OPINION: The Black Community Should Take No Joy in Bill Cosby’s Mistrial

Photo by AP/Matt Rourke.

In 2004, comedian Bill Cosby was honored by the NAACP as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.

During an acceptance speech that’s now better known as the “pound cake” speech,” the comedian went off on the Black community in a rant that covered everything from children’s names to bad parenting to even the way Black children dressed.

He talked about a “culture of poverty” that Blacks chose to live...

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