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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hats Off to Bill Cosby

Hats off to Bill Cosby, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and the New York Times' Bob Herbert for giving voice to some "brutal truths:"

Mr. Cosby ... has spent the last few years hammering home some brutal truths about self-destructive behavior within the African-American community. ...

For three years, Mr. Cosby and Dr. Poussaint have been traveling the country, meeting with as many people as possible to explore the problems facing the black community.

There is a sense of deep sadness and loss — grief — evident in both men over the tragedy that has befallen so many blacks in America. ...

Speaking about the epidemic of fatherlessness in black families, Mr. Cosby imagined a young fatherless child thinking: “Somewhere in my life a person called my father has not shown up, and I feel very sad about this because I don’t know if I’m ugly — I don’t know what the reason is.”

Dr. Poussaint, referring to boys who get into trouble, added: “I think a lot of these males kind of have a father hunger and actually grieve that they don’t have a father. And I think later a lot of that turns into anger. ‘Why aren’t you with me? Why don’t you care about me?’ ”

The absence of fathers, and the resultant feelings of abandonment felt by boys and girls, inevitably affect the children’s sense of self-worth, he said.

Sounds like one of my favorite bloggers.

Their book is here.

Hat-tip: K


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