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Chicago Sun-Times Opinion This Week
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R. Kelly was found guilty this week. On all counts.
However, it’s important to remember that it took years and decades and a sea-change of thinking before he finally, on Monday, was held accountable in a court of law. Kelly’s conviction is more pointedly a victory, or at least a small kind of progress, for the rights and safety and dignity of Black women, who so often are excluded from the conversation — and excluded from society’s sense of outrage — when we talk about male sexual predators, the Editorial Board writes.
Over the weekend, Northwestern University suspended all fraternity-related activities after reports that people were drugged at an on-campus housing complex. Incidents like those alleged at the university have been going on for decades, writes Karen Wagner of Rolling Meadows. In her Letter to the Editor, she hopes that such reports will be taken seriously because those being abused will not forget.
Lastly, sports columnist Rick Morrissey weighs in on another big headline of the week: the Chicago Bears’ agreement to purchase land in Arlington Heights. He doesn’t care if the Bears move. What he does care about, he says, is that the Bears seem to care more about a new stadium than they do about football. They seem to care about everything but football.
— Ismael Pérez, editorial board member

R. Kelly AP Photos
R. Kelly AP Photos
The challenge when considering R. Kelly’s many offenses has always been sorting the criminal from the merely sordid.
Now, a jury in New York has done a good deal of work on that for us — there was a whole lot of flat-out criminal misconduct — and Robert Sylvester Kelly is sure to go off to prison for a good long time.
Among the only big questions we might still have are whether radio stations and music streaming services will continue to offer his music — hell, no, if we’re the DJs — and why so many big-named stars continued to collaborate with him over these many years when his criminality was not officially confirmed but his awful sordidness was beyond dispute.
What were you thinking, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber?
Kelly’s conviction is a victory for the #MeToo movement, we suppose, but it’s sure sad to think that a new social movement was required to condemn and bring to justice a pedophile who preyed on, controlled and exploited 13-year-old girls. We’re pretty sure our grandparents’ generation had issues with that, too.
Kelly’s conviction is more pointedly a victory, or at least a small kind of progress, for the rights and safety and dignity of Black women, who so often are excluded from the conversation — and excluded from society’s sense of outrage — when we talk about male sexual predators.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Tom McNamee and includes Thomas FrisbieLorraine ForteLee BeyIsmael Pérez and Mary Mitchell as members.
What others have to say
Rick Morrissey on the Bears agreement to purchase land in Arlington Heights:
The Bears aren’t happy with Soldier Field, which, at 61,500, has the lowest seating capacity in the league. The NFL is all about big, shimmering palaces with revenue streams that jump their banks. The Bears want what the Cowboys have, what the Rams have.
But one pesky question does need asking: How many times over the years did the Bears say that the improvements to Soldier Field, funded by taxpayer money, would help the team be more successful at the game of football?
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In your words
“Incidents like those alleged at Northwestern have been going on for decades, in and out of fraternities. Maybe we are finally deciding to give women permission to report them.”
Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows
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