by Yvette Carnell
CNN’s Don Lemon, who recently completed the evolution from journalist to hackneyed pundit, formed a tag team with comedian Bill Cosby on Saturday night to air out problems in the black community…..again. Lemon, obviously looking to find someone to buttress recent comments he made pathologizing black behavior, invited Bill Cosby on to discuss everything from the juvenile justice system to black leadership.
In recent months, Don Lemon has tried to carve out a space for himself in the crowded field of cable news by criticizing blacks who behave in ways he views as unworthy of white respect. Lemon has told black folks to pull up their pants and stop littering, among other things. While interviewing Cosby on Saturday night, Lemon asked what type of new leadership is needed in the black community.
“I think it has to come from the universities,” answered Cosby. ” I think, women, strongly because when you see 70%, in research, that says they are the leaders of the household, what we need is for people to realize I want to raise my kid. I want to go back and get my three kids. I want to take on that responsibility. I want to love my children.”
Cosby then added that he’d like to see kids who don’t do well in school give themselves a second chance by attending community college.
Cosby then shifted gears, implying that blacks need to be honest with themselves and focus on what they are not doing.
“At age 19 and a half, I knew I didn’t want to do certain things. It is not what they weren’t doing to me, it’s what I wasn’t doing. It’s a very simple thing,” he said.
Regarding the juvenile justice system, Cosby views medication as part of the problem.
“If you drug these people, and then you release them, and there’s no prescription for them to get to take to do the same thing, and they go back to the same place,” he explained.
Regarding people who criticize him for pointing out negative aspects of black culture, Cosby said, “….this is when you hear the no-groes jump up and say ‘Why don’t you talk about the good things?…Because the good things happen to be taking care of themselves pretty well.”
He added: “We are trying to help those genius’, those not genius’, people who deserve, because they are human beings on this earth, in the United States of America, we are trying to get them in a position so they will understand and want to.”
Lemon then asked Cosby why many don’t respond to the message he and Cosby are giving.
“Well, it’s because they feel, I think they feel embarrassed,” Cosby answered. He then said that he’s giving this information because he was once “living in the projects” and “not managing” his education.