posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 04:16 PM
It doesn't matter what color/race you are, it's all about your "community" standards. I use the word "community" in the loosest possible sense,
meaning peer group, neighborhood, friends, school, home environment, etc.
If someone is brought up by and surrounded by individuals that don't expect success, then they will not be successful. It's as simple as that. If
all your parents and friends do is hang out, drink, curse, and f**k, you won't imagine that you can live any better unless presented with the
alternative with a supporting environment.
I think one of the huge problems with these communities is that you're actually looked down upon and ridiculed for being successful (in the black
community's case, an "Uncle Tom" or a "Sell-Out") unless you're an athlete or entertainer. It can be a very difficult cycle to break, and I
think that's one of the things that Cosby was getting at.