Rev. Cosby calls for parents to 'step-up' after recent gun violence


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 9:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Reverend Dr. Kevin Cosby, pastor at St. Stephen Church, has a simple plan to take back West Louisville. He says the keys to reclaiming the area are education and parental support.

“Instead of constantly focusing on the enemy without, I think we need to honestly look at the enemy within,” said Cosby.

Cosby says the younger generation has turned into a prodigal one.

“You can open a door for a person," said Cosby.  "You can provide opportunities for a person, but unless the person takes responsibility to access those opportunities then they are still shutout.”

With one violent act after another, Cosby wants parents to look at themselves to lead the way in making a difference.

“Introduce your kids to other achievers in the African American community or white community or Hispanic community who have degrees…less television time more reading time,” said Cosby. 

According to Cosby, the crimes that have hit the streets of West Louisville stem from issues starting inside the homes of many community members.

“Part of the problem is the breakdown of the family. You cannot have strong families when 73% of African American children are born to single parent mothers,” said Cosby.

He’s calling for a harsh reality check for the community of West Louisville.

“This is what you call responsibility, and the movement from this point on should be a civil responsibility,” says Cosby.