Columnist Gregory Kane is one of an emerging group of black columnists who has the courage and the conviction to express views that are at odds with the prevailing theory of victimhood in the black community.
Kane and Cosby are correct. Some of what is wrong in the black community is the responsibility of black leadership (or should I say, "lack thereof"?) And though I would be the last to deny that all vestiges of racism have been removed from our society, what these two men describe is accurate.
Black leaders who constantly lament the plight of the black criminal - who complain that too many black men are in prison but not in college and who made restoring voting rights to black felons a civil rights issue - have a choice to make. Either they support young black men like William Thomas, who was critically wounded in a shooting at Randallstown High School early this month, and Rio-Jarrell Tatum, the promising Polytechnic Institute graduate killed on Baltimore's streets two years ago this week, or they support the black men who shot them.
Our peerless leaders need to pick one group or the other. They can't support both because the two groups have opposing agendas. While the leaders are at it, they can ponder one more thing that "needs to be said."
All too many black youths support a culture that glorifies gangstas, thugs and pimps. That culture will produce a disproportionately high number of gangstas, thugs and pimps, and a disproportionately low number of scholars. Those blacks who have a problem with those words can find some comfort.
Just pretend Bill Cosby said them.