However I really believed that as a result of he was well-known and his accusers had been primarily poor and working-class Black women and girls, he would escape accountability eternally. I used to be fallacious.
I don’t want to reduce the importance of this second. And but, the truth that it took this a lot effort and dozens of allegations — a lot of which eerily mirrored one another — offers me little hope that this trial and conviction will considerably change how we as a society deal with Black women and girls who’re sexually violated.
This verdict lastly confirmed what a few of us railed towards for years, what many enabled and what others suspected however selected to disregard. Whereas I’ll by no means low cost what resonates as “justice” to those that survived R. Kelly, it incenses me that it took practically three many years’ price of allegations for the prison authorized system to supply some semblance of accountability for the hurt this man precipitated. The truth is that for Black feminine victims of sexual violence, the prison authorized system will typically fail them, as could their communities. If something, this trial confirmed the steepness of the climb.
So, whereas this verdict shouldn’t be a turning level, it may be a galvanizing second for individuals who need to be a part of the combat to finish sexual violence towards Black girls and women. Step one for a lot of of these new to this combat is coming to grips with the methods we collectively enabled sexual predation. We should decide to doing higher by being sincere about all of the methods we fail Black women and girls.