US Justice, Bill Cosby & black people

By Professor Richard A. Byron-Cox PhD

There was much ruckus as regards the judgement issued against Mr. Cosby which will see him in penitentiary probably for the rest of his life. It was a sad end to a stellar career. His disgrace followed those of Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, and many other black men thanks to their guilt, colour, success, sex, influence, race? Who knows which of those, or combination of them sank these men? I submit regardless of the mixture; colour is the common denominator that did them in! And, there are those for whom while total disgrace wasn’t their end, all was done to bury them. The “Greatest”, Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods are examples. But then there are Medgar, Malcolm, Martin, and …… well too many who paid the ultimate price!!


I pity those who reject making deliberate, rational and reasonable judgement about the USA’s historical, present-day, political, legal, economic and societal practice against black people. One must not in place of reasoned analysis, -fundamental in any genuine desire for justice- as basis for conclusion; get high on sexism, race defence, Cosby idolization, male chauvinism, feminist-driven witch hunt, the desire to show their political correctness; and thereby render justice irrelevant. Those embracing an emotional approach oblivious to WHO is America historically vis a vis black people, really had no interest that justice be served in this matter!!
In the absence of historical knowledge (the portrait of the average black man’s intellect); and with an aversion to reading (the practice of 99% of all black men), one would think that at least we would have been willing to observe and accept elementary truths. And consequently, note facts such as the disproportionate mass-jailing of black men; the police fly-squashing of black people, -which gave rise to “Black Lives Matter”-; the disproportionate amount of black people in poverty; …. Well;- the list is nearly as infinite as the universe-, before we rushed to judgement on Cosby!


There was not, is not, and would never be any justice for BLACKS in the USA! That country is built on the plunder and genocide of native peoples; and the enslavement and dehumanisation of the black man!! Its historical core is the shedding of innocent blood of black people; merciless violence against defenceless black people, exploitation of the weak, and indifference to human suffering of black people!! It has no credo of justice for us!! There are those who will point to the rare moment of judgement in the favour of a black person. This is simply the exception that proves the rule!
The poverty of black people’s knowledge of their past, and blindness to self-evident daily truths surpasses absurd absurdity! The graves of Trevon Martin, Michael Browne, Botham Shem Jean and many others have hardly grown grass, yet there is the rubbish talk by black people of double standards in the police’s reaction to white supremacists’ violence on the state! They don’t know that more than 40% of black children in the US live in poverty, yet Haiti and Africa are described as “S..t whole” countries. This, the world’s greatest illusion of democracy consistently elects neo-fascist bigots to power. Yet, black people believe a court in this country would deliver justice to Mr. Cosby; a black man accused of interfering with white women! Emmett Till’s gruesome murder taught us nothing! And so, we are opulently comfortable in this ignorance, to our peril!


An unjust legal system CANNOT deliver justice. To think otherwise is to believe an apple tree will bear oranges. So too, believing that the US court system will deliver justice to black people is ludicrous! This is a country that declared from its dawn that black people are Mars men! The loquacious baa baa black sheep crowd needs to read the first law on citizenship passed in the USA; “An Act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” It’s unambiguously purely racist declaring, “That any alien, being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof,…”


Further on justice for black people in that country, in Dred Scott v. Sanford, the US Supreme Court is adamant that the black man “had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”
All supra dictum tells me that a legal system designed to dehumanize the black man MUST OF NECESSITY find Mr. Cosby GUILTY, fulfilling its very essence!! This is all captured in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” But even such light literature is too much reading for the Google-minted black “intellectuals” for whom thinking is exquisite prohibitive luxury!! And so they talk rubbish about “double standard.” America is living out its creed as regards black people!! This is its standard practice.


Wisdom declares that pronouncing on the guilt or innocence of Mr. Cosby under these circumstances is doltish! As regards justice, I know black people will NEVER get it in the USA. Further, in the present dispensation all men accused by women of sexual misconduct know it’s all stacked against them from the minute their accuser fired the warning shot!! Check what happened to Majah Hype. Like him Mr. Cosby is a BLACK man in the USA! The firing of that pistol was his death sentence!!


It was simply quite impossible to determine Mr. Cosby’s innocence or guilt in a system that denies his humanity. He like all black people in that country, are victims of a system that is geared to maintain an unjust society through an elaborate façade of democracy. The USA’s differential treatment of its white vis a vis black citizens is simply a matter of being true to itself! It’s no double standard.
I rest my case.


₁ This article was written a while back, but never published. It has been slightly updated

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