12/17/2014 09:42 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2014

Beyond Bill Cosby: 2014 Was The Year We Stopped Worshipping At The Altar Of Monsters

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They don’t want me talking,” Bill Cosby finally said over the weekend. “You do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

But we are never neutral with our idols, because we give them our faith. Here was the man who brought us Doctor Cliff Huxtable – and with him a new vision of the black nuclear family and the middle class. For years, it had been whispered about: “Cliff Huxtable drugs and assaults women”. But this year was the year of the fallen idol, when the whispers became shouts and we were forced to confront how sometimes, we place too much faith in the wrong people – how sometimes, we don’t want to be talking amongst ourselves but we must.

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