Cosby And His Enablers

Best-selling author and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates looks at the black male celebrities who denigrate Cosby’s accusers (without bothering to check the facts) and writes: ‘Only tribalism and power can explain the theory put forth by Cosby’s defenders—that some 40 women have joined together in a wide-ranging conspiracy to bring a powerful black man down. Why this plot would target an aging entertainer well past his prime and not, say, the first black president is left unasked. We, too, are capable of fictions because, as it turns out, oppression confers no wisdom and is rarely self-improving. There is no virtue in being kicked in the face. The virtue is all in what you do after.’

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