*Via his blog on Global Grind, rap entrepreneur Russell Simmons has written an open letter asking Bill Cosby to stop criticizing today’s urban youth, and focus more on the societal ills that created their behavior.
“Bill Cosby is an example of someone from the older generation who has consistently blamed the poets and asked suffering community members to bare the full burden of guilt for the struggles that they endure,” Simmons blogged. “What they don’t understand is that the young people who they criticize did not create their own realities.”
“While it is true that each one of us can make a change at any moment, it is equally true that at every minute we are all doing the best we can. If you knew better, you would do better,” Russell continued. “Therefore, those who care and have resources could/should work to create the kind of support systems that could inspire change.”
Simmons said he realizes that Cosby’s intention is to encourage urban youth to dream big, despite the limitations of their environment.
“It is certainly not that he and the rest of the elders don’t care, because they do. In fact, their intentions are pure and good,” Russell wrote. “All the things they say are actually true. What they don’t understand is that the young people who they criticize did not create their own realities.”
In closing, Simmons said it was time to stop pointing fingers and sit down for a man-to-man discussion about the issues. “If you need an office to do it in, my door is always open,” Simmons offered.