“While Cosby falls extremely short in calling the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. to task for disgracefully staying sidelined (letting others bravely engage the Civil Rights battle for Blacks) his comments definitely head in that direction…”
From: The Misdirected Diatribe Of Bill Cosby.
Trouble In Black Paradise, Page 261.
The idea that Cosby revels in his white backed power is obvious. After a long trail of show visibility (pioneering as TV’s very first Black male lead on the 1960’s hit I Spy, then in several Blaxploitation 1970’s flicks) he suddenly, publicly demeans Black urban imagery—instead of outlining systemic racism’s all-encompassing stratum.
The scrutinizing “power structure” knew that this particular persona would do exactly that, killing two birds with one stone: gaining a “reputable” Black spokesperson to steer racist indictment away from white corporate central (1); and giving the appearance that white moguls were now benevolently doing their part in the anti racism war—finally providing substantial “roles” for Blacks (2).
We all know that white media moguls would never tolerate an “Afro-dedicated” persona being real about America’s profoundly white politic controlled society (outlining which Black actions would really improve conditions)—and you can believe Cosby knows this; his wings would be clipped and a promising career ruined (all looking legitimately professional).
No matter how much money Cosby might currently have, white backlash could use every aspect of the system, including the IRA, courts, dominant tawdry media (and at the forefront of current protests—law enforcement). Powers-that-be could embarrass, drain and finally break him; it’s the truer, distinct definition of racism—the power to absolutely use every aspect of the machine.
Obviously other successful Blacks do see the same threat, as their newly made millions seem never enough to break their silence on murderous injustices waged disproportionately upon the poor; celebrities (once destitute themselves) flagrantly exercising the “disconnect card” to happily rake in popularity money—frivolously hurled their way by poor folks starved for substance.
The media does love it though, when famous Blacks remain silent, or publicly berate Black lifestyles, trivializing the course-setting role of white politic in stifling Black advancement (and maintaining states of turmoil in Black centers).
This brings us to the real cause of Black decline: Afro-Americans chronically selling-out, propelled by severe cultural disjointedness and disunity.
Consciousness driven Blacks have a slogan for vested community members: “each one reach one—each one teach one.”
When individuals make gains of knowledge and material success, coalitions are to be built setting a course opposite from disunity’s destruction; far broader numbers (i.e. those communities) can benefit, expanding upon galvanized progress.
Thus Black independent labor and social systems could be established to unshackle the community from exclusive white (or any other group’s) economic control; African-Americans ideally would engage in creating internally for selves, building greater leverage for fruitful external broad scale networking—just what Cosby apparently pushes for in his rant.
Tragically, the overwhelming majority of Blacks—entertainers, merchants, athletes, scholars, politicians, etc… (super successful, or not)—do the opposite: reveling in their individual gains they smack their narcissistic lips and wave goodbye to their own masses; the very folks who provided access to “the tools” that make such mega achievement possible.
Today’s personality headliners in this respect become the flamboyantly elevated, passing as the next generation’s irresistible role models, visually cranked nonstop and super hyped—by the media—which capitalizes for its truer constituents (on many levels).
Glamorizing the profound self-hatred pounded out by a white cosmetic legacy’s hammer, selling-out for these Blacks remains as natural as eating fried chicken; thoroughly shattered is the cultural cohesion (forged by an Afro-spirituality’s depth of infused love and self-dedication) that all other ethnic forces still utilize, exploiting Black materialistic addiction—while leaving us in the dust.
And having Black religious groups like the National Baptist Convention, Inc. thoroughly embrace white colonial Christianity (rejecting progressive Christian alternatives) did seal the deal: “white politic” and all its tricky corrosiveness could take on a morally attractive veneer (parasitically subduing a cleverly derailed Afro-spiritual “pulse”) and be elevated to the level of absolute worship.
Another prime sell-out casualty—now the media’s “devil’s advocate” darling-in-demand—exposes this one: former basketball player turned game commentator Charles Barkley (who led the pack decrying Magic Johnson’s possibly remaining an active player after Johnson admitted he’s HIV positive).
Barkley, in light of growing Ferguson related incidents brazenly trivializes racism’s impact on Blacks, making his perspective highly sought out—but bristles under the notion that he’s an “Uncle Tom.”
Obviously a proud spokesman (for “white politic” morality) not once have I heard or read about Barkley itemizing his own active contributions waged toward improving overall Black conditions—or highlighting his (or his family’s) involvement in the Civil Rights movement’s legacy.
The trouble with Cosby (mirrored by a lesser successful Barkley) is that he appears to have made power bestowed by whites his true object of worship. Actually practicing what he supposedly preaches would translate into the total opposite: utilizing his material leverage and savvy business acumen to coalesce with Blacks “on his level.”
Cosby could start in his own field, co establishing Black production empires, offsetting the lily white majority of slanted subject matter—and filtered casting opportunities—infusing Afro elements and multicultural perspectives that are intentionally left out.
A much neglected national (and international) Black agenda—transcending class and including organizers from all levels—to expand civic foundations and broaden desperately needed labor pool opportunities—would at last be crafted.
America’s Black community foundation yields a spectrum running from the very rich, to the dirt poor. An African-American person separating themselves from Blackness’s broad fabric has no moral right—or ethical credibility—attempting to trivialize the foreign damage waged upon that fabric.
If Cosby wishes to appear as though he still remains a dedicated member of the overall Black community—which bore him before he got rich—he would do his part on the affluent end (following the vested consciousness slogan: “each one reach one”); he’d help shut down the open trails that a racist system still exploits to wreak havoc throughout vulnerable Black landscapes—thus providing the impoverished end with breathing room (and tools) to dig itself out.
It appears though, his preference is offering piecemeal philanthropy (reaching far fewer aspirants) reveling in white America’s deeming him the Black “moral compass”—exploiting that image materialistically to-the-hilt while condemning Blacks who reject rigid “upper crust” mores.
Such a self-absorbed worshiping of that corrosive brand of power, seen through the reckless, flagrant public sexual dalliances reported by witnesses (and kept hidden from the greater public by a complicit media) makes a growing list of sexual assault charges against Cosby all the more believable.
The trouble is this: Cosby’s moralistic pontificating, making Black folks appear as rebellious, juvenile imbeciles through the white media, all while apparently engaging in the utmost of immoral acts, is horrendously disgraceful for him—and another example of tragic loss for greater Black resource potential.