What Bill Cosby Means to White Populists

Why do conservative hoaxers consistently attribute hard right-wing views to Cosby? Ta-Nehisi Coates asks in his Atlantic magazine blog.

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In a blog entry at Atlantic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores why conservative hoaxers consistently insert hard right-wing views into Bill Cosby's mouth. The discussion comes about after an email supposedly written by Cosby attacks welfare recipients.

... Cosby seems about the age of someone who'd have these views. Moreover, Cosby is fondly remembered as "America's Dad" by much of the country. That a black man could be considered America's Dad -- and not in an Uncle Ben sort of way -- is a rather amazing sign of progress. 

It must said that there are darker forces at work, here. Certainly part of the [hope] is that putting racially-charged rhetoric in the mouth of a respected black person will make it more credible. There's also the fact that Cosby, himself, loudly took a moral message to African-Americans a few years back, much to the delight of a certain segment of white conservatives.

Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' entire blog entry at the Atlantic.

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