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Do Black Women Matter?

Updated on January 8, 2019
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POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES are ever with us. Gain perspective by reading what Rodric has to say about it.

Yes! Of course, Black women matter. That is the intellectual response. In society, how much do they matter? The thought that minorities are treated with less importance than other races is the topic of debate from within the Black community. In this article, I will express some opinions that fly into the face of freedom and honor that compose the core of all that is sacred and holy in the minds of many people.

An exploration of the indictment on society that women of color, particular Black women, have less value is too broad a topic to cover in one article. In recent years, a focus on the status of women in society receives more attention with the coming forth of those subjected to abuse in society and business circles. The MeToo movement has unfurled a flag for the freedom of many people, victims of predators. With each rising voice reveals an onion of layers that seems only to reveal more while the caustic stench blurs the eyes of the growing number of listeners of what may next come.

What is your view?

Are African American Women less protected by the laws in the United States?

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Robert Kelly


R. Kelly On Deck

LifeTime released a series of episodes claiming the R & B King Robert Kelly has for years abused girls and women through psychological conditioning into sex slaves. Allegations started out with child pornography involving girls beloved by the R & B community such as Aaliyah, who died in a tragic airplane accident in 2001. However, at the age of 15 years, she was legally married to Robert Kelly allegedly under a false pretense of being of legal age as suggested in the LifeTime documentary and several other sources.

Kelly was found not guilty on 14 counts of child pornography in 2008, but has, for years, and continues to be the subject of several investigations related to the mistreatment of women as well as illicit sexual relationships with underage girls

according to Brad Witter's report in Biography December 12, 2018, entitled The True Story of Aaliyah and R. Kelly's Relationship.

What, pray, tell, does this have to do with the worth of a Black woman? Scores of women allegedly have suffered abuse at the hands of Robert Kelly, whose claims have gone unheard due to machinations of the system politick legal nondisclosure agreements signed by the victims and their families allegedly shackling the district attorney's ability to successfully prosecute Robert Kelly leading to the cult of women who now exist in "care" of Kelly. All of these women are apparently of African American heritage.

There is a claim from a few that because those alleged victims of Robert Kelly are not White, allegations against Kelly do not receive the same consideration. Because the women claiming fowl are of African descent, some claim, law enforcement and people or prominence are not so keen to topple Kelly in his alleged kingdom of orgy.


Is there an assault on Black women, neglect of appropriate protections of them in society? As one caught up in the culture wars viewing from the outside, I want to exclaim YES!

Rational Thought

Personally, as an observer to the LifeTime special and the father of three Black girls, my first reaction to the story is one of disgust and horror. Sensationalism, whether it is true or not reduces the mental faculty of the human brain significantly in relation to loved ones. Targeted, I felt, are my daughters by this and possibly other monsters in the form of Robert Kelly.

Is there an assault on Black women, neglect of appropriate protections of them in society? As one caught up in the culture wars viewing from the outside, I want to exclaim YES! Black as I am, I am affected by this suggestion that Black girls do not warrant the attention of my nation as they should. What could I do about it? What is the solution?

Rationally thinking about the scope of that public and universal indictment, I change my view to inconclusive based on current evidence. Race is a great identifier in my home, but it does not define the culture in my life individually. Identifying with the Black community while living in a mostly racially White ( above 90%) community is imagination on my part.

Once the initial horror of the situation left my rational mind open to consider R. Kelly in the context of my culture, I realized that he is one danger my daughters will not experience. Neither I or my wife are R. Kelly fans. Personally, I have never enjoyed R & B music to the extent to know of R. Kelly since 1998. My daughters only know of R. Kelly because my wife had a few songs on her playlist from her youth and the hit song I Believe I Can Fly from the movie Space Jams.

After looking at the documentary I realized that none of the songs it suggested were a part of my repertoire of music and heritage as a Black person found representation of significance. If R. Kelly ceased to have music played in any format, I could live unaffected!

So, how does this man pose a problem to my portion of the Black community? Is there really a Black community? Is Living While a Black Woman the next thing?


For some reason, there is a culture of division growing in the United States that there is nothing here for anyone who wants to make something of themselves among minorities.


With no disrespect to the horror that many Black women have experienced, there is no evidence that what happened or is happening with R. Kelly is the result of a conspiracy supporting the disenfranchisement of women of African descent in America. There exist expansive evidence that Living While Black, in general, is a problem in society culturally.

Not being in the know about the inner workings of jurisprudent government, anything suggesting R. Kelly is seducing young Black girls or boys to his "cult" receives support because of the inaction of the legal system in Chicago or any place in America is conjecture regardless how it completes the puzzle to fit a political or social ideology.

Is still a system exists that works against Blacks in America? There are no laws on the books that support that opinion. Among many Black people is the "understood" notion that it exists because America is a White nation. It is a White nation. It is also a Black nation, a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, etc...

For some reason, there is a culture of division growing in the United States that there is nothing here for anyone who wants to make something of themselves among minorities.

Yes, racism does exist. Yes, sexism does exist. Do they exist to the point of the claims of people? Reality testifies in the lives of every person who abides the laws and lives in security because of it with jobs and the comforts, liberties, and voices to agree or disagree.

Final analyses based on the experiences of this one Black family, mine, is that racism is limited to those individuals who deliberately inflict it on an individual basis and not from some hegemony in the government.

However, depending on where in the nation a person lives, such as a small town in the panhandle of Idaho, racism in government may be true. Inconclusive is the verdict. To get a true answer a poll would need conducting to see if Black women are less protected by the law than White women. NOT a poll that is based on whether they FEEL protected.

Culturally, race relations need work. How the law is applied to Black women may be through the lens of a racist person; however, that is still a cultural problem. First, the law is changed and hearts are continuing to follow.

© 2019 Rodric Anthony


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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Brad, I am not sure if you are agreeing with me or disagreeing with me. It seems as though you read the title and decided to comment without reading the article.

      Here is a quote from my article:

      "Final analyses based on the experiences of this one Black family, mine, is that racism is limited to those individuals who deliberately inflict it on an individual basis and not from some hegemony in the government."

      Black women are culturally treated differently in America. Legally, they are not. People confuse the two. The points that you made in your comment are also ones that I made in my article. It seems as though you disagree with something that I did not write.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      2 years ago


      What law or laws need to be changed that adversely impact black women. Blacks are still a minority in real life, but looking at TV and Advertisements on TV, in paper ads etc, it looks like the blacks have as much or more coverage than other colors.

      Look at how many TV shows have black women in power positions. Like Captain, Chief of police, mayors and others. Does this reflect real life, I will let you answer that question.

      This century has put blacks and black women into the limelight. I can't tell you how many commercials have black women in it. But it is far above their minority numbers in the country.

      You should be happy with this unrealistic view of people, as it is a combination of trying to entice black consumers, and put them in a non stereo type of role.

      As for flesh colored band aides, isn't the importance more functional than social.

    • attainment3649 profile image


      2 years ago

      Sticking together and supporting each other's writing is the whole idea of hubpages. Hopefully you get paid for the clicks and the views. That would be fair.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      attainment, my wife said the same thing. She noticed a trend in the sale of Robert Kelly's music. She also noticed a trend in the interest of other people involved in the Kelly business with the LifeTime documentary. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • attainment3649 profile image


      2 years ago

      Have you considered that everytime a scandal comes out about R.Kelly he makes alot of money. Only difference this time is that everyone is pulled into the scandal and is making money. Lady Gaga was pulled into the scandal and she's making money from increased sales of the song "do what you want with my body. " What I wonder is what happens when R.kelly isn't in the media? Do people still buy his album?

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      HC, the R Kelly situation will come to a head sooner rather than later. He was acquited of pedophilia, so those charges are no longer possible. The only way that it seems the law can get to him know is through civil court unless he has done something since his acquittal.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Bill, racism is a reusable resource in writing, unfortunately. If the words are put together the right way, the same stories provide an inexhaustible source of inspiration to the offending or inclusion of people. Well, actually, that is just about any subject.

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      H C Palting 

      2 years ago from East Coast

      I agree with BillyBuc. Sadly, I have noted that a lot of R. Kelly's fans are black women who he apparently targeted. Apparently he is a pedophile but also doles out ill treatment and abuse to women of all ages. Some put all of the blame on the girls, some of the victims admittedly did break their parents rules and lie and sneak away to see this adult man which I find horrific. However, he was the "adult." He was also apparently known to "hang out" as an adult at local schools seeking his next victims. Hopefully karma visits him soon and his victims can find some peace and happiness.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A person would have to be living under a rock to deny the race problems in this country. I wish I had a quick solution, but as we've seen throughout our history, change takes time.


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