What Does Cosby’s Case Say About the Consciousness of America?
By: Ubong Ekpo
The #MeToo movement has brought to light the many sexual assaults that women have been victim to by Hollywood’s elite for decades.
Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case was in the makings well before the rise of the #MeToo movement, yet his conviction is being heralded as the first victory for the movement.
When assessing the Cosby case, one should keep in mind the history of the United States regarding white women making accusations against black men.
During the Jim Crow era, it was common for false accusations of rape or sexual misconduct to be made towards black men. These false accusations would lead to death, which was usually by a public lynching
To me, the #MeToo movement is putting everyone a step back.
This witch hunt style of making accusations, which aren’t being properly vetted is dangerous; people’s lives and reputations are at stake. From what I see, the #MeToo movement doesn’t really want change. It is another media contrived agenda.
It’s easy for celebrities to come out and name accusers and parade a cause, but what about the everyday woman? Not everyone has the support of Hollywood to defend them? Not everyone can afford to speak out and go back to their mansions the next day.
I don’t see any of the women who have come out reveal a real plan or course of action besides lobbying accusations. One question I would like to put out is why haven’t men like Harvey Weinstein been prosecuted?
Our current President Donald Trump has had several women come out and accuse him of sexual assault. These accusations occurred while he was running for office, and what were the repercussions for him? He was still elected as the President of the United States.
Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh just a few weeks ago had a hearing due to the allegations of sexual assault stemming from his college days. Now Kavanaugh’s case has all the same characteristics of the recent slew of accusations towards men in power, yet I don’t see the same outrage towards him.
Yes, there are people who are upset and are actively trying to ensure he is held accountable, but those people are few. In all likelihood, Kavanaugh will still be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
What does this show? It shows white men in America get rewarded for their degenerate actions.
Through my observations, America has shown to have a very serious judgement problem, especially regarding black people. It’s well documented that black people receive harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts for the same offenses.
One glaring thing to me was the actions of Lisa Bloom. Lisa Bloom, an attorney who has paraded herself as a champion of women who have been assaulted, decided to be Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer.
The fact that Bloom was able and willing to defend such a man, despite the heinous accusations towards him, reflects the general consciousness and bigotry of her and America as a whole.
Her choosing to be on his council is a direct slap in the face to all the women who have been victims of not only Weinstein, but all men who used their powerful positions to impose their sexual perversions.
Due to public backlash, Bloom stepped down from Weinstein’s council, but to me, she already exposed herself and showed where her mindset is. It shows me that in America, you can still get a benefit of the doubt as long as you are a white man.
All I want is for the justice system to be consistent. If Bill Cosby can be railroaded with accusations from decades ago and convicted, I want that same energy put into all the men who have been accused of sexual assault by the #MeToo movement. Instead, what we see is white men being handled with child safety gloves, while Bill Cosby is having the whole book thrown at him.
It may not be clear to everyone else, but it seems certainly clear to me that there is an agenda against black men. Of the multitude of men that have been accused, only Cosby has been tried and convicted.
None of the white men accused have received any type of impunity, besides ruined reputations.
The agenda is to make black men the face of the #MeToo movement. Bill Cosby will forever by synonymous with rape and known as the first “victory.”