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'Me Too' Founder Tarana Burke Says Black Girls' Trauma Shouldn't Be Ignored

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

By Tonya Mosley, NPR

"In 2017, The New York Times published a story chronicling decades of sexual harassment abuse against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Less than three years later, a Manhattan jury found Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault.

Activist Tarana Burke, the founder of the 'Me Too' movement, sees a stark contrast in the timeline of Weinstein's case and that of R&B singer R. Kelly, who dodged accusations for more than 25 years before finally being convicted on Sept. 28 of sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking.

'We are socialized to respond to the vulnerability of white women, and it's a truth that is hard for some people to look in the face, and they feel uncomfortable when I say things like that,' she says. 'But it is true. ... [There's a] stark difference in what it takes to get attention around Black women and girls.'"

Read the full article here.