That’s a great quote – “Hurt people, hurt people“. It means that people who have been hurt will often turn around and hurt other people. It was used by Bill Cosby on the Oprah Winfrey show today. I’m not an Oprah fan, but I am a Cosby fan and have been through the years.

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I respect him for what he has done with the blessings he’s received. A lot of folks talk about giving back, but Cos and his wife walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

Cosby set off a firestorm back in 2004 when he addressed the NAACP‘s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs Board of Education at Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall. All kinds of folks got upset with him. Maybe you’ve heard some of the criticism that he received behind that speech.

If you’ve only heard the criticism – go over HERE and read the speech for yourself (you can hear some audio excerpts there too).

No matter what your opinion of his comments, tragically the results of our failure in the community continue to show:

Remember Emmett Till?

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Emmett was just 14 years old when he was brutally killed in Money, Mississippi back in 1955. His death caused anger and protest throughout the nation.

His murderers left his body in such a heinous state that his mother wanted all to see their despicable work and had his funeral with an open casket.

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It’s estimated that some 50,000 people viewed his body. We protested because he was so young, had been killed in such a brutal manner and because his murderers were white.

Well, today in Detroit two people were found guilty of the murder of two young black children. Orlando Herron (13) and Darren Johnston (11), were shot to death during a botched drug-related robbery back in February of this year, and no they weren’t drug dealers – they were just in the right place at the wrong time.

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I can’t remember any marches – no giant funeral with thousands viewing, no special community outrage…. can it be that we have become so used to losing our young that NOTHING moves us anymore? They were young, their murders were brutal, but their killers were black.

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One of the two convicted of killing these young boys was a 38 year old woman, old enough by far to have been either boy’s mother….

It’s time to begin healing our kids, ’cause when we let them grow up hurt we only perpetuate the truth of that quote:

“Hurt people, hurt people”

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