“We might not call this racist, but we can definitely call it classist and elitist,” wrote Tracy Clayton, a blogger for The Root, a news site for black people. “When you’re at the top looking down, it’s probably easy to mistake institutionalized poverty and racism for laziness, apathy and professional victimhood.” Included in Clayton’s post was a collection of tweets from other black readers who didn’t like Cosby’s column.
The piece did, however, find a fan in Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Post. “Wonderful article by Bill Cosby in NYPost today on personal responsibility,” he tweeted Sunday. “Cosby a great iconic figure for decades.”
Cosby’s column, titled “A plague called apathy,” is a social commentary about self-responsibility. An excerpt:
I started talking about the projects and a guy looked at me and said, “What’s wrong with the projects?” I said, “Nothing, only if you realize this is only to take advantage of the things afforded, take advantage of education opportunity, things available to you.” He started yelling over me and I said, “Sir, there is something wrong with you wanting to stay here forever because it means as long as you’re excepting these two checks, you’re apathetic.” He cursed and I said, you can yell all you want. But you have certain people who have been pacified by those who don’t want to hurt their feelings or argue with them.
Also included in the piece are a near-endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s anti-obesity and anti-smoking legislative initiatives and also this bit: “I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them.”