Thomas Jefferson is the R. Kelly of the American Enlightenment

Washington Post - 02-15


Dream hampton’s highly praised documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which recently debuted on Lifetime, has shone a spotlight on the popular singer as an alleged sexual predator and statutory rapist. The series on the accusations against Kelly — which he denies — has arrived at a peak moment for #MeToo, a movement started by an African American woman but boosted (in both senses of the word: amplified and hijacked) by white celebrity culture. The fallout from the Kelly docuseries, including rigorous defenses of the man known as the “Pied Piper of R&B,” brings into focus this country’s long-practiced dismissal of black women and girls harmed by powerful men.