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At a virtual town hall promoting his new socially conscious hip-hop album, Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency, the comic icon tackles some sobering questions from audience members, including this: “What can we do to change the fact that my state spends more on prisons each year than it does on schools?” “There was a prizefighter boxing for the world championship,” Cosby replies. “He won the first seven rounds by swinging hard while bobbing and weaving all around. When he got to the eighth round, he decided he was going to knock his opponent out. So he planted his feet and starting slugging. But he got caught with a left hook and spent the rest of the round asking, Please save me Lord. Then the bell rang, he sat down and his manager said, ‘Don’t do that. Go back to what you were doing when you were winning.’ The bell rang again, but the fighter paid no attention. He tried to knock his opponent out. He got caught again, and went round in circles trying to survive. The bell rang again and he sat down. His manager looked at him and said, ‘It’s not what he’s doing to you. It’s what you’re not doing.’”
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