Don Lemon and Bill Cosby are not strangers to racial backlash thrown their way because of their rather matter-of-fact tactics and ideals to combat racism. Lemon recently came under fire via social media when he took a stance behind Bill O’Reilly’s limited view of problems in the Black community and took the conversation farther–coming up with five points of advice for Black people to fight racism.
On a recent episode of “CNN Newsroom,” Lemon tapped Cosby, the legendary comedian turned activist, to expound upon his thoughts on what type of leaders the Black community needs right now. Cosby’s response included a desire to see more women leaders, stronger Black fathers and a healthier foundation of education and then a new term, “No-gro” was born.
Cosby thinks inmates are being over-medicated, resulting with his new term. “If you drug these people, and then you release them, and there’s no prescription for them to get to take to do the same thing, and they go back to the same place,” he said, adding “Now, about this time, this is when you hear the no-groes jump up and say ‘Why don’t you talk about the good things?’”
Who are these “no-gros”? God bless Mr. Cosby, but I have a suspicion of who he’s referring to as a “no-groe.” It seems like it’s the Black people who refuse to receive these messages of positivity without backlash–essentially the folks who go against everything Cosby and Lemon feel about the Black community. “I think they [no-groes] feel embarrassed,” Cosby said when Lemon asked him why he think it’s so hard for people to receive these messages to uplift our culture.
Cosby understands that many people shun his racial words of wisdom because they believe he’s speaking with the silver spoon in his mouth, but he’s got news for those “no-gros.” “The reason why I’m giving you this information is because I was living in the projects. I was not taking care of myself in terms of managing my education. Once the door open and I saw ‘the light,’ I started to become very successful.” Cosby says of his advice to change the way the Black community behaves.
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