A long tradition… Black Women leading a charge for justice with little or no help

Dream Hampton in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 11. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Why has it taken more than 20 years and testimony by about 50 accusers to get to this moment [R. Kelly finally charged for all of his sexual abuses]?

Because we live in a country where a history of racism and sexism — rooted in slavery — has made assaults against black women’s bodies permissible. Under chattel slavery, enslaved women were considered property and, therefore, “unrapeable” under the law. Their material value was related not only to their productive labor but also to their reproductive and sexual labor: Each child born to an enslaved woman increased her owner’s economic holdings.

Source: Black women led the charge against R. Kelly. They’re part of a long tradition. – The Washington Post

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