Bill Cosby & America

bill-cosby-himself-1It seems that men of color continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. If it’s not a news story about them being killed in the streets or beaten without reason, it is about them doing something against women because you know, “that’s just what THEY do.”

Now although the media reports faithfully on the adverse aspects of the black experience without fail, that does not take away from the fact that many of the stories are true. One story about a beloved black American figure, in particular, that has gotten a lot of heat in recent weeks is the whole Bill Cosby debacle.

Women have come forth and accused him of raping them or doing unwanted sexual acts to them. For some, these instances happened over 30 years again, for others they were within the last few years. The media has had a filled day with these claims of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby and honestly, the lines in which the truth lies seem to be blurred.

Nonetheless, this ongoing story has affected America as a whole as well as Cosby, in various ways. Netflix has pulled his comedy special, NBC is not moving forward on a project he had in the works, TV Land has refused to show reruns of The Cosby Show anymore and he has been dropped from the Fundraising Committee at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It seems he is losing money and influence left and right.

While people are divided on what they think really happened, in light of the recent killing of Mike Brown and the decision not to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, who pulled the trigger, perhaps the greatest impact the Cosby “saga” has had on America is the fueling the racial divide. Maybe all of this is to prove what the “dominate society” so vehemently tries to label black people as –animals with no self-control.

Most of the women that have come forth have been white and Cosby is considered a powerful, by most, figure in the black community. The allegations brought against him just give those who are determined to keep black American’s in a negative light more ammunition and even give them the crazy idea that the continued killing of black men is warranted.

With all of these, whether black or white, we have to understand these problems affect all of us and our reaction to these situations is what defines us as a nation.

Keep Up With Us

Join our mailing list to receive updates, special messages and offers and to hear about ways you can support the #browngirlbloggers movement.

  • I have to push back on drawing parallels between a famous and wealthy Black man who has been repeatedly accused of rape and unarmed Black men and boys who have been killed by police officers because in this instance, we’re talking about two entirely separate phenomenon.

    You seem to be making the broader claim that the countless rape accusations against Bill Cosby could potentially paint Black men as a collective as inherently threatening or dangerous in the view of White people, and thus they become worthy of murder. But I would tread lightly in making such a claim because what’s evident is that Cosby is still alive for his alleged trespasses while unarmed, non-threatening Black men (see: Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Jonathan Ferrell, etc.) and Black boys (see: Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, etc.) were are shot to death because of their blackness and nothing else.

    The difference being, Cosby is indeed a Black man, yet his blackness gets overshadowed by his wealth and fame and he is afforded a type of privilege that the aforementioned Black boys and men were not because they were not wealthy or famous. Also, Cosby’s alleged criminal behavior have been historically overlooked because he is wealthy and famous.

    That is, because he is Bill Cosby – an iconic comedian and legendary actor – people (men and women; Black and White and other) are more willing to grant him innocence, despite the fact that these serial rape allegations have followed his legacy for YEARS. We also have to acknowledge the fact that people are perhaps more willing to grant Cosby innocence because as a nation, we just generally do not believe women when they say they’ve been raped, by any man, much less a famous and wealthy one.

    Ultimately, I agree that as a nation the issues of systemic racism and the unjust killings of Black people by cops as well as rape are all problematic issues that warrant open and ongoing national dialogue. I, however, disagree that these issues should be discussed in tandem.

    Drea –


Questions, concerns or inquires about how you can buy us doughnuts :)


©2016 Brown Girl Bloggers

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account