A senior editor for Ebony Magazine asked on MSNBC Wednesday whether Bill Cosby would be facing the same backlash were he a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Appearing on the “Rachel Maddow Show,” Jamilah Lemieux posed the question to guest host Melissa Harris-Perry.
“And I can’t help but to wonder,” she said. “Say Mr. Cosby didn’t have that sort of respectability politics, you know, heavy handed against single mothers and complicating sounding names and wearing your pants low and listening to hip-hop.”
“Say that wasn’t who he was. Say that he was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Say that he was a leftist. Say that he was really on our side, quote unquote, politically. Would we be having this conversation?” Lemieux asked. “How willing would people be to turn their backs on him?”
Cosby was arraigned in court Wednesday and charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident that took place in 2004. The charge comes after dozens of women accused the legendary actor and comedian of drugging and sexually abusing them.
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