Bill Cosby is under a lot of scrutiny at the moment. 13 different accusers is a rather serious matter.
Ten years ago, Cosby made his infamous “Pound Cake” speech. Many have expressed agreement with the notion that the Black Community- particularly the Black working class has not “held up” its end of the bargain. Coincidentally, these same people have fallen silent in light of recent allegations. While the respectability politics routine has been picked up by other Black “thinkers” like Charles Barkley, its important to home in on the selective silence. After co-signing group slander, many are unable to come to grips with the individual behavior of a beloved public figure. This is the logic of individualism run amok: attack the many, but protect the few. The same people who will lionize a poorly conceived rant as worthy of serious consideration want to look the other way on this.
When Rush Limbaugh comes to your defense, that speaks volumes. I’d like for people to think through some of these things, and not see it as merely “piling on” Wealthy people have money and influence to hide behind from accountability, the same accountability that Cosby demands of the Black community.
With this, I open it up for comments.