Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over his legacy


Keon McGuire has no real attachment to Bill Cosby or his landmark show.

As a black man, he’s aware of the sitcom’s place in pop culture, but he was barely in elementary school when “The Cosby Show” went off the air. Years later, he mostly tuned Cosby out after a widely panned speech to the NAACP in 2004, when the star ranted about black mothers, clothing choices and language.

“That for me was kind of an emotional — I won’t say reckoning — but it made me reposition how I felt about Bill Cosby as this figure within the larger representation of black leadership,” said McGuire, a 32-year-old education professor at Arizona State University.

McGuire’s mindset reflects a broader generational divide over Cosby, who is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in a Philadelphia courtroom for drugging and…

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