Friday, October 19, 2007
Open letter to Bill Cosby.
Bill I want you to know that I appreciate you and I love you. I've been around to many of our own people who justify "exploiting" our pain and struggle because they profit from it, for their "personal" gains. Forget about whether we agree or disagree on the musical issues, I agree one hundred percent with your heart of love and concern for our community. I stand with you locked hand in hand declaring we must address issues internally and externally that bind and cripple our people and we must acknowledge the systematic conditions and denial that cause our ears and eyes to become closed and then shut from the pain and hurt of our reality.
The numbers are painful. The deaths. The funerals. The lost. The incarceration. The hopelessness. The wounded mothers. It's a shame and it hurts me to know and have witnessed the attack on you for raising issues that are in and of themselves truth. Time and place can be debated. The man Bill Cosby and your contributions and love for us cannot. I salute you Sir. In you I see a symbolic father for us all, standing up and sounding the trumpet of alarm and terror. Time is short. We must move now. Our babies are dying. Our young men are becoming new slave labor (prison wages for work) and our men are being shut out of opportunities to be fathers and providers because of the endless cycle of lack of education,violence, hustle, racism, oppression, jail, unemployment and death.
I'm man enough to issue this apology to you, on behalf of those of us whom understand, recognize and appreciate love. Don't worry Bill. I can handle the cowards who do nothing but talk. They've never given anything to the hood but a slick, hollow conversation. My folks from the town (Oakland) are actively supporting a new positive movement..from the pen to the streets. It's time. Real men stand up. Our women have shouldered the burden long enough..
Son Of The King
Posted by MC Hammer at 11:49 PM