Bill Cosby verdict met with conflicting emotions by some blacks
Updated : April 28, 2018 10:25 AM IST
All of which explains why the comedian's downfall Thursday was met with particular pain, disappointment and conflicted feelings in the black community.
For many black people, news of Cosby's sexual-assault conviction was hard to hear, even for fans who believed his accusers.
"We have been split from Day One about his innocence because of our need to have a hero that looks like us," said Tarana Burke, the black woman who created the #MeToo hashtag in 2006 and recalled growing up listening to albums of Cosby's comedy routines and later watching him as "America's Dad."
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