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Culture critic: Cosby seeking new solidarity with blacks

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/25/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press
Bill Cosby speaks to the media as he and his attorney leave Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby speaks to the media as he and his attorney leave Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, Pool)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After two years of silence amid an onslaught of sexual assault allegations, comedian Bill Cosby is sending targeted messages about racial bias across the media landscape ahead of his trial in suburban Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby and his attorney leave Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby and his attorney leave Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, Pool)

It continued this week in the Pittsburgh courtroom where jury selection was conducted.

Bill Cosby talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

After prosecutors struck two black women from the panel, defense lawyer Brian McMonagle attacked what he called the other side's "systemic exclusion of African-Americans."

Bill Cosby, center, talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

In the end, two of the 12 jurors chosen are black.

Bill Cosby talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Lehigh University professor James Braxton Peterson says he believes the 79-year-old Cosby is trying to build "solidarity" with the community he long rebuked.

Bill Cosby, second right, leaves with his publicist Andrew Wyatt at the Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, second right, leaves with his publicist Andrew Wyatt at the Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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The trial begins June 5 and is expected to last several weeks.

Bill Cosby, right, and his publicist Andrew Wyatt leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Bill Cosby, right, and his publicist Andrew Wyatt leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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