How Bill Cosby Got iy Wrong

Written by Tamika Johnson

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Cosby failed to mentionrepparttar sorry state of secondary education in many ofrepparttar 142066 poor neighborhoods in this country and how that impactsrepparttar 142067 lives ofrepparttar 142068 poor and black in this country. Our tax based system for supporting public schools leave many in poor areas with inadequate buildings, teachers, textbooks, and curriculum. Can someone explain to me how kids get to high school withoutrepparttar 142069 ability to read or do simple math? That isnít simply their fault, or their parents fault butrepparttar 142070 fault of a system that will simply pass kids along and believe them incapable of learning and not really caring whether they learn anything or not.

How about a high school system that offers classes that are useless for entrance into college? Or where kids graduate and havenít taken a single algebra class? High school is supposed to prepare you for college, regardless of whetherrepparttar 142071 teachers or administrators believerepparttar 142072 students are capable of a college education. You can be a very responsible person but if you were never givenrepparttar 142073 proper building blocks for success then that responsibility will get you nowhere.

America and apparently Bill Cosby has a short memory. And while blamingrepparttar 142074 white man is pointless, and waiting for racism to end is pointless, personal responsibility alone isn'trepparttar 142075 answer. You can take allrepparttar 142076 personal responsibility you want but if you're born black and poor in this country, then you have a lot of odds stacked against you and more then likely will succumb to that environment. Poverty alone is a hard cycle to break, add being black andrepparttar 142077 weight of a history that has routinely stripped you of your identity and self worth and you've got what can seem like, and for many people are, insurmountable odds. Forty years and a ranting, wealthy black man isn't going to change that.

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Downing In The Mainstream

Written by The Indy Voice

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Let's facerepparttar facts.

There has been something that I've wanted to get off my chest for quite some time. I AM NOT TRYING TO SELL YOU ANYTHING. I don't want your vote, I'm not peddling a product or service and frankly I don't even care if you like me. So why don't you believe me? I'm really not a kook. I do my homework. Maybe I have facts wrong at times but I ask you who's more likely to lie to you, The Indy Voice or a career politician? What would I have to gain by lying to you? What would a politician have to gain?

The fact is that I was right then and I'm right now. Trust me, I don't derive any satisfaction in telling you that this country went to war based upon false pretenses made up by an adminstration who had an ideology to further, campaign contributors to pay back and a divisive reelection to face. War solved all those problems for George W. Bush and it's about damn time this country was patriotic enough to facerepparttar 142065 truth.

So why is there just only brief mentionings (like this) ofrepparttar 142066 Downing memo inrepparttar 142067 mainstream media? Why shouldn't everyday citizens of this country be aware of what poli-geeks like myself have been aware of for a month? Why isn't it front page news? Isn't there something wrong with a media that refuses to inform its citizens and a country that acts like it doesn't want to know about evidence that points to their President lying when he took us to war? Ifrepparttar 142068 memo's factual incorrect or a forgery shouldn't we at least have that discussion? Shouldn't we at least investigaterepparttar 142069 possibility?

Why isn't Downing inrepparttar 142070 mainstream?

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