There are several things going on here. I think some black people are automatically defensive of any black person accused of a crime. But come on? R. Kelly has been doing this for almost 20 years, and this has been documented!

Sometimes you have to call a monster a monster. God knows how many women he has abused over the years?

Also, the church has a major issue with sexism and coddling molesters. It’s not just the Catholics. It’s also Baptists and other denominations. I really don’t think the church understands human sexuality. Child molesters can’t be fixed, once they’ve offended they’re likely to do it again! The only thing you can do is medicate them and keep them away from children.

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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