Monday, July 05, 2021

Phylicia Rashad Apologizes to Howard University for Bill Cosby Support

Last week actress Phylicia Rashad was forced to walk back her suport for Bill Cosby's sexual assault convicition being over turned after facing backlash from the students of Howard University where she was just named Dean of the Fine Arts Department [click here if you missed that]. 

Now Phylicia has issued a full apology and says she plans to enter counseling to become a better ally for sexual assault survivors...

Dear Students and Parents 

Dear Students and parents, This week I tweeted a statement that caused so much hurt in so many people - both broadly and inside the Howard community. I offer my most sincere apology. I have since removed that upsetting Tweet. I am sorry. 
I Intend to earn your trust and your forgiveness. 
My remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence. 
The most important role I have ever played in my life is that of mother to my children, who have taught me to live a life that nourishes, protects and encourages others. Though they are adults now, I still feel the primal instinct to protect them. This is the same feeling that I hold for Howard University and each of her students. 
As a dean in this revered and beloved institution, I am committed to this. Over the next few weeks, I plan to engage in active listening and participate in trainings to not only reinforce University protocol and conduct, but also learn how I can become a stronger ally to sexual assault survivors and everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser. 
Thank you for voicing your concerns, for speaking your truth and for holding leaders accountable for our actions and words. 
Excellence in Truth and Service.


Phylicia Rashad 
Dean of the College of Fine Arts