Milo Nickel column

I think President Clinton said it first: “Is, is what it is”. That makes perfect sense to me. Although the article articulated below was meant primarily for black kids by the author, I think it applies equally to all kids; White, Black, Hispanic or whatever stripe.

If kids today want to get ahead, experience the American dream and become successful in whatever they decide to do, they have to get a good education.

Learning begins in the first grade or even sooner and it is the primary responsibility of the parents, not the teachers, to make certain that their children understand the absolute necessity for study and school homework after school every day. Study habits must be taught at home by the parents and at an early age. The teacher cannot do it alone.

Unfortunately, parents of all stripes are often too busy or unwilling to spend the little time it takes to supervise their children’s study habits. They are unable or unwilling to talk to the teachers about their child’s progress or lack of progress in school.

I don’t think it means they don’t love their children as much as other parents do, it simply means they don’t understand how necessary good study habits are for the long term well being and happiness of their children.

A well-known American Icon is making a hip-hop recording of his own because he hates those that include the foul language and the misogyny so prevalent today.

In addition he said the following:

“They are standing on the corner and they can’t speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

Why you ain’t, Where you is, What he drive,

Where he stay, Where he work, Who you be...

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads.

You can’t be a doctor with that kind of stuff coming out of your mouth. In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids: $500 sneakers for what? And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was 2?  Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol? And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward: Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from?

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa.

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back. People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ -- or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs.

We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard. “We cannot blame the white people any longer.”

Who is the author above? It wasn’t Abraham Lincoln, It wasn’t President Clinton. It wasn’t Barrack Obama. It wasn’t Jesse Jackson.

Nope, it was Dr. William Henry Cosby, Jr. better known as Bill Cosby one of the great black Americans who loves his country, who truly loves black people and who has the courage to tell it like it is, unlike the race hustlers who only care about the money they make and who could care less about what’s good for black people.

As President Clinton said, “Is, is what it is”.

And that’s my story and I am sticking to it.

(Milo A. Nickel is the former President and COO of Louisiana State Newspapers.)

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