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Trying to Separate Bill Cosby From Cliff Huxtable - The New York Times
By RACHEL L. SWARNS JAN. 31, 2016

When an artist is disgraced, what happens to his art? What in the world will become of Dr. Huxtable?
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Many people are deeply flawed and everyone has to wrestle with their relationship to them. What they create is one thing, who they are is another - for me the two can co-exist, as they must.....Great people are flawed, and evil people have unexpected qualities. It is only in our desire to fit everyone into a nice one-dimensional box that we struggle. ...Very few half hour TV sitcoms show complex characters. When the weekly showing of a beloved one dimensional character must co-exist with with the real life actor whose private behaviour crosses so many lines of good manners, morality or criminality, viewers rarely are able to look at the "art" without seeing the "artist". Reconciling any perfect image with "tarnished" reality is difficult whether examining the work and lives of sports heroes, elected officials, rock stars, bishops or authors.
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role_models  compartmentalization  actors  Bill_Cosby  grieving  African-Americans  scandals  trailblazers  sexual_misconduct 
february 2016 by jerryking
Bill Cosby Movies
Bill Cosby co-starred with Sidney Poitier in many successful films (Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, A Piece of the Action)
Bill_Cosby  '70s  movies  funnies  films  nostalgia  Sidney_Poitier 
september 2014 by jerryking
(1) A Piece of the Action
A Piece of the Action
Uptown Saturday Night
Let's Do it Again
nostalgia  Bill_Cosby  movies  films  blaxploitation 
october 2012 by jerryking
'Oops. I Told the Truth.'
October 17, 2004 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

The next U.S. president has three baby booms bearing down at us, and without a massive injection of truth-telling they could all explode on the next president's watch.
(1)American baby boom generation is now just two presidential terms away from claiming its Social Security and Medicare benefits.
(2) the young people in India, China and Eastern Europe, who in this increasingly flat world will be able to compete with your kids and mine more directly than ever for high-value-added jobs.
(3) the Arab world. The Arab region has had the highest rate of population growth in the world in the last half century. It has among the highest unemployment rates in the world today. And one-third of the Arab population is under the age of 15 and will soon be entering both a barren job market and its child-bearing years.
flat_world  Tom_Friedman  truth-telling  Bill_Cosby  Arab-Muslim_world  high-wage  baby_boomers  India  China  Eastern_Europe  young_people 
january 2012 by jerryking
Bill Cosby Live - WSJ.com
MAY 25, 2004

By week's end Mr. Cosby had issued a statement pointing out that most of the news accounts dropped the context within which his remarks were delivered: a 50% high school dropout rate for inner-city African-American males that he rightly characterized as an "epidemic." In other words, Mr. Cosby's argument is that 1) a 50% black dropout rate ought to be regarded as a national scandal in a post-Brown America; and 2) dysfunctional behavior is dysfunctional whatever one's skin color.

Surely it says something about Mr. Cosby's critics that they are more disturbed by his speaking out than they are about the underlying crisis he's trying to address.
Bill_Cosby  African-Americans  silence  thug_code  social_classes 
november 2011 by jerryking
Breaking the Silence - New York Times
By HENRY LOUIS GATES JR
Published: August 01, 2004

Scholars such as my Harvard colleague William Julius Wilson say that the causes of black poverty are both structural and behavioral. Think of structural causes as ''the devil made me do it,'' and behavioral causes as ''the devil is in me.'' Structural causes are faceless systemic forces, like the disappearance of jobs. Behavioral causes are self-destructive life choices and personal habits. To break the conspiracy of silence, we have to address both of these factors.
African-Americans  Henry_Louis_Gates  Obama  Bill_Cosby  anti-intellectualism  scholars  silence  self-destructive  William_Julius_Wilson 
november 2011 by jerryking
Some Truths About Black Disadvantage - WSJ.com
JANUARY 3, 2005 | WSJ | By AMY L. WAX.

A central tenet of the law of remedies is that someone who harms another person -- the wrongdoer -- must undo that harm. Justice requires that the culprit right the wrong by restoring the victim to his rightful position -- the state he would have enjoyed had he never been wronged. In distinguishing between liability and remedy -- between causing harm and undoing harm -- the law also recognizes that reality can fall short of the ideal. The wrongdoer may quite literally lack the power to make the victim whole. The assailant cannot replace the eye he has destroyed. The murderer cannot bring the dead to life. Full justice for the victim may simply be out of reach.
reparations  African-Americans  disadvantages  Bill_Cosby  racism  Amy_Wax  hard_truths 
november 2011 by jerryking
Breaking the Silence - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
Aug. 1, 2004 | New York Times | By HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. Why
has it been so difficult for black leaders to say such things in
public, without being pilloried for ''blaming the victim''? Why the huge
flap over Bill Cosby's insistence that black teenagers do their
homework, stay in school, master standard English and stop having
babies?...Yet in too many black neighborhoods today, academic
achievement has actually come to be stigmatized. ...Making it, as Mr.
Obama told me, ''requires diligent effort and deferred gratification.
Everybody sitting around their kitchen table knows that.''...the causes
of black poverty are both structural and behavioral. Think of structural
causes as ''the devil made me do it,'' and behavioral causes as ''the
devil is in me.'' Structural causes are faceless systemic forces, like
the disappearance of jobs. Behavioral causes are self-destructive life
choices and personal habits. To break the conspiracy of silence, we have
to address both of these factors.
African-Americans  Henry_Louis_Gates  silence  Obama  self-destructive  anti-intellectualism  poverty  values  Bill_Cosby  delayed_gratification  structural_change  academic_achievement 
september 2010 by jerryking
Obama and Race - WSJ.com
Feb. 21, 2008 op-ed piece by Daniel Henniger looking at Barack
Obama through the lens of Bill Cosby's 1980s TV sitcom. he argues that
Bill Cosby was trying to stanch the downward pitch of black street
culture--and lost.
Obama  African-Americans  politics  culture  Daniel_Henninger  Bill_Cosby  social_classes 
january 2009 by jerryking

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