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Cosby failed to mention sorry state of secondary education in many of poor neighborhoods in this country and how that impacts lives of 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 without ability to read or do simple math? That isnít simply their fault, or their parents fault but 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 whether teachers or administrators believe students are capable of a college education. You can be a very responsible person but if you were never given proper building blocks for success then that responsibility will get you nowhere.
America and apparently Bill Cosby has a short memory. And while blaming white man is pointless, and waiting for racism to end is pointless, personal responsibility alone isn't answer. You can take all 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 and 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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