On September 26th, 2018, Actor, Comedian and former entertainment icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years, after being found guilty for assault charges relating to his sexual involvement with a woman named Andrea Constand.  Although many of us have very strong opinions on the particulars of this case, and whether Mr. Cosby should have been convicted of wrongdoing or not, I will not use this space to debate the specific details of this case, or to voice my opinion on the outcome, or what I may believe should have been the outcome.  But regardless of what I feel or do not feel about this case, I cannot deny that the photo that I have used for the main image of this article is an extremely striking image that drives home a certain simple point more than any words can.  Here is Mr. Cosby, who came from a particularly rough section of my hometown, Philadelphia, PA, to first become a wildly successful stage comedian and television and film actor.  He was once dubbed as “America’s Dad” for his role on the legendary, iconic series The Cosby Show, and he is responsible for so many constructive, life affirming images of people classified as Black in the field of entertainment.  He amassed a tremendous amount of money and acquired a lot of perceived power within the field of entertainment, as well as what is described as the Black community.  He goes from those lofty heights to being labeled as a “violent sexual predator” by the suspected racist judge Steven O’Neill, being led away in handcuffs, just like some of the Black men and women that he once wagged his finger at and chastised in public, with his head down, looking about as distraught as one can possibly look, into a maximum security prison, which houses violent criminals, to serve a 3 to 10 year sentence at 81 years of age.

The case of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual assaults teaches so many lessons about power, sexual responsibility (for Black men especially), and on what to do and more importantly what not to do under the system of racism/white supremacy.  But this turn of events in general, and this photo specifically, is symbolic of one truth that is very difficult for many people to accept, especially those classified as Black who have acquired a lot of money and/or who have been put into position by the white supremacists as “showcase Blacks”; under the system of racism/white supremacy, all of those who are classified as Black are all equal victims.  They are no less victims of white supremacy than the “Pookie’s and Ray Ray’s”.  They simply play a different role as victims, since they serve a different utility to the white supremacists.  Nothing more.  The money, perceived power and status are nice, if that is something that one desires.  But these things are completely illusory and could be taken away if and when those in power, those who practice, promote and maintain racism/white supremacy want to do so.  Whenever they want to, and can get an opening to do so, you can be demoted to the status of the common street thug, being treated exactly the same way, at any moment.

At one time, Mr. Cosby was the ultimate “showcase Black”, i.e., a Black person, who usually has some utility to the white supremacists, most visibly within the fields of entertainment, politics and sometimes religion (but they can be anywhere, even within our day jobs), who is perceived to have been elevated above the status of “regular Black folks”, and has been given some marker of success to signify their elevation (money, perceived power, etc.).  But for all his philanthropic efforts and tendency to feature Black people in uplifting roles, presenting very positive images of Black people within the media, Mr. Cosby’s popularity and esteem took a sharp hit in the early 2000’s. Mr. Cosby leveled criticism on other, poorer, Black victims of white supremacy, seemingly without accurately acknowledging racism/white supremacy as the root cause of the dysfunction.  He would present this criticism in ways that could easily be taken as an attack on those who occupy the same streets that he used to run, which led to charges of elitism and anti-Blackness. In 2004, at the NAACP awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Mr. Cosby went on a diatribe which deeply hurt many of the same Black people who once were fans and supporters of his work.  In an infamous speech, which has now been dubbed the “Pound Cake Speech”, Mr. Cosby harshly criticized the poor, disenfranchised Black society that he came from and was once a part of.  Here are a few excerpts of the speech, as well as other things he said around that same time:

On Black incarceration:

“But these people, the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. 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 all run out and are outraged, ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else, and I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said, ‘If you get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother.’ Not ‘You’re going to get your butt kicked.’ No. ‘You’re going to embarrass your family.'”

On Black Parenting:

“In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. In the old days, you couldn’t hooky school because every drawn shade was an eye. And before your mother got off the bus and to the house, she knew exactly where you had gone, who had gone into the house, and where you got on whatever you had on and where you got it from. Parents don’t know that today.”

On Black people’s names:

“We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail.”

On “the white man”:

“That white man, he’s laughing…He’s got to be laughing: Fifty percent drop out, the rest of them are in prison.”

On poor Black people’s mating choices:

“Five, six children — same woman — eight, 10 different husbands or whatever. Pretty soon you are going to have DNA cards to tell who you are making love to. You don’t know who this is. It might be your grandmother. I am telling you, they’re young enough! Hey, you have a baby when you are 12; your baby turns 13 and has a baby. How old are you? Huh? Grandmother! By the time you are 12 you can have sex with your grandmother, you keep those numbers coming. I’m just predicting.”

Of course, these words look absolutely terrible.  It has been said that when a Black person goes in public to take other victims of white supremacy to task, that it is a way to signal their willingness to throw other Black people “under the bus” to keep their “showcase Black” position.  But in my personal opinion, I do not believe that Mr. Cosby said these things coming from a place of pure anti-Blackness.  In fact, I have heard a few Black people of his generation say many of the same things that Mr. Cosby said in this speech (of course not in public, or in front of white people).  I also, around that time, attended a speech sponsored by a Black Men’s community group in Philadelphia, in which Mr. Cosby attempted to clarify his remarks.  I honestly think that he said these things out of frustration with the pitiful condition that Black people are in today under the system of racism/white supremacy.  But a man of Mr. Cosby’s considerable financial standing at that time was absolutely able to do more than to simply crucify the “Shaniqua’s, Shaligua’s and Mohammed’s”.  Rather than to crucify poor Black people in public, Mr. Cosby was a rare Black person with the financial means to make a dent in the system of racism/white supremacy, that is if he correctly identified racism/white supremacy as the root cause of Black American dysfunction.  This lack of recognition of the system of racism/white supremacy as the root cause of Black dysfunction, his perceived lack of actually doing anything but to harshly criticize fellow victims of said system rather than to use his acquired resources to help solve the problem constructively, as well as the very public forum in which he chose to launch this diatribe left a very bad taste in the mouths of many of the same Black people that once looked up to him as a “role model”, and even a “father figure” for Black society.

This was a terrible mistake, especially considering all of the apparent skeletons in his closet, so to speak.  Because 2004, the year in which he made the infamous “pound cake” speech where he was perceived as haughtily wagging his finger at Black society, was the same year  in which the incident for which he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman by the name of Andrea Constand was supposed to have taken place.  The fact that Mr. Cosby can be so unconstructively critical of the society which produced him, while apparently having all sorts of extra-marital sex with women, white women at that (that is a part of the story which cannot ever be minimized), while providing illegal party drugs to top it off, was a grave miscalculation of the part of Mr. Cosby.  He essentially destroyed much of the Black goodwill that he had built up over the years, while at the same time, systematic white supremacy was now sharpening the knives to shove into his back.

He was no longer insulated from the attacks of systematic racism/white supremacy by the support of Black people due to his harsh, stinging, inaccurate criticism in the “Pound Cake speech”. He also had no systematic protection, since he failed to adequately assist to create any with his once considerable financial fortune.  His lack of providing substantial, serious, Black First, counter-racist institutions while he had the chance, rather than partying with and having sex with sketchy white women came back to haunt him.  Now Mr. Cosby languishes in jail, right next to “the kid who stole the Coca-Cola and pound cake”.  The kid who stole the treats, and Mr. Cosby are now housed in the same facility, both with numbers to identify them rather than names, both equally victimized by the system of racism/white supremacy.  Let this be a lesson to all who are classified as Black, who think that they have carved out a space as an “other” in the system of racism/white supremacy.  There are no “others”.  And although you may play a different role within your victimization than other Black people, you are still a victim nonetheless.  The point has been made, and with the case, has yet again been driven home with force.

Liberation Now!

Osei, 21st Century Race Man

Author: Brother Osei 21CRM

I am a victim of racism/white supremacy who spends my time and energy looking for solutions.


  1. WOW!!! This was an excellent post! This was a beautiful breakdown Osei. You made very solid points about racism. I like how you said “perceived power”. This Cosby case shows that rich black people don’t have any real power. They have influence but NO real power. Doesn’t matter if it’s Will Smith,Puff Daddy,Beyonce,Kanye West,Jay Z,Oprah Winfrey,Michael Jordan or Denzel Washington. People with REAL power don’t go to jail for anything. They make the rules but don’t have to follow them. When you control and own the media,newspapers,governement,police,judges,CIA,FBI…..you are above the law. Rich black people are just entertainers but have no control over anything. This case proves it. And I hope it opened eyes. I knew once over thirty women came out they were trying to create a pattern. Trying to smear Cosby out to be some crazy rapist. The reality is Hollywood is full of sexual deviants. Rapist,killers,child molesters…etc And most of them are white/Jewish men. But they cover up their crimes for each other. I want you to check out this video. It is kind of long(30 minutes) But I recommend you watch the whole thing when you have time. It will definitely open your eyes to the lies of the mainstream media.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Kushite. It definitely had the look of a high tech lynching, as if Mr. Cosby pissed off the wrong person, but he did himself no favors, because he dove into that Hollywood lifestyle with reckless abandon. I will absolutely give that video a look, thanks for sharing, and thanks for your support.

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  2. I don’t doubt Bill did these things as it seemed he was trying to be more white-like. But where is R. Kelly? Is he in jail? What about all the white entertainers who have been accused of sexual assault? Who’s the U.S. president? Cancelling a show or movie or getting fired is nothing like a conviction and jail time. Presidency is what power can get you after proof of indecent and depraved take and behavior. I also think Bill would be a free man if Constand was Black.

    Then again, it all may be a show to perpetuate the deviant, white woman craving, uncontrollable black predator image. Who knows?

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    1. Thanks for reading and supporting, kelley, much respect. Your assessment is very astute. If this really is about justice, well then I would like to see justice applied for Roman Polanski, Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Brock Turner, and for the Tawana Brawley case, just to name a few,. And I have no doubt that perpetuating that sex crazed Black male image is a concern, as the white media chief reason for existing is to be the propaganda arm for white supremacy. Thanks again, kelley, peace.

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  3. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    “Mr. Cosby languishes in jail, right next to “the kid who stole the Coca-Cola and pound cake”. The kid who stole the treats, and Mr. Cosby are now housed in the same facility, both with numbers to identify them rather than names, both equally victimized by the system of racism/white supremacy. Let this be a lesson to all who are classified as Black, who think that they have carved out a space as an “other” in the system of racism/white supremacy. There are no “others”. And although you may play a different role within your victimization than other Black people, you are still a victim nonetheless. The point has been made, and with the case, has yet again been driven home with force.”

    Let this be a lesson to ALL descendants of slaves in AmeriKKKa. It matters not if you are the poorest person in ‘Da Hood’ or you have amassed a fortune as was the case with Bill Cosby, you can end up in the same criminal (IN)justice system because none of us has any power. That has been solely reserved for “The White Man!”

    There have been multiple ‘white’ women who have come forward and accused multiple ‘white’ men of sexual abuse and rape and yet not one of them has been prosecuted and sent to prison. Why is Harvey Weinstein not in prison? Why is Donald Trump not in prison? Why is Roman Polanski, Brock Turner and a multitude of others not cooling their heels behind bars? Because they are WHITE! The laws they put on the books are to be used against us, not them.

    So Black folks, keep thinking that just because the white man allows you to make a bit more money than you had before you made it out of the hood that they can’t or won’t smack your ass into a jail cell because Bill Cosby can tell you otherwise.

    And if Bill Cosby had as much money as he is purported to have, the very least he could have done was transfer his wealth and haul ass to a country with no extradition treaty with the U.S. Hell! Others have done it. Some have even vanished without a trace, but Cosby must have been the ‘trust the white man to do the right thing’ type and look where it got him, inmate no. NN7687. That stands for ‘Next N****r7687’. Because to whites, that is ALL we will ever be! And do I feel sorry for him? Hell no! But at the same time, justice, the white man claims, is ‘blind’. Get real! You will find “Jus US” inside jails and prison hells all across this hellhole called, AmeriKKKa!

    Great post Brother Osei 21CRM! A most excellent breakdown and a great read!

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      1. Thank you Brother Osei! The pleasure was ALL mine! You were right on point with this one and it is a MUST READ! And I cannot state it enough times, “Every single word was TRUTH!”

        You keep on keeping on! We need more like this one! Thank YOU!

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  4. Awesome piece, very thought-provoking, Brother!

    “Let this be a lesson to all who are classified as Black, who think that they have carved out a space as an “other” in the system of racism/white supremacy.  There are no “others”.  And although you may play a different role within your victimization than other Black people, you are still a victim nonetheless.”

    If I could offer a slightly different perspective as one who has ALWAYS been classified as an “other” [as a bi-racial person]: To white folk there is WHITE and OTHERS. The end. Anyone who is not visibly white is an “other”, with black being firmly stationed at the bottom of the class strata.

    Keep up the great work! God bless you & your family.


    1. Peace Queen Esther, thanks for reading. I perhaps should have been more clear in my writing. In the sentence that you are referring to, when I said that there are no “others” I was referring to those among whom are classified as “Black”. As in the lines that separate rich victims, poor victims, victims with college degrees, graduate degrees, kwk. are illusions. My stance is If you are classified as Black, you are an equal victim to all others classified as Black. Its “white” and “Black/victim”, with no sub-categories within those categorized as “Black/victim”. It was basically intended to be a re-iteration of my original point. Thank you for pointing out that bit, so that I can be more cognizant and clear with my words in the future. Peace and blessings, and thank you for your support as always.

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  5. Thank you for clarifying, Brother. [Pardon my quick question, what does ‘kwk’ mean? I googled it, but I’m still not clear.] I’m not into social media so I don’t always know the acronyms.

    I actually agree with your quote as you originally wrote it. The point I wanted to drive home is that we all need to know that ANYBODY other than white is an “other” to them ALREADY. Remember, they only know the tribe mentality: “Us v. Them”. My husband audits white people at work everyday & they pull every racist trick in the book because they CAN’T STAND a black man correcting them & “bossing [them] around” [Obama, right?]. Then we discuss their tactics so we can keep our armor on & our swords sharp. I HAD [pre-June 2018] white family members, I’ve seen & heard enough intel that I always try to share with fellow black folk about the way “they” think & speak.

    So, as you clarified: White vs. Victim (which includes poor whites, they just don’t want to believe it though.)

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    1. Queen Esther, kwk means “katha wa katha”, and it is a Swahili term which essentially translates to “and so on”, which I use in place of et cetera (etc).

      And thank you much for your usual very insightful commentary. I really admire and respect the way that you use your own life experience in your writings to drive home your points. Peace and blessings!


      1. Thank you for educating me on that!

        The Lord has shown me that I have lived a unique life & that I am to frankly share my tragedies & collected intel to share with others for their benefit & hopefully they won’t have to “learn the hard way”. Unfortunately I don’t get many opportunities to share the “intel” with my neighbors, they only want to focus on the tragedies since they see me as my hometown’s version of Mary Magdalene. The day prior to the kavanaugh konfirmation hearing, I gave part of my own testimony on the blog & ‘spoke’ [typed] The Word in prayer over the hearing, feel free to check it out. Then consider how the hearing turned out in light of those verses in Matthew.

        God bless!

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