Bill Cosby to Donald Trump: ‘Run or Shut Up’

Bill Cosby has been sticking his needle squarely in the center of many victims lately. First there was the alleged bump and profane stream of consciousness directed at fellow mogul Russell Simmons.

At the National Action Network recently, the venerated humorist took several hard swipes at black Christians’ deafening silence and idleness while a typhoon of crime and degradation wreaks havoc in our communities.

On the “Today” show, Cosby came on to discuss the work he’s doing to help kids in Connecticut schools stay on the straight-and-narrow path, but conversation shifted quickly to politics, and Donald Trump in particular.

“Oh please with Donald Trump, take him home with you,” Cosby said to “Today” host Meredith Vieira after she interviewed the real estate mogul about his much-discussed potential run for the White House.

Vieira asked Trump a host of questions regarding a run for president, his thoughts on Obama, and whether or not he saw himself as a tea party member — to which Trump replied, “I think so.”

Cosby didn’t try to hide his contempt for the creator of “The Apprentice” franchise when Vieira pressed him a little further on his thoughts about Trump.

“He’s full of it,” Cosby said. “Based on what I just heard. You kept asking him, ‘Are you gonna run, are you gonna run?’ He jumped. Either you run or you shut up.”

“The only thing he’s running is his mouth,” Cosby barked.

Cosby has come under considerable fire the past few years for the manner in which he has leveled heavy criticisms of groups and individuals. But lost in the furor is the fact that Cosby has raised valid points. Trump, in particular, is deserving of such vituperative responses for raising President Obama’s birth origins long after it had died down. Cosby has rightfully asked his own people to shoulder responsibility for themselves and their children. And Cosby has been right on point when he blasted religious leaders’ deafening silence amid a multiplicity of social ills that are decimating the ranks of young African Americans, particularly males.

We should stop dissecting how Cosby comes across and begin to analyze the points he is raising and then act accordingly.

terry shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.


  • onelove
    April 8, 2011

    Finally a voice in the darkness of negativity toward Mr. Cosby. It is sad but true that in my community, African-Americans become defensive when their bad behavior is exposed as a stain on our history by our own people and when asked to step up and do something about it. We need to be proactive by start demanding parents and their children introduce themselves to pride in themselves. I’m so sick and tired of children spewing profanity laced conversation on public transportation in the presence of their elders, for no other reason than attention. I’m tired of our children not aspiring to become paraprofessionals or professionals. Why the lack of ambition, personal awareness and respect?

  • Ruffinc28
    April 13, 2011

    Bill Cosby just tells the truth and sometime the truth is hard to hear… but it is never the less the truth…
    We applaud elements in our society that tear us down… and we resent anyone who tells us that our bad behavior is “bad behavior”…. I think the biggest cowards are the hip hop moguls, who have the attention of the whole young generation…. who fill their minds with all thing filthy… and call it good.

  • Arnold Jenson
    August 9, 2012

    Bill be tellings all da truths. Jus so griping dat we donna take juice wit our syrup. Likes Bill be sayin, ainno ways a man do’nt tell his truth. Da truth be in da puddin, ol Bill be telling me. Jus like when Uncle Lester be run over by that train. Donna find him wihtout the bells and whistlings. Neva be sleeping out in da sun, like my momma be sayin. Jus like that. Ol Bill be well versed in dictering and loessa sun…lol.

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