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It’s happening again. A non white American who is well loved, some may say beloved, who is thoughtful and smart, who has survived the “spotlight” for decades is now under attack. He is a comic, he has broken the race lines with his television shows, he has provided constructive criticism of both white and black American cultures. He has done more than most to make America a better place.
Now he is out of favor. Like China’s cultural revolution, like tyrannical purges, like the red baited witch hunts and recently like the attitude that you are a terrorist if you don’t support the American government Bill Cosby is being taken down. He is judged and sentenced in the press. He has no contemplative recourse. “They” tell us he’s done so many horrible things that he need not defend himself since he is already guilty.
We are not allowed facts. We are not allowed to hear a defense. We are only allowed to convict him. This sounds all to familiar. If you are a smart, successful non white you will eventually be taken apart by “the media”. It does happen once in a great while to some whites, if they criticize the machine.
This issue is indicative of America’s schizophrenic evil. That is you can do or go as far as you want but you better please the right people. If you step out of line and have the resources to be heard and loved you will suffer figurative disappearance. Your good work, your positive impact will be turned into cynicism.
I don’t know the facts. I don’t know Bill Cosby. I do know that Bill Cosby has been a major influence in my life, a hero if you will. Now to watch him under attack by every freak on a soapbox is disturbing to say the least. To watch this witch hunt, this burning at the stake, this spectacle at his expense is too much. No matter what, these issues should be handled with dignity and discretion. Innocent until proven guilty has been a long term lie in this country and the antics of “the media” are reinforcing that today.
If you care think first. When someone is being tried and convicted in “the media” take a moment and reflect.Take a moment and search out alternative points of view.
This is a link to Mitch Albom’s article on the subject.