Comedian-activist Bill Cosby is often the outspoken “uncle” whose sometimes-provocative comments, usually on Black parenting, are hotly debated, but eventually forgiven.

But the recently defeated freshman Florida Republican Congressman Allen West seems unwilling to overlook the legendary entertainer’s recent comments on Muslims.

The Tea Party favorite decried a recent opinion piece, titled “A Plague of Apathy,” that the comedian wrote for The New York Post.

In his op/ed, Cosby challenged Blacks to eschew apathy in order to better raise their children, and suggested that they look to the example set by Muslims.

“I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them,” Cosby wrote. “They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect.”

“We’d be a better world if we emulated them,” he added. “We don’t have to become Black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.”

West disagreed.

“2day in NY Post, Bill Cosby said we should b more like Muslims. U mean honor killings, beheadings, suicide bombings? Hope ur kidding sir,” the Fox News contributor tweeted June 10.

He added the next day, “Wonder if Cosby appreciates discipline & family values of Syrians who killed 15 yr old?… just what behavior should we emulate?”

West’s rebuttal ignored the values Cosby highlighted in his piece; however, West’s public comments on Muslims have always been condemned for being skewed, Islamophobic and culturally insensitive.

He once asserted that the Quran, Islam’s holy book, commands Muslims “to carry out attacks against Americans and innocent people.”

In a January 2011 interview on “The Shalom Show,” West said that his then-colleague Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, a practicing Muslim, represents the “antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.”

West served one term in Congress before being unseated by newcomer Democrat Patrick Murphy in November.


Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO