Bill Cosby to join Kansas City high school panel

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 7:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:02 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY — Entertainer and activist Bill Cosby is coming to a Kansas City high school to take part in a panel discussion on bullying, conflict resolution, proper attire and other issues.

The forum takes place April 1 at the Hickman Mills School District's Ruskin High School in south Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports the event is sponsored by One Goal Consultants and is not open to the public.

In a statement released by the district, Cosby said the discussion will focus less on problems than solutions.

Cosby has offended some leaders and parents in African-American communities with his comments about the behavior of black teenagers.

His career is one of the most successful in television history and peaked with "The Cosby Show" in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.


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Dan Holland March 15, 2011 | 8:07 a.m.

bill cosby's speech:

'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, 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.

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Ellis Smith March 15, 2011 | 8:47 a.m.

Bill Cosby
Thomas Sowell
Walter E. Williams

Three great contemporary black Americans, all saying the same thing (phrased in different ways). The fact that Sowell and Williams phrase their comments in a less confrontational manner hasn't kept them too from drawing criticism from the so-called black leadership.

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frank christian March 15, 2011 | 10:21 a.m.

I have admired Ward Connerly. Because of his effort to remove "affirmative action" from the Federal requirements for hiring, which promoted discrimination, was literally crucified by liberal community, Jesse Jackson, etc.

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Dan Holland March 16, 2011 | 1:59 a.m.

there was a time when affirmative action was a good thing and most likely necessary. but those days are long gone. blacks and other minorities have just as many opportunities and rights as white people. theres nothing standing in their way of equal education and jobs except for themselves. as proof of how much things have changed since the early days of affirmative action, we now have minorites in congress, minority governors, mayors, supreme court justices and even a black president. so, anyone claiming the white man is holding him back and keeping him/her from becoming successful is using that as an excuse for their own laziness and lack of effort. if parents would instill in their kids at an early age how important education is, instead of letting their kids run wild and undisciplined, this country would be a better place. kids are our future but they wont get there without guidance from caring adults and that goes for ALL races.

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