As Mr. Bill Cosby ages more and is at his midnight hour, I thought it necessary to address this idea of a mans legacy. A minute ago while overseas for my group (Arrested Development’s) tour, my heart sunk hearing that
at least one accusation about Mr. Cosby and the horrible act of drugging a woman was said to be true! And yet I’m also disturbed by the level of hatred that has been thrown his way!
Much of what I’m going to say, a friend Chanin Kelly-Rae said first and very well (I might add). I encourage you to go to her Facebook page to read everything she spoke of! I’ll repeat much of it, but there’s things I wanted to add as well, so I made my own post.
“Highly fallible whites are on our money, have national holidays and are mandatory reading in our school systems”
We live in a country where many of us (that were educated in public schools) sung songs, felt pride & bought year books – baring a school name of a confederate leader, slave owner or KKK supporter. There’s entire buildings, statues and streets we drive on, named after those that did the same!
On July 10, 2015 what felt like minutes after the American victory of getting the confederate flag down in Charleston, there were jurisdictions that desperately wanted the confederate flag hung up again!
In our country, 90% of everything named in some persons honor is named after an historical white person. And much of those persons have histories of discrimination, violence and other grave injustices. Yet they are on our money, they have national holidays, and they are mandatory reading in our school systems.
And here we are today with people insisting on the removal of Bill Cosby’s television legacy from Disney, the walk of fame and various other things? Bill Cosby’s legacy in entertainment, philanthropy and education should stand proud without being tainted at all by his personal shortcomings, because it was extremely entertaining, in many ways revolutionary and undeniably visionary!
And if we take his legacies away, we should do the same with all other flawed people too.
I see so many of us “crucifying” Mr. Cosby and laughing at his downfall saying “this is what he deserves for demeaning poor black people.” Wait a minute?
I don’t support this theory that he was demeaning at all.
Bill Cosby (our elder) tells our black youth to pull their pants up, go to school, stop playing gangsta rap for their toddlers and quit naming their kids names with no history nor meaning and a lot of folks are mad? What he said is GREAT advice in my book, and not radical at all! MANY of us have said similar things in conversations over the dinner table. And it’s nothing that ANY decent grand momma or grand daddy of that generation wouldn’t have said as well! Real talk and tough love was a valuable part of our family & community tradition, and it has little to do with what class a person is from either.
Bill Cosby admitted to giving ONE woman drugs. Hugh Heffner said he gave numerous “girlfriends” quaaludes because they were “thigh-openers”, yet the playboy mansion and Hugh’s legacy is as American as apple pie. His stature strong as oak! Celebrities of ALL TYPES & gender have gone to his mansion for decades! It was even featured on the family show “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
I don’t know the details & circumstances of Mr. Cosby’s offense, and neither do the rest of us in the general public. I do know it was definitely wrong! I’m in no way belittling that, nor the devastation of the women he allegedly abused. Appropriate punishments are well deserved, but this all around condemnation of any and everything he’s ever done, is NOT!
There are books, songs and movies that document how men have used drugs to “loosen up” women. Whether through various drugs, cocaine or alcohol, at some party tonight somewhere across America, a man is trying to “loosen up” some woman. These tactics of exploitation are not very unique and especially in the entertainment business.
If you are willing to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s character then there’s much more assassinations to get to after him! Let’s go after everyone who has had a dark side to their otherwise highly commendable accomplishments. Let’s take the slave holders off of our money, tear down Wall Street, take J. Edgar Hoover’s name off the FBI building, take the Kennedy name off the space center and I could go on and on!
And for blacks loving to see this mans downfall…. saying Cosby deserves this because he’s been “a do-gooder”. What message are you sending? If a person strives to do good things for most of their life but falters horribly in one area, how are they somehow WORSE than the person that has no interest in doing good at all? People are quick to call out hypocrisy, but is hypocrisy WORSE than all out evil? I thought hypocrisy was simply a PART of evil. To me, the MORE EVIL a person does, the worse it is. The same is true that the more good a person does, the better it is. Just because of Mr. Cosby’s sinful acts, did his money to black institutions suddenly NOT count for hundreds and thousands of students advancing in their lives? Did his shows NOT inspire millions to go to black colleges? All of the sudden, did Fat Albert, not have a good moral to every episode? Or did his shows not positively change the crushed perception of black families throughout the world? His attempts to buy top tier TV networks was inspiring to blacks/minorities to own things instead of simply be consumers. He was a visionary, plain and simple.
Those that are loving this mans “crucifixion”…. Why aren’t you as passionate about seeing the downfall of Snoop, 50 cent, R. kelly, Jay-Z etc. who have admitted (on record) to exploiting women, some of them admitting to pimping women, addicting girls & women to drugs & sexually abusing minors. Others admitting to slapping women, purposely convincing women to become prostitutes, etc. Others like Ice Cube, rapping about kicking “Bit**es” in the tummy! Snoop rapping, “Bit**es ain’t sh*t but h*es and tricks”,
Or Eminem saying, “Slut, you think I won’t choke no whore, til the vocal chords don’t work in her throat no more”, or Chief Keef, “you’re gonna suck my d*** or I’ll kill you”.
The hypocrisy that I see in our community towards rappers is easily as bad as the hypocrisy they accuse Mr. Cosby of.
Any-who, I am not happy to see Cosby go through this, nor am I happy to hear about the victimized woman or women. This whole hoopla is another raw reminder that real spirituality is about healing and unless you can see the sickness in yourself you won’t diagnose that in some area you also need healing just like Mr. Bill Cosby.