I don’t want to believe that Bill Cosby did those things those women say he did.
But here’s a fact about truth: It can stand alone. Truth is not determined by who believes in it and who doesn’t.
We – the public – don’t know the truth about what really happened between Bill Cosby and the women alleging abuse.
Either Bill Cosby drugged those women and sexually assaulted them.
Or he did not.
There is no room for middle ground in a sexual assault case.
Thus far, we the public, have no evidence with which to make an intelligent judgement call.
But that hasn’t deterred us from taking sides.
We are either for him.
Or against him.
We base our judgement solely on the reoccurring testimony of women we know very little about.
A lie retold a hundred times doesn’t make it true. And truth is true even if it is never proclaimed in the public square.
Either these women are telling the truth or they are fabricating fiction.
The veracity of some of the women making headlines appears equally as murky as that of Mr. Cosby. Who in this audience finds Janice Dickinson to be a credible witness? Raise your right hand. Swear on your momma’s bible?
Here’s a truth that can stand alone: When it comes to the guilt or innocence of Mr. Cosby, all any of us have is “she saids”.
It is terrifying to consider that we are now living in a society where Social Media is quickly becoming the prevailing jury and judge of the land, determining people’s pasts, presents, and futures by way of rumor and innuendo, gossip and outrageous crassness.
And, thus far, not one single shred of evidence that would stand up in a court of law.
Media of any sort should never be given that kind of power over the people.
Karen Spears Zacharias is author of Mother of Rain, (Mercer Univ. Press).