When Bill Cosby is sentenced Monday for drugging and molesting a woman, it will be a final chapter in downfall that leaves some blacks pained and others proud.
Those who grew up viewing Cosby’s NBC show struggle to reconcile the conviction with the wise, warm television father they knew. But many millennials see him as long-irrelevant figure. And the #MeToo era has cast him as someone who was deservingly vanquished, like so many other misbehaving men in power.
Observers of black pop culture say the rise of social media and black feminist voices has contributed to a generation that is more likely to see Cosby as a victimizer, not a victim.
Cosby has been on house arrest since in April. He could get probation to 30 years in prison.