No part of me wanted to watch this tape to “confirm” whether or not it was an R&B superstar. (He denies allegations related to this tape and others). To this day, I’ve never seen it. I still remember others making fun of the sexual acts committed, selling illegal copies of tapes and making derogatory remarks about the then-unknown girl. It amazed me how many people I knew who were comfortable watching a tape that showed, in my view, the rape of a teenage girl.
When the verdict in the United States trial against Robert Sylvester Kelly was officially announced—and he was indicted on racketeering and sex trafficking charges—I couldn’t help but how the world reacted in 2001, when It was copied and sold when the tape surfaced in 2002. The way the black girl on tape was erased from her own story never left me. In fact, it was a defining moment in my journey to understand how black girls are devalued.
Many people treated her as if she was not someone who needed our care or concern. He was slandered”barrel
,” Accept hypersexual
, which means she did not need the same support, care, or protection as white children and adolescents. She was a joke. word “golden rain
“entered popular language at her own expense. She was a punchline for those who were more interested in making fun of R. Kelly”sexual instinct
, “instead of considering whether R. Kelly was possibly a sexual predator.
It is quite an achievement for a person to be both hypervisible and invisible, and yet it is often a lived-in experience for black girls and women. For example, black girls are hypervisible to K-12 teachers, administrators, and in-school police officers when they are disproportionately cited. school dress code violation
Or when being deemed unruly in class. The same black girls are invisible in school at disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion
Black women who testified against Kelly In the 2008 child pornography trial
(he was found not guilty) the villains were
Being too sexual by his defense team. As a survivor of sexual violence myself, I know that the lives of those victimized by Kelly have been forever changed, whether they come forward or not.
But I really believed that because he was famous and his accusers were mainly poor and working-class black girls and women, he would forever escape accountability. I was wrong.
After two decades of organizing, such as the unmatched reporting of journalists Jim Derogatis
, a #MuteRKelly Social Media Campaign
, and a heart wrenching documentary
, Robert Kelly is finally being legally recognized as a sexual predator.
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I don’t want to downplay the importance of this moment. And yet, the fact that it took so much effort and dozens of accusations – many of which reflect each other badly – leaves me little hope that this trial and conviction will significantly change the way that we are a society. As to how black girls and women behave sexually violated.
Despite the tremendous work of anti sexual violence organizer
Those demanding recognition for the specific plight of black women and girls in the trenches, the needle is moving at a glacial pace in how we handle allegations of sexual violence.
Black women and girls who come forward about sexual violence still face an almost impossible uphill battle. This fight can be further complicated by Celebrity and prominence
Alleged criminals K. Ask Drew Dixon
Or Rachel Jenks
What is at stake when a black woman accuses a widely loved man of sexual violence. Then ask them if they feel trusted or supported by the communities they consider home.
At this very moment, you can still stream
R on Spotify Kelly’s music with 4.9 million monthly listeners. And while Kelly may have lost widespread public support, he had supporters along the way. from major record label executives
To former Chicago police officer
(features they have denied). There are still people who believe that R. Kelly is not guilty of any wrongdoing. During the test, the defense team defame his accusers
As manipulative, sensual and fame seeker. That characterization resonated with those hell-bent who were bent on believing the best about Kelly and the worst about her accusers.
The verdict finally confirmed what some of us had resisted for years, how capable and what others suspected but chose to ignore. While I r Will never discount what resonates as “justice” for Kelly’s survivors, it boils down to me that nearly three decades of accusations to the criminal legal system offer some semblance of accountability for this person’s loss. Started. The reality is that for black women victims of sexual violence, the criminal legal system will often fail them, as may their communities. In any case, this test confirmed the slope of the climb.
This case does not change the environment in which almost half black girls
Experience any form of sexual misconduct before turning 18. Sadly, I suspect we are right where we were before the trial began in terms of how we handle black women victims of sexual violence. Lack of care and warmth prevails.
Even though the verdict doesn’t make me optimistic about where we are in the fight against sexual violence, the organizers who are doing this important and difficult job do. They build a tremendous legacy of black women such as Francis Thompson
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And Joe Ann Robinson
. Contemporary black anti-sexual violence activists and organizers know that the struggle to end sexual violence against black women and girls is essential overall with the devastating combined effects of patriarchy, anti-blackness, sexism, and anti-blackness. misogynist
So, while this verdict is not a turning point, it could be an encouraging moment for those who want to join the fight to end sexual violence against black women and girls. The first step for many of those new to this battle is getting to grips with the ways in which we have collectively enabled sexual hunting. We must commit to doing better by being honest about all the ways we fail black girls and women.