Thursday, July 12, 2012

Happy Birthday to Bill Cosby: He Stood Up for Disenrolled Chukchansi People by Canceling His Show

Bill Cosby is 75 years old today.  He's given us decades of entertainment.   But to many native Americans that have been harmed by their tribes, he's a beacon of hope.   Many performers, such as George Lopez, talk about civil rights, yet they perform as venues that have violated the civil and human rights of their people.  

Here's the story on Mr. Cosby from 2007:

Bill Cosby has canceled his Sept. 2 appearance at the Chukchansi Gold
Resort & Casino because of a dispute between the casino and an outside
group over the tribe's efforts to get rid of some members.

That group wrote a letter to Cosby to explain how it is upset with the
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, owners of the Coarsegold
casino, for removing people from its membership rolls.

"The letter was written to stop these performers from coming and supporting
the tribes for doing what they are doing to the people," says Laura Wass, a
Fresno-based American Indian activist who is a member of the group that
sent the letter.

Wass says Cosby was not singled out for any particular reason. He is just
the first of several performers scheduled to appear at Chukchansi who have
been sent letters regarding the dispute.

THANK YOU, Mr. COSBY for Standing Up When It Counts
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