Investigators continue to try to uncover what happened to a Black lesbian couple in Houston, Texas, Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, who were murdered on earlier this month. The prime suspect is James Cosby, the father of one of the young women, who was known to have issues with his daughter’s sexuality.
The media has mostly pegged this as a hate-crime against 2 homosexuals; however, there are some prominent facts that, while mentioned, are not thoroughly analyzed that may prove otherwise. James Cosby served 10 years in prison in 1994 for the sexual assault of a 22-year old woman. Subsequently he served 2 more years in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. It was after this prison stint that James Cosby went to live with his daughter and her grandmother.
The psychology of a sex offender is not that of the average person. According to Psychology Today, sex crimes are not actually about sex; they are about dominance and power. Those offenders who choose women as their targets clearly have issues with women. So in James Cosby’s case, as a sex offender of a woman, what would be more inciting and emasculating than 2 women who do not desire men.
The fact that his daughter and her partner were homosexual may have incited the crime, but the motivation, I would imagine, was more about James Cosby’s misogynistic disturbed mental state. The fact that James Cosby, like many sex offenders was sent to prison and released back into the public without thorough psychological evaluation and/or therapy that might offer him some true rehabilitation, is the problem. It is not enough that sex offenders are locked away for a few years with the expectation that prison will be a deterrent for their pathological behavior.
It would be dishonest for this to turn into some example of how heterosexual Black men are threatened by homosexuality or some objective example of how men (specifically Black men) do not value the lives and/or bodies of women (specifically Black women). These things my be true in some instances, but this is not one of them. James Cosby is not representative of the majority of Black men. James Cosby is not even the standard homo-hating bigot or the standard patriarchal male. He is a psychologically afflicted man and a misogynist in its truest sense. This case is more about the failure of the criminal justice system to identify and/or rehabilitate offenders with the capacity to evolve or repeat crimes and protect the public.
I’m not sayin; I’m just sayin,
An Angry Black Man