go tragically wrong won’t touch, let alone address, let alone cure, the evil strain that has infected too many of a generation too dumb to realize what’s happening. No city, no society will long endure.
Think on these things, dear readers, as you watch what’s happening throughout the schools, neighborhoods, streets, parks, playgrounds, and public gathering places of this once-fair city. Think on these things as you watch the feckless mayor and other politicians ignore reality and pretend “all is well.” They do it not because they are stupid but blinded by swelled egos and the need to look good in their helming the city’s “ship of state.”
Think on these things, and begin DEMANDING more from them.
“I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. / I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. / I learn by going where I have to go.” — Theodore Roethke, “The Waking,” (1953).
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.