Chance the Rapper is taking a stand against abusers that he knows. He took to Twitter on Wednesday (Jan. 9) to share that he recently “heard too many stories of domestic abuse, sexual violence and rape perpetrated by ppl I called friends.”
“I am ashamed of yall,” he continued without naming who the tweet is referring to. “These stories will be amplified and your victims will receive the justice they deserve.”
In the past 2 days I’ve heard too many stories of domestic abuse, sexual violence and rape perpetrated by ppl I called friends. I am ashamed of yall. These stories will be amplified and your victims will receive the justice they deserve.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 9, 2019
Chance appeared in the gut-wrenching Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, in which he admitted during the last episode on Saturday (Jan. 5) to Jamilah Lemieux that “making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake.”
He then posted a video of the complete interview to Twitter for context following some controversy over his remark that he “didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women.”
“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” he says in the full clip. “At the time, it wasn’t even present in my mind that people could feel any type of way about his presence on a track of mine. Here’s the thing: I think for a long time I was only able to understand R. Kelly’s situation and presence in the world when it comes down to his trial and his accusations and his accusers as a victim. I don’t know if that’s because I’m from Chicago or ‘cause he made great music or ‘cause he is a black man.”
“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he continued. “It’s just prevalent in all media, and when you see n—-s getting beat up by the police…that’s like a scene you see…like slavery for a lot of people, they envision men in chains, but black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, n—-s that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”