Chance The Rapper is in the hot seat. A comment he made about not believing Black women when it came to the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly has gone viral, and he’s getting slandered.
Chance copped to making a mistake by working with R’uh, but his commentary on the subject has people pissed.
“Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women,” said Chance in the Surviving R. Kelly doc.
That was also the quote a Rolling Stone story rocked with, but the full context wasn’t provided. Originally part of an interview for Cassius, the full quote reads: “We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to Black male oppression, but Black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world,” explained Chance. “Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women.”
The vocal inflection in the clip also reflects Chance saying what he said in a more theoretical manner, not that he actually just doesn’t believe Black women.
Chance addressed the commentary, saying he was taken out of context and that those criticizing him were failing to pick up on the nuance of what he said.
Nevertheless, Twitter wasn’t having it, with a gang of people declaring Chance the Rapper canceled. But, the Acid Raps rapper does have plenty of defenders, including the interviewer Jamilah Lemieux.
Let us know where you stand in this debacle. Peep the various reactions in the gallery.
Chance The Rapper Slandered For Not Believing Black Women Comment, Twitter Debates was originally published on hiphopwired.com
What the headline should have read is: Despite Chance the Rapper having a black daughter and fiancé he discounted the victim’s stories because they were black women. He now regrets making music with a sexual predator because it is bad for his brand. https://t.co/9TMFiNqkdn— Ariel♡ (@ArielHazzard) January 6, 2019
I wonder how/if @chancetherapper reconciles his support of R. Kelly. He brought him out at Lollapalooza in 2014, and made a song with him in 2015. But Chance has also done so much powerful youth work in Chicago in recent years, and he has his own daughter now. Mixed messages— William E. Ketchum III (@WEKetchum) January 4, 2019
Last thing before I dip: I'm glad Chance The Rapper told the truth. I'm tired of Black Men and White folks gaslighting us. They don't believe us BECAUSE we are Black Women. He said it outright--stated a nasty truth that is killing us in every arena from childbirth to DV.— Octavia Butler knew... (@NotNikyatu) January 6, 2019
So, we have people flat-out saying the didn't listen to or believe those girls because they were black, the way they spoke, and the way they dressed. But...y'all don't know why folks say Black girls are not loved and supported. https://t.co/6kElvL4Q0T— ShoniLane (@DiaShoni) January 5, 2019
Chance The Rapper’s drummer is the brother of the girl R. Kelly peed on.— she/her/yellowbone (@eleven8) January 6, 2019
I just saw the Chance the Rapper part of #SurvivingRKelly and his statement wasn’t taken out of context. He said he didn’t value the accusers stories at the time because they were black women.— αѕн (@ashleybrantley1) January 6, 2019
Yes he said what he said but I took it as him reflecting on his choice, and making the stunning realization that by working with him, he was actively choosing not to believe those strong black woman. Worded awfully? Yes, but ppl are jumping the gun and it is out of context.— Michael McCrary (@Michael_McCrary) January 6, 2019
he said “i didn’t believe them because they were black women” alluding to the stereotype that nobody ever believes black women. he’s admitting that he fed into that and overlooked their stories by working w Kelly when he shouldn’t have. and now he’s owning up— talia ✨ (@taltopia) January 6, 2019
Like the problem is that not nearly enough of us do this. Too many self proclaimed male feminists act like they’ve never had these misogynistic qualities. Then we end up with a lot of dudes putting on a performance— Kelton (@cantstopbosma) January 6, 2019