Cosby Smithsonian Museum Of African American History Exhibit Sparks Controversy

By NewsOne Now

This September, a small exhibit honoring Bill Cosby will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The exhibit is titled “Taking Shape,” and focuses on African-American representation on television in the 20th century. To encompass this history, Cosby’s 1964 comedy record I Started Out as a Child, an I Spy comic book, and video clips from the program and clips from The Cosby Show have been added to the exhibit.

As a result of Cosby’s inclusion in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “Taking Shape” exhibit, his accusers are lashing out at the Smithsonian Institute for not mentioning the dozens of women who allege the long-time comedian sexually assaulted them. Some say he should not be included in the display at all. The museum has no plans to include the allegations, which has some saying they’re erasing history.

One of Cosby’s accusers, Patricia Leary Steuer, told the New York Times: “If they just speak about the contributions, there will be this enormous presence that is not talked about.”

On Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Kellie Carter Jackson, scholar of 19th-century African-American history at Hunter College, spoke with Roland Martin about the controversy over Cosby’s …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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