Like this problem of cops killing unarmed black males, this Bill Cosby rape scandal will stick around for a while, maybe even longer. More and more people in the public eye are either slamming him or supporting him. But there’s one thing that’s glaring at me during the media’s coverage of this mess. Most famous people like Judd Apatow, Donald Trump, Alan Thicke and recently Jay Leno has condemned Cosby while Vivica A. Fox, Faizon Love and former Cosby Show co-stars Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal Warner came out to show some kind of support for the embattled comedian.
Those famous names mentioned are popular examples of a larger issue. I’ve seen mostly white people expressed their anger, calling Cosby a ‘rapist’. On the other hand, most of the people who have Bill’s back are black folks, even the ones from the socioeconomic level that he talked down to for years now. Of course, it’s not definite. Not all whites despise Cosby and not all blacks support him, but the racial divide is apparent.
Rape is a loaded issue for the black community caused by the history of racism and how it has led to the deaths of countless black men and the sexual assault of countless black women. For the sake of argument, let’s say Cosby is guilty (I don’t know if he is or not). In case you’re blind, Cosby is a black man, and to be accused of rape is to invite negative stereotypes of old times, not to mention the wrath of white people, if the victim is a white woman. If there’s one thing that steams white people up with the fire of a million burning crosses is hearing a black man raping a white woman. Although that blaze may be more quiet nowadays, but it’s still burning hot.
Some of Cosby’s accusers are white woman. And a lot of white folks are seething for the simple fact. White women are like diamonds to the white community when it comes to sexual purity. A black man fucking a white woman is a cardinal sin to a lot of whites.
But there’s a flip-side to this issue, also rooted in history. Black people are very defensive when it comes to black men. A brotha accused of rape usually means the end of that brotha’s life whether he actually did it or not. The past shows that it’s always the word of white women over black men, even if her word is bogus in some way. If need be, white
terrorists “aggravated color-aroused antagonizers” will storm into black communities to start their killing spree.
Sometimes whenever a white woman is actually raped, it was done by a white male. But a simple twist and turn of the facts can create a phantom Negro rapist. When that happened, there was hell to pay.
And white women most likely lied about being raped by a black male. This is why it’s hard for many Cosby fans of color to believe the victims, even the black female ones.
Black women were raped, but were seen as women who yearned for some dick in the worst way. So, the white men who raped them didn’t see it as rape. Instead, they saw their victim as a Negroid who had to “have it” and liked it rough, and this stereotype remains just as powerful as back then. Nowadays, the rapist can be any color, but if the victim is a black woman, there’s about as much sympathy for her as a charging moose.
The same could be said of the white women who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, but only according to what went down in history. It’s hard for some black folks to trust white women when they claim they were raped by black men, even though it happens. (It’s hard to repeat myself, but yes, it happens.) That is not to say that what racists white jackasses have been saying is true. But that is to say there are black men who happen to be rapists and Bill Cosby, as sad as it is since he’s black and successful, could very well be one of them.
We can’t fathom that some of these rapes took place where America was proudly and overtly racist especially where white women are concerned. I hear it all the time. How could Cosby get away with all those rapes during that time period. But I guess he had enough honorary privilege to get away with it, and it looks like we must accept it for what it is.
It’s something we may have to come to terms with, including myself. I’ve seen people, most of them black, wishing this would all go away. I’ve heard them wanting this to end saying how this is a ‘nightmare’. It seemed as painful as nails on a chalkboard. My only guess is that they’re ashamed of him, because he’s black. They can’t stand hearing that a famous black man is a rapist of so many (white) women. They hate seeing one of their idols, a black man who did so much to produce positive black images and gave a lot to black colleges, go down in the media abyss of shame. It’s easy to get embarrassed by black folks, especially famous ones who screw around (No pun intended), and Cosby doesn’t seem to truly care about how this is hurting his fans, his family, possibly the black community in general or his own career.
Then again, most of his fans remain loyal. He’s still touring North America and have had considerable success with his live shows. Like he stated, he’s not through yet. But this may be the last hurrah for Cosby as his image is on life support and has a 25% of surviving. We may be seeing Cosby killing his own career carelessly.
He’s in the same boat at Tiger Woods, Herman Cain and yes, O.J. Simpson, brothas with great images at one time and outstanding success at one time who refute race in some way and who dealt with white women, also in some way, only to have their images or very lives dealt with themselves.
It’s a tough time for Cosby, his family and his admirers, especially his black ones who still look up to him. I always say that rape must be tackled and dealt with, but in this country, it can be, and have been, racialized and used as a weapon against those who demand change and justice. This makes it funny how the descendants of a people who literally raped their way to the top developed a sense of morality against it, especially when they still idolize the likes of Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.