CNN political contributor Errol Louis accidently went off-script Thursday morning when he reported out loud one of the truths the DC Media has spent decades covering up: that a total of 14 women have accused former President Bill Clinton of some form of sexual abuse, from rape to groping to harassment.
Yet another Bill is being indicted. Why are liberals turning on Bill Cosby, yet liberals still worship Bill Clinton?
The rape allegations against them are almost identical. Except the white Bill used the power of public office as a rape tool, which in a normal world would make the allegations more serious.
Conservatives, who admire the way that Cosby has spoken out against dysfunction and lousy parenting in black families, are skeptical wondering why liberals, who view themselves as champions of women’s rights, are abandoning one Bill and championing another Bill.
Cosby’s blunt talk about the black lower class may be the clue:
“Now you have these knuckleheads walking around…. The lower economic people are not holding up their end of the deal. These people are not parenting.”
“I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18, and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol? And where is his father?”
He also ridiculed ghetto talk and thuggery:
“They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk: ‘Why you ain’t,’ ‘Where you is.’…
“These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”
As Human Events later put it: “This attack went against the grain of politically correct rhetoric that defines white racism as the cause and black inequality as the result. Cosby was attacked both for his flippant tone and because his argument appeared to ‘blame the blacks for the racial inequality and racial injustice suffered. Cosby was attacked as being a successful elitist, an African American who had achieved success and was now embarrassed by less-fortunate African Americans.”
That article quoted a Village Voice piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Cosby “condescending”: “When the Coz came to Constitution Hall last week, he was one up on his audience. He had no solutions, and unlike his audience, he knew it.”
Many on the left, it’s fair to say, did not embrace Cosby’s black conservatism, as indeed it seemed to undercut the case against racism. Four years later, Coates wrote an Atlantic piece subtitled “The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism” and the liberals began to turn on Cosby.