Some black Americans believe karma caught up to Cosby
Posted: 9:06 AM, Sep 27, 2018
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<p>Bill Cosby (C) is taken away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. 60 women have accused the 81 year old entertainer of sexual assault.</p>
Bill Cosby once attacked poor blacks in a speech to the NAACP. Now some of the same people he criticized are talking about the comedian's prison sentence as a moment of racial comeuppance.
They say Cosby's three- to 10-year term for sexual assault represents a convergence of karma, hubris and hypocrisy. Some even quoted Cosby's own words in tweets announcing the sentence.
In the 2004 speech, Cosby used his celebrity status to chide impoverished blacks to pull up their sagging pants and stop having children out of wedlock.
His own comments were a catalyst for his downfall. In 2015 a judge who unsealed a deposition in the case cited the speech. He said Cosby had become a "public moralist" and that his conduct was a matter of public interest.
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