I grew up watching Bill Cosby on the television show I Spy back in the 1960’s. I also heard many of his comedy routines like Noah, Parents, Little Tiny Hairs and Fat Albert. In the early 1970s, I saw Cosby on a talk show and was impressed with his goals. He said he wanted to get a doctorate in education and work on helping to develop teaching programs and curriculum that would make learning more fun. He said that students will learn and retain their education better if it is made enjoyable as opposed to the many boring classes most of us have had. I agreed with him as I learned more in the classes I enjoyed. He said he was using his acting career to finance his education, and that once he accomplished that, he would devote his time to the education field.
In 1971, he received an MA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, but immediately returned to acting and I never heard another word about his goals to help improve education.
Over the years, I’ve heard a few things from Cosby that caused me some concern, but none as outrageous has his latest statement that he made in the New York Post. Cosby wrote:
“I’m a Christian, but Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect, and what do these other people do? They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them.”
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