that r. kelly article really made my head hurt because you never hear about the dozens of other girls that he assaulted (and the one girl he peed on is the butt of a joke that i’ve been hearing since i was in the fifth fucking grade) and i know the assumption was that most of those girls were just being “fast-tailed” and not acting their age when there was a grown ass man who should’ve had a shred of decency to not manipulate young girls for his own desires/there is absolutely no justice for a black woman surviving sexual violence because the onus to take care of yourself is always placed on the survivor, even more so on black women. these girls have been written out of the conversation completely on bullshit reasons to justify the things this ain’t shit nigga has done to 14 YEAR OLDS!!!!!! yet we allowed it because those girls “should’ve kept their legs closed”. he bought them off and intimidated them into silence and their names are still being dragged through the mud years later. i’m so fucking sick, y’all
"They were stomach-churning. The one young woman, who had been 14 or 15 when R. Kelly began a relationship with her, detailed in great length, in her affidavits, a sexual relationship that began at Kenwood Academy: He would go back in the early years of his success and go to Lina McLin’s gospel choir class. She’s a legend in Chicago, gospel royalty. He would go to her sophomore class and hook up with girls afterward and have sex with them. Sometimes buy them a pair of sneakers. Sometimes just letting them hang out in his presence in the recording studio. She detailed the sexual relationship that she was scarred by. It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself. Other girls were involved. She recruited other girls. He picked up other girls and made them all have sex together. A level of specificity that was pretty disgusting.
Her lawsuit was hundreds of pages long, and Kelly countersued. The countersuit was, like, 10 pages long: “None of this is true!” We began our reporting. We knocked on a lot of doors. The lawsuits, the two that we had found initially, had been settled. Kelly had paid the women and their families money and the settlements were sealed by the court. But of course, the initial lawsuits remain part of the public record…I had purposely not listened to his music since the initial charges came out, and I saw these ninth- and 10th-grade girls interviewed on TV, talking about how he was in the parking lot of their school every day and everyone knew how come. That is what it took for me.Part of our reporting was sitting with those girls, sitting with their families, seeing their scars on their wrists, hearing the emotion.
This is so disgusting and wild because I’m from Chicago! I grew up by Kenwood academy! And when I was spending my pre-teen years in the city I remember it was like a known thing to see R.Kelly just hanging out around the mall, around schools and shit. Like it wasn’t even a big deal. People would be like “oh yeah r.kelly? That nigga always be around” like seeing him wasn’t shit. But looking back in retrospect it’s like wooooooow! Why would a grown ass man be hanging out around high schools and shit?
and when 60% of black girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18, i think we can stand to be intolerant of cultural tourists who trivialize intra-communal rape and abuse for an anti-black joke about feminism that he actually has no business even making.