R. Kelly, who many of us saw on the infamous “tape” having sex with a young girl so young she had no pubic hair, was acquitted of child pornography in Cook County, Illinois by a jury of his “peers”. Not sure why he was acquitted, but I think it was because they couldn’t be certain that the young lady was the lady on the tape and she refused to testitfy…but Kelly is now roaming free to victimize someone else’s child. African Americans are not too pleased about this, but we are still partying and stepping to every R. Kelly song when it is played in a party and are still buying his music (which is some of the best soul music of all time I might add)!! I had to declare once the tape came out that I would NEVER buy his music again…and over the years, people have slipped me burned copies of CDs so I could still have some jams. That stops NOW.
A group of Black male writers, including Kevin Powell and William Jelani Cobb, decided it was time to take a stand and started a petition against the exploitation of Black women. By signing the petition, Black men state their disdain for the R.Kelly acquittal and how Black women are treated in our country. They vow to work against the maltreatment of Black women in their own personal lives as well as in the community at large.
What’s so sad is that I received America’s nonchalance about this whole issue being primarily due to the fact that the young girl was Black. It was like the perception was that since she is Black she must have wanted what she received…once again, the over-sexed Black woman stereotype working against us in the court of public opinion and in the real court itself. If the young girl on the tape was White, R. Kelly would have been under the jail about 5 or 6 years ago.