Chance the Rapper sat down with Jamilah Lemieux (who appeared as a commentator on Surviving R. Kelly), and revealed a LOT about black men that we already know: They just don’t give a shit about black girls and women. Here’s what he said that stood out to me:
“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he added. “But black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, niggas that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”
Lemieux wanted him to get more specific about what he meant about how the usual accusers for black male celebrities are light-skinned or white women. To Chance, R Kelly’s accusers didn’t fit the mold, because one supposes, that many of them were dark-skinned–the least coveted phenotype to the black male gaze.
So what can we learn about this?
Because we already knew.
The black community absolutely hates dark-skinned black girls. Light-skinned and white women are the most coveted by black, male celebrities. Black men have little empathy for abuses of black girls and women, and they are TRAINED to do so because like Chance said, EVERYONE IS FOCUSED ON THE BLACK MALE’S PLIGHT.
Sigh. If you don’t see the writing on the wall by now, you simply don’t want to. And so I, like my colleague Breukelen Bleu, am tired of sounding the alarm. You have been told. You have been warned. You have been shown the evidence. If you still believe “we’re all in this together,” then your delusion is simply too great for anyone to break through.
January 11, Kendall (Breukelen Bleu) and I will be co-hosting a very important event about sexual abuse towards black women, our image problem, and strategies on how to overcome. Make sure you get on my mailing list so you can participate. This event is for BLACK WOMEN ONLY. Click here to get on the mailing list to be notified of the additional details.