On July 2, 2001, popular T.V. personality and radio host Charlamagne Tha God was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the 2nd degree.
When the case went to trial Charlamagne’s accuser, Jessica Reid was uncooperative with prosecutors. Her reluctance to help with the case resulted in Charlamagne Tha God pleading to a lesser charge. He was sentenced to 3 years probation.
It’s equally necessary to note the fact that Charlamagne Tha God has spoken about the incident openly and maintains his innocents(see video at the bottom of page). When you take a step back and look at situations like this, you definitely feel for the victim.
Under no circumstances should a man be allowed to take advantage of a woman, whether she’s underage or not, that’s not appropriate behavior. However, if you take a look at the black man in this country, our masculinity and strength have repeatedly been used against us.
Ever Since destructive visuals like 1915’s “The birth of a nation” permeated American culture with the notion that black men were savages whose main desire was to rape white women and cause destruction in society, the bullseye has been on our back.
Prominent figures in black society such as Tupac Shakur, Mike Tyson, and Bill Cosby, just to name a few, all fell victim to a system that allowed them to be convicted based on unsubstantiated claims and falsehoods. So, even though sexual assault is a serious topic, we need to be careful.
New organizations like the #METOO movement have been pushed to the forefront, opening the floodgates for sexually assaulted women to come forward and recite their story. Unfortunately, most of the women coming forth seem to be motivated by money and attention.
When we allow this type of behavior to go unchecked in society, it causes a ripple effect. So now, when we look at 32-year-old rape accuser Jessica Reid coming forward to reopen the case after 16 years because, in her words, she has not “been able to get over it” makes you question her real intentions.