"The saddest fact I've learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody." - Jim DeRogatis
That quote, from a tweet posted by the Melissa Harris Perry Show, led me to a mind-blowing article, by Jessica Hopper, about journalist Jim DeRogatis and his extensive and indefatigable coverage of the numerous sexual assaults committed by singer R. Kelly on young black females.
Wow, just wow, is the first thought that comes to mind. I wish I'd read DeRogatis' work when Kelly's predatory exploits initially received mainstream media coverage. This is all so very sad.
To read about the mothers of victims crying —including Aaliyah's mother — victims attempting suicide by slitting their wrists, degrading sexual acts and silence of the accusers via a pair of sneakers or trips to France. Wow. Sad. Nauseating.
Where were journalistic ethics while Kelly was on trial? Why didn't more reporters care? Would the outcome have been different if any of the victims were white? Or do black female rape victims really not matter?
Photo: Atlanta Black Star