Real Clear Politics:
MSNBC race analyst Toure (one word) once again came on the channel to lecture viewers on how race has everything to do with the Trayvon Martin shooting case and why Bill Cosby is hurting the black community by not playing the race card.
While reprimanding Cosby for not taking advantage of the situation, Toure groups himself with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
“We must be respectful to him, important person in the community, in America for a long time,” Toure said of Bill Cosby before he trashed him for letting a situation like this go to waste. “Respectful of our elders. But this is a very dangerous sentiment and it’s not at all true. Yes, it is a gun situation but it is absolutely a racial situation in that Trayvon Martin was clearly profiled as a criminal black man, as if those two things are synonymous in America by George Zimmerman. That’s why he pulled his gun and used it on Trayvon. And when a person of Bill Cosby’s stature comes out publicly and says it’s not a racial issue, it’s a gun issue, it gives fuel to all those who misunderstand the situation. It is not about race and I and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are making it about race when it’s not. He’s giving fuel to those people who say, ‘See, look. Even Bill Cosby agrees with us’ and that’s not correct.”
Toure later added that Bill Cosby’s opinion is “dangerous,” unlike his.
“I can’t speak for Bill Cosby, but I can say, what if he looks at you and says you’re dangerous because you have now said that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin, which is to be determined in a court of law now that he’s been arrested and charged. And according to prosecutors, they say he did profile Trayvon Martin, but this is all to be determined by a jury of his peers and we’re going to watch this play out. So, Bill Cosby, he could say the same thing about you,” Toure said.
“Bill Cosby is an extraordinary American. He’s extraordinarily talented. He’s had an amazing effect on my life, on many lives. But in terms of nuanced political thinking, he has not shown himself to be a big fan of that. And he has quite often said things that put him into the category of, with friends like these, who needs enemies? I mean, like, he’s repeatedly talked about a lack of morality in the black community, as if we don’t teach our children morality, as if we want to go to prison, as if that’s some badge of honor. That is not the way things are in the black community,” Toure also said.
Tamron Hall, the MSNBC anchor conducting the interview, then asked Toure if he viewed Bill Cosby as “anti-black.”
“I’m saying that he has on several occasions said things that are extremely negative, paternalistic and rather misguided about the black community,” Toure retorted.
Bill Cosby was born in a segregated neighborhood in Philadelphia in 1937. His mother was a maid and his father was a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He attended public school, dropped out in the 10th grade and joined the Navy. He finished high school while in the service and then won an athletic scholarship to Temple University.
He left Temple to pursue his comedy career but continued working on his education, eventually obtaining a a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts. He starred in three hit television shows. The Cosby Show was the biggest hit of the 80′s, coming in as the number one show for five consecutive years.
Bill Cosby has received numerous awards and honors, including several Emmy’s, Grammys and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is arguably the most influential African American since Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1997 Cosby’s son Ennis was shot and killed by a Ukrainian immigrant in Los Angeles.
Touré Neblett was raised in the predominately white community of Randolph, Massachusetts. He attended the prestigious Milton Academy, a mostly-white private prep school. After graduating from Milton, Touré went to college:
When he went to Emory University in Atlanta, Touré made fast friends with the white students in his dorm. Then he read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” switched his major to African American studies, started a black nationalist student newspaper, brought the incendiary rapper Chuck D to campus and, eventually, moved into the Black Student Association’s private house.
Touré Neblett dropped out of Emory University in 1992 to become an intern at Rolling Stone. Since then he has written books and short stories you never read, articles you never heard of, hosted cable shows you never watched, and now seems to be trying to establish himself as the Senior Black Correspondent at MSNBC.
Which one of these two men do you think has more credibility to speak about racism, the black community and gun violence?
(h/t John W. Smart)
Here’s Touré Neblett getting his ass handed to him by Piers Morgan: