Camille Cosby Says Husband Bill’s Conviction Was Akin To “Lynch Mobs” and “Mob Justice”
Television producer, author and philanthropist Camille Cosby, best known to most as the wife of Bill Cosby, has broken her silence since her husband was convicted of three counts of indecent assault against Andrea Constand on April 26.
Reported by Deadline, Camille didn’t express any sympathy for Constand in a nearly 1,000 word statement. Instead, she decided to make an argument for how the accusations against her husband and the conviction itself are akin to “lynch mobs,” saying that what occurred in the court room was “mob justice, not real justice.”
Since Camille is nowhere in my peer group, and I’d like to still show respect since she is an older black woman, I feel a high key need to say, Elder, bye.
Camille has been married to Bill since 1964, so while I understand the “stand by your man” mentality that she has had over 50 years, I don’t understand inserting herself into something that she was not a personal witness to. I’m sure that she was shocked, like we all were, when accusation after accusation, kept emerging about her husband, “Dr. Heathcliffe Huxtable” from The Cosby Show, sexually assaulting people.
Apparently, that shock, coupled with that washed “ride or die” stance, caused her to “immediately” compare his conviction to the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till.
“Since when are all accusers truthful? History disproves that…for example, Emmett Till’s accuser immediately comes to mind,” she wrote. “In 1955, she testified before a jury of white men in a Mississippi courtroom that a 14-year-old African American boy had sexually assaulted her, only to later admit several decades later in 2008 that her testimony was false.”
On Tuesday, we urged black men to stop comparing their criminal proclivities to cruel and unjust lynchings of people like Emmett Till. Clearly, we needed to address the black women who speak on their behalf as well.
While she does make a fair argument that her husband’s accolades should not have been stripped from him based on accusations alone, again, she goes to the extreme with the “lynch mob” comparison.
“In the case of Bill Cosby, unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs, who publicly and privately coerced cancellations of Bill Cosby’s scheduled performances; syndications of The Cosby Show; rescissions of honorary degrees and a vindictive attempt to close an exhibition of our collection of African American art in the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Although the Smithsonian’s hierarchy did not capitulate, a disclaimer was posted on the exterior of that Museum. And all of that occurred before the trial even started,” she wrote.
Instead of coming to terms that her husband was just convicted of assaulting and drugging a woman and might face 30 years in prison, she now wants the attention turned on Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who she believes should be criminally investigated.
“I am publicly asking for a criminal investigation of that district attorney and his cohorts. This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life. If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone,” she stated.
Again, Elder, bye.
You can read the complete statement here.
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