Disgraced actor Bill Cosby has released a statement regarding the recent protests in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
“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,” Cosby wrote.
According to The Blast, in 1997, Ennis Cosby was on vacation in Los Angeles when he lost his life due to racial hatred.
Ennis was pulled over in the side of the road, changing a flat tire when he was suddenly approached by a group of teenagers who demanded money from him.
“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. 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,” Cosby continued.
Ennis’s killer Mikhail Markhasev (who is Ukrainian), was sentenced to life for the crime.
Bill continued by addressing racism in America, stating that the portrayal of Black people and stereotypes in the film industry are partly to blame.
“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 stated.
Bill also addressed the nationwide protests, calling for officers to “march with the people whom you have made your enemy.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“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,” Bill added. “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. 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.”