Fulton Superior Court Judge Marvin Arrington got in hot water when he cleared his courtroom of white people so he could speak frankly to a group of more than 50 young, black defendants, because he didn’t want to air the community’s dirty laundry in front of whites.
After being publicly attacked, he is now defended by Bill Cosby and Chris Tucker, both of whom showed up at Benjamin E. Mays High School, packed with mostly at-risk high school students and their parents. Cosby has been tireless in his attempts to reach out to the African-American community with his message of tough love: “The man from Nigeria comes here, he’s here two months, and what does he do? He goes to the community college. He’s learning a second language while he drives a cab. What are our children doing? Practicing a first language only they can understand.” Chris Tucker has vowed to assist Cosby and Arrington in setting up a mentoring program for the approximately 600 students who attended the forum.
Bill Cosby denounced “petty criminals, low-income black who choose athletic shoes over education, and rappers who dwell on ignorance and vulgarity.” He demanded that people start taking personal responsibility or their lives.
Cosby said: “Our people climbed and did stuff they said we couldn’t do,” listing Joe Louis, Althea Gibson and Marian Anderson, to name only a few greats.