Item description for Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors by Bill Cosby & Alvin F. Poussaint...
Overview Addressing the problems facing many African American communities, encourages people to move forward in their lives by overcoming feelings of low self-esteem, fearfulness, and anger.
In "Come On, People," Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint tell an inspiring story about human beings fighting hardships and succeeding. It is a story about strong, resilient people who have overcome poverty and mistreatment. Do not be surprised if you find yourself identifying personally with the stories because you see the same struggle in either yourself or in an acquaintance or a relative. It is a stirring call for us all to complete the daunting transition from victims to victors, from helplessness to hope. "Come On, People "will encourage you to set aside excuses and make a better life today--for you, for your children, for your community, and for your future.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 7, 2009
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595551867 ISBN13 9781595551863
Availability 0 units.
More About Bill Cosby & Alvin F. Poussaint
Bill Cosby is an author, actor, writer, and one of the most recognizable names in the field of entertainment.
Bill Cosby currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Bill Cosby was born in 1937.
Reviews - What do customers think about Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors?
Good start May 29, 2008
I was excited about this book after hearing a radio review of it. It's a fine and noble work, but the tone is a little too casual/folksy to be truly convincing. Some of the folksy personal experience coupled with more scholarly research writing (even if set off in margins or text boxes) would have made this a home run. As it is, it may be a double. This is definitely worth reading, but I doubt it will bring about the changes it calls for and that are much needed.
very informative May 24, 2008
I enjoyed this book it had a lot of things that some people need to sit down and think about. it has helped me improve in some areas as a parent and is highly capable of improving other African Americans in different areas that are important to our growing youth.
Come On Cosby! May 1, 2008
I purchased this book believing that with Dr. Cosby and Dr. Poussaint as co-authors, they would definately have SOMETHING to say. Unfortunately for me, they had NOTHING to say. The book is a contstant reminder of the problems that exist, however, they pose no solutions. Everyone knows of the teen pregnancy problem, the black on black crime problem, the single parent problem, the education problems etc........With all of the Phd's writing this book, LET'S get some solid solutions!
In my opinion, this book is a LOSER!
Missing Something... Apr 16, 2008
The concerns regarding the state of many poor blacks are 100% legitimate, but let's not be so biased and dilusional to think for one minute that they're exclusive to the black race. And let's not be silly enough to think the 'victim mentality' that poor blacks are accused of harboring is simply a figment of the negro imagination. The question is 'where did mentality come from'? And are we silly enough to claim that all these issues that poor blacks face are self-inflicted? More importantly, are we super-silly enough to blame it Sharpton and Jackson, when the majority of those we're referring to probably don't even know anything about the two?
The perception is that poor people are usualy black or Hispanic, while poor whites are shunned from society - but that is something created on purpose. And the fact is violence and crime, teen pregnancy, unwed mothers, and every other social ills you can think of is prevelent in poverty stricken areas REGARDLESS of who occupy such areas. It's just that we tend to disregard poor whites as 'white trash' while ignoring and failing to compare the problems they face with their poor black counterparts.
I'm still trying to understand why is it such a taboo to say that poverty is the root problem? If we want to pretend as if the 'system' and the way in which our government, who operates just about every entity in America, does not play a role in keeping people poor, then how do we expect to make a change if we are too afraid to acknowledge the problem? And for those of you who refuse to see things in more ways than one, then why do we bother participating in local, state, and federal elections? If the system in which we live in is not partly to blame, then are we to blame the millions of Americans who have faced and will continue to face foreclosure due to lack of jobs? How about the rise of homelessness in this country?
Perhaps most of you don't understand that the foundation (jobs, education, service) of every community can either make a people or break them. In other words, a community that has little jobs, and opportunities will create socially-inept, unproductive citizens that care little for themselves. Is that so hard for many of you to understand? If the answer is yes, then I urge all of you who are sincerely interested in fighting to make a difference to expand your minds and dare do some research outside of 'poor blacks' to see that POOR people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds suffer from the very same things that poor blacks suffer from.
Moreover, the federal education system has failed. Black kids are being taught they came from the 'dark' continent (Africa) as slaves, and then were freed by the very same people who enslaved them. This type of teaching, believe it or not, creates a systematic mentality of inferiority in their minds, which trascends into nothingness.
Regardless, black people have come a long way. The black Middle Class has been pretty consistent, and all over college campuses are black students advancing in society. We are teachers, librarians, small business owenrs, big business owners, real estate investors, entertainers, authors, and just about everything we can think of. And whenever I hear the lie that we as group of people who have been harmed haven't advanced, I think of the brave young men who formed the Black Panther Party and how they were targeted and mostly killed of simply because they created an African American centered agenda to advance 'our people'.
But that 'we all get what we deserve' mentality should be re-examined, or if you ever find yourself lying on the floor, fighting for your breath, don't call a doctor, because YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN.
What's wrong with brotherhood? Didn't your ancestors fight on a collective basis? If I'm drowning because I can't swim, why can't I call on my brother to lend a helping hand? Why can't we be our brothe's keepers? Why can't we work together to clean up our neighborhoods? Oh, yeah - I forget. That would be socialism.
Anyway, I hope Cosby's book ends up in the hands of those people we're referring to here, instead of those of us who have already survived. But then again, what's the use of telling a fool who knows that he's a fool that he's a fool?
Come On People Apr 8, 2008
Well writen, good advice on what is needed for families to succeed in handling problems facing most of us.