October 21, 2005


Cosby Takes a Stand in Compton: The comedian urges residents at a community meeting to 'work toward something' in fixing the city's problems. (Megan Garvey, October 20, 2005, LA Times)

Bill Cosby didn't come to Compton High School on Wednesday night to sugarcoat reality.

He began with a story about both hope and tragedy.

The city, he said, needs to honor Venus and Serena Williams — the tennis superstars who rose from the public courts of Compton to the top of the world rankings.

"How difficult is it for Compton to have a parade so that parents can bring the children and hold them up and say: 'They're from here'?" he asked the hundreds of residents who came to talk about turning things around in their violence-plagued city.

"And then one of the sisters was shot and murdered," he said, referring to the 2003 killing of the Williamses' half-sister Yetunde Price. Cosby paused for the audience to complete his sentence.

"In Compton," they replied.

"And the verdict was mistrial — in Compton," Cosby said. "Still no parade."

Not sugar-coated? That's giving it to them with the bark on.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 9:41 AM

I know he's Rich & "too old", but Cosby ought to Run for something.

US Senate maybe (I don't care which party)

Posted by: Bruno at October 21, 2005 9:53 AM

Cosby too rich and too old? Almost all the senators are too rich and quite a few are in their 70's and 80's? Even one six year senate term might be enough for Cosby to convince blacks that they need to give the poverty pimps the heave ho.

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 11:46 AM

If you haven't seen Jerry Seinfeld's movie Comedian you ought to. Cos is really the star of it.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 21, 2005 12:04 PM

Cosby is having a far greater effect, I believe, directly engaging in the local community than being in Washington or the statehouse. The problems are social, not political.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at October 21, 2005 12:17 PM