Black women see long-awaited justice with R. Kelly’s conviction


For years and decades, rumors have circulated that R&B superstar R. Kelly has been abusing young women and girls with impunity. Most of them were young black women. And a black girl. And that’s part of what accusers and others who demanded that he be held accountable took a long time to spin the wheel of the criminal justice system, and ultimately his sex trafficking. He says he was convicted in a human trafficking trial. They say it was done entirely through the efforts of black women who did not want to be forgotten. The remarks against sexual assault and violence are disappointing to anyone who tries them. People working in the field say the barriers faced by black women and girls have been stereotyped as blind from a young age and are even higher by societies that judge their physique. Karima Johnson, executive director of the SASHA Center in Detroit, said: Serving survivors of sexual assault. “No one allows us to be worthy of protection,” she said. “A man who needs love and holiness.” She said, “There is nothing sacred in the body of a black woman.” In a 2017 study on poverty and inequality at Georgetown Law Center, adults were asked about the perception of black girls compared to white girls of the same age. From the point of view of the need for education and protection, and knowledge of adult topics such as sex, black girls are seen as more adult than white girls at all ages, need less protection and care. sex. I knew more. The gap between black and white was greatest for girls aged 10 to 14, followed by girls aged 5 to 9. Rebecca Epstein, executive director of the center and one of the study’s authors, experienced far more sexual violence than white girls. Tragedy, even during the child pornography trial, where a video of him abusing a girl was shown. He was acquitted in 2008. Music writer Jim DeRogatis couldn’t understand him. He and his colleagues first reported on R. Kelly’s interaction with the girl in December 2000, and Delogatis has continued to write about it for years. Whenever something came out like the video, Delogatis felt it had to be – it had to make a difference in the end. And it wasn’t every time. This sensitized Derogatis, a middle-aged white man. It is a fraud that “no one in our society is as important as a young black girl”. He said. The first thing he heard from dozens of people he interviewed was, “Who believes in us? We are black girls. Thus, R. Kelly has been making hits for years in a row and has shared the limelight with other artists. He sometimes calls himself a “flute player,” but claims not to know the story of the musician who kidnapped the town’s children. Those who hailed Monday’s sentencing after weeks of disturbing testimony have been the driving force behind Kelly’s decades in jail, especially in recent years, against him and demanding attention. He said it was a testament to the strength and patience of a black woman. My founder, Tarana Burke, pointed out that the #MuteRKelly campaign was too strong against sexual abuse. It was a protest started by two black women in Atlanta in 2017 that pressured radio stations to stop playing music and stop playing on the spot. Audience criticism continued in the wake of Dream Hampton, the 2019 documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which is produced by a black woman. It would have happened if there hadn’t been black women on the course. “It was a black woman who decided, ‘I’m not going to make this deaf.’ If no one else cares, we take care of the black women and girls in the community. “It was a black woman who decided. ___ AP Communications reporter Gary Hamilton contributed to this report.

For years and decades, claims that R&B superstar R. Kelly abused young women and girls with impunity swirled.

Most of them were young black women. And a black girl.

And that’s part of what accusers and others who demanded that he be held accountable took a long time to spin the wheel of the criminal justice system, and ultimately his sex trafficking. He says he was convicted in a human trafficking trial. They say it was all done through the efforts of black women who did not want to be forgotten.

Speaking out against sexual assault or violence is an exaggeration for anyone trying to do so. People working in the field say the barriers faced by black women and girls have been stereotyped as blind from a young age and are even higher by societies that judge their physique. For a long time, I denied autonomy to my body.

“Black women have lived in this country for a long time and our bodies weren’t ours in the first place,” said secretary general of the Detroit SASHA Center, which serves survivors of sexual assault. said Karima Johnson.

“No one allows us to be worthy of protection,” she said. “A man who needs love and holiness.” She said, “There is nothing sacred in the body of a black woman.”

In a 2017 study on poverty and inequality at Georgetown Law Center, adults perceived black girls compared to white girls of the same age in terms of the need for education and protection, and knowledge of adult subjects. Was asked about. Like sex.

At all ages, black girls were seen to be more mature than white girls, had less protection, and knew more about sex. The gap was largest between black and white for girls aged 10 to 14, followed by girls aged 5 to 9.

Rebecca Epstein, general secretary of the center and one of the studies, said: author.

R for many years. The ailing girl at Kelly’s hands was treated as a punchline rather than a tragedy, even in an alleged child pornography trial in which video of him abusing the girl was shown. He was acquitted in 2008.

Music writer Jim DeRogatis couldn’t figure it out. He and his colleagues first reported on R. Kelly’s interaction with the girl in December 2000, and Delogatis has continued to write about it for years.

Whenever something came out like the video, Delogatis felt it had to be – it had to make a difference in the end. And each time it was not.

This sensitized Derogatis, a middle-aged white man. It is unfair that “no one in our society is as important as a young black girl”.

And he said the girls and women he interviewed knew that. The first thing he heard from dozens of people he interviewed was, “Who believes in us? We are black girls.

So R. Kelly has been making hits for years, co-starring with other artists, and sometimes calling himself “Pide Piper,” but said he doesn’t know the story of the musician who kidnapped the children of the city.

Those who came after weeks of disturbing testimony and praised Monday’s belief that Kelly could spend decades in prison, the strength and patience of black women, which was a particularly recent driving force. For years, it remains to oppose and demand attention.

Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement against sexual abuse, highlighted the #MuteRKelly campaign. It was a protest started by two black women in Atlanta in 2017 that pressured radio stations to stop playing music and stop playing on the spot. ..

And the most widespread public accusations followed in the wake of the 2019 documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” (executive producer of Black Woman Dream Hampton).

“I think you’re saying you have to believe in the power of your community because it wouldn’t have happened without the black women who stay on the course,” said Burke. “It was a black woman who decided, ‘I’m not going to make this deaf.’ If no one else cares, we take care of the black women and girls in the community. “It was a black woman who decided.

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Gary Hamilton, an Associated Press reporter, contributed to this report.


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