Opinion | No, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly Were Not Lynched

On Thursday, soon after a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, his wife, Camille, wrote on social media that “unproven accusations” had “evolved into lynch mobs.”

A few days earlier, representatives of the singer R. Kelly, who has been accused of sexually abusing women and teenagers, declared in response to the #MuteRKelly campaign: “Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never — and will never — be silenced. Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it. We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”

It is not surprising that those defending these two high-profile African-American men tried to…

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