Separate from Bill Cosby defenders who either genuinely believe he is not guilty as charged or invoke his legal right to the presumption of innocence until (or unless) proved guilty in a court of law, there are many not-so-supportive Bill Cosby supporters who readily admit they believe he is guilty as charged. Yet, they defend him by way of deflecting to an apparent racist double-standard.
More specifically, the double-standard being White celebrity accused sexual predators tend to receive significantly less public persecution and legal prosecution than their counterparts–i.e. Black celebrity accused sexual predators.
That the racist double-standard exists is a valid point, but using it to deflect from the alleged actions of a Black accused sexual predator is an invalid defense.
Their argument is essentially that it’s racist to not allow Black alleged rapists to benefit from white privilege granted by white supremacy to White alleged rapists. The crux of which is not a case for admitted celebrity sexual predators like Stephen Collins to be given the Bill Cosby treatment, but for Bill Cosby to be granted the Stephen Collins treatment.
Ironically, this ‘defense via deflection’ tactic is often deployed by racists who respond to Black victims of hate crimes by diverting attention to so called ‘black-on-black crime.’ Think about that: Black people defending a Black accused rapist via white supremacist rationale.
This is beyond “two wrongs don’t make a right.” This faction of Black Cosby defenders (deflectors) aren’t seeking rightness; they’re seeking whiteness. White privilege with a black face to be exact. Which–although it is a response to systemic racial injustice–is not a principled or empowering position for Black people to take in opposition to white supremacy.
Yes, systemic and societal racist double standards (just as intraracial crime within the Black community) are valid issues that should be addressed. But using these issues to deflect from addressing the issue of rape (or racism) is disingenuous and does more to preserve privileges of the oppressor than to liberate the oppressed from their oppression. #dontBSyourself