Bill Cosby is a rapist. He was accused for the first time more than 20 years ago and has been walking around free with no repercussions for a very long time. This isn’t an example of white supremacy trying to destroy a Black icon. This is a man, who happens to be black, that did some heinous shit to women and is finally getting what he deserves. No amount of comparing him white celebrities who have also done heinous shit but seemingly weren’t judged as harshly is going to change that.
Justice isn’t Cosby getting away with his crimes because Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, or the dad from 7th Heaven did. Justice is those people being punished to and just because they weren’t punished far outside of the court of public opinion, that doesn’t mean that Cosby doesn’t deserve to have legal action taken against him.
The actions of Allen, Polanski, and everyone’s favorite fake preacher from a 90s TV show are morally reprehensible but so are Cosby’s. He shouldn’t get off or be excused because he’s Black America’s sweetheart.
Yes, it is true that he created a positive representation of the Black family that had not been seen in media and to this day still stands as one of the most important Television shows in many people’s lives. But Cosby is not Dr. Huxtable. Dr. Huxtable is a fictional character with a fictional family.
Bill Cosby is a man who took advantage of his fame to drug and rape women.
It’s hard for many people to make that distinction, especially Black people because we grew up with that as an idea to aspire too. To be more like the Huxtables and less like every other depiction of Black life on television and in the media. That was an icon and it’s hard to accept that your heroes are intensely flawed and not worthy of your worship.
That’s rough but it doesn’t mean that he deserves to escape punishment. Just because he’s a Black icon doesn’t mean that this is happening to him because of the color of his skin and what his work has meant to us.
This is happening because he drugged and raped women.
It is not a conspiracy against Blackness that he is now being brought to justice. It is not a distraction from the tragedies of black people being shot by cops. It is, however, a travesty.
It is a travesty that it took 20 years for him to be brought to justice.
There are plenty of examples in the insidious ways white supremacy operates. This isn’t one of them. This is an example of how rape culture operates. Questioning who to believe when dozens and dozens of women said that he drugged and raped them is not about race. It is clearly a marking of rape culture.
Sticking up for Cosby, comparing him to white celebs that “got away with it” doesn’t push back against racial issues. It only helps to support rape culture.