The Root Interview: Antoine Dodson
Antoine Dodson, concerned brother and YouTube sensation, talks to The Root about his BET Hip Hop Awards performance, sex crimes in black communities and his thoughts on Bishop Eddie Long's accusers.
TR: This is in no way related to you, but I'm just curious about how you feel about the Bishop Eddie Long case?
AD: I get that a lot anyway. My reaction is, weren't they 16 or 17? At that age you are a year or two away from being legal. How do you not know that someone is taking advantage of you? Doesn't school teach you that? Don't they teach you about maturity? They teach you how to drive a car -- why not teach you about being taken advantage of?
I'm sorry if people may hate me, but I feel like something is not adding up. From the look of it, I saw some of the boys' interviews, and one of them is well-spoken and intelligent. Maybe they were scared to speak out all of these years. I don't know, but I smell money.
TR: I understand you want to advocate for victims to speak out, but can you understand why people might be afraid?
AD: Yeah, and I'm not trying to be stereotypical, but it's different from males in the black community. It's more women and white males that are scared to speak out about rapists. I believe in speaking out. I'm glad that they are speaking out, if the situation is true.
TR: How do you feel about how homophobia and sexual crimes are handled in black communities?
AD: They feel like -- especially bourgie black people -- they don't want to air it on the news because they feel it reflects poorly on the black community. So in order to make them look bourgie, even though they're in the hood, they just don’t speak about it. But a person like me, I'm going to air you out. I’m going to call every media outlet I can and get it in. And I expect somebody to air me out, especially if I'm doing something I ain't got no business doing.
Brentin Mock is a regular contributor to The Root.