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You Have My Permission To Shin Kick Anyone Who Says “Cosby Is A Distraction From Tamir Rice”

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Earlier today, news broke that Bill Cosby would face criminal charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand — one of the 50 or so women (this number will never not be outrageous, btw) who have accused him of sexual abuse.

Earlier this week, news broke that Timothy Loehmann — the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice — would not be charged.

These two incidents are not related.

Actually, I’ll take that back. These two incidents do have some relation. They both involve Black people. They both involve the criminal justice system. They both happened to happen in America. They both received national coverage. Also, “Bill Cosby” and “Tamir Rice” have the same amount of syllables. And the Rice ordeal occurred in Cleveland, where Lebron James currently plays. Which connects to Bill Cosby because the Cosby news broke today, which is Lebron’s birthday. (And mine.)

So yes, technically, these two incidents are tangentially related.

But Bill Cosby finally facing charges for the decades worth of allegations today is not a conspiracy devised for us to forget about Tamir Rice. It is not a distraction. It is also not a citable, reasonable, relevant, or even particularly sane example of how America persecutes Black people but allows the killers of Black people to walk free. While the previous sentence is true, there’s no even remotely rational angle for that type of juxtaposition here. That argument is both dangerously stupid and stupidly dangerous. And, if you are caught making it today or any other day, you deserve to get kicked in the shin. Not a debilitating kick. I would like you to walk again. Run, too. But the type of kick that feels how it feels when it’s night time and dark and you’re naked and you’re walking briskly through your living room and you slam your shin into a coffee table. And then you yelp. And then you make a note to yourself to never do it again.

Yes, Bill Cosby is Black. As was Tamir Rice. And yes, Black men and women and children do routinely get railroaded by the criminal justice system. There are literally thousands of examples of this happening. Hundreds of thousands. Shit, millions. Bill Cosby is not one of them. Tamir Rice, sadly, was. But, as tragic as his death is, you are not doing him — or anyone else who fell victim to police-involved violence — any type of honor by using his case and Cosby’s to make some trite, quasi-deep, and pseudo-woke point about America and racism.

You just sound stupid. Like the dumbest motherfucker who ever lived. And you deserved to get kicked in the shin.

(And if you happen to be reading this and happen to be near someone who happens to be making this argument, go ahead and shin kick them. And, if you get in trouble for it, just tell them I said it was ok.)

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  • Dutchmaster23

    cosign 1000x

    • Damon Young

      that’s a lot of cosigns. thanks and sh*t.

  • I’ve stopped myself from posted “Only people who want to be distracted get distracted” on both Facebook and Twitter numerous times because it isn’t worth the stress.

    • Damon Young

      lol, i think trolling those people is worth the stress, actually

      • Normally it would be but I just don’t think they would understand the concept of trolling. The hotep/fake deep/uninformed matrix is a scary place. I almost made the mistake of trying to explain to some cats why it isn’t important whether OBJ is or isn’t gay earlier. It’s simply not worth it to try.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Everyone can be a grand wizard thanks to this net s h i t. But ask them a simple math problem, and they stumped.

        • cakes_and_pies

          You don’t go there with stupid people, they have a lot of fight and move the goal post of that argument so far, you’re outside of the stadium.

          • “you’re outside of the stadium.”

            I want to burn the stadium down.

            • cakes_and_pies

              They don’t die, they multiply. People love reveling in their sheer ignorance.

              • QuirlyGirly

                You know the saying ignorance is bliss. It takes to much effort to review and critically think in a proper way. Who got time for all that. #sarcasm

                • cakes_and_pies

                  But it really doesn’t! We outchea with hotspots and wifi and mofos wanna get all esoteric and act like the information we know is manufactured by the white man. AI just don’t have time QG.

                  • QuirlyGirly

                    I absolutely agree with you. In this day and age, with the interweb you can find out so much in a matter of seconds but some are too lazy to do even that, but they will comment on social media all day. People have to want to learn but it is easier to say I didn’t know that and elude a level of accountability

                  • This right here. The willful resistance to even read the articles they comment on is truly amazing

  • PinkRose

    It isn’t a “distraction”. It’s a not so subliminal message from the powers that be that killing Tamir as a kid prevents him from growing up to be like Bill Cosby.

    PS-getting kicked in the shins will be met with a return kick in your nuts.

    • Damon Young

      “It’s a not so subliminal message from the powers that be that killing Tamir as a kid prevents him from growing up to be like Bill Cosby.”

      Please expound.

      • The thing is that I could see some bigot rolling with that. Like some Klansman back in the 80s publishing a crank newsletter saying that the Cosby Show was but a front of Black dudes to r@pe White women, and this case is their vindication. Jacked up, but not wholly outrageous.

      • Reemo

        “Please expound.”

        I’d rather you didn’t personally

      • PinkRose

        Kill a Black boy before he becomes a Black man capable of screwing/raping White women (racist White man think, of course).

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Sounds like a far reach. How’d you draw that connection?

      • PinkRose

        I think you underestimate the extent racist White men will go to protect White vagina.

        • DFS1906

          I think you underestimate the importance of critical thinking. And are unaware that white supremacy does not justify and substantiate every crazy conspiracy theory. How many high profile black men are married to white women…getting the white vagina ALL THE TIME and legally. Why isn’t THE MAN taking them out

          • PinkRose

            You know there’s a difference between MARRYING White v-jay and TAKING White v-jay, right? Or are rape and “relations” the same to you, “Mr. YOU don’t think critically”?

  • A.P.-CT

    Ya’ll really believe this $h!t??? ReallY?? Did ya’ll also know Bill wanted to buy NBC? Did ya’ll also know that the powers that be were mad AsF he almost did?? Did you people ever take into account this is all orchestrated by those we can’t see!???

    When is Charlie Sheen going to be arrested for swangin his HIV Peen to every man and woman that walked in his direction?? His story came and went! Poof gone! I’m not falling for the Okie Doke!

    • Damon Young

      “Did you people ever take into account this is all orchestrated by those we can’t see!???”

      …but if this is all “orchestrated by those we can’t see,” how did you see it?

      • fxd8424

        “…but if this is all “orchestrated by those we can’t see,” how did you see it?”

      • Aly


      • #staywoke Champ.

      • His third eye showed him.

        • Can you buy third eyes on the black market like kidneys? Asking for a friend.

          • I think you can. I know a guy who sells ’em 1 for $15 or 2 for $25*.

            *You never know when you’ll need a spare.

        • AugustFanon

          Bang… Bang… Bang…

      • Lavern

        Because he probably knows that white women have NO qualms calling a black man a rapist! and that whole I was so terrified claptrap is BULLSHIT when you take into account they are accusing him when nobody even knew or cared who he was! really heffa you were that afraid of an up and coming black man that you sat by for 40 some years before you got payback!! and of course since we are the ONLY people who defend and protect bad celebrities this could have NOTHING to do with the utter lack of prosecution for Stephen Collins and the players at the University of Colorado football team huh?!! and now all of a sudden the so-called ‘victims’ are getting younger when too many folks question why those heffas waited so damn long but NO conspiracy there right, right!!

    • It is absolutely ASTOUNDING to me that people are SO hell-bent on defending their “heroes” that they would agree to suspend disbelief to promote a narrative so fantastically implausible (like a single-digit billionaire, less wealthy than, say…Trump, able to afford a major TV network, or an ENTIRE government conspiracy against a man WHO PROMOTES RESPECTABILITY POLITICS and would likely not even protest for, say.. an Eric Garner) in lieu of believing the SIMPLEST of possibilities that their hero is likely TRASH. Like, it boggles my mind, really.

      This isn’t “Scandal”. Grow up. Your hero is a trash human being. Get over it.

      • Maris with the arm bar.

      • Ashia Sims

        Ma’am, I am already re-tweeting half of your twitter feed. Now you show up here dropping the mic with so many multi-syllabic words that the people that should read this will likely not understand it. Word.

        • Ashiaaaaa! Hey, grrrl!

          • Ashia Sims


      • Tina

        ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!

    • HOTEP! Perhaps this indictment was Obama’s Kwanzaa gift to the fake deep. LOL

      Real talk, I wonder how these hoteps would react if a notable Black woman was accused of molesting 50-11 different boys. I just wanna know if they’re $exist, or are just pro $exual assault. *smh*

      • Lavern

        Where are the Knee grows crying out for the BLACK WOMEN getting raped by that cop! and no it didn’t take 40 some years it just took a bunch of people like Damon to not give a crap while he helps white folks pick the bones of a accused Negro

    • cakes_and_pies

      You went full Oswald Bates, you never go full Oswald Bates

      • KNeale

        the tropic thunder/in living color combination gave me a good chuckle just now.

    • Val

      Oops, sorry, I was aiming for your shin. My bad.

      • L8Comer


      • A.P.-CT

        Lol! ???

      • PrettyGeekz

        LOL, Val!

    • Furious Styles

      What we *know* is that he had a sitcom with NBC and a Netflix standup special in the works. Those things =/= buying a network. No evidence of buying a network at this time. Sorrynotsorry.

    • Oluseyi

      Bill Cosby’s 2015 net worth is estimated to be $400 million. NBC Universal was valued at $30 billion (with a “b”) in 2009, when Comcast began the process of acquiring it from GE.

      Bill Cosby couldn’t have ever afforded NBC, bruh. Ever.

      • I didn’t realize he was at 400 million. I don’t know if that is good or bad. Everything is relative ain’t it.

        • Oluseyi

          Shole is.

  • Dustin John Seibert

    No roundhouse kicks? In the thorax?

  • Jennifer


    It’s just funny that these “distractions” for our community seem to overwhelmingly involve stuff that happens to the women among us. Yeah, I won’t worry my pretty little head about that stuff. I know we have more important things to worry about. Hmmm…

    • Damon Young

      yeah, the distraction argument seems to surface most frequently when either r. kelly or bill cosby are in the news

      • Jennifer

        Yeah, I agree.

        I also heard a luttle rumbling when the Daniel “Cry-baby” Holtzclaw story first made the news. Black women being terrorized–by a policemen no less–and still it wasn’t worthy of the full community’s concern.

        • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

          Rumblings from who?? I”m not doubting that some fool was out there said something like this, but every black community related website and post that I’ve read (from bougie anti-hotep ones like this one) to the most ankhiest of e-letters were shouting about Daniel Holtzclaw.

    • Yeah, none of that ever gets lost on me. Some of those folks need to just come on with the come on and hashtag Only Black Men’s Lives Matter.

      • thetruth58

        You may be right. How ironic.

        • Heh. You used the word incorrectly down thread. I remarked on it then decided to let it go because I wanted to avoid a rabbit hole discussion.

          But if my remarking on it led you to look up the word simply to use it correctly *now*? Well, then. You learned something new just before the close of the year. Happy New Year!

          • thetruth58

            Yes I got the email of your earlier reply and then stalked you! Happy New Year to you too.

    • KNeale

      you right. you right.

      ankh: lets talk about black liberation. police brutality am i right?
      black women: yes you are right and also sexual and physical abuse towards black women (in addition to police brutality bw face)
      ankh: okay but lets only focus on the stuff important to black people
      black women: but we are black people
      ankh: can yall stop distracting us! black women never stand by their men, damn!

      • Kela Harris

        This. All. Day.

      • Jaris Cole

        KNeale FTW!

      • Pinks

        If this isn’t spot on!!

    • Lavern

      Like what the 13 BLACK WOMEN RAPED BY A HALF WHITE COP THAT NOBODY SAYS A DMAN THING ABOUT!! and newsflash most of the accuser coming after Cosby are WHITE!! and were oh s afraid despite DECADES of never having one ounce of fear when fake snitching against a black man!! but they were sooooo ‘scared’!! even while he was a NOBODY that wasn’t that big of a star. but yeah black women are so damn forgotten about especially by other black people!

  • nillalatte

    No comparison. But, I’ll be honest, I had no clue about Cosby until activists in the Black community started raising questions. I felt blindsided.

    • fxd8424

      These allegations have been around since at least 2004 when Andrea Constand accused Bill of drugging and assaulting her. His time has finally come.

      • nillalatte

        Yeah, maybe that’s why. 2004 was a sh*tty year for me. I was just trying to survive. Thanks.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Unfortunately the mass collective of people who needed to know about those allegations were not paying attention. Even the news back then, they briefly mentioned it but then shoo’ed it away. It was really the college age kids who started taking the allegations seriously. However that was due to him calling out all young black people, and that was a way to shut him up.

        • Lavern

          Funny but when he BACKTRACKED the love of white folks was over for rapin their womin!! the SAME women that had plenty of chance to put a NOBODY black man behind bars while they cried the cry of fear! never mind that they had a RICH WHITE POWERFUL man to svae and protect them the fear was too great [:(!!] until now when all they can get is a payday and fuck up his rep. but oh there are girls who were supposedly UNDERAGED so he’s a pedophile now too? even as the latest crier changed her story when the numbers didn’t add up and have done ZERO to prosecute kiddie rapist like Stephen Collins and Josh Duggar but I’m sure race has NOTHING to do with that no of course not!

    • Damon Young

      the allegations first surfaced a decade ago, but I had forgotten about them until they resurfaced.

      • nillalatte

        At least you caught the first round. Me. Oblivious. *shrugs

        • L8Comer

          Actually I feel worse for having caught the first round and forgotten about it (At least I’m not alone?). Until the claims resurfaced, my biggest gripe with Cosby was his old man rants telling ppl to pull up their pants and what not, not his rape accusations…

          But I chalk it up to being a decade younger and less enlightened.

      • fxd8424

        Your assessment is spot on, as usual. You never disappoint.

      • KNeale

        Yeah I had no clue about this before this recent news. Not a clue. I had heard about the pound cake speech. No one managed to mention the rape allegations!

      • miss t-lee

        I remember the initial allegations. They got swept under the rug quick. This is also the same time an outside child surfaced.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      When they first came up around 04, he was on his angry grandpa rant, which was still fresh AND not as many people were on the internet as they are now.

      So now it’s a whole new world of finger pointing.

      • KNeale

        You just made me have an epiphany about just how fast social media and internet usage has expanded in last ten years. I’m a very young broad and social media didn’t start to dominate our culture and have the impact it is having until I was graduating college. I’m 26. There were social media sites (Facebook started to become center of universe when I started college) but it was nowhere near what it is today. Its crazy to think about!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I’ve been on the internet since 99. I still remember vividly how much more fun it was back then because it felt like privilege back then. By the time I started Howard in 2004, it felt like the whole world was finally figuring the internet.

          Just think about it, when you were in college, flip phones were in style, you had to wait til 9 to use free minutes, and there was no way you were surfing on the web with it. Now……you can see what your favorite celeb burped up 10 minutes ago with the flick of the wrist.

          • nillalatte

            ’99? Youngster! lol I started using the net in ’94 at Vandy. I used to stay at work and surf until I couldn’t hold my eyes open! It was a like candy with no calories. lol

            • KNeale

              Again this must just be my young brain…but what was even on the internet in 1994? What were you surfing? Lol! Were you just reading the news? I remember using the internet in early 2000s for Aol music and eventually youtube. I didn’t know there was anything else even up there. I kid you not. And no one was really using it like that in my world. Myspace came around when I was in high school. I remember aim. I dabbled lightly in both. Big contrast from today, currently, I access the internet daily and most all of my absorption of culture is through the interwebs. But I remember the shift in lifestyle for me and everyone I knew (parents, family siblings, peers, etc.) between 2005 and 2010. By the time I graduated college in 2011, many more social media platforms had become popular (they might have been around but not widely used yet) and life really became oriented around the internets. But again I ask,..what were you doing “surfing” the web in 1994?!

              • nillalatte

                “but what was even on the internet in 1994?” lmao….

                That was funny. There was no ecommerce that I recall, so you couldn’t order things or if you could I really don’t remember being able to do so. But, the university had a page, primitive, but a presence. A lot of places did. I remember surfing a lot of government pages, foreign countries, and other academic institutions. I was traveling internationally occasionally so having information handy, on the net, was a cool way to know what visas were needed and such. The net was growing exponentially at that time and still changes quickly with innovation.

                You’re close to my older daughter’s age so I understand your experience. The internet has been around a pretty long time for government purposes, but wasn’t used like it is today. It has evolved a lot.

                One of the programs we used at Vandy was ICQ. Many people have no idea what or who this service was. But, at the time, in ’96, it was THE instant messaging service around the world. And it was FUN! You could actually write little codes in the chat/dialogue editor. When you got a new message there was a little voice that said, “Uh Oh.” LOL

                Yahoo Chat was really fun too. You could also write codes in their chat/dialogue editor and literally stalk other uses from room to room. You probably have never heard of Netscape either or watched their logo with the lighthouse spinning. It’s kind of internet nostalgia.

                Here’s a list they published, but I know it’s not ‘every’ website that was up and running in ’94, but it’s still an interesting list. :)


                • miss t-lee

                  I felt this. First year of college in 96. Talk City chatrooms were my crack. Still have a really good friend that I met on there that year.

                  • nillalatte

                    Yup, I have friends in many places of the world that I’ve only known online.

                    I remember chatting with a friend in Islamabad (not what you might think…lol) and all of sudden he stopped communicating. The next sentence was “Earthquake!” I told my husband, ‘There’s an earthquake in Islamabad.’ He looked at me confused like “How do you know that?” A few minutes passed and then my friend came back to chat.

                    About an hour later, CNN had ‘breaking news.’ LOL

                    • miss t-lee

                      That’s pretty cool. I sometime miss those early days.

    • I can’t remember if I knew about the sexual assault allegations, but I do remember the story around him cheating on Camille (I feel like that’s what they were calling it on Entertainment Tonight back in the day) and possibly having a child with the woman.

      • That was another story separate from the r@pe cases. Bill Cosby was reckless as f*ck with his pudding pop.

        • He was hella reckless. And he was the type of fool who’d mock the same damn fools who are caping for him now.

      • cakes_and_pies

        I remember it was alleged that he sold his daughter out to a tabloid about her drug use to cover-up an “incident” in 1989. I thought that sounded weird, but now….

        • Val

          His poor daughters. I can’t even imagine what they must be going through. I used to feel sorry for Camille when this first broke but now I assume she is at least an enabler.

    • QuirlyGirly

      I remember the allegations, I just thought he paid them all off and got them swept under the rug. I guess he used a rake instead of a broom.

  • Julian Green

    One thing I’ve never understood about people who make these types of arguments; do they think Black people can pay attention to only one thing at a time? Because I’ve only ever heard the hoteps & tepettes directing the “distraction” argument towards Black people.
    What, so only the White folks have the capacity to walk, chew bubblegum and craft ridiculously byzantine schemes to bamboozle the masses? That’s just sad; value yourselves more than that.

    • I guess we can’t spit watermelon seeds and walk at the same time.

      • eLLe D.


    • Jason Alston

      I has a hard time doin my shuck n jive if I’s smells those chittlins in the kitchen

    • KNeale

      1- if comment is directed at Black people: we are 100% capable of intelligent analysis. we are capable of having complex thoughts. but the people who make that argument obviously are not.

      2- if its directed at nonblack people: who cares if they’re distracted? if this distracts them they just might be racist already so who gives a f***. that position would mean that every single black person looking respectable/innocent is a necessity to get white people to focus on racism. if you say “what happened to tamir rice is unjust” and someone (more specifically a nonblack person) responds with, “okay but what about bill cosby”. you are definitely talking to a racist and you should probably stop engaging with them all together.

    • Furious Styles

      Stealing tepettes…

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    A distraction is when they play more clips of Kim K. and her new born child with Kayne over clips updating us on how many soldiers passed overseas this last week before Christmas. Or when Congress is about to pass a bill we had no idea about because the media was too concerned about what Justin Bieber was doing when he was locked up.

    This s h i t here…there’s no connection at all. It’s just people wishing they were that smart. Don’t kick them in the shin. Call the Young Bucks on them. They have Super Kick Parties. They usually go like this

    • Where did you find this man? It’s classic!

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Bing & Google searches are like god sends.

        This is from Dragon Gate

    • Jaris Cole

      Bruh….I’m Tweeting the Young Bucks right now to ask them how much they’d charge to hold a REAL Superkick Party in Bill Cosby’s holding cell.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        lmao…if you get them, ask them what the lunch special is. Since it’s Thursday, it’s probably Concussions.

  • I remember when this first popped off in 2004 that Cosby probably did it, but would likely get away with it. I don’t know about you, but being a victim on the stand and taking on one of the biggest celebrities of his time didn’t seem like fun. I thought Ms. Constand would get her check, and this would be a footnote in what would be a bunch of glowing obituaries for his death.

    Then Hannibal Burress came through and crushed the buildings.

    The resulting outcry go the courts to unsealed the documents related to the civil suit, which finally allowed a case to proceed. Another year later, and Cosby wouldn’t have his day in court.

    And for all of those screaming distraction, I have two words for you: Daniel Holtzclaw. Like Cosby, he was accused of raping over a dozen women while on duty. And unlike those killer cops, Holtzclaw is facing 40 to 80 years in jail. I doubt Bill gets that much. You can only pack so much time on a charge, and the rest have the statute of limitations against it. Still, perhaps it’s time to tell Jerry Sandusky he has a new friend.

    • KNeale

      I’m just now seeing people talk about how Hannibal Burress blew this up. I missed all of that, fill me in. I just started seeing it in the news but don’t know how it got there. What he say?

      • A little over a year ago Hannibal Buress did a routine making light of the accusations especially in relation to his moralistic image. The routine was recorded and shared on the net by a low level Philly journalist and away we went.

        • kid video

          It should be noted that Burress didn’t know he was being recorded.

          • Charlito Brown

            Word. I think that counts for something. Cuz I seriously doubt that’s something he would’ve put in a half-hour special.

        • KNeale


        • I’d really love to see like a time-lapse of how that domino fell.

          • Val

            Somebody is surely working on a documentary about his downfall as we speak.

      • Lola

        to be clear PLENTY of people have been talking about this for years without it getting any traction. hannibal may have been the one who brought this newest iteration of interest to life, but even while i was in college this was a known thing and part of why i stopped phucking with cosby. that was in the 90’s

    • If it’s on TV…it’s always propaganda.

      If it’s in social media…it’s always a distraction.

      Being able to see it in others, and not yourself is the problem with people who bring up such types of conversations, if not these entire conversations in general.

      • True. That’s why I try to remain aware of my own biases are much as possible. It’s fine to have views and ideals, but don’t build yourself to the world as is.

    • Lavern

      MOST of the so-called victims are saying he raped them when he was a NOBODY so how the fuck again is there a palpable enough fear by these WHITE WOMEN to accuse him then say they were so damn afraid!! and where are black women for the WHITE WOMEN whose names get dragged RIGHT THROUGH THE MUD once they have accused a WHITE MAN!! but God FORBID black women been held to a standard of consistency when iot comes to white women!

      • RethinkThePink

        He hasn’t been a “nobody” since the 1960s, cupcake.

      • Lt. Greyman, NVA

        Negro interracial rape is dominated by negros. The FBI can’t find cases of White on negro rape. Its because, physically, you turn our stomachs.

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