BY Aliyah Shahid
Katie Couric thinks she has part of the solution to bigotry in America: a Muslim version of “The Cosby Show.”
The CBS News anchor made the suggestion on her web show while discussing the biggest news stories of 2010, including the mosque near Ground Zero and the “seething hatred” that has grown against Muslims in America.
“Maybe we need a Muslim version of ‘The Cosby Show’… I know that sounds crazy, I know that sounds crazy,” said Couric. “But ‘The Cosby Show’ did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of things they don’t understand.”
The popular 1980s show focused on the Huxtables, an affluent American-African family living in Brooklyn.
Her statement came during a discussion with Politico’s Jonathan Martin, comedian Mo Rocca and Theroot.com’s Sheryl Huggins-Salomon.
Rocca said that he was “pretty smart” and went to “fancy schools” but couldn’t “tell you five things about Islam,” which prompted Couric’s suggestion.
“I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand Couric added, suggesting Muslims should become “more part of the popular culture.”