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What If It Were A Boy?
I should warn you now that this particular post has absolutely nothing to do with Atlanta, but my feelings are SOHH strong that I can't keep them bottled inside. Late Friday afternoon the verdict was handed down against R.Kelly and his pending child pornography charges. And the juror's decision has left me feeling shameful and sad towards the future of this country.
Wendy Williams once said that the biggest problem in this country is not drug abuse, its child abuse. Robert Kelly was acquitted on 14 counts of child pornography Friday afternoon. It seems that despite the graphic material on the now infamous tape, an eye witness who came forward for the prosecution confirming the "pied piper of R&B's" identity, his brother also publicly confirming Kells identity, plus, a forensic expert confirming the authenticity of the tape, that the jury still decided that R. Kelly is an innocent man.
The way this country treats sexual predators is deeply, deeply disturbing to me. I can't help but think that once again this sends a message to our nation, as well as sexual predators, that little girls are OK to be prayed upon. After six years of said tape circulating around the world R.Kelly has emerged unscathed. And let's just forget for second that the court system once again has failed us, what about all the fans? Nobody can dispute that after the allegations broke six years ago that R.Kelly received virtually no backlash – if anything he became more popular.
Mothers, Daughters, Uncles, and Aunt's were still "Stepping In The Name Of Love". Artists across the board were still ponying up big money for Kelly to be affiliated with their musical projects. And adding even more insult to injury, since the allegations broke R.Kelly even managed to have a damn near sold out tour.
Am I the only one who is looking at all of the R.Kelly fans as pillagers and supporters of child porn themselves? How one can continue to support a man who is linked to such horrible sexual crimes/allegations is preposterous to me
Now I'm not going to argue whether or not he did it or not because I have eyes and my God given common sense. However, I can't help but think to myself what if this had been a young boy? If the same tape had emerged six years ago with a man who resembled in any small way R.Kelly making a young boy strip, pissing on his chest, and sodomizing him would all the R. Kelly fans be pumping their fists in support? I'm thinking HELL NO!
Uh, can anyone say Michael Jackson….
However in the back of societies mind when these acts are committed against our young girls [and note I didn't say "black girls" because this, isn't a black thing, it's a people thing] somehow people are able to reconcile it and never fully blame the predator. It's always somehow the victims fault. Today's verdict, in my opinion, just perpetuated that notion.
In my opinion to let this sick, disgusting, child predator get off Scott free only sends yet another example that if you're financially better than most, and if you're committing a crime against a female, particularly a young female, then everyone will simply choose to look the other way rather then stand together as a protective shield for our youth.
In a country that was built on freedom and justice for all those words seem all but gone to me. In my eyes we are a country that prides money, wealth and the deletion of the human spirit.
It's just another sad day in America!