Bill Cosby Remembers His Son’s Death Amid Nationwide Police Brutality Protests: I Understand The Helplessness
Bill Cosby knows all too well the pain of losing a child to racism. Amid nationwide protests in honor of the recently fallen names – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – Bill Cosby shared this message in reflection of the death of his only son, Ennis Cosby. At just 27-years-old, Ennis was tragically murdered in 1997 in a hate crime.
Bill’s Instagram post read:
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.
The gunman, Mikhail Markhasev, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Cosby family did not seek the death penalty.
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.”
Bill denounced police violence during peaceful protests:
“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.”
The Cosby Show star ended with well-wishes for recent victims’ families:
“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.
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