“I am a revolutionary but not a murderer.”
In the story, a barber is tasked with shaving a murderer, a man who has killed dozens in their city. Should the barber assassinate the man, who has walked into his shop for a shave, or should the barber do his job and give the man a world-class shave?
The barber is a revolutionary, yes. He wants change and betterment for this people, his country, but is he willing to kill for that change?
Bill Cosby’s actions were reprehensible. The drugging, rapes, abuse of power, hypocrisy of criticizing young Black people for their “illegitimate” children — all while committing moral and legal crimes as “America’s TV dad.”
Cosby murdered more than forty women, if not physically, then emotionally, psychologically. He dropped death into their souls, some of which still lingers.
Today he reaps what he sowed, which is just and right.
Celebrating the justice in this case is good; the verdicts shine as beacons of hope in the #metoo movement.
Yet there is something else going on in how we talk about the case. There is another murder happening.
We are murdering Bill Cosby.
With our words, our hate, with hearts set on severe punishment.
My statement is not actually about him. My statement is about us. How we treat anyone who has committed any heinous crime. How our hearts respond to their sordid affairs.
How we other them and label them as “evil” while labeling ourselves as “good." How we make them the exception and us the rule.
If we really wanna “speak the truth and shame the devil,” we will admit that we want Cosby not just to experience the consequences of his actions, but to suffer to the extent that the women he brutalized suffered. We seek a retribution that cuts to his core. And we bloody our hands and our hearts in the process, while falsely claiming that all we seek is due process under the law.
I am grateful that Cosby will serve time for the crimes that he committed and the years he went un-prosecuted. I am grateful that these women will receive public validation that their lives, their bodies matter. I’m so glad that time is up.
@@My prayer for us, and these survivors, is that we don’t bloody our hands the same way Cosby bloodied his.@@
As Tellez writes:
“And it would be so easy to kill him. He deserves it. Or does he? No! No one deserves the sacrifice others make in becoming assassins. What is to be gained by it? Nothing. Others and still others keep coming, and the first kill the second, and then these kill the next, and so on until everything becomes a sea of blood.”
Would the only sea that we swim in be the sea of healing; Would this sea heal our wounds and wash our weapons of war.
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