Fordham And Marquette Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
Fordham University and Marquette University have rescinded honorary degrees granted to comedian/rapist Bill Cosby as a result of the July release of a 2005 deposition in which Cosby admitted to administering incapacitating drugs to women he intended to have sex with.
Marquette summed it up pretty succinctly. “By his own admission, Mr. Cosby engaged in behaviors that go entirely against our university’s mission and the guiding values we have worked so hard to instill on our campus,” University President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers wrote in a statement.
For Fordham, a Jesuit university, this was the first honorary degree ever to be rescinded. The university’s statement was more descriptive, condemning Cosby not only for the fact of administering drugs to women in order to rape them but also for engaging in decades of verbal attacks on the women he victimized. In a statement to the Huffington Post, a representative from Fordham explained that “By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions.”
Furthermore, the university said, the fact that Cosby was “willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification, and further damage those same women’s reputations and careers to obscure his guilt, hurt not only his victims, but all women, and is beyond the pale.”
Fordham and Marquette are following in the footsteps of Spelman College, the historically black college that cut its ties with Cosby in July. Furthermore, reruns of “The Cosby Show” have been pulled from airing.
Many of the women who have accused Cosby of rape can’t pursue legal action against the comedian because the statute of limitations on their claims have run out. This, however, is social sanctioning – the form of justice that can and should happen when someone commits an egregious crime and isn’t held legally responsible for it. After months of waffling and denial of the veracity of Cosby’s victims’ claims, it’s good to see our culture rallying around these women.
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