January 09, 2016

Mrs. Cosby 1997 Angers - and Mine

Jack Kemp

Recently the problems in Bill Cosby's married life have expanded to discuss the reaction of his wife, Camille. In a recent NY Post piece it was reported that:

With the aide of a cane and his attorneys at his side, Bill Cosby stumbled into a Pennsylvania courtroom last week, nearly tripping over a raised cement sidewalk amid a horde of photographers and reporters.

Conspicuously absent was the disgraced comedian’s wife of more than a half-century, Camille Cosby, who has vowed to no longer be her husband’s crutch, family insiders told The Post.

"My husband doesn’t deserve jail, but he does deserve every bit of the hell he’s going through now even though he is still pretending that this hell doesn’t exist,” the anguished Camille confided, according to a close family source...

The source, who’s been close to the family for more than two decades, said the infidelities of "America’s Dad” were well-known to Mrs. Cosby, 71, who simply insisted that her husband be discreet and not shame her.

"But, she has been thoroughly humiliated and believe me, her anger isn’t directed at the women,” the source said. "Bill has humiliated her, and the affairs he’s had have gotten out of hand and this [criminal charge] is him reaping what he’s sown.”


In light of this public admission of her long time seething angers, I cannot help but recall Camille Cosby's anger - and her dubious public remarks - after the murder of her son Ennis on a Los Angeles Freeway late one night. She blamed White America - all of it. Here below are Mrs. Cosby's comments about that murder, roughly a year after it happened.


Bill Cosby's Wife: Racism Killed My Son
by Joal Ryan Thu, Jul 9, 1998 4:15 PM

Camille Cosby, entertainer Bill's longtime wife, lays the blame for their only son's murder on racism.

"I believe America taught our son's killer to hate African Americans," Mrs. Cosby writes in an essay for USA Today.

Tuesday, reputed gang member Mikail Markhasev, 19, was found guilty of the January 1997 shooting death of graduate student Ennis Cosby, 27, on a Los Angeles freeway.

Shortly before his arrest, Markhasev, a Ukrainian immigrant, reputedly told friends: "I shot a nigger. It's all over the news."

"Presumably, Markhasev did not learn to hate black people in his native country...where the black population was near zero," Mrs. Cosby writes.

But here in the United States, she reasons, "racism and prejudice are omnipresent and eternalized in [the nation's] institutions, media and myriad entities."


To anyone such as myself whose family came from Eastern Europe or is a student of Eastern European History, it well known that the many white ethnic groups have had a strong mutual hated of one another, such as the Poles and the Russians, hatreds that involve military invasions. And the Ukrainians are well known antisemites in the Old Country, as were other Slavic people. It was - and to a real extent is - a round robin hatefest over there at a level we do not often see in America. I'm not
saying this hatred was true of all Poles, Ukrainians, Russians, etc., because it wasn't. Some Christians hid Jews at the risk of their own death at the hands of the Nazis. But that hatred was significant and a major factor in Jews fleeing to America in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Ukrainians were also commonly found in WWII as concentration camp guards and were the spearhead group marching into the Warsaw Ghetto when the Nazis decided to start a military action to liquidate all the Jews and in that ghetto. Mrs. Cosby's remarks caused me to laugh - bitterly.

While it may be true that Mikail Markhasev learned to hate blacks in America, his family probably wasn't all that free of hate of other peoples before his family got to the U.S. The following is anecdotal but I remember my dad and myself watching a Polish boxer fighting an American black during a 1960s or 1970s Olympics. My dad remarked how he heard back in Poland insulting remarks about the very few blacks they either encountered or just read about or saw in a picture. Also, when my parents were at a checkpoint fleeing Poland after WWII, a Russian officer believed their act of pretending to be Southern Europeans who were forced to work for the Nazis in Poland or Russia and now were traveling overland to return home across several borders. The officer said to my parents, when they pretended to not understand his language, that they were "Greeks, the worst people in the world!" My parents had to suppress a laugh as they escaped to the West. The idea that Eastern Europeans are noble and decent people whose children, when they become Americanized, quickly become monsters who hate blacks to the point of wanting to murder them, is pure simplistic and cartoonish thinking on Mrs. Cosby's part. They were practically a license to hate all white people because they supposedly all had a hand in the horrific murder of her son.

Mrs. Cosby has a Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts which means she knows - politically - that the type of emotional argument she made about all whites would resonate well with the self-flagulating liberal wine/whine and cheese crowd in both the media and academia. But the fact is her son's murderer was a crack user, according to the NY Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/cosby-suspect-tied-drugs-article-1.764530 and was probably thinking to rob Ennis Cosby and perhaps steal his $130,000 Mercedes car as well. The murderer also encountered Ennis Cosby's woman friend in a different car but she quickly drove away as he threatened to kill her. Perhaps the murderer feared she would then use her cell phone to call police and identify the Mercedes if he stole it, so the thug decided to flee the scene quickly, murdering Ennis Cosby in his frustration of not getting an easy chance to steal a Mercedes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Ennis_Cosby ; Had Ukrainian immigrant Mikhail Markhasev found a white person with a flat tire on his $130,000 Mercedes on the roadside, does anyone, including Mrs. Cosby, really believe Markhasev would have thought, "Oh, I cannot rip this guy off or shoot him. He's white like me and I have to show White Solidarity and White Privilege with him because I'm an honorable white crack user and street thug! I'll just wait here until I find a black person parked on the side of the road." - is that likely? Apparently Mrs. Cosby felt that her argument, painting all of White America for her problems, was one that the liberal media would buy hook, line and sinker. And she was one hundred percent right about that. After all, she has a Masters Degree from the U. of Massachusetts, don't you know. I have know Polish Jewish immigrants with six grades of education who know more than Mrs. Cosby but don't have her platform in the media to influence public opinion.

Today, as Mrs. Cosby's husband Bill sees his public troubles mount in the courts and in the press, we find that Camille Cosby has started to talk about her decades of building inner rage at her husband that most probably preceded the murder of her son. Sadly, her son's murder gave her a valid public media platform and easily acceptable release valve to express her mounting frustrations about her life. But not limiting her 1997 anger to her son's murderer, she also felt compelled to blame all of White America for this crime. Once again, the murderer of her son was a crack user, the NY Daily News article stated. If a black crack user murders a fellow innocent black how is much different than a white (arguably) racist crack user murdering an innocent black? Noting the skin colors of the murderers and victims in the two examples is merely making an academic, statistical Distinction Without A (real world) Difference.

If a white Los Angeles police officer, even the famous and maligned "n-word" user Mark Fuhrman of O.J. Simpson trial fame, would have first found Mrs. Cosby's son by the side of the highway with a flat tire, I suspect the young man would have made it home that night and been alive today - and Mrs. Cosby would have lost her platform to blame all of White America for her problems.

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