Bill Cosby Doesn’t Deserve Our Black Tears – VICE
We’ve seen this play out on social media, from fashion and music icon Kanye West tweeting early last year that “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” to author and filmmaker Tariq Nasheed going full Hotep last week, informing his more than 180,000 Twitter followers that the allegations are really a “white supremacist witch hunt.”
Simple misogyny is the connecting tissue between most Cosby apologists. It’s the reason they can’t understand why a woman might not want to come forward with sexual assault allegations against a famous and beloved millionaire with endless legal resources and goodwill, and it’s why they don’t get that having your way with someone who is incapacitated and can’t consent is illegal and incredibly fucked up. But as a black man, the notion that there might be a conspiracy that is “trying to bring the black man down” is something that—even as I absolutely reject it in Cosby’s case—I can certainly understand.