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Before 2015 came to a close, it didn't forget to do some housekeeping, and take the trash out with it. Bill Cosby, 78, was charged with sexual assault from a 2004 case where he allegedly gave a former Temple University basketball coach drugs and alcohol.
This comes after multiple developments in the Cosby accusation case, including back in 2014, when Hannibal Burress first re-sparked the conversation regarding Bill's predatory past, Gloria Allred holding a press conference where two women came forward with new allegations of sexual assault, and models such as Beverly Johnson, and Janice Dickinson speaking out their encounters with Cosby as well.
It's pretty safe to say that the allegations has been pretty consistent, and stacked up against Bill Cosby for sometime now. But not everyone sees this as a victory lap.
We fell in love with him when he played Cliff Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show', the patriarch of Black Excellence at the time. He had us giggling on "Kids Say The Darnest Things", and depending on how old you were to remember how funky "Electric Company", and "Fat Albert" were, and how quickly it became an instant classic amongst kids of that era.
But Bill Cosby, the person, the man isn't the man we grew up with, and it's a tough pill to swallow for folks arguing that we "have to protect his legacy".
"This is a conspiracy to bring down the man who almost bought NBC"
"They can arrest Bill Cosby for a crime he committed over a decade ago, but not the cops who killed Tamir Rice"
All statements that, at the root, are so pro-patriarchal, classist and misogynist. It can easily be translated into:
"This is a made up story to bring down a very wealthy, and powerful Black man."
"We think that racism is a more important issue than sexism, and sexual violence right now, and to arrest an alleged serial rapist over guilty racist cops should be re-prioritized accordingly."
In each argument, it is clear that women who are raped are put on the back burner to more "relevant, and prominent" issues, and it's unfortunate that people aren't as sympathetic nor supportive to victims of sexual assault - IN 2016.
In case anyone was interested, you can showing support and compassion for all victims of oppressive violence within the community while also being critical of the justice system.
Much of the Cosby supporters go the extra mile and question the women relationship with assaillant Cosby, and their character. If you let them tell it, like the man who sat near my family and I at a diner near Yankee Stadium, "they were all hoes, and gold digger."
But the misogynistic rhetoric doesn't stop there. Rapper, The Game is one of the recent public Cosby supporters to get aboard the rape apologist conspiracy theory train.
Comedian Eddie Griffin, Actor Faizon Love, and more have engaged in victim blaming, slut shaming, and ridicule of the 50+ women. Questioning their ethics, and intentions like, "well why are you alone with a married man?"
Eddie Griffin questioned the women character and morals in his interview on Vlad TV.
Ya'll don't be needing evidence to call a woman a hoe but be needing receipts, videos, & pics when 25+ women accuse a man of rape.
He, of course, cited Bill Cosby's legacy, Michael Jackson's child molestation accusations, and pointed out Polish director Roman Polanski's rape case as evidence that this is all an attempt to "keep a respectable Black man down."
This reminds me of the Twitter user from the 'Dear Camille Cosby' article initial response this Cosby fiasco, "Ya'll don't be needing evidence to call a woman a hoe but be needing receipts, videos, & pics when 25+ women accuse a man of rape."
Speaking of Bill Cosby's respectability in the context same as his supporter, I took a look at his infamous "Pound Cake" speech, and found so many ironic inconsistencies, and hypocritical logic in it, I can't even comprehend the support.
He talked about how Kenneth Clark, the famous African American psychologist, and Civil Rights Movement activist, would "shake his head" at how "far" Black Americans have come today. He talks about how famous Blacks such as Dick Gregory, and Julian Bonds have pulled themselves by the bootstraps and overcame the "oppression" Blacks today claim to face.
And his supporters congratulated him for speaking the truth, and standing on a pedastal to broadcast the "truth that people can't face."
I wonder how Kenneth Clark, and Julian Bonds feel about the lack of value Cosby places on women who refuse to engage with consensual sex with him.
It does suck that Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Graner, Rekia Boyd, and countless of other police brutality victims have not received their fair justice.
But there's 52+ survivors out their carrying the burden of this all.
Where's the compassion and support for these women? Where's their restitution and justice and fair trial?
They've had their character defamed, and their voices silenced by slander, & doubt.
Often these misogynistic patriarchal arguments are used in defense of powerful Black men. These same arguments have been "hand-me-downed" from the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill 90s rape case, Kobe Bryant, and R. Kelly. Supporters and fans are quick to defend the Black man who made it.
Cosby supporters also use conspiracy theories, claiming that Bill Cosby probably rocked the boat with a 'unphuckwitable' enemy and their getting payback. Citing examples such as Stephen Collins, Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen, allegedly who've "gotten away" with rape, and sexual assault.
This goes back to my previous stated point:
you can identify the issues within the justice system while also showing support and compassion for all victims of oppressive violence.
We know that white supremacy patriarchy, before the powerful Black man, favors the White educated cisgendered abled straight older male. It's not new that's why we've seen time, and time again White assailants rarely getting prosecuted for crimes, whether it be murder, or sexual assault.
But we can't forget to acknowledge the major stride we've made in getting accountability in some cases, Walter Scott's cop killer was charged, the cop, Daniel Holtzclaw, who raped 13 black women was sentenced, even Jared Fogle pleaded guilty to child molestation charges.
Its not a coincidence or conspiracy, it's a crime tried by a flawed system.
All in all, nobody is excited because a man that we've watch excel for years is going down for a crime he "didn't" commit. But there's a community of people made up of allies, rape survivors, and genuine supporters of the victims of Cosby's alleged crimes, who believes Cosby has had enough time off from being accountable of his alleged crimes.
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