Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years.
For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race.
The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public scold, may be costing him support in the black community as he battles decades-old accusations of drugging and sexually assaulting women.
Few people outside Cosby’s circle of family and friends are rallying around him. Besides the gravity of the accusations, Cosby’s own words may explain why.
More than 15 women have come forward since November claiming to have been drugged, sexually assaulted or both by Cosby. Two are suing him.