Phylicia Rashad is under attack for supporting Cosby. Black folks have bigger fish to fry.

Bill Cosby was freed from prison because his constitutional right to due process was violated. Not because he was innocent, and not as an insult to sexual assault victims.

He was freed because former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor told Cosby that he wouldn’t prosecute him if he testified in a civil case. DA’s that followed Castor knew that, but they used Cosby’s words from that civil case anyway. That’s not only unfair. It’s unconstitutional, and regardless of what Cosby did, it’s a miscarriage of justice.

His friend Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife The Cosby Show, tweeted about it. “FINALLY!!!!” she wrote in a tweet accompanied by Cosby’s picture. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Rashad, who recently was appointed dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts, was promptly attacked online. Writer Soraya McDonald tweeted, “Is this how you’re going to react when a Howard CoFA student tells you they were assaulted by another student if that student happens to be someone you like and admire? Because what you’re telling Howard women … is that you don’t care if they’re raped.”

Except, that’s not what Rashad said. She said a miscarriage of justice was corrected, and from a legal standpoint, she was right, because prosecutors reneged on their promise to Cosby and used his testimony to jail him.

And while that’s wrong, let’s be clear. Victims of sexual assault must be respected, and if their allegations are proven, their attackers must be prosecuted and jailed. But just because a person doesn’t say exactly what you want them to doesn’t mean they hate you. It just means they have a different point of view.

So while twisting people’s words will get you likes on Twitter, when Black folks demonize each other, it makes it hard for all of us in real life.

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