On R.Kelly, Black Folks (and White Folks), and Plausible Deniability

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  • frances

    On FB, some folks were still praising his music and blaming the media for “messing with him.” I decided not to reply because the amount of self-deception and denial it takes to be so dismissive of his crimes fills me with as much revulsion toward these deluded fans as it does toward R. Kelly himself. As black folks, we can’t blame others for devaluing us when we devalue the most vulnerable among us while mindlessly supporting such a dangerously flawed man who happens to be a celebrity.