During a recent interview with TMZ, rapper Common said that he felt that the Black community has failed R. Kelly.
Common spoke about the legacy of R. Kelly’s crimes and stated that many people knew about his issues and did very little to get him the help that he needs.
“He would have been attacked by the system in a different way, meaning the system doesn’t have a value for Black women the way they do…you know white women or just other nationalities,” he told TMZ.
“I’m guilty of that too myself because I didn’t stop and be like, ‘Yo,’ and speak against this. R. Kelly’s from my hometown. At the end of the day, he’s a human being. He has his issues and we see that, but I can’t condone that and I shouldn’t be allowing that to happen. We failed our community as black people.
“We failed as a community because we knew these things were happening. And instead of trying to be like, ‘Yo. Let’s go and try to resolve this situation and free these young ladies and stop this thing that’s going on,’ we were just like, ‘Man, we rocking to the music.'”
Common makes it clear that he is not condoning Kelly’s behavior but neither is he judging him.
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