Don’t you love NPR bias? In this story, two adult women are accusing their parents of abusing them when they were children.
But NPR feels the need to, in the interview, note that these accusations have been denied. The parents are White.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
The musician R. Kelly has been accused of sexual abuse, child pornography, even running a kind of sex cult. But he has still managed to stay one of the most popular R&B singers in the world. Now, the Time's Up movement is circulating an open letter, asking the entertainment industry to stop doing business with R. Kelly. And it's generating a whole lot of support. For more, we've got Rodney Carmichael in our studios. He writes about hip-hop for NPR Music. Hey, Rodney.
RODNEY CARMICHAEL, BYLINE: Hey, Rachel. How are you doing?
MARTIN: I'm doing well. So this is - this has been a long time coming, hasn't it?
CARMICHAEL: Yeah, the Me Too movement is helping to elevate this cause that - you know, people have been putting public pressure on R. Kelly for years about this.
CARMICHAEL: But last year, two black women in Atlanta - Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye - started an online campaign. They hastagged it #MuteRKelly. And they successfully got 10 R. Kelly concerts canceled in different cities across...
CARMICHAEL: ...The country. Yeah. So, you know, now you have people like Tom Joyner who are joining, which is a really big deal because he's a huge syndicated radio host. And he says he's not going to play R. Kelly's music anymore. You got...
MARTIN: Ava DuVernay.
CARMICHAEL: Ava DuVernay.
MARTIN: Shonda Rhimes.
CARMICHAEL: Shonda Rhimes, Questlove, John Legend - all of these people are signing on in support of this letter and really hoping to gain enough momentum to get R. Kelly's record label and streaming services like Spotify and Apple to stop supporting.
MARTIN: Wow. So has R. Kelly responded to any of this?
CARMICHAEL: OK, so his lawyer put out a statement calling the campaign unjust and off target. He also calls it the attempted public lynching of a black man. And this is the same language that Bill Cosby's publicist used last week to describe his conviction. And obviously, you know, Clarence Thomas notoriously used the same loaded language when he was faced with sexual harassment allegations from Anita Hill...
CARMICHAEL: ...Back in the day.
There, that’s the so-called he has denied? Has he responded? He’s said he’s not guilty of the rumors. But they don’t say that. They instead say he’s said this is “unjust” and “off target.” That’s not saying he’s denied them – which he has. And then they start comparing him to the recently convicted Bill Cosby and then to Clarence Thomas.
I thought there was a thing called innocent until proven guilty.
Then they question him for calling it a lynching – it is a lynching. Allegations are not facts.
And this is how they close:
CARMICHAEL: Yeah. I mean, it's also important to note that, you know, right now, this is still just a letter, as important as it is.
CARMICHAEL: He's gotten off in a court of law before. So in terms of justice the supporters of this campaign are seeking, there might still be a long way to go.
MARTIN: Rodney Carmichael. He writes about hip-hop for NPR Music. Hey, Rodney, thanks so much.
This is ‘important.’ A letter of rumors.
Then note Weasel Ass Carmichael, “He’s gotten off in a court of law before.” Uh, yeah, a court of law said not guilty. That’s not “getting off,” that’s being found not guilty of the charges. Which should have been addressed at the top of the so-called report.
So if you’re White and you’re adult children accuse you of abuse – I believe it’s three in the documentary – then you have NPR rushing to repeatedly note your denials and that nothing has been proven. But if you’re an African-American male – one that a court of law has found not guilty – you won’t get that same benefit of the doubt.
NPR is Whiter than White and they need to be called out for their racial bias.
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