Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bill Cosby Speaks Out About George Floyd and Blacks ‘Murdered’ by ‘Racial Hated’

Derek Chauvin kneeing George Floyd
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeing George Floyd

*Bill Cosby has weighed in on the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, via a written statement posted on Instagram by his publicist Andrew Wyatt.

“When I think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by racial hatred, I could not help but think about my son, Ennis, who was also brutally murdered,” said Cosby, UrbanHollywood411.com reports.

In his message, Cosby recalled the death of his son Ennis Cosby, who was fatally shot  in 1997 during a robbery attempt while he was changing a tire on the side of the road in LA. 

“Before racial hatred shot our beloved Ennis in the head and abruptly ended his life, this raging inferno of racial hatred stated, ‘die ni–er’ before he pulled the trigger. I understand the pain; I understand the helplessness; and I, too, understand that NO parent has willingly filled out an application to become a member of the ‘My Child Was Murdered by Racial Hatred’ club,” Cosby said in his statement.

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When I think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by Racial Hatred, I could not help but think about my son, Ennis, who was also brutally murdered. Before Racial Hatred shot our beloved Ennis in the head and abruptly ended his life, this raging inferno of Racial Hatred stated, “Die N——R ” before he pulled the trigger. I understand the pain; I understand the helplessness; and I, too, understand that NO parent has willingly filled out an application to become a member of the ‘My Child Was Murdered by Racial Hatred’ club. These murders of innocent Black people will never end until the “establishment” acknowledges that they are the architects of this Prison of Racism In America — they continue to teach racial hatred around their dinner tables; they continue to fuel racial hatred by portraying Black people negatively on television and movies; and they continue to enhance racial hatred by placing their knee on the necks of Black people, no matter their education, success or fame. Yes, protests are meaningful and powerful when they are done in a peaceful manner. But, the Mayors and Governors of Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Birmingham, etc., can’t send police officers out in tactical gear, ready and willing to inflict bodily harm, which doesn’t reflect peace nor the expectation of a peaceful protest. Come On People! Let’s not squander a golden opportunity — officers – remove your tactical gear, remove your guns, put on the Full Armor of GOD and march with the people whom you have made your enemy. I will continue to pray that GOD provide the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by Racial Hatred with wisdom, understanding and peace during these difficult times. Please be mindful and be safe. #BlackLivesMatter #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #ArmaudArbery #EnnisCosby

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“These murders of innocent Black people will never end until the ‘establishment’ acknowledges that they are the architects of this Prison of Racism In America — they continue to teach racial hatred around their dinner tables; they continue to fuel racial hatred by portraying Black people negatively on television and movies; and they continue to enhance racial hatred by placing their knee on the necks of Black people, no matter their education, success or fame,” he added.

Cosby, who is serving a three-to-10-year prison term for his 2018 conviction on charges of indecent aggravated assault, also called out the militarized police for responding to the protests with violence. 

“Yes, protests are meaningful and powerful when they are done in a peaceful manner,” he wrote. “But, the mayors and governors of Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Birmingham, (and other cities) can’t send police officers out in tactical gear, ready and willing to inflict bodily harm, which doesn’t reflect peace nor the expectation of a peaceful protest.

bill cosby mugshot
Bill Cosby’s mugshot

“Come On People! Let’s not squander a golden opportunity — officers, remove your tactical gear, remove your guns, put on the full armor of GOD, and march with the people whom you have made your enemy,” Cosby said. “I will continue to pray that GOD provides the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people murdered by racial hatred with wisdom, understanding, and peace during these difficult times. Please be mindful and be safe.”

Read Cosby’s full statement via the Instagram post above. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. this is what America needs to hear. Thank you Bill Cosby Ilove you and support now then and always. Ifit were not for you Iwould have not known about a black doctor/father amd black lawyer/mother on tv when i was growing up. I am a north Phila. native and single black woman who was a teenage mother and high school drop out who went and got her GED associates degree at CCP and BA at Temple Univesity because I looked up to you and Oprah Winfrey. Ilove you and salute you you both. you two are my number one and first idoles who I ever looked up too and tried toe follow in you two foot steps majoring in Theatre and Communications CCP Temple and the Freedom Thearte was my life and out let to all of my struggles!!!!!!

  2. FREE BILL COSBY ! So here is the skinny….I attached all of Bill Cosby’s instagram statement because it is heart felt and true….But here is where he SQUANDERS his moral high ground …..”#FreeBillCosy# right there under BLM ? a convicted serial rapist listed two notches above our human brother who was slaughtered w/o mercy by the police ? His “wrongful imprisonment” on par with George Floyd ? ” Is the word SHAMEFUL harsh enough ? How about ASSHOLE ? Better ? I mean I get it, when you are a serial rapist you have no soul but to include yourself in the pantheon of victims ? Even for a sociopath like Bill, new lows. And he’s right, the legacy of Hollywood is blaxploitation ….finally, we get “12 years a slave ” I want more like that ..But why no mention of largely black rap music? Does that encourage and depict POC in a positive light ? Has it ever ? Does it teach respect of women ? Spiritual growth ? Did it help when Calvin Broadus threatened Gayle King ? Where is the denunciation ? I mean the hypocrisy is mind numbing. Excerpted ” fuel racial hatred by portraying Black people negatively on television and movies” “Peace during these difficult times. Please be mindful and be safe.”
    #BlackLivesMatter
    #FreeBillCosby
    #FarFromFinished
    #GeorgeFloyd
    #BreonnaTaylor
    #ArmaudArbery
    #EnnisCosby

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