#BillCosby Calls Sexual Assault Conviction “Public Lynching” [VIDEO]

#BillCosby Calls Sexual Assault Conviction “Public Lynching” [VIDEO]

#BillCosby Calls Sexual Assault Conviction “Public Lynching” [VIDEO]

Comedian Bill Cosby is referring to his conviction on multiple allegations of sexual assault as a “public lynching”.  This entire situation makes me sick to my stomach. Like so many other children of the 1980’s I remember watching him on the Cosby Show. I remember him as the voice of Fat Albert and that guy from the Jell-O pudding commercials in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I also remember watching his stand up classic “Bill Cosby-Himself” with my parents and laughing so hard I thought I was going to die.

Now, I am confronted with the sad truth of the matter. Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women in a court of law as of Thursday. As a survivor of sexual assault and a member of the #MeToo movement, I have to reconcile the truth of the man with the image I grew up with. One of the things that makes me angriest about this characterization of his conviction is the intimation that it has something to do with race. No, Mr. Cosby. This has NOTHING to do with your race. This has to do with your insanely horrific judgment that it was perfectly fine to drug unsuspecting women throughout the years and rape them while they were under the effects of debilitating substances. I could care less what color your skin is.  What I am judging and find wanting in the extreme is the content of your character.

 

 

I would feel just as betrayed if the man involved in this case were white, black or purple with pink spots all over his skin. It makes me nauseated to know that for years I spent time watching your programs. laughing at your jokes and lining your pockets with my money and you spent your extra time slipping women mickeys and raping them. Never mind that it makes me sick that your wife of some 54 years stayed with you even when she found out that you had been spending your time in such a disgusting manner. Never mind that she maintains that you are innocent of these charges. From a People magazine blog post:

“The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work,” she wrote. “He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.”

No madame, he most certainly is not. He is a criminal and what is worse is that he is a criminal who refuses to take responsibility for his own actions. He chooses instead to play a sorry, flimsy and played out race card. Bill, let me give you some advice. Stand up and be something you have not been up to this point in your life. Be a MAN. Take responsibility for your actions. Take your punishment like a man and most of all decide to be a good role model to young men in your community. Show them that being a man is about admitting when you are wrong when you have wronged others. Show them that a man chooses the high road-even if that means it is the harder one to travel.

Bill and Camille Cosby

Instead of calling the jury racists-which make no mistake is EXACTLY what Mr. Cosby is doing here-seek to make amends to those who have been harmed by your actions. Of course, I do not expect any of this to happen. Unfortunately, our society makes it all too easy to do exactly what Dr. Huckstable is doing here. Putting out a shiny little distraction for everyone to notice when the ugly truth of the matter is played out behind the scenes.

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  • MikeyParks says:

    Several years ago Mr. Cosby went public with criticism of the black youth subculture – the baggy pants, the lack of self responsibility, the striving downward, the crime, etc. He was denounced strongly by the usual black apologists and race hustlers. Soon after, these allegations and accusations began and the man has now been crucified. Is there a connection? I can’t say. But it’s rather a coincidence. Bill made the mistake of telling an extremely unpopular truth and seems to have paid the price.

  • Toni Williams says:

    I semi disagree. I don’t see any of the females as victims here. I know that’s considered victim shaming these days. But if I’m at a party or if I’m at a married man’s home and he offers me drugs and wine, he would be wearing them.

    I am not saying that mr. Cosby is a nice person. I am saying that all parties involved are culpable.

  • michael says:

    Thank you for the best, most pointed, reasonable, and heart-felt thing I’ve seen written about this to-date. Humans can be and do both good & evil at virtually the same time. That makes it impossible to simply & fairly condemn a whole person and all their actions, but you isolated the essence of this case as his refusal to confess & admit his crimes/sins and his resorting to blame-shifting & denial. I also appreciate your ability to do what the #MeToo movement alleges it desires, but mostly fails miserably at doing. (PS to MikeyParks – two completely separate things that shouldn’t be mixed, as it simply provides more cover and blame-shifting material.)

  • Peta Johnson says:

    I disagree with you. I think Cosby likely did drug and rape some poor girl. But I am of the view that his conviction was corrupt in the sense that propensity evidence was admitted without its being within any of the exceptions that exclude it AND his civil deposition was admitted despite the prosecutor’s office’s assurance that it would not be used in that way, prior to its being made AND it was decades ago, so the evidence could not be properly tested. Because he criticized people who criticize folks for “acting white”, he has been a target AND because he had money.

  • Wyldkat says:

    I don’t think it is as much about race as it is about the swing in public opinions, so to speak. I was listening to the news when the verdict was announced and the reporter said that part of the reason this jury returned a guilty verdict was the “MeToo” movement. In my mind I heard an echo of a comment to the effect that it didn’t matter if there was evidence sufficient to prove guilt, it was the seriousness of the accusations.

    I have a very dark opinion of the MeToo movement to begin with. See that above comment about putting weight on the seriousness of the accusations over preponderance of evidence. It comes across as more about revenge and less about helping the real victims. That’s not how our judicial system is supposed to work. The ones that have taken the spotlight in social media are whining about men looking at them wrong, or “feeling pressured”. Meanwhile, many of the real survivors stand silently in the shadows – not speaking out to avoid being victimized again, this time by the defenders of those who harmed in the first place.

    Also coloring my opinion here is the comment I heard about the key witness – that she was bragging about having a celebrity that she was going to take for every nickel she could get.

    He was found guilty in a court of law. Okay. Did he really do it? I don’t know, I wasn’t there. God and Dr. Cosby know the truth. I will not be throwing out my Bill Cosby albums. I refuse to let that stop me from enjoying his work.

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