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The Presumption of Guilt: Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby name has resurfaced in the news again because his trial will start in the immediate future. In the case of Bill Cosby, it appears that most of the public has presumed the Mr. Cosby is guilty of these accusations. There have been over 50 women who have claimed that Mr. Cosby has sexually assaulted them or he has done something inappropriate. The number of women alone makes people believe that he is guilty, people make statements such as all the women cannot be lying. I am not saying that Bill Cosby is innocent but let’s not presume he is guilty either.

Mr. Cosby recently inferred that this witch hunt is racially motivated, I would have to agree I do not believe that if he were white, people would pursue him so vigorously. The media also plays a large part in the presumption of Mr. Cosby’s guilt. The media constantly reports there have been over 50 women who have made accusations against Mr. Cosby but what the media fails to disclose the over a third of the accusers have been shown to have provided false information regarding Mr. Cosby. Some of the women have an ax to grind because they are former lovers who he no longer wants to be in a relationship with. One of the women has made similar claims against another celebrity and was represented by the same lawyer in both cases. In the first case, it was proven the woman lied.

One other thing that bothers me with the entire Bill Cosby situation is Hannibal Burress. Hannibal Burress is the comedian who talked about the rape allegations during his comedy routine. My concern is that we have all heard about the rape allegations before Hannibal include it in his routine, so why when this in mention by an obscure comic the allegations become a trending topic and all these women come out of the woodwork. It is not like Hannibal had a huge following that people had to take notice, most people probably never heard of Hannibal Burress before the Cosby situation. And Hannibal careers has taken off since his routine became known. My question is did someone decide to utilize another black comedian to bring down an icon black comedian.

I know many of the black community are not too fond of Mr. Cosby for the negative remarks he has made about the black community in the past. Things such as the pound cake speech and claiming that too many black men beat their wives. I agree there are several instances where Mr. Cosby has miss-stepped but I would like to believe he thought he was trying to uplift the community. But maybe I wrong.

My point is let’s not presume someone is guilty because the media only presents evidence pointing towards guilt. The problem is we are so quick to abandon a member of our community without investigating on your own and then make a decision on the position you choose to hold. Other races or groups do not do this, we see this every day a cop kills a black person and the first thing the department says we will not take further action until the investigation is complete. I am not saying Bill Cosby is innocent all I am saying is take no further action until your investigation is complete. The presumption of guilt is a hard mountain to come down from.

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