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Column: Race, gender blame game won’t save Bill Cosby or Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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02.07.2021

Bill Cosby and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot may not know each other but both have been giving genuine racial victimization a bad name.

After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the actor-comedian’s sexual assault conviction, Cosby, who spent three years in prison, reacted through his publicist Andrew Wyatt that the decision was “justice for Black America.”

That’s a stretch. I’m certain that the more than 50 women who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, for example, would disagree.

It could have been worse. After Cosby’s sentencing three years ago, his spokesman called it the “most racist and sexist trial in the country’s history” and Cosby one of the “greatest civil rights leaders in history,” comparing his case to the persecution of Jesus.

And, as with O.J. Simpson’s double homicide case, Cosby’s victory only shows that a wealthy Black man has a reasonably good chance to get the quality of justice that until recent times was pretty much limited to wealthy white men. As “equal justice,” that soup is pretty thin.

Let us not forget that the court did not........

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