Comedian D.L. Hughley is never afraid to tackle controversial topics and he remained true to that when it comes to parents leaving their children in others’ care.
Hughley led the discussion on his TVOne show concerning reports there are more than 12,000 alleged abuse victims in the Boy Scouts of America, as reported in court documents released April 23. The files, which also state up to 7,819 leaders and volunteers are said to be behind the abuse, are connected to a sex abuse case in Minnesota, WSB-TV reported.
“One thing that these things tend to have in common is they have — whether it’s the Catholic Church or whether its television stars or music stars or even Boy Scouts or even Jehovah’s Witnesses, these Christian organizations — is that they have a group that’s above reproach and other groups that are designed to protect that person’s reputation,” the activist and comic says in the clip from “The D.L. Hughley Show” that was shared to his Instagram account Wednesday. “If you’re a Boy Scout, you look at all the things that happened, there were district attorneys and there were judges and police officers that wanted to protect that institution’s reputation.”
Hughley said the same thing happened concerning Penn State, which saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky convicted on multiple charges in a 2012 child sex abuse scandal. He also pointed out the same issue with the Catholic Church, which has been rocked by reports of abuse for years.
“There also were predators who were mixed in among everybody else,” Hughley continues, speculating about the nature of the alleged abuse. “They had a ready supply of people who would drop their children off to them and not question them. … The victimizer bears the most responsibility. But the people who looked the other way, too. If you were a judge or you were a prosecutor or you were a police officer.”
However, according to Hughley, most of the responsibility is placed on the parents.
“Parents who led their children to these men were like leading lambs to the slaughter,” he says. “You should have known what was going on with your children. … You are supposed to be the one that protects them. … When all else fails, you should at least have your mama and daddy.
“Parents have a huge responsibility,” he adds. “Who drops their children off around grown men that they don’t know? Who drops their children off and puts them in circumstances that they’re not aware of? … You’re supposed to discipline them and protect them even when we live in a society that won’t. There’s something that we’re supposed to do when no one else does.”