Veronica Roberts


The beloved, bumbling, fumbling comedic act was absent Monday morning as one of America’s favorite TV dads got serious to the point of becoming uncomfortable for some viewers.

Cliff Huxtable was nowhere in sight as Bill Cosby told CNN’s "Starting Point" host Soledad O’Brien what he thought of today’s racist Republican, which is causing a bit of stir among conservatives, judging by the heated comments under the Mediate article and YouTube video. Some rightfully reminded us that the Democratic Party was guilty of heavy racism in the South as well.

The roundtable discussion on "Starting Point" was centered on the 1965 Bloody Sunday March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., The anniversary of that dark historic moment was this past weekend, and more than 10,000 people reportedly came out to acknowledge, lest we forget.

Host O’Brien remarked on the stark contrast of the times, when in 1966 Cosby was up for an Emmy, while the show he was nominated for — “I Spy” — was banned in the South.

“I read about you, at the same time the fight for rights in the South was going on,’ O’Brien said to Cosby. “You were on the verge of winning an Emmy award. First black man – in 1966 you would win an Emmy award. And the show ‘I Spy’ was banned in the South.”

Here is Bill Cosby’s response.

“Just a couple of stations,” Cosby replied and then turned to Rep. Connie Mack, one of the panelists who had said something inaudible. “What did you say?”

Here Mack replied, “It’s just hard to believe.” His wife and fellow former Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) was also present and added, “It’s unbelievable.”

To which Cosby replied, “I don’t think so. Not when you look at the president’s speech recently.” He was referring to the State of the Union Address.

“To see people sitting down when there are others standing and cheering. I think we have people sitting there who are as bad as the people who were against any kind of desegregation,” Cosby continued. Click on the above video for more.

Racism can be found in both parties and in the past, the Democratic Party was ironically, the poster child for prejudice. However, modern times have seen the Grand Ole Party morph into something of an exclusive club and the Democratic Party become more outwardly inclusive. Are the Dems masquerading as the party of the people--all of the people? If they are, they're doing a grand ole job, while their Republican counterparts seem to be clinging to a stringent demographic--mostly white and rich.

But whether you agree with Cosby or not, we all know what he is talking about. Speaker John Boehner had a permanent constipated expression blatantly visible over the president's left shoulder throughout the speech, and I’m sure his scowling Republican Party co-horts could muster up more enthusiasm getting a root canal than they did sitting there listening to their president. The body language was priceless.

And when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "you lie" during Obama’s 2009 health care speech in those hallowed halls, it was the height of disrespect.

Let’s add the level of obstructionism against this president—which is the worst in modern day administrations—and we see a polarizing pattern that cannot be blamed on politics alone. There are other insidious forces criss-crossing Capitol Hill and beyond since we elected a black president—and that’s not playing the race card—that’s acknowledging race is still a factor in politics.

If we have racism in other parts of American society, why do you think our political arena is exempt? I love when some Republican legislators compare President Obama to Bill Clinton, saying at least they could work with him. Why is that?

Is it because in spite of their political differences, Billy was still one of the “Ole White Boys Club?”