Jewel Allison is just one of the many women to come forward with allegations against Bill Cosby. Her allegations, like others, claim that Bill Cosby drugged and raped her back in the 80s.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, she explains that she waited so long to speak out because she was fearful of how the media would portray not only her, but Cosby — one of the most powerful black men in America.
“As an African-American woman, I felt the stakes for me were even higher. Historic images of black men being vilified en masse as sexually violent sent chills through my body. Telling my story wouldn’t only help bring down Cosby; I feared it would undermine the entire African-American community.”
“I did not want to see yet another African-American man vilified in the media. As I debated whether to come forward, I struggled with where my allegiances should lie – with the women who were sexually victimized or with black America, which had been systemically victimized.”
Allison admits that she let the respect she had for Bill Cosby as well as Cosby’s reputation in the Black community cloud her judgement
“But as I vomited in the backseat of the taxi that Cosby ushered me into after he assaulted me one night in the late 1980s, that Dr. Huxtable image no longer made sense. I felt both physically violated and emotionally bamboozled. Still, I didn’t want the image of Dr. Huxtable reduced to that of a criminal. For so many of the African-American men I knew, William H. Cosby, Ed.D. provided a much-needed wholesome image of success, and the character he made famous was their model for self-worth and manhood. I knew that, in my reluctance to add my assault to the allegations facing Cosby, I was allowing race to trump rape.”
To read the rest of Jewel Allison’s op-ed, click here.