It 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.