In January I posted my credo. One of the lines states: "I will challenge everything, question everything, and validate everything." Every so often something gets posted about someone that's not true and it goes viral unchecked. During the past election cycle there were posts flying through the internet stating that Mitt Romney said he "can relate to black people" because his ancestors once owned slaves. According to Snopes.com this statement was from a spoof article published by a satirical web site.
The latest is the re-posting of a message attributed to Bill Cosby. This one seems to pop up every so often. My guess is since Bill Cosby is a well known and respected public figure someone thought that attributing these comments to him would lend some credibility to their right-wing agenda. Below is an excerpt from the post:
Bill Cosby was born on July 12, 1937 which means he is 75 years old.
This viral rant attributed to Bill Cosby was debunked on Urban Legends' website. They note that "the sole and actual author (excluding the anonymous perpetrators of various revised versions over time) was former Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall, who published the original document on his personal blog on Feb. 19, 2009." This also prompted Bill Cosby to post a message on his website on September 9, 2011.
Challenge everything, question everything, and validate everything.
It starts now, let's get this thing done...
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.