New York – Over the years and decades, there have been allegations that R&B superstar R. Kelly was running impunity and the girls were walking around.
They were mostly young black women. And a black girl.
And that’s part of what the accusers and others demanded, that he face accountability, and it took a long time for him to eventually turn the wheel of his sex trafficking and criminal justice system. He says he was convicted on a smuggling trial. They say it was all because of the efforts of black women who didn’t want to be forgotten.
Speaking out against sexual harassment or violence is an exaggeration to anyone who is trying to do so. People working in the field say the barriers faced by black women and girls have been perceived from an early age indiscriminately and are even greater by societies that judge their bodies. For a long time, I have deprived my body of autonomy.
“Black women have lived in this country for a long time and our bodies weren’t there in the first place,” said the general secretary of the Detroit Sasha Center, which serves survivors of sexual assault. Karima Johnson said.
“No one allows us to be worthy of protection. We are human beings who need love and purity,” she said. “There is nothing sacred in the body of a black woman,” she said.
In a 2017 study of poverty and inequality at the Georgetown Law Center, adults rated black girls more than white girls of the same age in terms of parenting and need for security and knowledge of adult subjects. was asked about. like sex.
At every age, black girls were considered more adults than white girls, had less protection, and knew more about sex. The difference between black and white was highest for girls aged 10–14, followed by girls aged 5–9.
Rebecca Epstein, general secretary of the center and one of the studies, said:
For many years R. The girl victimized by Kelly’s hands was treated as a punch line rather than a tragedy, even during an alleged child pornography trial that featured a video of her allegedly abusing the girl. had gone. He was acquitted in 2008.
Music writer Jim DeRogatis couldn’t figure it out. He and his colleagues first collaborated with the girl in December 2000 at R.K. Kelly’s conversation, and Delogatis continued to write about it for years to come.
Whenever something like the video surfaced, Delogatis thought it had to be — it had to make a difference in the end. And it was not so every time.
This brought awareness to 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 it. Of the dozens of people he interviewed, the first thing he heard was, “Who believes in us? We are black girls.”
Therefore R. Kelly went on to create hits for years, co-starring with other artists, and occasionally calling himself a “Pied Piper,” but claimed not to know the story of the musician who kidnapped children in town.
Those who came after weeks of disturbing testimony and welcomed Monday’s conviction that Kelly could spend decades in prison, the strength and grit of black women, which, in particular, were the driving force until recently. It remains with them to protest and demand attention for years.
Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement against sexual abuse, pointed to the #MuteRKelly campaign. It was a protest started in Atlanta in 2017 by two black women who pressured radio stations to stop playing music and stop playing at the venue. ..
And the most widespread public accusations came in the wake of the 2019 documentary “Surviving Are Kelly” (executive producer by Black Woman’s Dream Hampton).
“I think you’re saying that you have to believe in the power of your community because it wouldn’t have happened without a black woman living on the course,” Burke said. To make it deaf. It was decided by black women, “If no one else cares, we will take care of the black women and girls of the community.”
Associated Press journalist Gary Hamilton contributed to this report. Hajela is a member of AP’s team covering race and ethnicity. He is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dhajela.
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In R Kelly’s decision, black women see justice long deferred