Don Lemon is on a mission. This time he has everyone’s favorite TV dad, Bill Cosby at his side. Lemon and Cosby want African-Americans to handle their business, their kids and education. Cosby also labeled those people who get upset when the ills of the African-American community are put on front streets as “no-groes”. During a recent interview with Lemon, Cosby offered some strong words to the “no-groes”.
In Saturday night’s interview, Lemon asked Cosby to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and what kind of African American leaders are needed now.
“I think it has to come from the universities,” Mr. Cosby began. ” 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.”
He added that one of the sights he’d like to see more of is what he saw at the recent Essence Festival, “walking around to see, yeah, to see a black male with his child on the shoulders and holding.”
He also encouraged young people who might not be able to go to a prestigious college to “go to community college. Okay, you backed up and didn’t do well. You quit school but now you find you need that high school credential. Go to the community college.”
Cosby related the idea of personal responsibility to his own experience, adding that “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.”
Later in the interview, Mr. Cosby talked about what he sees as an overemphasis on medicating juvenile inmates, versus counseling. “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 said, adding “Now, about this time, this is when you hear the no-groes jump up and say ‘Why don’t you talk about the good things?’”
When Lemon asked, “Why is it so hard for some people to get that message, to hear that message, to receive that message, and without lashing out?”, Cosby said because “no-groes” are embarrassed.
Are there any “no-groes” reading right now?
I’m not sure if “no-groes” is a good term, but then I realize Cosby feels that he’s doing a service to the black community by speaking about its ills. But the thing is, what he’s saying isn’t anything new. Maybe Cosby and Lemon will form “New-Groe Super Team” and heal the world, one black person at a time.
Below is the full interview, the “no-groe” comments hit around the 4:30 mark, after talking about incarcerated juveniles.