Friday, July 30, 2004

Cosby defends remarks, promises more

Bill Cosby defended his controversial comments on black people, adding that the music industry is "glorifying the wrong things," as he spoke about parenting and children at a college conference this week.

Cosby, 67, made headlines in May when he criticized some blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. Earlier this month, Cosby said blacks should not blame whites for their problems.

"I'm going to keep on saying what I've been saying," he said, speaking at Hilton Head Island, S.C., to the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

Cosby said the music industry glorifies music that demeans women, praises life in jail and uses profanity.

Instead of going to Africa, he said, people who want to do good should "go across the street into the projects."

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