I read an interesting article in Newsweek recently, Sexism on Trial: Why did so many African-American women support R. Kelly?, about why so many (this is Alison Samuels’s words) black women supported that pedophile R. Kelly. As most folks know by now R. Kelly was found not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography and child endangerment. Well some black women were just thrilled that he was found not guilty (shades of O.J., eh?). But this was not most black women as Alison states. All the black women I know were disgusted at this verdict. But it does make you wonder about the black women who supported R. Kelly throughout the trial. How do you support a pedophile? Is this something that’s accepted in certain segments of the black community?
Some of R. Kelly’s black female supporters will continue to buy his music and attend his concerts. They just don’t give a damn about who does whatever to young black women. Anything to support a black male in trouble who’s rich and famous (shades of Mike Tyson & O.J.). Had R. Kelly been a white male singer molesting young black girls, these same black women would be up in arms, have Jesse Jackson and Rev. Sharpton on speed dial and insist that they along with the entire black community march in the streets protesting.
All I can say is thank goodness I don’t own any of that pedophile’s music. Never been a fan of his.