Friday, June 27, 2008

Musings from a Black Woman: Why Newsweek Sucks and Blows.


"Why Black Women Love R. Kelly: Sexism on Trial: Why did so many African-American women support R. Kelly?", by Allison Samuels at Newsweek.com. I found this article via Angelfirenze at TWoP's The Boondocks forum.

. . . When the verdict was announced, dozens of black women (and some black men) cheered outside the courtroom as the singer made his way past them to his waiting tour bus. It wasn't just in Chicago. African-American blogs such as Young, Black and Fabulous, What About Our Daughters and Essence quickly filled up with letters from women exclaiming their joy over Kelly's freedom . . .

. . . Fame has long affected--or perverted--the way justice is meted out by a jury. The celebrity effect is arguably more pronounced when the defendant is black, in part because African-Americans feel protective when one of their own achieves mainstream success. "It's sick," says Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip "Boondocks," which featured a scathing episode [my favorite episode!] focused on Kelly and his supporters. "The love we have for our celebrities in the black community no matter what they do is crazy, and there is no excuse for it. It's just blind and clueless." As the O. J. Simpson case demonstrated, some African-Americans believe that the criminal-justice system is so stacked against them, they almost don't care if a defendant is actually innocent or guilty. "I know it sounds crazy, but it's just nice so see a brother beat the system--the way I know white guys with money do all the time," said Lamont Gillyard, 25, a loan officer in Los Angeles. "It's not right, but there are so many black men in jail for stuff they didn't do, it's hard not feel like this is a way of balancing out the game that isn't fair anyway.''


I didn't support R. Kelly, nor do I know anyone of any color or gender who did. Ms. Samuels, you suck and blow, too, especially since you're a black lady "reporting" this nonsense. The words of Newsweek commenter thealtamiranos@cox.net speak for me:


Ms. Samuels where are the statistics to support your statement? Your article reeks of irresponsible journalism. The hand full of Black women who stood outside the court buildings with signs and words of support for R. Kelly and the rambling posts of Black women on blogs and gossip sites are not respresentative of Black women in general. I can assure you that the majority of Black women (myself included) do not support R. Kelly . Please stop perpetuating the myth "so many" Black women are ignorant and uneducated. If you're going to speak for or about a group of people don't assume their thoughts and beliefs rather do the proper research.


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8 comments:

Andy said...

desperately searching for that episode of boondocks...know of any links?

Bianca Reagan said...

Welcome, andy! psst, look over here.

Andy said...

friggin, awesome. thanks so much...

Bianca Reagan said...

You're welcome!

Tobes said...

L-A-M-E reporting. I am so upset over the whole R. Kelly thing that I am just pretending it didn't happen.

Renee said...

I also blogged about the R Kelly case. I think that she went out in search of blogs and women that supported her point of view and did not look for voices of dissent. What he did was disgusting and that he got away with it fills me with anger. Once again the victim is thrown aside. It yet another sign of the rape apologist culture that we live in.

Bianca Reagan said...

Welcome, renee! I liked your post on Angelina Jolie's kids, too.

Renee said...

Thanks very much