Bob Herbert in today’s Times discusses the new book by Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint, Come On, People: On the Path From Victims to Victors.
Here is part of the column:
The most important step toward ending the tragic cycles of violence
and poverty among African-Americans also happens to be the heaviest
lift — reconnecting black fathers to their children.
interview yesterday, Dr. Poussaint said: “You go into whole
neighborhoods and there are no fathers there. What you find is apathy
in a lot of the males who don’t even know that they are supposed to be
The book covers a great deal that has been talked
about incessantly — the importance of family and education and hard
work and mentoring and civic participation. But hand in hand with its
practical advice and the undercurrent of deep love for one’s community
is a stress on the absolute importance of maintaining one’s personal
dignity and self-respect.
It’s a tough book. Victimhood is cast as the enemy. Defeat, failure and hopelessness are not to be tolerated.
I gather that both Cosby and Poussaint were on “Meet the Press” Sunday. I missed it. Did any catch it?