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“BILL COSBY IS RIGHT”: Author Takes Biblical Look at Status of African-American Community- Category:(default)
“BILL COSBY IS RIGHT”: Author Takes Biblical Look at Status of African-American Community


While there is an intact, two-parent, African-American family in the White House, less than one-third of black children in the U.S. are growing up in the same model household.

It’s Black History Month in 2012. How can this be?

Theologian, journalist and expert on the African-American church, Merisa Davis, tackles this subject head on in her new book, Bill Cosby Is Right.

As the cousin of Dr. Cosby, Davis understands full well where the icon is coming from when he describes the state of the traditional black family with such brutal candor.

Calling attention to the sad realities of the black family, including the 70 percent of black children born out of wedlock, the one in three black boys who are expected to spend time in the criminal justice system, and the record level of high school dropout rates among blacks, Cosby shifted much of the responsibility for African-American plight on the community itself, particularly black males.

Since then, debates have raged from numerous vantage points, highlighted by the publishing of such high-profile books as those authored by famous Fox News contributor, Juan Williams, and one of Dr. Cosby’s most vocal critics, Georgetown University Professor, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Now, with her book, Davis emerges with a response of her own, adding to her cousin’s argument with a new layer of analysis based in the Christian Church.

“The debate to this point,” says Davis, “has largely been secular. But no one in the church community has written a book that formally and Biblically defends Dr. Cosby, or addresses the root causes of the deteriorating state of the black family. Also, most of the voices in this debate have been male, which is surprising, since black society is very matriarchal in nature.”

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